One of our dreams became reality with the launch of Camp Catalyst on June 20, 2022.

Camp Catalyst brought kids together aged 9 – 16, both with and without disabilities, to play and learn together. And boy did they have fun!

Amanda Boyd our camp manager, along with her volunteers Carter, Brandon, Amanda and our intern Katelyn, kept everyone busy with great camp activities. Water balloon fights were the number one choice of campers, followed closely by making slime, tie dying camp t-shirts and field hockey.

Thank you to everyone who helped with this camp. And a special thank you to Jeremiah and Kelsie Winters for the camp shirts and the wonderful Camp Catalyst sign!

Every camper had a big smile on their face, dye on their hands and water on their shirt.

Many of the families commented that it took some convincing on the first day to get their camper here, but by ride home that afternoon, the campers were saying they couldn’t wait to come back. One announced she plans on attending until she’s 16 and we are very happy about that.

Despite the extreme heat, everyone had fun, fun, fun. Everyone belonged and felt included and saw that we are more alike than different.

Cam, one of the campers from this week, explained it this way: “Emerson’s voice is like getting a hug. Manny is cool and competitive and fun to hang around. Atlas just makes me feel calm, and I like hanging out with him – he makes me happy. You know, people with disabilities are just people-there’s no big deal about it. We’re all good for all kinds of things.”

And dreams really do come true.

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