A summer camp for adults with special needs will be held at North Oaks in the coming weeks, through a partnership with the Friendship Circle of Baltimore.
The second annual Spark Program, a four-week, spirited camp experience with a cutting-edge vocational component for adults of varying abilities, will be hosted by North Oaks from July 10-August 4.
“We’re grateful to be partnering with the Friendship Circle to welcome this special program and its participants to our community,” said North Oaks Executive Director Reuben Rosenfeld. “Our staff and residents are truly embracing this opportunity and can’t wait to immerse themselves in all of the fun camp activities,” he continued. “We’re looking forward to building special bonds with the campers and making plenty of memories over the course of the four-week program.”
The camp will be catered to the needs and abilities of participants, with a person-centered focus. Activities will include arts and crafts, such as jewelry making, as well as swimming, nature walks and scavenger hunts. The program will also feature several guest entertainers, including a magician and interactive storyteller.
Many North Oaks residents have signed up as volunteers and will engage in camp activities along with the participants. The community’s walking group will welcome campers on Tuesday mornings, while Fridays will be highlighted by fun activities such as chair volleyball and ladderball. No bake cooking class, paint by numbers, and minute to win it games are also on the camp schedule and will offer plenty of opportunities for residents to get involved.
“North Oaks is the perfect partner for the Spark Program,” said Friendship Circle Executive Director Eli Solomon. “In addition to its beautiful campus with outstanding indoor and outdoor activity spaces, the community atmosphere creates a unique experience for our participants.”
While North Oaks is hosting the Spark Program for the first time, the community has been steadily expanding its relationship with the Friendship Circle over the past year, with select weekend programs being held at Wilson Hall.
The partnership is sure to reach new heights this summer, however, as North Oaks’ staff and residents eagerly await the start of camp on July 10.