Who We (the founders) Are
In 2002, Jodie Simpson (a nurse), Tina (McGaughey) Haworth (a special education teacher) and Teri Carr (a parent of a child w/special needs) recognized the frustration of parents unable to find a camp that would not only accommodate their child with special needs, but allow a parent/caregiver to attend camp as well. Therefore, CAMP-WE-CAN was born out of necessity. Today, CAMP-WE-CAN is additionally supported by a Board of Directors, Head Counselors and hundreds of volunteers.
The Camp Experience
CAMP-WE-CAN has been in existence since 2003 and originated in Fulton County. This is a camp opportunity for individuals with special needs ages 3 through 103.
Modifications and adaptations are considered for each camper in order to maximize their experiences. Campers are asked to bring their personal adaptive items to use during their stay.
Some activities offered by previous camps include (but are not limited to):
- Convertible car rides
- Horseback riding
- Golf cart scavenger hunts
- Crafts (picture frames, flower pots, photo albums)
- A petting zoo
- A sundae bar
- A balloon launch
What Makes Us Unique
CAMP-WE-CAN is unique in that campers are encouraged to bring a parent or caregiver, helping to alleviate the anxiety felt by both! Activities are planned for parents/caregivers outside the camper’s schedule of events. Additionally, campers are paired with at least one counselor chosen specifically to meet the camper's needs.