What People Are Saying About Camp Krem

Over our 50+ years of serving the developmentally disabled community, we’ve met a lot of amazing people. From campers, to parents, to educators and more, it’s this community that makes Camp Krem so special! Here are some testimonials that shine a light on the positive impact that Camp Krem makes on the lives of so many – each and every one of us! Submit your own testimonial here.

“Cory has been going to camp now for over 15 years, and he is the happiest person on earth when he goes to Travel Camp or to day trips on the Year-Round Program.  He has found his “tribe”!  Many of our kids are socially inept or are very shy.  Cory came out of his shell several years ago after attending camp and I wouldn’t change him for anything in this world.  I thank all the counselors that have shown him patience, love and respect.”

– Helen Patek-Deringer

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“We just wanted to say a big THANK YOU for all of your and your colleagues support, care and engagement with AJ during his stay. This was one BIG win for us – never before has AJ been away for 1 night – let alone 4. We are all encouraged and rejuvenated as a result of the wonderful Camp Krem.”

– Steve Prutsman

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“This was the first time ever that Tommy has gone to sleep-away camp. When we arrived at Camp, he looked around and then his face lit up and he was ecstatic! Just glowing with happiness and joy. His twin sister kept saying that she had never seen him so happy in his life (and she’s known him the entire time!). It just gives me goose bumps to think about it. What an amazing gift your camp gives to both the camper and his parents. Getting to have a few days off from the usual routine is wonderful for us, but knowing that he is so happy just makes it all so incredible and truly exceptional in our world. It was amazing for all of us! Tommy had what appeared to be the time of his life.

I ran into an acquaintance a few days after my son returned from Camp Krem and she asked what was up. She knows Tom well. I showed her pictures I got off Facebook of Tom at camp and it literally brought tears to her eyes.”

– Susan Riggle

Brett happy camper testimonial“I just wanted to express our utmost appreciation for the amazing camp experience Brett had last week! He thoroughly enjoyed being so adventurous! How lucky we were to have Jessica, Alli and Evan as his counselors. What a terrific, upbeat and positive group of kids! I think it’s so great that these “typical” kids want to and seem to enjoy spending time with our “special” kids!

You have a terrific operation and we feel so, so fortunate that Brett was able to have a very positive experience at Camp Krem. He is looking forward to coming back and spending an even longer amount of time up there!
Thanks to all of you who worked to make this possible for us.”

– Joanne W

“I can’t tell you what it meant for me to be able to bring my daughter Sam to Camp Krem. She had so much fun! Everyone was fantastic and helpful when we arrived, and Sam was positively giddy when I picked her up. This was a real milestone for us, and it has given me huge relief.

Thank you so much to each and every one of you, for taking such good care of Sam, and showing her such a good time. We will definitely be back next year!”

– Lisa W

Erik loves Camp Krem/Camping Unlimited – his friends and teachers there, his field trips and summer camps; for that we are eternally grateful to you and your vision and your teachers, who give so much to our kids.

– Bozena and Craig M. (parents of a 15 year old boy)

My so speaks so highly of Camp Krem and of your staff.  Thanks for providing a wonderful experience for my son and others who would not otherwise have the opportunity to socialize and experience new adventures!
–        Pam K (mother of a 22 year old young man)

My son Zane is profoundly disabled and deaf. Zane cannot walk, is not toilet trained, and must be fedusing a gastroenteral feeding tube. Because of all of his needs, we never imagined that we would find a place we would be comfortable leaving him for the night – let alone for 5 or 6 nights!

Thus, until we learned about Camp Krem when Zane was 11, he had never slept over at another child’s house or even spent the night away from his parents. But Camp Krem gives Zane – and us — what we never thought we would find: a chance for him to socialize and enjoy life with a community of loving and friendly campers and counselors on his own without his parents. We were shocked when we first visited the camp to find counselors who were comfortable and skilled with all the areas of care that Zane requires, in addition to on-site nurses to take care of any surprise issues.

