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PALS Olympics /\

Have you heard of Camp PALS?  My little sister just got back from it and it is easily her favorite week of the year.  It’s a camp for kids with Down syndrome. They have fun activities all week long – yoga, PALS Olympics, kayaking, firework watching, karaoke, team-building, theatrics, a formal dance, friend-making, celebration.  It’s a really special week.

Here is a little bit of its history. (Fun fact: the founders all have siblings with Downs).  And here, here, here, here, here, and here are the videos of all the fun they had!

My favorite thing about Camp PALS is that on the last day, the campers write a letter congratulating new parents of children with Downs syndrome.  In their letters, campers tell these new parents about all the wonder and good experiences that they’ve had in their lives.  It’s an experience that’s given my little sister a lot of pride in her identity, and I think it’s helpful to parents who might be struggling in their new role.

Have you known someone with Downs?  If not, you’re missing out.  They are a great group!

Thanks for reading and have a great weekend.