The Edmond Sun

Education

July 13, 2012

Camp Fire offers outdoor experience for children with autism

EDMOND — Camp Fire USA is offering a summer day camp designed specifically for children with autism and other abilities and open to those children grades K-12.

Registration is now open for Camp C.A.N.O.E. (Children with Autism Need Outdoor Experiences).

Held at Camp DaKaNi, a beautiful 33-acre wooded campground in Oklahoma City, which has been owned and operated by Camp Fire USA Heart of Oklahoma Council for more than 50 years, children are able to experience nature outdoors under the direction of trained staff.

The mission of Camp Fire USA and Camp C.A.N.O.E. is to build caring, confident youth and future leaders.

“Each day will be filled with a variety of outdoor activities to enhance the development of social, motor and sensory processing skills — such as fishing, canoeing, rock-climbing, tackling the low-elements challenge course, enjoying the thrill of the zip line and hiking our trails,” said Pamela Ballard, executive director for Camp Fire USA Heart of Oklahoma Council.

“The young people at Camp C.A.N.O.E. will be working together with their counselors in close-knit groups throughout the week to learn teamwork, build self-reliance, confidence, communication and social skills, problem solving, independent thinking, physical activity, and fine and gross motor skill development,” she said.

Camp C.A.N.O.E. will be July 23-27, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with before and after care available for campers needing early arrival or later departure. Enrollment is limited to 50 campers.

Discounts are available for families with multiple children and some scholarships are available.

To register go to: campfireusa-ok.org. For more information contact: Penn Henthorn, director, Camp C.A.N.O.E., 254-2080, penn@campfire

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