Camp Philosophy

Camp Philosophy

Camp Rotary believes in the intrinsic value of camping in a residential setting. Camping provides an experience of adventure in the outdoors while instilling an awareness and appreciation for the natural environment. Camping teaches cooperation through playing, working, and planning with others. Camping helps to build self-confidence through the acquisition of new skills, accomplishments, and insights.

All persons with disabilities should have the opportunity to be included in all aspects of camp life. Inclusion enhances the lives not only of campers with disabilities but also of all campers, staff, and volunteers who participate. Inclusion benefits the camp as a whole and creates a community respectful of the presence and individuality of everyone involved. Fun and recreation, together with respect for the dignity the individual, are at the core of this philosophy.

Camp Rotary’s motto is “Focus on Ability.” Campers are to be instilled with a sense of responsibility by being encouraged to do things for themselves and others. The staff should take a personal interest in each camper and give ample opportunity for self-expression in a well-balanced, varied program. Everyone will be encouraged to participate in all activities. If a disability limits an individual’s full participation, the program will be adapted — it should never be assumed that an individual is incapable of participating. We wish to create a healthful recreational atmosphere with wholesome outdoor activities for everyone.