In this college-admissions essay, Harvard-bound Caroline Zheng shares how MDA summer camp gave her confidence
"Scientists have been trying to find it for hundreds of years, pouring tons of money into research, and to this day they don't have a theory. The elements found in a human being is all junk that you can buy in any market with a child's allowance. Humans are pretty cheaply made," begins a passage from Hiromu Arakawa's Fullmetal Alchemist series. I learned this fact the hard way in...
MDA summer camp celebrates 60 years of awesome adventures for children with muscle disease
Ben Schussler loves to fish. So when he’s at MDA summer camp, he heads for the dock and casts his line as often as possible. “I catch two or three fish a day,” 8-year-old Ben boasts with glee in his little voice. Fishing is not a particularly unusual passion for a boy his age, although in Ben’s case, it isn’t something he thought he would — or could — ever enjoy.
Take a peek. It’s just around the corner … “the best week of the year!” Also known as MDA summer camp, children ages 6 to 17 who are registered with MDA can attend camp at no cost to their families. Nearly 80 accessible camp sessions across the country are supported by MDA, offering a wide variety of activities, which may include fishing, archery, horseback riding, adapted sports...
Winter may not have given way yet to spring, but it’s already time to begin making plans for summer. If you’ve heard about MDA summer camp but just aren’t sure you can take that step — or worse, the idea scares you half to death — read on for some words of support, advice and encouragement by a number of folks who’ve been on all sides of the equation.
Campers say ...
Once MDA summer camp is over, photos help campers hang on to their good memories until the next session rolls around.
The MDA summer camp photo pages let campers and counselors post these special photos online, to share with camp friends everywhere.
As you’ll see, many camps are represented – but many are not, because no one has sent us photos yet. To post your camp photos on the site, mail or e-...
Every summer since 1955, kids have been granted the opportunity to escape the repetitious hardships of reality and relax among peers at one of MDA’s summer camps, which now number more than 90. To make it even better, campers are able to attend at no cost to themselves or their families.
For Marybeth Waltman, a positive attitude is what sees her through her day as a government employee, community volunteer and wife.
"I don't let anything defeat me," says Waltman, of Rocky Hill, Conn. "I get up in the morning and I know what I have to do."