We just got back from Our Family Camp in Big Bear, California. What an AMAZING experience! There were families from Ventura County to San Diego and all places in between. What was unique about this camp is that each family had a child with Down syndrome. The kids ranged in age from 2 years old to teens....and there was fun stuff to do for all ages! Marissa and her husband, Dave started the camp three years ago and it keeps growing every year!
(Look how dirty Max was after 5 minutes at camp!)
There were several sleeping options from tents to dorms. Out of the 140 folks participating, most seemed to opt for the dorms. Our family was one of 6 families that brought our own tent. My son, Max, absolutely LOVES sleeping in the tent! The camp also offers 3 sided cabins, which were not too popular with our group. All food was included as well.
This was our campsite :-)
Brandon, Bella and Max (with hubby) had a lot of fun blowing bubbles!
Max loved riding on "Big Red" who spends half the year at Camp Oaks and the other half as a Polo Pony in Santa Barbara.
Max also loved the boats...the life jacket had to go, though!
Max testing out one of the ropes on the "Low Ropes" course.
Larry exploring the camp...he gives it a thumbs up!
We spent every afternoon in the pool. Much to Max's disappointment, the pool was not open in the mornings. It was pretty cold...even heated the water was in the mid-70's.
We liked the canoes so much we did them on both Saturday and Sunday!
Of all the activities, the piano in the lodge was one of the most popular...here are John, Sevilla and Max playing a number for the crowd!
Max with his pal Brandon (and Larry) on the way to the big campfire!
Family picture by the "lake."
There were all sorts of activities....we were just too busy having fun to take more pictures! .We did a hay ride across the camp, swimming, hiking and participated in the camp fire. The camp offered a climbing wall, archery and riffle range, but they were quite a walk for Max. Although we were right next to the craft cabin, we never made it over there either.
We will most definitely be going back next year. It was so great to meet all of the kids and their parents. It was more fun to participate in the activities as a family...with other families who have a shared experience.
Here are the 2011 campers! Max is on Larry's shoulders in a lime green shirt.
Hope you enjoyed reading about Family Camp....we sure had fun participating!!