This week’s entry is going to be a little out of the ordinary for me. No home maintenance tips, safety lectures or inspection talk at all. I want to talk about an experience I had last week that I will never forget with Home Inspectors Huntley IL.
This past week I put everything on hold for six whole days. I skipped a meeting for my network group, logged off Facebook (that was tough), turned the email auto responder on, and didn’t perform any home inspections for the entire week. I packed my bags and left my family behind. What would make me do such a crazy thing? Sit back and enjoy while I tell you about it.
I just completed one of the most gratifying weeks of my life. I volunteered as a camp counselor at Horizon Summer Camp. The Association of Horizon, Inc. offers a week long summer camp experience where adults with physical disabilities team up, usually one on one, with able-bodied volunteers for a week of recreation, learning and fun. The camp is held annually at Timber Point Outdoor Center on Lake Bloomington in Hudson, Illinois.
This was my first time volunteering at Horizon camp. I have volunteered at numerous Muscular Dystrophy camps over the past 13 years, but wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I arrived on Sunday. After a 2 ½ hour drive I finally arrived at camp. Woo Hoo! Here we go! No turning back now!
Why was I so nervous? I’ve done this so many times. But I still had all these questions going through my mind. What was my camper going to be like? Were we going to get along? Could I handle working with somebody who had a disability different than what I was used to dealing with?
Then I met my camper. As I introduced myself to Kevin, I knew everything was going to be OK. He has a smile that will melt your heart. Kevin has Cerebral Palsy and even though he only speaks a few words, we are able to communicate by me asking yes or no questions which Kevin would answer with a Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down. I’m not going to say we didn’t have our challenges, but with a little patience (on both sides) we were able to make it through the week and have a great time! Kevin – You ROCK! I am already looking forward to and making plans for next year’s camp.
This year marked the 19th anniversary of summer camp sponsored by the Association of Horizon. This year’s camp was the largest group to date with nearly 100 campers and 120 volunteers & staff. It takes a lot of hard work, coordination and fund raising to make a camp like this happen year after year. If you are interested in learning more about the Association of Horizon, Inc., the summer camp program, or how you can get involved, click HERE, or call me. You won’t regret it!
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