Vermont summer camp for disabled forges connections during pandemic

Published: Nov. 25, 2020 at 3:51 PM EST|Updated: Nov. 26, 2020 at 12:54 AM EST
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BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - A Vermont summer camp for people with intellectual disabilties is getting creative to connect with campers during the pandemic.

In a normal year, some 250 Vermonters with special needs would come through Camp Thorpe in Goshen. But this year that couldn’t happen due to COVID-19 challenges. Heather Moore, the camp’s executive director says they pivoted to make sure their campers didn’t miss out on seeing others during this time.

“A lot of the folks that we serve are stuck at home. They’re higher at risk for COVID-19 complications. So, we’re looking for ways to make their days more joyous, to have a little bright spot in the day where we engage with them. And I think it’s important right now to think of creative ways to show people in your lives that you love them and that you care about them, and I think mail is a wonderful way to do that,” she said.

They’re sending out art kits for things like Thanksgiving decorations and birdhouses that people can paint. They’ve also done Zoom baking sessions where they made chocolate chip cookies and other treats.

If you know someone with an intellectual disability who would benefit from one of these kits, contact Camp Thorpe.

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