MDA camp offers kids with neuromuscular disease a fun and safe outdoor experience, along with opportunities to engage in a variety of activities such as horseback riding, swimming, adaptive sports, arts and crafts, camp dances and much more. Almost all campers agree that muscular dystrophy camp is “the best week of the year.”
MDA camp enables campers to stretch their comfort zones and grow in independence as they spend a week away from home; permit someone other than their parents to provide personal care; and make new friends. The benefits come in lifelong friendships, increased self-esteem and confidence, and the chance to spend at least one week of the year in a place where physical disabilities are the norm rather than the exception.
Youngsters ages 6 to 17 who are affected by any of the more than 40 neuromuscular diseases in MDA’s program and who are registered with MDA are eligible to apply to attend MDA summer camp. There is no fee to attend camp, and all camp costs are covered by MDA. Acceptance to camp is contingent upon evaluation of your child’s application by MDA staff and MDA’s medical advisers, including the camp health staff and clinic team.
Contact: local MDA office
Phone: Los Angeles MDA office (310) 390-6802
Orange County (714) 245-0921
San Diego (858) 492-9792
Santa Barbara (805) 560-7651
Locations: Throughout California and the US. Check their website for specific listings (map)