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)