Because of the physical and behavioral challenges associated with Down syndrome, autism, mental retardation, Cerebral Palsy and other developmental disabilities, children and adults aren't typically eligible to attend traditional camps. Camp Thunderbird is their chance to learn new skills and focus on the remarkable things they can do, while making new friends and unforgettable memories.
Each summer, nearly 400 campers of all ages have the time of their lives participating in Camp Thunderbird's variety of fun activities. From camping, swimming, nature studies and arts & crafts, to canoeing, fishing, evening socials and sports & games, Camp Thunderbird offers the same adventures available at other camp programs - but in a fully-accessible environment tailored to meet the diverse needs of the campers.
Separated from their parents, many for the first time, campers of all ages begin to take on challenges that build their self-confidence and sense of independence.
In addition to providing each camper with an outstanding experience, Camp Thunderbird's six- and 12-day overnight sessions also give parents and guardians a much-needed break from the demands of 24-hour caregiving. For many families, this respite is their first chance to relax, spend time with friends, or even take a vacation knowing that their loved one is receiving quality care and attention.
Located just northwest of Orlando on the grounds of the Wekiwa Springs State Park, Camp Thunderbird's 19-acre setting offers a glimpse of a more natural Florida.
On-site amenities include:
Camp Thunderbird is also accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA), which verifies that the camp complies with over 300 individual health, safety and program standards - www.questinc.org/camp.htm