In celebration of Down Syndrome Awareness Month, we’re thrilled to share some exciting news on The Congratulations Project.
As many of you know, The Congratulations Project was launched at multiple PALS programs this past summer. Campers took time to write letters to new parents of babies with Down syndrome, and many of our counselors and siblings have joined them. The letters are designed to inspire, encourage, empathize, welcome, and, most importantly, congratulate new parents and siblings of a child with Down syndrome.
Our goal is for these letters to be distributed to hospitals and local advocacy groups through individual connections around the country. Some camper letters will be shared individually, others will be paired with counselor letters, sharing not only the perspective of a self-advocate, but the value and impact of the 1-to-1 relationships formed at PALS programs. These letters will be given to parents just receiving the information that their child has or is suspected to have Down syndrome and each unique letter will contain the same message of hope, joy, and the value and impact of people with Down syndrome.
Today we are excited to share this letter from Samantha Cousins! We will continue to share samples of these letters on the blog over the next few weeks, and we encourage you to take time to learn more at www.palsprograms.org/congratulations . We also invite you to join us as we continue with this project. We are eager to receive more letters and to hear suggestions for new distribution sites. If you have any recommendations, or any questions about the project, please reach out to us at email@example.com.
Thanks for your support!
Alex, David & Jenni
We couldn’t choose highlights of this year’s dance because everything was so awesome… so check out this time lapse video of it ALL!
LIVE STREAM of the closing ceremonies can be seen right here at 1pm!
Check out all the Tony Award worthy moments that PALS Tours created at the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington DC!
Yesterday, PALS Tours Labor Day had such a great time exploring the outdoors at Red Wiggler farm. Check out the video to see us in action!
The first activity of Labor Day weekend 2012 was a lesson in healthy cooking as we prepared our lunches for tomorrow, as well as, make some hummus, smoothies and banana pudding.
Fifth, and final, installment of the competitive dance portion of the 2012 Camp PALS Olympics. Stop back tomorrow to see a highlight video of ALL the events at this year’s 2012 Camp PALS Olympics!
In the fouth installment of the competitive dance portion of the 2012 Camp PALS Olympics, the Red Team performs to “The Circle of Life”.
In the third installment of our Olympic Dance Competition, the Yellow team performs to “Back In Time”.
With the upcoming London Olympics approaching (USA! USA!), PALS would like to share this year’s dance competition from the 2012 Camp PALS Olympics. This week we are going to post a video of each team’s dance routine, culminating into a highlight video of all the Camp PALS Olympic competition, that will be made public this Friday!
Robert and Alex shot a video scrapbook capturing the magic of PALS all around Google’s campus. Many many thanks to the Google employees who worked with us to make yesterday so memorable.
Camp PALS visited the San Francisco Zoo yesterday and we all got a little wild. Can you guess what everyone’s favorite animal is??
Today we’re going to be playing kickball, doing yoga outside, going swimming, cooking, and writing letters. Stay tuned for photos!
Time to meet all 19 pairs of campers and counselors at PALS West. After a delicious dinner and ice cream social, we wanted to share our best California dance moves with everyone. We’re also happy to announce our first spontaneous dance party! Keep checking the blog for more dance parties throughout the week.
The halls are decorated and campers are arriving. Let Camp PALS West 2012 begin!
Check out the Green Gator’s awesome hallway decorating skillz!
Recording of the Live Stream of PALS Memorial Day 2012. Special thanks to all of participants, mentors, staff, directors, anyone and everyone involved.
Check out the live stream of the PALS Tours 2012 Closing Ceremonies, above.
Check out all the fun we had during our last night at PALS Tours 2012! We’ll also be live streaming, to this very blog, today’s closing ceremonies (Look for a blog post around 1 PM EST). A post will appear with a youtube like video box and all you’ll have to do is click the play button. Awesome, right?
Yesterday PALS Tours had an amazing evening learning how to make rice pudding and hummus. Check out the video to see all the highlights.
Stay tuned for posts throughout the day!
With the first PALS Tours 2012 just one week a way, it’s time to start getting excited — take a look at all the fun times we had at PALS Tours 2011!
This is where we’ll post photos, videos and other live updates from PALS Tours 2012, so don’t forget to check back often to see all the action.