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United Way funds Camp ASCCA scholarships

Published 12:23pm Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Camp ASCCA, or Alabama’s Special Camp for Children and Adults, has been providing camp experiences regardless of disability since 1976, and thanks to Lake Martin Area United Way, Camp ASCCA can provide that experience to more campers.

“The money raised by individuals and businesses who give to Lake Martin United Way goes to campership fund to help campers who can’t afford the full fee,” said Dana Rickman, director of marketing communications. “Ninety percent of the campers apply for either a partial or full scholarship.”

Lake Martin Area United Way Executive Director Sharon Fuller said meeting one former camper gave her a deeper appreciation for Camp ASCCA.

Allison Wetherbee was born without arms or legs. She first attended Camp ASCCA as a camper at age 7 and now works as the community relations director.

“She helped me with United Way presentations and she was amazing,” Fuller said. “She humbled me. It was amazing to see that she didn’t let her disability stop her.”

The Easter Seals Camp of Alabama is open year-round on the shores of Lake Martin.

“I think we’re blessed to be located on Lake Martin,” Rickman said. “This has been the perfect location.”

Camp ASCCA offers activities for everyone on its 230-acre wooded campus.

Horseback riding, swimming, tubing on the lake, arts and crafts, miniature golf and a zip line are available.

The camp also features a handicap accessible waterslide and splash pad.

“We believe playing outside is an important part of a person’s life so Camp ASCCA is just like any other camp,” Rickman said. “We have lots of fun.”

Rickman said the camp served 6,200 people last year with disabilities including physical disabilities, spina bifida and Down’s syndrome.

“People with any disability you can think of can attend Camp ASCCA,” Rickman said. “We work hard to make sure everyone can enjoy a camp experience.”

Fuller said her favorite part of the camp is that it feels just like any other summer camp.

“In every single picture you see of camp, those kids are smiling,” Fuller said. “They are so happy.”

In addition to providing camp sessions, Camp ASCCA is available for rent.

“We’re very blessed to have Camp ASCCA in our backyard,” Fuller said. “It’s an amazing facility and we’re very fortunate to have it right here.”

For more information on facility rentals or camp sessions visit www.campascca.org or call 256-825-9226.

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