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Bring a buddy to camp
summer in the United States, children have shared in organized camp
experience in an effort to build social skills, develop character and
promote good citizenship.
From June 16-19, children ages 3-6 participated in the Down Syndrome
Association of the Lowcountry’s (DSAL) second annual Buddy Camp.
Campers gather to
touch a horseshoe crab as part of a June 26 tour of the S.C. Aquarium.
The camp, supported by proceeds from DSAL’s annual Buddy Walk, was held
at Providence Baptist Church in Daniel Island.
language pathology student Jessica Terry, assists Claire Vail, 4, and
buddy, Payton Abbott, 4, as they glue on characters to their sun visors
The three-day event hosted 10 children with Down syndrome and their
buddies, and was supported by volunteer counselors including Diane
Andrews and Tish McAfee, MUSC Department of Speech Language Pathology;
Jamie Snape, MUSC Physical Therapy and other Tri-county health care
professionals and students. Children participated in hands-on
activities to encourage play and interaction through music, language
and gross/fine motor activities.
Brittni Carnes and camper Cate Oxford sing along with egg shakers
during music time.
“Diane, Tish and the other counselors have done a wonderful job
organizing this year's camp,” said Chad Vail, parent and DSAL past
president. “Parents, families and friends are very supportive to the
camp, because it teaches inclusion and allows children to freely engage
in play and activities together.”
The group concluded the camp with a visit to the South Carolina
Friday, July 4, 2008
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