Camp Gives Kids New Opportunities

Dozens of campers got wet and wild this morning in Gulfport. Camp Able started about 10 years ago in Florida as a way for children with disabilities to do things they have never had the chance to do.
This week, the camp, in its third year here on the Coast, has made its way to the Lynn Meadows Discovery Center, the Kroc Center and to Jones Park.
Fifty counselors from across the Coast give 25 campers the week of their lives as they stand side-by-side and join in on the fun with them.
Counselor Kirby Barkley spends his school year teaching special education and tells News 25 it was a no-brainer to spend his summer with these kids. “When you build a relationship with these kids and you understand the kinds of things they go through on a day-to-day basis and you are part of helping them come into the larger world around, to kind of preach that idea of dignity. Our theme here is one love this week and that’s a lot of kind of what we do.”
Camp Able receives its funding from the Episcopal Church and hosts camps in Louisiana, Tennessee and are hoping to start one in Colorado next year.

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