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Easter Seals Coastal Fairfield County Celebrates the 60th Anniversary of Camp Hemlocks

  • Published: 2010-07-21 : Author: Easter Seals Coastal Fairfield County
  • Synopsis: Camp Hemlocks summer camp for children and adults with disabilities and special needs.

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Easter Seals Coastal Fairfield County will host a cookout this Wednesday to celebrate 60 years of Camp Hemlocks, a summer camp for children and adults with disabilities and special needs.

It will be a great opportunity to tour the camp, meet the extraordinary staff, and enjoy a celebratory barbeque.

Camp Hemlocks has filled - and continues to fill - the recreational gap for citizens of all ages with disabilities and gives them a place where they can experience the outdoors without physical barriers. Easter Seals Camp Hemlocks has provided services to over 500 individuals with disabilities every year since 1950

"We are extremely proud to celebrate 60 years of Camp Hemlocks," says Easter Seals New York SVP, John W. McGrath. "It is a wonderful program that changes the lives of those living with disabilities by creating a fun and meaningful summer with lasting memories."

Camp Hemlocks runs for eight weeks and offers residential and day camp programs. Sitting on 100 acres of unspoiled woodlands surrounding Jones Pond in Hebron, Connecticut, Camp Hemlocks allows campers to choose from a wide variety of social, recreational and educational activities, such as talent shows, arts and crafts, outdoor living skills, boating and fishing, a challenge course, and climbing tower. Swimming is also an integral part in the camp experience. Campers are encouraged, sometimes for the first time in their lives, to move without restriction in our fully accessible, heated indoor pool.

"It is so wonderful to provide a traditional summer camp for children and adults with disabilities that allows the campers to experience new things while reaching their highest potential. I am honored to be a part of the program and to celebrate it with a community cookout," says Wiley Mullins, Chairman of Easter Seals Coastal Fairfield County.

Easter Seals is the Nation's leading non-profit provider of services for individuals with autism, developmental, physical, and mental disabilities, and other special needs. Easter Seals provides exceptional services to ensure that all people with disabilities or special needs and their families have equal opportunities to live, learn, work and play in their communities. For almost 90 years, Easter Seals has been offering help and hope to children and adults living with disabilities, and to the families who love them.

For more information about Easter Seals or Camp Hemlocks, please visit www.ct.easterseals.com

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