Experience Camp Easterseals UCP
Imagine being told your whole life that you couldn’t participate in the same outdoor activities as your friends and family. Now, imagine learning that a summer camp exists where you’re able to push the boundaries of what’s possible. Camp Easterseals UCP encourages and empowers campers to have a full summer camp experience while connecting with friends and nature. We believe that if you can dream it, you can do it!
Camp Easterseals UCP is an overnight camp near Roanoke, Virginia for children and adults living with physical and intellectual disabilities. Camp activities are adapted for all abilities by our trained staff of counselors so that campers can enjoy a unique summer camp experience. Assistance is available to all campers, while encouraging independence in our safe and supportive atmosphere. Summer camp, weekend respites and family camps are available. When you experience Camp Easterseals UCP, you can expect:
- Increased independence- Campers spend a weekend, a week or two weeks away from their daily routines.
- Improved self-esteem- Campers build confidence by reaching goals once thought to be unreachable.
- Forged friendships and social skills- Campers meet new friends, reconnect with old friends and build their social networks.
- Unique outdoor experience- From canoeing down Craig’s Creek to sleeping underneath the stars, campers have an unforgettable time enjoying nature.
Camp Easterseals UCP maintains accreditation through the American Camp Association (ACA). “This accreditation means your child’s camp cares enough to undergo a thorough review of its operation (up to 300 standards) from staff qualifications and training to emergency management. ACA collaborates with experts from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the America Red Cross and other youth-serving agencies to assure that current practices at your child’s camp reflect the most up-to-date, research-based standards in camp operation. Camps and the ACA form a partnership that promotes growth and fun in an environment committed to safety,” says the Camp Accreditation Association.
Camp activities for an awesome summer
Camp Easterseals UCP offers a full range of “traditional” camp activities. All activities and programs are fully supervised by our staff. We have adaptations available for campers with limited mobility so that they too can participate to the best of their abilities.
- Horseback Riding
- Climbing Wall
- Campfires & S’mores
- Arts & Crafts
- Sports & Games
- Nature Activities
- Talent Shows
Here’s what camp goers are saying…
“I made the best real friends in this place. I can’t wait to see all of those friends that even if they live miles away from me they have a place in my heart. Camp made me a better person and I am proud of being part of this story.”
“The environment at camp is something I wish everyone could experience. It allows individuals to be their true self without any judgement. There is always someone there to help you when you are struggling or just need someone to listen. The strangers I met when first arriving at camp quickly turned into a second family for me.”
“Camp Easterseals UCP is a place dedicated to acceptance, friendship and fun for EVERYONE. Camp changed my life in so many amazing ways. I created friendships that I will cherish forever, memories that I will never forget and experiences that taught me so much. I can’t thank camp enough for what it did for me.”
“Of all the things that make camp great, the people are what make it amazing! The campers are the most phenomenal folks anyone could ever meet! From the little quirks, their laughs and the endless love for their friends, it’s beautiful! I can promise that you won’t meet people more kind, patient, fun-loving and genuine anywhere else. I’m beyond grateful to call Camp ESUCP my second home and everyone their family.”
“Camp has always been the highlight of my year. I even moved to Virginia from Texas to be closer to Camp ESUCP. I love watching campers be themselves, learn and try new things and the friendships that come from camp. I always hope that camp becomes a second home for y’all like it has for me.”
“Camp is a magical place where everybody gets to be themselves and have fun. I knew from the first time I was at camp that I would come back. Working at camp has changed my life for the better and I am so excited for summer.”
Be a part of our story.