Summer camp for all types of kids
Summer camp is something most kids look forward to every year, but medical issues can stop some kids from having that opportunity. As our Maria Valvanis tells us, Nathan Littauer Hospital is celebrating another year of providing a place for those kids to go.
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GLOVERSVILLE, N.Y. -- "I found out I had type one diabetes in February and I heard about this camp, so I came," said camper Ross Broady.
It's your typical summer camp, with a twist. Nathan Littauer Hospital's Camp Superstarrs focuses on kids with special needs that can't go to regular camps.
Camper Mikey Delong said, "It's fun. There's a lot of things to do here."
"It's a place for a child to be a child, to have fun in the summertime and experience what every child should," said camp director Susan McNeil.
Campers come with a variety of medical issues, ranging from asthma to physical disabilities, that prohibit them from being active without proper supervision. A combination of counselors and volunteer hospital staff solve that problem, giving kids the chance to jump back into action.
"Students go to arts and crafts and fishing and swimming," said McNeil.
"My most favorite is the swimming," said Delong.
And between all the fun and activities, kids also have the opportunity to come in to the health lodge to learn a little bit more about what makes them so special.
"Every day, the child is learning something, what triggers their asthma, how to take care of it and get them more familiar with their disorders and they can recognize it and take care of it and it's not so scary," said McNeil.
Camper Travers Fraiser said, "We're learning about different stuff, like respiratory and everything. It will help me in the future."
And Nathan Littauer CEO, Laurence Kelly, tells us it's the smile on campers’ faces that makes Camp Superstarrs’ future a sure thing.
"When the kids are here, there they're not sick, they're not patients, they're just kids having fun at summer camp and that's the best part about it," said Kelly.