Forming special bonds at Rising Sun camp
by Lisa Tome
Those who attend Camp Care were exhausted on Thursday morning.
The campers had spent the prior day at Six Flags amusement park and the flurry of activity proved to be tiring.
After a three week run, the 2017 camp wrapped up on Friday. The camp, which serves those ages 6-20 who have physical, emotional, and developmental difficulties, was held at the Rising Sun Community Center. The facility hosted children and youths from throughout Cecil County. More than half of the 57 campers this year have autism. Some have down's syndrome.
"Karaoke was huge this year. And they liked Dance Dance Revolution with the Wii. Fishing was big and successful and so was tennis," said camp director Roberta LaPorte. "It was an excellent year. It went really fast."
Camp activities included music therapy, movie days, photo booth day, a trip to Plumpton Park Zoo, a comedy and magic show, a party, and water slides. Among counselors and campers alike, the seven visits to the Conowingo Swimming Pool were camp highlights.
There were 42 staffers of varying ages who worked at the camp this year. Some have worked there for years, others were first timers.
Tori Azzaro is a college senior who is studying art therapy. "Camp was a lot of fun. I did a one on one (with a camper). We were a perfect match," said Azzaro.
Like Azzaro, Ryan Schroder is a first year counselor. "I was terrified I would do something wrong. I'm studying civil engineering but I love doing this sort of thing," said Schroder.
Steve Pagano was also a first year counselor. "I enjoyed doing this. The kids are great. Every day, there's activities and I enjoy being with the children," said Pagano. "My camper liked the pool. That made him happy."
Dana Cain worked with camper Grace Testerman. "It has been awesome. Grace and I have enjoyed the pool and the waterslide. We got to watch a giraffe eat lettuce. Grace likes Play-Doh and singing," said Cain.
Kaila Testerman worked with camper McKenzie Vinson. "She has so much energy. She loves to dance and sing and play zombies," said Testerman.
Morgan Naggie has worked at Camp Care for three years. "I enjoy the kids and their smiles and seeing their abilities grow," said Naggie.
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