dreaming big

"For with God nothing shall be impossible," the chorus of children and counselors repeat. At Special Kids summer day camp, the kids are learning to 'Dream Big' because God can do the impossible.

Camp Ability of Special Kids is well underway for its ninth summer of fun, friends, and learning God's word. As our largest year to date, 2015 has blessed us with 79 campers joining in to have an amazing camp experience.

The summer program lasts from June to July and offers children and youth with special needs ages 6-25 years the opportunity to share in a summer camp that focuses on their abilities and allows every child to participate. Already this summer, the campers have enjoyed weekly pool days, puppets, arts and crafts, and karate lessons. Our neighbors just down the road at MTSU have offered a tennis clinic and will be bringing both their football and basketball teams to teach the kids later this summer.

life change

Through Camp Ability, we see children progress in their social skills and abilities during the summer months. One camper's father was beside himself when he heard that his son had walked around camp all day without using his walker. This child had a goal of gaining more endurance and after only a few short weeks, he is already surpassing his goal!

We've recently seen another huge mile stone for a camper who has attended for several years. Over these years, we've seen him sitting on the steps or only going a few feet away from them at the pool. Just last week, he left the steps behind and went down the slide three times by himself!

building into their futures

Camp Ability has also grown to provide a life skills and job skills program for older campers. This year, we have helped our campers learn to interact with money, how to do laundry, basic cleaning skills, and practiced some simple cooking through making trail mix and snacks. Our job skills group has taken nine campers to volunteer at Green House Ministries in Murfreesboro to do office work. The program has also had four campers in our advanced job skills group who have begun working at Publix once a week.

the best for last

And the best part of camp? That these children are learning God's word for themselves while making friends and being encouraged to have new experiences. After nine years of seeing the LORD grow this program, Special Kids can not wait to see what next steps He has for us as we remember that "with God nothing shall be impossible." -Luke 1:37