Camp PALS West

Joe’s first week away from his family and his brother was Camp PALS West. Andrew, his brother, and his parents followed the blog daily to see what Joe was up to. Andrew compiled this video highlighting Joe’s week of growth at PALS. We hope to see both of you at camp next year!

Wow… we can’t believe the inaugural year is over already. Here is the final video we played during Camp PALS West 2012’s Closing Ceremonies. We our campers and counselors so much already, and we can’t wait to see you all again next year. In the meantime, stay in touch!

Never bored on the Boardwalk

We got up early today and drove to Santa Cruz to enjoy a day at the world-famous Boardwalk. Pirate mini-golf was a dramatic start to the day. Marissa made this hole in only 2 shots!

We had lunch on the Boardwalk and then some of us went for the rides (others took a leisurely stroll). Emily and Kate went straight for the famous free-fall ride.

The rest of the day was at the beach having fun in the sun. Some brave campers and counselors jumped in the water. Jeremy took it upon himself to make sure that Director Kate Fleming enjoyed the water too.

Nicole's words on the R-Word

Nicole is a guest blogger writing about an experience she had with the R-word, and how she is empowered to make a change.

“So I was at my friend’s house having dinner when one of my friends Adam came and we talked about things and one of them was the R-word!!! Then I said I don’t like it at all. He has ADHD but it is not ok. He said I am sorry.

So I want the R-word to be done. So let’s stop. It hurts a lot in my heart. I felt better and felt very different after words. I really want to stop it now. Not later but now. So let’s have a stand and fight a lot and never give up. Tell everyone about it and I will do the same at my school. I have strong feelings for the R word. I will do everything to stop it so please help us and stop the R-word and make a big change in the whole world. Please make a difference for people with Down syndrome. They can’t change but we can make a huge difference for them.

The R-word is not just Down syndrome but for all kinds of disability in the world today!!!!”

Monday in San Fran

We started Monday by heading to the San Fransisco Zoo, where Hiren and John especially enjoyed the monkeys and koalas.

We had a picnic with a view of the Golden Gate Bridge. Ryan was mesmerized by the foggy scenic drive across the bridge afterwards.

We also stopped at Ghirardelli Square for ice cream sundaes, and Joe devoured his dessert.

We sat outside by the fountain, and some of us even made a wish - to come back to Camp PALS next year. Cody and Whitney enjoyed watching the “Call me Maybe” flashmob CP West started on the Square. 

The cable cars were next, and we all fit in one (barely). Jason and Grace held on tight as we cruised up and down the hilly streets.

We finished our day with karaoke! Dedications went out and rap beats were made. And Olivia serenaded the crowd with a beautiful solo.