Since that day, Zane has spent a week at camp every summer for 3 summers, and has attended numerous day trips and overnight weekend trips during the year. He loves going to camp. And for us, the idea that our child can gain some independence and find a community of friends outside his family and caregivers – just like a typical 14-year- old boy – is absolutely priceless.

– Dan R. (2014)

Hi Camp Krem Team,

I am Dorothy Andrews the mother of Michael Andrews. He is 17 years old. He attended Main Camp this past June. One of his camp counselors Enrique. He is great. He sent me pictures on my birthday of Michael and that made my day to see him so happy, enjoying music. This was Michael’s very first time EVER being away from us outside of school. He had a wonderful time. The staff could not believe this was his very first away from us. His 1st camp experience. Thank you.

We are looking forward to him attending year around programs. What really help me was the opportunity came up for a day program in April 2014. Michael went for the day. He came back happy, neat and clean. I was so impressed. The staff gave us wonderful feedback. Also, May 2014 New Families Orientation. I was sold. I was teary on the drive up to drop Michael off at camp but I was okay. I wish I didn’t wait so long. But I am glad we are here now.

One thing that stood out about Michael returning from camp was he became very patient waiting for food. HUGE! Thank you again.

– Dorothy A (2014)

My Son Oscar aged 13 attended Camp Krem this Summer. It was his first time away from home and the best decision we have ever made. He just thrived at Camp Krem, his self-esteem has increased enormously, his independence improved and his interactions with others is hugely improved. The first session went so well we immediately signed him up for another session. There is a very high Staff-Camper ratio and the staff are just wonderful with real insight and were on top of things immediately….I would highly recommend this camp to any parent of a special needs child….we will be back.

– Margaret K (2009)

Oscar has been with us every summer since then and grown in independence, confidence, happiness and helpfulness.

Dear Board of Directors,

Our daughter Sarah had another wonderful and exciting 10 days at Camp Krem(Session 3) this summer. Her counselors were very professional, friendly, courteous and helpful. They said Sarah enjoyed all the camp activities, especially swimming, arts and crafts, dances and campfires.

We look forward to sending Sarah to 2014 summer camp at Camp Krem. Again we want to thank you and your staff for a great session enjoyed by our daughter.

– Gary and Carol B. (2013)

Hi Alex,

Everyone was soooooo impressed with your camp. I ran into an acquaintance a few days after Tommy returned and she asked what was up. I showed her pictures I got off Facebook of Tom at camp and it literally brought tears to her eyes. She knows Tom…. This was the first time ever that Tommy has gone to sleep-away camp. When we arrived at Camp, he looked around and then his face lit up and he was ecstatic! Just glowing with happiness and joy. His twin sister kept saying that she had never seen him so happy in his life (and she’s known him the entire time!). It just gives me goose bumps to think about it. What an amazing gift your camp gives to both the camper and his parents. Getting to have a few days off from the usual routine is wonderful for us, but knowing that he is so happy just makes it all so incredible and truly exceptional in our world. It was amazing for all of us! Tommy had what appeared to be the time of his life.

– Susan R. (2014)

Dear Camp Krem:

I just wanted to thank you for all the effort and time the staff invest in these challenging diagnosis.(sic) It has been a few years now at camp krem so it is improving over time as far as the difficult understanding of Prader Willi Syndrome.

Lance was only up two pounds and since returning home we have been walking each day and trying to shed off the vacation weight.  We all gain a few pounds while vacationing….but it is my goal to see nutrition being a high priority at all camps and day programs for this population. This is the first year that we did not receive a phone call due to behavior or a visit to the doctor.  I felt the most relaxed and truly did have a nice respite experience. Lance will be thrilled to read this letter to his dad today. Again thank you so much for the ‘holy’ work you do! We will return again next year.

– Cherie S  (2012)

Dear Camping Unlimited,

Enclosed is a donation for $1,000 for Camp Krem/etc. My daughter Allison was at Camp Krem many summers over the past years and we appreciate it! Hope you are having a good season.

