October 31, 2014
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MDA recruiting male volunteers for summer camp

The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) is searching for men who are looking for a rewarding and memorable experience this summer to join their summer camp. Volunteer counselors are needed to assist young people with neuromuscular diseases and help them enjoy a fun-filled week at MDA summer camp, which will take place from Aug. 3 to Aug. 9 at Camp Hemlocks in Hebron, Conn. With less than 60 days until camp begins, we need volunteers to sign up now!

The camp has had an overwhelming response from female applicants, so at this time, only male applicants are asked to apply. Applicants must be at least 18 years old and able to lift and care for a young person between the ages of 6 and 17. As a volunteer counselor, one will have the opportunity to become a close companion to a camper affected by neuromuscular disease and help them with daily activities such as eating, bathing and dressing. Counselors will also assist campers with recreational activities such as arts and crafts, swimming and adapted sports.

“MDA summer camp is a special week of the year when children with neuromuscular disease can enjoy themselves in a true peer group and can participate in full range outdoor activities adapted to their abilities,” MDA Camp Director Casey Bilodeau said. “Besides being great fun, camp helps youngsters grow and develop emotionally and socially – it’s truly the highlight of the year, for both campers and volunteers.”  

MDA is the nonprofit health agency dedicated to curing muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases by funding worldwide research. The Association also provides comprehensive health care and support services, advocacy and far-reaching professional and public health education. 

Volunteering as a counselor at MDA summer camp is a rewarding and life-changing experience. The friendships formed and the memories created will last forever. To obtain a volunteer application or learn about other ways to support MDA’s summer camp program, call your local MDA office at 732-1910. Additional information about volunteering at MDA summer camp is available online at www.mda.org. For more information, contact Jane Young at 732-1910 or jmyoung@mdausa.org.

MDA Summer Camp is a one-week sleepover camp for young people between the ages of 6 and 17 who are affected by neuromuscular disease. Volunteer counselors become a close companion to campers and assist them with a variety of activities, including arts and crafts, swimming and adapted sports.


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