Area Students Attending "Special" Camp At Pokagon State Park

By Scott Sarvay

May 4, 2011 Updated May 4, 2011 at 6:21 PM EDT

ANGOLA, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - Warmer weather means it's time for kids to head off to summer camp and some very "special" students from Angola are getting a unique opportunity to do just that.

Special needs students from Ryan Park Elementary are heading to Camp Rhino at Pokagon State Park this week.

This year features a carnival theme and invites the kids and their parents to participate in various games and activities.

So, what do camp counselors hope to achieve with the event?

Camp Coordinator Julie Culver-Smith says, “Slowly but surely they start bonding with other families that may go to the same doctor or their child might have the same disability as another child. So then you start networking with other parents. Then the kids get an opportunity to experience a leisure activity like every other kid but in an environment that is safe for them and geared for them."

This is the sixth year volunteer workers have made the camp possible for the kids.




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