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Group-based interaction with your very own buddy in outdoor setting

As a Peer Buddy, you’ll enjoy regular camp activities while supporting your very own buddy.  You’ll receive training from an adult Facilitator who will be there to support you along the way as the two of you enjoy a medley of sports, games, and camp activities!

Here’s what your role will be:

  1. Meet at the location 15 minutes ahead of time for training

  2. Commit to all hours in the week(s) you sign up for (3 hours/day, 1-5 weeks)

  3. Teach your buddy essential social skills in a fun, camp atmosphere

  4. Be a mentor to your buddy

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Here’s what people have to say...

Peer Buddy Volunteers

“What I liked about Inclusion camp is that me and buddy were allowed to choose what we wanted to do instead of being told to do stuff. We had a great time talking to each other and getting to know each other a lot better. I also think the NFTNs were a great idea. They made everyone feel happy and special knowing that somebody saw what great things they did that day. I would not change anything about camp! I think camp was super fun! From the games to snacks to just hanging out with my buddy. I had an amazing time getting to know everyone at camp. I also learned a lot while I was there. Overall, it was a great experience (I've never done a camp like this one before) and I had a great time. Can't wait to do it again next year!”

-- Erandi De Silva (age 13)

“I loved getting to know all the campers and volunteers on such a personal level. From the activities we did to the free time just hanging out, the atmosphere was almost always positive. I just loved being able to feel so included from day 1 of the camp. I loved everything! I can’t think of anything that would make the camp better. I would love to help at Inclusion camp again. I would be extremely excited! It was seriously an amazing time. Like I said earlier, I felt completely welcomed from day 1, and it was really awesome to feel so included. Thank you for everything!”

– Jack Haley (age 16)

“What I really liked about this camp experience is building a friendship with a child that I would never have probably been friends with before, and you get to build this bond and have this one on one time to talk with them and learn about their interests and their families and it’s a lot of fun!” 

-- Alyssa Mueller (age 16)

“I really like Inclusion Camp because it pairs you one on one with a camper and I feel like you can really connect to the person because they try to pair it up so that you have same interests and you’re the same age.  I really like it because you can find out a lot about a person from just one week at camp.  It gives you a new perspective – they might be dealing with things that you didn’t even know people had and I like it because it gives you a new perspective on how they might see the world.  It’s really fun because you learn different things from the person and they can learn different things about you.”

– Amalie Wilson (age 13) 

“Inclusion Camp is so great because we get to hang out with all these kids and we get to know our buddies really well and we get to have loads of fun playing with everyone else and getting to know how to be a good friend. It’s really fun!”

– Meghan Vincent (age 15)

“This camp is really fun for me because it’s like being an older sibling and you can gain the right knowledge when you get older if you have a friend with special needs.”

– Nicole Roberts (age 10)

“This camp makes you feel good because you know that you’re helping someone.  You do lots of fun stuff here – you have free time, snack time, and presentations, which is really cool, and your Peer Buddies are always happy, and that makes you feel really good.”

– Sutter Munizich (age 13)

Parents of Peer Buddy Volunteers

“Thanks so much for this week. I think this is such a wonderful experience for my kids and I'm so thankful. They're learning so much and I appreciate the opportunity you've given them.”

– Krista Munizich

“I just wanted to say that Bradley had an incredible time working with everyone at the camp. He really loved it. Thank you for the opportunity!”

– Cheryl Ebner

“I loved that everyday my son (Gabe Donovan) came home happy and bubbling over with excitement.  Gabe had a blast, he told me over and over again how much fun it was.  He played games, did crafts, had snacks, and made a new friend who was also a Jr. at San Marcos.  Hearing Gabe rave about the camp made my summer.  In terms of what I would modify, it was so wonderful, maybe you should do it for more than 2 weeks.  I wish Gabe had participated in more than one week.  I would absolutely enroll Gabe in inclusion camp again. Thank you for giving my son a real camp experience.  Awesome job...and thank you for doing this. It was truly special and touched my heart.”

– Patty Walker

“I think it was a great experience for the "non-special needs" kids. They could see first hand different kinds of people in the world who might not be as fortunate as them in some ways and can offer a different perspective of the world than what they see every day.  When I asked my daughter what she would change about camp, she said “nothing.” My daughter loved the camp. I think part of that is that she is always the "small one" in the family or group and this gives her a chance to be more of a leader and teacher.”

– Emily Harts-Roberts


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  1-6 Weeks        3 hrs/day            $40/week


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