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. We just completed our 15th summer season, with eleven weeks of Camp across the country bringing together over 1,200 Campers and Counselors. Beyond our Camps, we create year-round opportunities for our alumni to get together through our winter programs and continue to connect with the Down syndrome community through The Congratulations Project.
Our Mission & Values
Our mission is to create immersive experiences where young adults 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 512 unique Campers in 2018
Hosted 14 Camps in 13 locations including 4 new sites
Engaged 680 unique Volunteers across 39 states
Hosted 336 participants at 2017-18 off-season programs
Sent over 600 letters through the Congratulations Project to 48 states and 10 countries