Camp PALS Philadelphia

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Wow, what an incredible week we had at Cabrini College for Camp PALS Philadelphia. There were incredible trips to the beach, Dave & Busters and the Franklin Institute, not to mention endless dance parties and fun activities!

For more, check out the Facebook and Youtube and don’t forget to keep an eye out for Camp PALS Georgetown photos and videos this week!

Meet the Directors: Introducing the Philadelphia Team

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Meet the Camp PALS Philadelphia Director Team. Joining last year’s returning directors Jenn Grobe and Morgan Williams is PALS veteran Laura Karp. This energetic, exciting team of dedicated directors can’t wait to get back to the beautiful Cabrini College campus, where Camp PALS Philadelphia has been hosted for over 10 years! They can’t wait to offer PALS’ youngest campers a week full of fun, excitement, friendship, and dance parties at the largest Camp PALS of the 2014 season!

Learn more about this director team after the jump:

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Jenn:
“ Hi! My name is Jenn Grobe, and I’m anxiously awaiting my 7th summer at Camp PALS. This will be my third year as a Director and I’m already counting down the days until Camper Arrival! This fall, I began law school at George Washington University in Washington, DC, in the hopes of learning about and practicing disability law. I can’t wait to spend my summer making new friends, singing karaoke, and starting dance parties on the patio!”

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Morgan:
“My name is Morgan Williams, and I love Camp PALS. This is my second year as a Director at the Philly program, but I’ve been involved with PALS since 2010, when Philadelphia was the only program we had. By the time we leave the launchpad this summer, I will have graduated from Swarthmore College with a double major in Political Science and Psychology. I’m really excited to be a part of the 2014 Director team for three reasons. One, I’ll get to see Jenn Grobe and Laura Karp every day. Two, I can’t wait to make new friends. Three, CAMP PALS IS THE BEST WEEK OF THE YEAR!”

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Laura:
“ Hey there! My name is Laura Karp and I’m SO excited for my 8th summer at Camp PALS. I have been a Head Counselor and Head CPS in the past, but this will be my first summer as a director! I recently began graduate school for occupational therapy at Towson University. I want to be an OT to help young adults with their independence skills. I live in Baltimore, MD with two friends from PALS and we’re already counting down the days until Camp PALS Philadelphia at Cabrini College!”

Camp PALS Philadelphia will occur June 22-28, 2014 at Cabrini College for 60 campers ages 12-18.
 

 To help this amazing team of directors and the rest of PALS Programs make this summer the best one yet, please consider making a contribution of any size and Donate Here!

Announcing Our 2014 PALS Directors!

This weekend, our 23 incredible directors will come together in Maryland for the first-ever PALS Director Training Retreat! Led by our Executive Director and members of our Program Catalyst Committee, our directors will work to strengthen their teams, develop visions for their programs, and begin planning for the great summer of 2014!  

During the month of November, each team will have a chance to introduce themselves and share about the exciting details of their camp on the blog! But first, we wanted to take a moment to officially announce the 2014 Directors!

Taking on the 11th summer of Camp PALS Philadelphia will be Laura, Morgan and Jenn!

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Bringing the Pacific Ocean to PALS for the 3rd summer at Camp PALS San Francisco will be James, Hannah, and Sara!

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Taking us to the MidWest for the second summer of Camp PALS Chicago will be Conor, Joanna, Doug, and Kyle!

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Guiding us in our nation’s capital for the second summer of Camp PALS Georgetown will be Andrea, Alex, and Scott!

Leading us through the thrills of New Jersey for the second summer of Camp PALS Princeton will be David, Steven & Whitney!

Introducing the world to Camp PALS Dallas for the first time will be Kellen, Brenna, and Jill!

And finally supporting PALS across the nation in the areas of Donor Relations, Media, PALS Adventures and Medical will be our team of content directors - Paige, Jordan, Courtney & Ricky!

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We are so excited for this incredible team of dedicated, genuine and fun volunteers! Feel free to congratulate them all by emailing alldirectors@camppals.org!

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It was a beautiful day here in sunny Philadelphia. Camp PALS Philly spent this beautiful Thursday checking out the animals at the Philadelphia Zoo. After a relaxing afternoon, campers and counselors spent some time writing affirmation cards for one another, describing all the amazing things we have learned from each other and expressing our admiration and affection for one another. 
 The evening was spent prepping for the Camp PALS Olympics tomorrow afternoon. Stay tuned for a video and keep your eyes on the facebook and blog for photos from tomorrow’s activities, olympics, and semi-formal dance. 

Check out today’s photos here!

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Wow! What a Wednesday.
Today, Camp PALS Philadelphia kicked off the morning by taking over Dave and Busters. Campers and counselors won tickets and prizes and had an overall blast dominating everything from ski ball to motor cycle race simulators.
Choice activities kicked off the afternoon with volleyball, music and more. After a delicious dinner, campers participated in a letter writing session for the Congratulations Project. The Congratulations Project is an initiative in which members of the PALS family write letters to new members of the Down syndrome community. These letters inspire, encourage, welcome and congratulate new parents of children with Down syndrome.
 After this session, Camp PALS Philadelphia finished the evening in the best way that we know how; a classic PALS sing along and dance party.

To check out the album from this awesome day, click here.
For more information about the Congratulations Project, click here.

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The fun truly began today at Camp PALS Philadelphia when our campers arrived from all across the country by plane, car, and VW bus! Once we set some camp rules (lead by camper suggestions including “Don’t get eaten by a shark”) and introduced ourselves to one another, we finished off the evening with an ice cream party!
Stay tuned for all the fun activities that begin tomorrow and don’t forget to check out the album of today’s camper arrival: here.