What Is Camp TLC?
Camp TLC has it’s own website! www.camptlc-sbant.com
Camp TLC serves campers age 9-16 with Spina Bifida and congenital neural tube defects. The Spina Bifida Association of North Texas provides this week long experience in June with medical support from Texas Scottish Rite Hospital, Children’s Medical Center Dallas, and Cook Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth.
Camp TLC is a 6 day overnight summer camp for children with Spina Bifida ages 9-16. It is hosted at Camp John Marc in Meridian, TX ,a facility built for special needs groups. It is a fully accessible state- of-the-art camping facility that allows campers full participation in activities such as swimming, horse- back riding, canoeing, rock climbing, archery, camping, fishing, cooking, arts and crafts and much more. For one week in June each year, Camp TLC takes over Camp John Marc and houses almost 100 children with Spina Bifida. Spending time with their peers is one of the most important parts of this experience. They understand each other’s needs and abilities and can learn from each other and talk openly to one another. Many of them rarely see another individual with Spina Bifida except at camp or another SBANT event!
Accompanying the campers is a small army of volunteers consisting of nurses & doctors (mostly from Scottish Rite), men & women of all ages, college students and more. This group, along with the Camp John Marc staff, provide medical care, guidance and supervision to the campers. Their overall goal is to make sure each camper has fun, learns, becomes more independent, makes friends and feels just like any able-bodied kid going to a camp! Campers come off the bus exhausted from their week of fun, full of stories, sad to leave their friends and wondering what the theme for camp will be next year!
There are many costs associated with running a camp of this size. Some examples are listed below—
Medical Supplies for Each Cabin and Infirmary Lodging for 6 Days Meals, Snac
ks, Beverages for Campers and Volunteers
Insurance for Camp and Bus Trip Bus Rental Camp T-Shirts Camp DVDs Art & Craft Supplies Rental Truck for Wheelchair Transportation
Background Checks and Child Abuse Training for Volunteers (State Mandated) Water Bottles Sunscreen and Bug Spray Swim Diapers and Swim Socks
Thank You Gifts for Approximately 75 Nurses,Doctors, Therapists, Counselors andVolunteers
While these costs change from year to year, our mission does not. Camp TLC is one of our strongest and most valuable programs for our community and must continue.
Your donation of time and/or money helps enrich the lives children with Spina Bifida. For
more information on camp or volunteering, visit www.camptlc-sbant.com.
We appreciate your support!
Camp TLC 2017 will be held from June 11th to 16th
at Camp John Marc in Meridian Texas.
For more information about our programs, look at the flyers below in English and Spanish,
For more information about Camp TLC, volunteering or sponsoring, please visit www.camptlc-sbant.com