Let's ALL Play (Camp Gonzo)


Camp Gonzo




From the BAF website:

The Bubel/Aiken Foundation’s Let ALL Play initiative brings an inclusive recreational experience to children with disabilities. Through training, staffing, and scholarships, Let’s ALL Play gives children with developmental disabilities the same experience as those without. Children with disabilities and their peers who are typically developing come together to participate in recreational activities such as swimming, arts and crafts, community service, physical fitness and more.

The goal of Let’s ALL Play is to assist organizations that serve children nationwide in moving toward full inclusion. Since 2004, the Foundation has worked with summer camp programs in several locations to develop the inclusive recreational experience for children with and without disabilities. Through the pilot program phase, the Foundation worked with professionals in education, recreation, and camp administration to develop a model that worked. Recreational sites now have as a resource a tested, successful, comprehensive program model supported through TBAF’s training module.

The pilot program was called Camp Gonzo.

Links:

Open Letter from Clay about Project Gonzo

Caregiver Magazine text with comment by Clay about Project Gonzo

2/10/09 - Grant broadens after-school fun for disabled kids - The Bubel/Aiken Foundation awarded $15,000 to the Special Kids Crusade to introduce Let's ALL Play, a recreational after-school program being developed in partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Monterey County.

3/15/08 - Greenwell Foundation Receives $15K Grant To Help Integrate Disabled Children - The Bubel/Aiken Foundation (TBAF) recently awarded a $15,000 grant to the Greenwell Foundation to implement a program called Let's ALL Play. The grant seeks to afford children with developmental disabilities the opportunity to enjoy a successful summer camp experience in an inclusive setting.




In 2004, The Bubel Aiken Foundation raised enough money to pay for 10 weeks of camp combined in Concord, Raleigh, and Kansas City. Clay said, "It's kids with disabilities, without disabilities, all in the same program all doing the same exact thing. They're all having the same exact camp experience so it's exactly what we wanted to do."  In June of 2005, The Bubel Aiken Foundation teamed with Cannon Memorial YMCA to open Camp Gonzo in North Concord, NC.




In February 2009, The Californian published an article about a grant given to a program in Monterey, CA to introduce a 'Let's ALL Play' after-school program that will include children with and without disabilities.


June 8/09 The director of a county-wide after-school program in North Carolina shared photos and information about a recent training session for her staff. They participated in a workshop in conjunction with the grant they got from the Bubel/Aiken Foundation through the "Let's All Play" inclusive summer camps initiative. Staff members tried out some typical children's summer camp activities, but with a twist. They used equipment that forced them to experience the activity as someone with a disability might do. Aron Hall of the BAF was commended for his excellent workshop with the staff, leaving them better prepared to interact with children of varying abilities.

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