This summer, the Manheim Community Pool and Memorial Park, 504 E. Adele Ave., Manheim, will welcome participants from the Aaron's Acres summer camp program for the fourth year in a row.
Registration is open for 2018 Aaron's Acres summer camp sessions, which will run on weekdays. The camp has programs for children, adolescents, and adults ages 5 to 21 who are developmentally disabled.
The first session will run from Monday, June 18, to Friday, June 29, and session two will be held on Monday, July 9, to Friday, July 20, both with options of half-day hours from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and full-day hours of 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. A third session scheduled for Monday, July 23, to Friday, Aug. 3, will offer half-day hours only and is geared toward children ages 5 to 12.
Interested individuals may register at http://www.aaronsacres.org by Saturday, March 31. Scholarships are available.
Aaron's Acres executive director Risa Paskoff explained that having professional staff, including special education teachers and a nurse, as well as a 1-to-1 or 1-to-2 staff-to-child ratio, enables Aaron's Acres to accept any child, regardless of medical or behavioral challenges.
Activities will vary and will include swimming, games, music and animal therapy sessions, therapeutic horseback riding, arts and craft projects, and sports. Campers ages 13 to 21 will also have the chance to take part in community service projects through the Aaron's Acres Acts of Kindness Program (AAAOK).
Applications are also available at http://www.aaronsacres.org for individuals age 18 and up who are interested in being camp counselors and for high school students age 14 and up who would like to volunteer as buddies at camp. Buddies act as positive role models for campers under the supervision of the group leader.