2015 ANNUAL REPORT
MISSION RESULTS & MEASURED GROWTH
You made 2015 Camp Encourage's most successful year yet. 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 2015 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
“(My daughter) felt accepted among everyone at camp and actually ENJOYED meeting other girls. It’s the ONE THING she looks forward to every year!”
“Camp is one of the few places (my son) has the opportunity to take care of himself. He always comes home more independent and more confident. It is one of only three places he can be himself without fear of being bullied or made fun of. I am more grateful than I can say in words for what you do for my son.”
“He feels a lot more confident and even went on a high school overnight which would never have happened without Camp Encourage.”
“(My son) made friends on his own without prompts or help. He also came home more confident that he could do things on his own. He was happy to see us on Friday but was sad when we left camp. You could just tell he felt normal and no one was judging him for his quirkiness.”
QUOTES FROM CAMPERS
“I met all my cabin mates and they became my friends.”
“I felt that I was finally part of the group and that people like me for me.”
“Camp Encourage felt like family!”
“I felt like I was with the kind of people I should be with.”
“I realized that there are people out there just like me.”
QUOTES FROM VOLUNTEERS
“This camp helped shape me into the professional that I want to be!
“I want to work with this population because of Camp Encourage.”
“This is the best thing I do all year. It makes me happy and peaceful.”
“This experience shows you should never underestimate any of these kids. They are so awesome!”
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.