Mikey Harris, a camper with the Salvation Army’s Camp for Children with Disabilities, chases the ball around the green as he gets closer and closer to the hole during the camp’s weekly outing to Udders and Pudders at Young’s Jersey Dairy Wednesday. BILL LACKEY/STAFF

Springfield Salvation Army provides camp for kids with disabilities

Local kids are enjoying the Springfield Salvation Army’s summer day camp for disabled children.

“It’s a unique experience,” camp guide Sylas Ray said. “A lot of these kids don’t always have the opportunity to go to camps for various disability reasons.”

There are 24 kids in this year’s camp. They meet every Tuesday at Young’s Jersey Dairy Farm where they eat homemade ice cream, horseback ride, golf, and more.

“The kids always love this time of the year,” Ray said. “The camp allows them to make friends and memories rather than just sit in their houses all day.”

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Young’s Dairy Farm is known for their ice cream and supports the Springfield Salvation Army and their day camp free of charge.

“We get to eat their ice cream which is always fun,” Ray said. “The kids absolutely love it.”

The kids also participate in events like field trips, swimming, bowling, hiking, fishing, crafts and games. A talent show is presented at the end of the camp for all the creative campers.

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Many of the kids are supported by different organizations, like Developmental Disabilities of Clark County, which lowers the participant’s cost for the day camp. Springfield Foundation and the Springfield Rotarty also contribut.

The Salvation Army was established in 1865. They have been supporting those in need for 130 years in the United States.

For more information about the camp and other activities sponsored by the Springfield Salvation Army, contact the the agency at 937-322-3434.

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