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!

Camp PALS fundraising campaign announced!

The Camp PALS Counselor Board today announced the 2011-2012 fundraising campaign with a new, higher-than-ever goal of $50,000. Last year, the Camp PALS community really came together to help us reach our goal of $45,000, and this year we’re hoping they can do it again.

All money raised in the campaign goes towards covering the cost of Camp PALS and PALS Tours. This includes providing scholarships to all campers who need it. The campaign will help ensure that our programs continue to grow and improve, but we also want to make sure that money is never an issue for any camper who wants to attend.

This is why we’re asking for your help to make this campaign as successful as possible. Here’s how you can help us achieve our $50,000 goal:

1) Set up your own personalized fundraising page here (it’s fun and only takes a minute).

2) Tell all your friends and family about Camp PALS—classmates and teachers, co-workers and bosses, coaches and teammates, aunts, uncles and next-door neighbors. Talk to them about what Camp PALS means to you and let them know that every single $1 donated will make a difference to someone you know. No donation is too small or too large!

Get involved today and show us your Camp PALS love. Together we can continue to make Camp PALS the best summer camp in the entire world!

- Alex

Hello from San Antonio!

We arrived on Friday evening at the National Down Syndrome Congress in San Antonio, TX!

The big highlight of the first day was Camp PALS co-director Jenni Newbury’s keynote speech to open the conference. Jenni had been asked by the NDSC to give a personal take on her relationship with her brother Jason and how that experience motivates her in her work with Camp PALS and beyond.

On Saturday, following Jenni’s speech, we spoke to individuals from across Texas and indeed the country who were interested in learning more about Camp PALS. As we were quickly finding out, Jenni’s speech was already being considered the highlight of the conference!

We also went out to dinner with Catherine, Nicole, and Luke from Camp!

On Sunday, we got to have lunch with Daniel Chaplin and his family. Dan comes to the conference every year, and he shared with us his favorite parts of the conference.

Overall, it was an incredible experience! Consider joining us next summer in D.C. for the NDSC 2012 conference.


Director Welcome

This afternoon the directors arrived at Cabrini’s campus for the final stages of preparation for Camp PALS 2011. With a few new faces, we thought you would appreciate an introduction. Of course, we couldn’t resist sharing some of our favorite Camp PALS activities with you - we are just too excited!

Well, we better get back to work. See you in a few days!

- Camp PALS Directors (Paul, Jason, Jenni, Abby, Josh & Tyler)