Inclusive Summer Camp at Easterseals Iowa Camp Sunnyside

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Inclusive Summer Camp at Easterseals Iowa Camp Sunnyside

Summer is a season of sunshine, adventure, new friendships, and for many the chance to attend one of the happiest places on earth, Easterseals Camp Sunnyside! Offering both day camp and traditional overnight camping experiences, they provide an integrated setting where children and young adults with and without disabilities learn and grow together. Activities include swimming, pony rides, fishing, rock wall climbing, archery, arts and crafts, boating, nature hikes, and so much more! Let’s explore why this extraordinary camp, in the heart of Iowa, makes such an impact on the lives of campers, staff, and caregivers.

1. Inclusive

Camp Sunnyside is designed to create a welcoming and inclusive environment for individuals with and without disabilities. The camps foster a culture of acceptance where we celebrate differences. Campers, regardless of their abilities, find a space where they are not defined by their disabilities, but rather by their shared desire for adventure, fun, and growth.

2. Fun Focus

Activities offered at camps are designed to provide a range of experiences that cater to diverse abilities. From adaptive water sports and nature exploration to art and music creativity, campers have the opportunity to explore their interests and talents in a supportive and accommodating setting. The focus is fun, embracing strengths, building confidence, and developing friendships.

3. Friendships

One of the most impactful aspects of summer camp is the sense of community that flourishes within campers. The bonds formed in this nurturing environment often translate into lasting friendships, with fellow campers and the amazing team of local and international counselors. 

4. Awesomeness

Campers are encouraged to try new activities, cheer on other campers, and recognize their accomplishments! The supportive staff that lives and breathes the Easterseals mission ensures that campers try new things and build great relationships with their peers. The adaptive activities let each camper participate at their own pace, creating an environment where everyone feels empowered to be their awesome self. 

5. After Shock

Through shared experiences and learning from one another, campers gain valuable skills that extend far beyond the duration of the camp. The supportive environment helps build resilience and a sense of empowerment that can positively impact their everyday lives, all while having fun! As the sun sets on each day at camp, impactful experiences linger that shape a summer season of sunshine, growth, empowerment, and friendship. 

Nothing can tell a story like pictures. Take a look at some last camp season’s memories Here. Learn more and apply for camp now!

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Easterseals Iowa
401 N.E. 66th Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50313 | 515-289-1933 | TTY: 515-289-4069
Easterseals and its affiliate organizations are 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations.


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