In response to the concern that physically disabled adults should
be afforded the same wealth of experiences as non-disabled adults,
MossRehab and Variety Club Camp cooperatively established the first
camping experience for this special population - Camp Independence.
Since its start in 1971 the program has evolved into a week-long
overnight camping experience, sponsored fully by MossRehab, for
forty adults, held each summer. The camp grounds of a local facility
are leased for the entire camp week.
The population we serve at camp is unique. The group is co-ed and
ranges in age from eighteen to sixty-five. There is no
discrimination in regard to color, sex, ethnic background, or
disability. The disabilities vary and may include: stroke, cerebral
palsy, spinal cord injury, brain injury, amputation, and multiple
sclerosis. The level of physical involvement varies from totally
independent in their physical needs to totally dependent.
We are dealing with an adult population, and their needs and
wants are of the utmost concern when planning the program. Our
philosophy with regard to program planning is as follows:
1) To expose the campers to a variety of recreation experiences
through sports, crafts, swimming, nature, and other activities.
2) To provide activities that will have carry over value to their
home environment and that are feasible and low cost.
3) To provide an outdoor experience for people who are not given
many opportunities to be out of doors.
4) To provide successful experiences.
5) To provide opportunities for socialization and development of
friendships that can be carried on beyond the camping week.
6) For everyone to have a good time!
The daily program varies each year. It may include sports
(volleyball, golf, flag football), swimming, crafts, nature (hikes,
bird feeding), horseback riding, creative writing, drawing, music,
drama (skits, improvisation). Evening programs typically include a
talent show, dances, casino, and movies. Both daytime and evening
activities focus on socialization.
Camp Independence is an opportunity for all who become involved,
camper or staff, to benefit from a unique environment and
experiences. If interested in participating in the program, contact
the Therapeutic Recreation Department at MossRehab for an
application or email the Camp secretary,
Sheneda Northcutt, email:
Therapeutic Recreation Department
60 Township Line Road
Elkins Park, Pennsylvania 19027