Smiles, dancing, and speeding down the slopes of Wisconsin were just some of the highlights from the first-ever overnight PALS Adventure Feb 21st-23rd. Twenty two PALS alumni from near and far boarded a bus en route to Wisconsin Dells, WI to enjoy a weekend with some friends both old and new.
Everyone bundled up for the frigid Wisconsin air for a morning of snow tubing at Christmas Mountain Village. Shouts of joy were heard as both campers and counselors flew down the mountain on their snow tubes.
After making lunch at the lodge,the afternoon called for a 180 degree turn as participants headed to the Indoor Wilderness water parks. The afternoon was filled with daring rides like the Hurricane and body slides, relaxing in the the lazy river and hot tub, and braving the waves in the wave pool.
After an eventful day, dinner was a team effort with everyone pitching in to make and enjoy an Italian feast. Then, in true PALS fashion, this exciting day was capped off with karaoke and a PALS dance party.
We are very excited to be announcing our first PALS Adventure on the West Coast!
This Adventure will take place Friday, March 21st, 2014 at the Google campus in sunny Mountain View, California! We will start with lunch paired with our Google partners and then move on to our Google technology sessions where we work on developing independent skills for going to work and school. We will be wrapping the day up in the Google bowling alley to dance, sing, bowl and have a blast with all of our friends at Google!
Interested in this PALS Adventure?
Sign up here: PALS Google Adventure Application
We are looking forward to continuing the wonderful relationship PALS has built with Google and cannot wait to see you all in March!
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!
Bringing the Pacific Ocean to PALS for the 3rd summer at Camp PALS San Francisco will be James, Hannah, and Sara!
Taking us to the MidWest for the second summer of Camp PALS Chicago will be Conor, Joanna, Doug, and Kyle!
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!
We are so excited for this incredible team of dedicated, genuine and fun volunteers! Feel free to congratulate them all by emailing email@example.com!
We now have four PALS Adventures to announce, including the Buddy Walk in NYC which is less than 2 weeks away! Don’t forget to sign up for the Adventure in your area.
- September 21st- the 19th annual New York City Buddy Walk®
in New York City, NY.
Register and Sign Up
For more information, contact Kyle Stolarz
- October 5th- the Buddy Walk via the Down Syndrome Network of Montgomery County
in Potomac, MD.
Register and Sign Up
For more information, contact Scott Gerson
- October 12th- 7th Annual Step UP For Down Syndrome 5k and Family Festival
in Richmond, VA.
Register and Sign Up
For more information, contact Alyson McGonigle
- October 13th- Chester County Down Syndrome Interest Group Buddy Walk
in Wester Chester, PA
Register and Sign Up
For more information, contact Hannah Cunliffe
If you are a counselor interested in planning an event to reunite local members of the PALS family in your area, contact firstname.lastname@example.org to get started. We can’t wait to hear from you!
Keep an eye on the blog and the Facebook for announcements of more upcoming Adventures.
We’re excited to announce another upcoming PALS Adventure, a Buddy Walk in Potomac, MD on Saturday, October 5th. Reunite with PALS friends from all over at the Buddy Walk while supporting the Down Syndrome Network of Montgomery County. In addition to the walk, attendees will also have the chance to hone their baseball skills in a batting cage and swing for the fences in a fun softball game!
Campers and counselors can sign up for the event here. Official registration for campers and families can be done through the Buddy Walk website here. If you are interested in coming to the Buddy Walk, please RSVP to Scott Gerson at email@example.com.
PALS Adventures are led by our very own counselors and staff… to create your own Adventure, just email firstname.lastname@example.org!
Come join me at the first PALS Adventure of the year!
We’re excited to announce that there are two PALS Adventures coming up!
On Saturday, March 9, Daytime Moon Creations will be hosting us in New York City at the Peoples Improv Theater. This Adventure will include an afternoon of theater and improv activities. For more details, and to sign up for this Adventure, please complete this form as soon as possible!
On Saturday, April 6, Young Chefs Academy will be hosting us in Morganville, NJ. This Adventure will include an evening of supervised (delicious) cooking activities. For more details, and to sign up for this Adventure, please complete this form as soon as possible!
Each Adventure costs $25 per person. PALS Programs staff and campers are encouraged to apply early, as spots will fill up quickly. Questions or concerns? Please e-mail email@example.com
REMINDER: There are still spots for the February 16 Dance Party Adventure in Galloway, NJ. For details about this program, and to sign up, click here!
Our first two PALS Adventures last November were hugely successful (we went bowling!). Now mark your calendars because we’ve got another adventure coming right up: On Saturday, February 16 veteran counselor Laura Grow is reuniting the PALS community for a dance party in Galloway, NJ, so put on your dancing shoes (or sneakers) and prepare for an afternoon of fun!
The party will cost $10 and is open to all PALS alumni. If you’re interested in attending—as a camper, counselor, or support staff—you can sign up here. Spots are limited, so sign up now! If you have any questions, you can write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.
We can’t wait to see you!
For those of you who haven’t heard yet, we’re kicking off a new program called PALS Adventures! We’ve already set the first two Adventures for Saturday, December 15th—one in Howard County, MD (led by me, Laura Karp), and another in Bucks County, PA (led by the awesome Shane Kensil). Mark your calendars!
Both Adventures will reunite campers and counselors for two hours of bowling, as well as a delicious pizza meal! The cost for each event is $25, which includes bowling shoes, lane time, and dinner.
If you are interested in attending either of these events as either a camper or counselor, please sign up below. Spots are limited, so sign up now! Once your spot is reserved, you’ll receive a confirmation email with more details. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to write to me at email@example.com.
Sign up for the PALS Adventure in Howard County, MD (led by Laura Karp: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Sign up for the PALS Adventure in Bucks County, PA (led by Shane Kensil: email@example.com)
I can’t wait for PALS Adventures to begin. Hope to see you soon!