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Camp Abilities PA @ WCU - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Camp Abilities PA @ WCU
306 Sturzebecker HSC
West Chester University
West Chester, PA 19383
(610) 436-2516 (Local)
CampAbilitiesPA@gmail.com
http://www.campabilitiespa.org/

Brief Description

Camp Abilities PA @ WCU is a developmental sports camp for children ages 7-17 who are blind or have low vision. The camp is located in West Chester, PA on the West Chester University campus. Held annually over Memorial Day weekend, this overnight camp experience introduces children to a variety of sports, including triathlon, goalball, swimming, beep baseball, track and field, tandem biking, team building, dance, and adventure-based activities. The purpose of the camp is to empower children to be physically active, improve their overall health and wellness, encourage them to make food choices that support an active lifestyle, and develop their confidence and self-esteem through sport and physical activity. Children receive one-on-one instruction during all physical activities and events.

Staff

Beth Foster, Assistant Director
Monica Lepore, Director
Maria Lepore-Stevens, Assistant Director

Services Offered

Services for Children

  • Education Services
    • Hosts an annual Wellness Day for our athletes to play sports, relieve stress, work on their mental health, meet up with friends, and have fun. The Wellness Day event is a combination of sports, discussions, and activities to help athletes deal with issues of making school transitions, being an athlete and student with a visual impairment, stress, bullying, and lifetime physical activity. Currently, the elementary program focuses on healthy friendships, empowerment through movement, and nutritious food choices. The secondary program addresses self-advocacy and self-efficacy, empowerment through physical activity, and making healthy meals choices. The ultimate goal of the day is to empower the athletes to take control of not only their mental wellbeing, because being an athlete involves whole body health.
  • Summer/Day Camps and After-school Programs
    • Holds an annual overnight camp experience that introduces children to a variety of sports, including triathlon, goalball, swimming, beep baseball, track and field, tandem biking, team building, dance, and adventure-based activities. The purpose of the camp is to empower children to be physically active, improve their overall health and wellness, encourage them to make food choices that support an active lifestyle, and develop their confidence and self-esteem through sport and physical activity.
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