Best Regards,

– Kenneth T (2013)

Our daughter, Elise, has really enjoyed her summer camp experiences at Camp Krem! We hope that our donation [$500] can help to make the camp experience enjoyable for other kids and adults with developmental disabilities.

Regards,

Diane & Steve C. (2013)

Julia has had wonderful experiences at Camp Krem and we see significant growth every time she returns.

Sincerely,

Stephen and Barbara W. (2009)

I read about your origins on the website and for the first time last summer, my 15 year old daughter attended Camp Krem and loved it. She’ll be back this summer! Organizations that highlight the “abilities” of those with disabilities is where our family and daughter find the most joy.

– Madeline F. (Summer Camp 2013)

Good Morning,

I just wanted to express our utmost appreciation for the amazing camp experience Brett had last week! He thoroughly enjoyed himself and was pleased as punch that because he ate so many different foods he earned $50.00 from me for being so adventurous!  I’d like to also say how lucky we were to have Jessica, Aly and Evan as his counselors. What a terrific, upbeat and positive group of kids! I think it’s so great that these “typical” kids want to and seem to enjoy spending time with our “special” kids!

You have a terrific operation and we feel so, so fortunate that Brett was able to have a very positive experience at Camp Krem and is looking forward to coming back and spending an even longer amount of time up there!

Thanks to all of you who worked to make this possible for us.

– Joanne W (2013)

Alex,

Thank you so much! Adam’s Camp experience is the highlight of his year. He always asks, “When am I going back to Camp Krem”?  He can’t wait!! It’s great for both him and us.

– Michael C. (2014)

Hi everyone,

I can’t tell you what it meant for me to be able to bring my daughter Sam to Camp Krem. She’s the most wonderful child in the world, and I’ve been privileged to be her parent. But it has also been a very difficult, exhausting road, and I hadn’t had a real break in over eight years. But most important, Sam had so much fun! Everyone was fantastic and helpful when we arrived, and Sam was positively giddy when I picked her up. This was a real milestone for us, and it has given me huge relief.

I was sort of delirious when I picked her up and dropped her off, and I’m so sorry I don’t remember the names of all her wonderful counselors and staff. But thank you so much to each and every one of you, for taking such good care of Sam, and showing her such a good time. (Melissa sent fantastic pictures to Sam’s dad, Steve, which we love.)

We will definitely be back next year!

Gratefully,

Lisa W. (2014)

Dear Gail and Christina,

Thank you so much for all that you do for James and the rest of the Camp Krem campers. You will never know just how big a difference you have made in James, Sandra and my life. James came back from camp last weekend (as he always does) very very happy, full of energy and looking great! (And whoever has the onerous task of attempting to clean his teeth, they do an incredible job!)

Please pass on our warmest and sincerest regards and thank you, to everyone involved in your incredible organization. You and they, all Rock!

With our highest regards,

Mel, Sandra and James D. (2014)

Dear Alex,

So sorry it has taken me so long to check back in again. I’ve been busy as usual, but I’ve also been reflecting on our whole summer experience. It being the first time ever that Tommy has gone to sleep away camp. It was amazing for all of us! Tommy had what appeared to be the time of his life. When Charlotte and I were dropping Tommy off for the Aug 7 – 16 session, we had the most incredible affirmation of this when he was his usual grumpy self on our drive to the drop off point, and even after we arrived, until he looked around and then his face lit up and he was ecstatic! Just glowing with happiness and joy. Charlotte just kept saying that she had never seen him so happy in his life (and she’s known him the entire time!). It just gives me goose bumps to think about it. I don’t know if you are told often enough of what an amazing gift your camp gives to both the camper and his parents. Getting to have a few days off from the usual routine is wonderful for us, but knowing that he is so happy just makes it all so incredible and truly exceptional in our world.

Thanks again for everything.

– John W (2014)