2016 ANNUAL REPORT
MISSION RESULTS & MEASURED GROWTH
You made 2016 another successful year for Camp Encourage. Your in-kind donations, volunteer hours, and financial gifts made a huge impact on our campers. With your support, Camp Encourage is experiencing programmatic and organizational growth while balancing logistics with needs.
After each camp session we ask parents to provide feedback to help ensure that the experience we are providing campers is meaningful and valuable. Our parent feedback in 2016 was overwhelmingly positive.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE
Campers and volunteers experienced social bonding and personal growth during the 2015 camp sessions. Memories and life-long friendships were made. As usual, many of our campers returned from previous summers and some that were older even decided to return as volunteers. Below is a sample of some of the feedback we received post-camp.
QUOTES FROM PARENTS
“He felt loved and enjoyed making connections with other campers. He came home so happy and excited about camp!”
“She was learning how to reinforce positive thinking; she was HAPPY after camp. That’s huge for her.”
“Meeting new friends and feeling accepted by others. This camp stay makes him feel so happy and so relaxed that he can really be himself. ”
“My daughter won’t be judged, singled out or made fun of because of her autism.”
“Cannot say enough about this phenomenal program and its ability to raise kids up andhelp them appreciate their very special gifts to this world. For a few days they are not weird, or awkward, or judged and allowed to be themselves and meet others who are blessed with such unique abilities. Every spectrum kid deserves such royal treatment and I was so happy to hear that this program will continue to expand and reward more deserving kiddos in the years to come.”
“Magic in action: amazing people and one-of-a-kind experience for my son. I asked him today how long he would like to stay and he says, '3 weeks instead of 3 days.' You can feel happiness in the air and we already miss it so much!”
QUOTES FROM CAMPERS
“ The food was great. I liked making new friends. The counselors were nice. I liked being called by my nickname. ”
“ [One of my favorite memories was] meeting everyone, being brave and riding a horse. ”
“ I was able to be me! ”
“ I went zip lining and I was really amazed that I climbed up that whole tree! ”
QUOTES FROM VOLUNTEERS
“Camp Encourage always re-centers my summer by reminding me of what is important.”
“Volunteering as counselor at Camp Encourage taught me how important it is to foster positive interactions with everyone I come in contact with.”
“My camp experience has confirmed that I really want to work with the ASD population.”
“My favorite part is always when the parents get to watch the slideshow and see what their kiddos accomplished. I always feel like I was a part of something bigger in their lives and that makes me feel so positive.”
“I feel so honored to have been given the opportunity to volunteer with so many fantastic people. A little love and kindness went a long way!!!”
LOOKING AHEAD TO ATTAINABLE GOALS
You can continue to make a difference in the lives of youth with autism spectrum disorder. There continues to be a clear need for our quality service. Please join our efforts in continuing to grow.