Local camp gives special campers an unforgettable summer

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Summer’s in full swing. That means it’s time for camp fires, songs and games at Camp PARC. The camp is for children and adults living with mental and developmental disabilities.

“If they’re having fun, everyone’s having fun. It’s just one giant experience that we like to share together,” said Samuel Moore, a volunteer counselor. 

This is Camp PARC’s 59th year at Laurel Hill State Park in Somerset County. This year’s theme is Timeless Treasures of Television. Campers got to enjoy old sitcoms, cartoons and games shows by playing games, putting on skits and filming and presenting their own newscasts.

“In our TV studio, getting a chance to get to be the meteorologist or the newscasters for the day,” Risch said.

This was Moore’s second year as a volunteer counselor. He said everyone could learn a thing or two from his new friends: that these campers are like everyone else.

“Just because they look different, doesn’t mean there’s anything different. They have the same stories as us. They have the same things in common. It’s amazing.”

This was the third and final week of Camp PARC for this summer. You can find out how to apply for next year or donate by visiting the camp’s website.

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