Every year MDA summer camp gives thousands of kids with neuromuscular diseases a week when barriers disappear. This special summer camp program would not exist without the help of generous volunteers, such as Joshua Thomas from Sugar Land, Texas. Sixteen-year-old Thomas is choosing to spend a week in June at Camp for All, located at 6301 Rehburg Rd. in Burton, Texas, donating his time to helping children with limited mobility build self confidence through activities they cannot do at home.
Thomas will become a companion to a camper with a muscle disease and help them with daily needs such as eating, bathing and dressing. Through recreational activities including a rope course, a zip line, arts and crafts, canoeing, fishing and more, volunteers and campers create beautiful memories and forge lifelong friendships. Thomas could have spent his summer playing recreational sports or video games, but instead he will spend his summer making a difference by giving one camper an unforgettable week at MDA summer camp.
“MDA Summer Camp went way beyond my expectations,” said Joshua Thomas, Jared Schultz’s camp counselor. “Interacting with the kids was so amazing. It’s
more than “helping out.” You bond with them, care for them and communicate
with them. That’s what makes camp such an incredible experience for both the
campers and the counselors.”
“Josh took a week out of his summer to help me at camp,” said Jared Schultz,
Joshua Thomas’s camper. “Josh took me to the pool every single day. He was
like my buddy. Josh even helped me be brave enough to do the zip line! I
really hope he’s my counselor at camp again next year.”
At no charge to families, MDA is sponsoring 80 weeklong summer camp sessions this year, serving roughly 3,500 children. More than 4,300 volunteers like Joshua Thomas give a week of their time to serve as MDA camp counselors and medical staff. It costs the Association $800 to send one child to camp.
To obtain a volunteer application or learn about other ways to support MDA Summer Camp, call 713-522-3679.