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How "Our Own Family Camp" got started...
Our family has been attending Family Camp at YMCA Camp Oakes in the Big Bear area for about thirty years. Now we have three generations attending. There are fun activities, including horseback riding, archery, arts and crafts, swimming, canoeing and even a great campfire ring!
Due to the low attendance at the 2007 Family Camp, the YMCA decided to discontinue Family Camp as it had been structured. As a previous Board Members of the YMCA of Greater Long Beach, Marissa and Dave Little met with the Executive Director and proposed a change in the focus and have a Family Camp for families with a member with Down syndrome. Camp Oakes has an Easter Seals camp every year, and every staff member looks forward to it. They loved the first Family Camp for our families in 2009 and happily welcomed us back for 2010. The Camp Oakes Executive Director told us that we fit the YMCA model perfectly!
We'd love to have you join us. Call or email us for more information.
...for families with a member affected by Down syndrome.