Location: Dorset - check their web site
What is it?
Camp Amazing is a camping event for children with complex medical needs or SEN and their families.
Children with complex needs and their families deserve the chance to build memories and participate in every day activities. Camp Amazing strives to provide an opportunity whereby memories can be made and friendships formed. They believe that many fragile hands can build a lot of strength and therefore bringing these families together will make everyone stronger.
There will be Bouncy Castles, Face Painting, Craft Tents, Discos, Group Games, Sensory Play, Night Walks, Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, Dressing Up and much more.
Camp Amazing Aim
To provide a fun filled camping event for children with complex needs and their families and to offer a support network for the family as a whole.
The idea of ‘Camp Amazing’ came from Claire, a mother of five children. Her youngest, Tommy, was born in august 2009 and suffers from a rare genetic disorder and there is no name for his condition. Until she had Tommy, she was not aware of the impact such conditions can have on family life. Claire and her husband have realised the stress it can place on the whole family, especially the siblings. Part of Tommy’s illness is a heart condition which can potentially limit his life span. Claire wants to do everything she can to make his life, as well as his brothers and sisters lives, full of special memories to be cherished forever.
Camp Amazing was created in June 2012. It’s a non-profit organisation and is run by a team of three, Claire, Hannah and Karina. They decided that a great way of cherishing memories would be to set up a camping event especially for children with complex needs and their families. They feel strongly that the benefit of giving these children a few fun packed days away, whilst giving parents the opportunity to meet other families who understand the challenges they face on a daily basis, is a fantastic opportunity for all the families concerned.
Organiser Claire says: “I am a mum of a child with complex medical needs myself so know how hard going to events like this can be which is the reason I’ve planned the event so we can all support each other.”
The camping event will include free breakfast consisting of cereals and toast and will have catering companies available to supply food throughout the event.