Jill’s Buddy Camp is a 5-day program for up to 25 preschool developmentally-disabled children and their teenage, volunteer “buddies”. For the developmentally-disabled children, this intense, summer camp provides individual and small group activities in speech, language, fine and gross motor, social skills development, various thematic fieldtrips plus they develop a personal relationship with their own teenage “Buddy”. Each teenage “buddy” receives a very fulfilling, 20-hour, volunteer experience giving him/her an opportunity to befriend a developmentally-challenged child; witness professionals in and explore the career fields of early childhood education, special education, speech pathology, adaptive physical education, school guidance, school and child psychology as well as learn many valuable parenting and child management concepts and skills.
Who Benefits from Jill’s Buddy Camp? Everyone.
• 20 Hours of Stimulation….Language, Fine and Gross Motor, Technology, Music,
Art, Local/Emotional Development Plus 5 -experiential Fieldtrips, Befriending a
Cool Teenager-maybe a new “sitter”
• 20 Hours of Community Service/Volunteerism required by Scouting, National
Honor Society and other High School organizations as well as Scholarships and
• Career explore being a teacher or an “encourager” to a developmentally delayed
• Observe professional educators and Therapists applying the “skills of their trade to young developmentally-delayed children
• Learn parenting skills, patience and how to give their best efforts to a small “needy” child.
• The joy of seeing and hearing their child’s happiness in growing/developing in an
intensive free week-long summer camp.
• Possibility of a new (baby) sitter
• Although the L.E.A.’s I.E.P. Committee did not offer ESY for their child, Jill’s
Buddy Camp was a lot of Stimulation in one week during the summer
• An opportunity for up to 25 children who need some intensive stimulation – with
or without an I.E.P.
• Being able to offer a very high-energy, stimulating 1-week summer camp
experience to approximately 25 developmentally delayed preschoolers who are
not recommended ESY by their I.E.P. Committee
• Part of ESY Summer Program for selected preschool developmentally-delayed
children recommended by their I.E.P. Committee
• Working cooperatively with a public school division’s Special Education Program
or specific elementary school to offer a “therapeutic camp” to at-risk/disabled
preschooler/kindergarten/primary grade students
• Being able to implement “Jill’s Buddy Camp” as a therapeutic summer camp for
children ages 6 and younger when very few models for such exist in the field fo
community recreation, therapeutic recreation, etc…
• Athletes, Athletic Team and Tournament $$ Support