Camp Buddy starts Monday – Effingham Herald


EFFINGHAM COUNTY – The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) will host its 13th annual Camp Buddy Summer Camp for Effingham County Monday through Friday at Ebenezer Elementary School and local locations in Rincon for learning opportunities. community learning.

Camp Buddy is for children of all ages with Down Syndrome and is designed to help students prepare for the upcoming school year with a program specifically designed by teachers and special education therapists.

Primary school children will attend the morning session where they will stay in the facility and participate in individual sessions of occupational therapy, physiotherapy and speech therapy. Campers can also enjoy games, snacks and manual activities.

Middle schoolers will also receive therapy as they work on several projects, including making bags for Backpack Buddies, teacher appreciation bags, and setting up a special project for Friday’s presentation.

Older children will attend the afternoon session and volunteer at two local food pantries for food and clothing, grocery shopping where they will work on budgeting and meal planning healthy. During the camp session, they will have the opportunity to learn work and life skills in the kitchen as well as prepare a meal for local law enforcement. Additional fun physical activities in the community will also be enjoyed by this group.

“Our 13th annual Camp Buddy is here! It provides an excellent opportunity for awesome people of different abilities with Down Syndrome or a similar chromosomal abnormality to receive the necessary physical, occupational and speech therapy, as well as to improve and maintain the gains made throughout their lives. school year working one-on-one with each camper to retain what was learned and specific academic challenges to prepare them for the school year ahead,” said Camp Buddy Director Molly Marchese.

Throughout the camp session, occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech therapy are cleverly disguised as games and activities, and all campers participate in activities that promote health and well-being as well as the importance of give back to the community.

To register for Effingham County Camp Buddy, contact Marchese at [email protected] or 912-213-9127.

The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) will also host Camp Buddy Summer Camp for Chatham County July 11-15 at St. Andrews School, located at 601 Penn Waller Road on Wilmington Island. Contact Pam Hussey [email protected] to register.

Camp Buddy is sponsored by the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society and is made possible through the generosity of the LDSS community, friends and families and events such as the Buddy Walk and Night of Champions. For more information on LDSS, visit

The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) supports people with Down Syndrome and their families through local leadership, support, awareness, education and advocacy. Meetings are held every fourth Tuesday of the month, usually with a guest speaker and social time for families to meet and interact. LDSS encourages the whole family to attend; Children of all ages are welcome. LDSS is an affiliate of the National Down Syndrome Society. For more information about LDSS, visit


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