Choose Camp Discovery on Giving Tuesday
Giving Tuesday falls on November 29, 2016 this year. Giving Tuesday is a lot like Black Friday and Cyber Monday in the sense that you get to spend your hard earned money but not on yourself. You get to take your money and donate it to a great cause of your choice. For this year’s giving Tuesday, I’m hoping that you’ll think about donating to my charity of choice, Camp Discovery. Never heard of Camp Discovery? I hadn’t either until 2 years ago.
Camp Discovery is sponsored by the American Academy of Dermatology.
Camp Discovery is an organization started by the American Academy of Dermatology in order to provide free summer camps to children suffering from dermatologic diseases. Yes, the camp is entirely free for all of the children to attend. The parents don’t have to spend a dime to get their children in. Camp Discovery will pay for any child’s transportation costs (flights included) to attend their closest camp site. Camp Discovery runs 6 camps every summer in the states of Washington, Texas, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut.
Camp Discovery is for kids with dermatologic conditions.
If you’re wondering what kinds of kids attended this camp, they are kids who want to have fun and have a normal childhood. This camp allowed them to do just that for a week in the summer. There are many rare skin diseases of childhood that aren’t well known by the public. Some of these include: xeroderma pigmentosa, solar urticaria, ichtyosis, and epidermal bullosa. Since they are so rare, they are not well understood or commonly encountered by people. Children with common skin conditions like severe eczema, vitiligo, and alopecia are also invited to join Camp Discovery. All of the children are referred by their dermatologists to attend.
I was a counselor for Camp Discovery in 2014.
I got to attend Camp Discovery in the summer of 2014 in Burton, Texas. Our specific camp location was cleverly called Camp Dermadillo – I’m sure you can figure that one out. It was the experience of a lifetime. I had a great experience, and I want to help spread the word about this awesome organization.
Activities Offered at Camp Discovery
Well it’s an action packed, fun filled week for every child who attends. The camp site that I attended had horseback riding, archery, an obstacle course, zip lining, fishing, and of course the requisite pool. The camp site I went to caters to children with many types of disabilities, and that’s why it’s called Camp For All. All of the bathrooms were wheelchair accessible, there were a variety of medical personnel and equipment on hand, and the staff were trained to be able to tailor any experience for all kids to participate.
The best parts about camp were the theme nights that were planned for each night of the week. The overall theme for 2014 was travel and the different continents. On Asia night, there were performers who brought a full on dragon to dance for the kids. On Africa night, there were traditional African dancers. And best of all, on the Australia themed-night there were live animals for the children to learn about and touch. There were pretty scary animals like snakes, crocodiles, and birds.
Donate to Camp Discovery
I’m sure you’re convinced so donate now! Or don’t forget to donate tomorrow. If you can’t donate, think about volunteering your time. They accept applications for counselors and medical personnel. Nurses and dermatologists especially are in high demand in order to run these camps. You can find more info about volunteering here.
Your Donation Made BETTER
Two members of the American Academy of Dermatology have pledged to match any donations made to Camp Discovery between now and December 9, 2016! This means your donation is actually doubled. Don’t wait, donate NOW!
Don’t forget that all charitable donations are tax deductible, and who wants to be paying more money on their taxes? No one duh! You can use this link to donate to Camp Discovery.