Volunteers gave a well-deserved makeover to this summer camp for people with disabilities.
Volunteers worked with 3,300 hours to beautify Lions Camp Horizon in the months leading up to summer sessions.
Lions Camp Horizon offers six-week-long overnight sessions to people with developmental and medical disabilities. Campers participate in a wide range of activities, including crafts, bowling, horseback riding, archery, and theater. There are also camp fire performances as well as a talent show. The camp is open to individuals who are 12 and older, and there is no “age-out” limit, which allows campers to enjoy the experience throughout their lives.
Volunteers from AmeriCorps NCCC and local businesses helped with repairs, landscaping, and increasing accessibility. This included making the fire pit more accessible and building risers by beds, which allow campers with limited mobility to be more independent.
“That little bit of extra dignity…to not have to ask for help for something someone can do on their own if they have the proper accommodation, is really important,” the camp’s executive director Tera Contezac told K5 News.
The nine AmeriCorps volunteers lived at the camp for eight weeks to work on the improvements. In June, 100 employees from Windermere Real Estate also spent the day making repairs and planting donated flowers.