Our history, our future, and the people who make it all possible.
Founded in 2004 by three high school students-- Jason Toff, Jenni Newbury, and Josh Stein-- Camp PALS began as a small camp of 16 campers and counselors. The concept was simple - changing perspectives through relationships built on shared experiences. As Camp PALS has grown, so has the passion within each of our community members. Volunteers have stepped forward, building new programs in new areas to meet our growing need. The summer of 2017 will be our 14th, with eleven weeks of camp across the country bringing together over 750 campers and counselors. Beyond our camps, we create year-round opportunities for our alumni to get together through PALS Adventures and continue to connect with the Down syndrome community through the Congratulations Project.
Our Mission & Values
Our mission is to create immersive experiences where individuals with Down syndrome and their peers have fun, grow as individuals, and build transformative friendships.
PALS fosters close connections and a sense of belonging, built around quality, accepting and caring people. Together, we create the best place on earth and a family away from home. We are welcoming, genuine, passionate, supportive and fun.
What We've Achieved
- Grown from 16 campers to 340 campers in 2016
- Engaged 430 unique volunteers across 31 states
- Hosted 205 participants in 2015-16 Adventures season
- Sent over 400 letters through the Congratulations Project to 46 states and 7 countries