MANASSAS, Va. — The Amputee Coalition Paddy Rossbach Youth Camp begins on Friday, July 8, with a record number of 142 campers and 45 counselors arriving from throughout the country. The children, ages 10-17, all of whom live with limb loss or limb difference, will attend the camp at no cost to them.
Due to the generosity of Amputee Coalition sponsors and donors, the camp has grown from 115 campers and 25 counselors in 2015.
From Ohio, there are a record 24 campers and four counselors attending the camp this year. Campers are from Cincinnati, Ludlow Falls, Columbus, Centerville, Lodi, Wheelersburg, Piqua, Dayton, New Vienna, Maumee, Lima, Concord, Ft. Recovery, Newark, Cuyoga Falls, Harrod, Washington Court House and Killbuck. Counselors, all of whom are amputees, are from London, Cleveland, Ravenna and Washington Court House.
“This year, we are excited to report that we are able to extend scholarships to a record number of campers,” said Susan Stout, president & CEO of the Amputee Coalition. “We are so pleased to be able to accept so many campers. Parents tell us throughout the year that this camp is life-changing for their children. We hear reports that the children leave camp with increased self-esteem and self-confidence, and that’s so important in today’s society. We thank our donors, parents, friends and all who have made this year’s camp a reality for these children.”
This traditional six-day summer youth camp offers a full range of activities, including fishing, swimming, zip lining, arts and crafts, canoeing, sitting volleyball, hiking, a high ropes course, dance, archery and more. A unique aspect of the camp, according to Stout, is that campers are not accompanied by their parents, which inspires campers to take on new challenges, be independent, test themselves and build new friendships in a supportive, caring environment.
The camp is held at the Joy Outdoor Education Center, located about an hour northeast of Cincinnati, Ohio. All expenses and airfare for the campers are covered by the Amputee Coalition and through its fundraising efforts.
To learn more about the Paddy Rossbach Youth Camp or to donate, visit the Amputee Coalition Paddy Rossbach Youth camp Web site.