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Camp A.B.L.E, a state-licensed summer camp operated by Canton Leisure Services that is specifically designed for children ages 8 to 14 with disabilities, recently received a $500 donation from the Kiwanis Club of Colonial Plymouth.
This generous donation was utilized to off-set Camp A.B.L.E. expenses for daily operations and training of staff, as well as for the purchase of recreation supplies. Donations such as the one from the Kiwanis Club allow camp staff to continue to provide an exemplary day at camp for our participants at a low cost.
"We are so appreciative of the Kiwanis Club of Colonial Plymouth’s donation which was put to good use this summer at Camp A.B.L.E.,” said Jennifer Girard, Recreation Specialist. “Providing a traditional summer camp experience with adaptations that keep activities fun and inclusive allows us to ensure that children who have special needs thrive while creating special summertime memories.”
Camp A.B.L.E., which stands for Achieve, Believe, Learn and Experience, is one of several activities and services offered by Canton Township’s Therapeutic Recreation program. Therapeutic Recreation offers year-round program opportunities, socialization and support for individuals with disabilities of all ages residing in Western Wayne County. Staff members work with participants on social and recreational skill development, leisure education, appropriate behavior, and recreation participation in inclusive environments.
For over 17 summers, this therapeutic recreation camp has been extremely successful and has set the precedent for Therapeutic Recreation camps to be modeled after throughout western Wayne County. Participants take part in a variety of activities throughout the day, interacting with their peers, enhancing social skills, gross and fine motor skills, and gaining independence. Camp A.B.L.E. runs Mondays thru Fridays, and consists of three field trips per week, with two days of specially planned activities at the camp site, and swimming at The Summit Aquatics Center.
The Kiwanis Club of Colonial Plymouth was established in 1967 and has a diverse membership from many different business and professional backgrounds. Each member has and continues to show their volunteer spirit of service with their time, knowledge and resources to make the Plymouth-Canton community and even better place to work and live. Service is at the heart of every Kiwanis International Club, no matter where in the world it’s located. Kiwanis members stage nearly 150,000 service projects, devote more than 6 million hours of service and raise nearly $100 million every year for communities, families, and projects. For additional information about the Colonial Plymouth Kiwanis Club, please visit colonialplymouth.org.
For more information about Camp A.B.L.E. and additional Canton Therapeutic Recreation programs, events and activities, visit www.cantonfun.org or call 734/394-5460.