Monday, September 15, 2014

AbilityFirst’s Camp Paivika: an exceptional special needs camp for people with disabilities.

Child with special needs in camp swimming pool

Going away to camp can provide some of the most memorable experiences for both children and adults.  Having disabilities shouldn't prevent anyone from creating these cherished memories.  That’s why Camp Paivika exists: it offers children, teens, and adults with disabilities a traditional camp experience delivered with nurturing support.

Camp Paivika offers a broad range of recreational and socialization programs for children and adults with physical and developmental disabilities.  Our programs allow campers to make friends, try new things and become more confident. Families are often surprised to find loved ones returning home with a new, can-do spirit, independently choosing clothes for the day, tying their shoes or brushing their teeth without assistance. And, of course, families appreciate the respite they can take from the rigors and challenges of providing 24/7 care.
The quality and variety of choices we offer is second to none.  AbilityFirst provides continuity of age-appropriate programs, appealing to diverse individual interests and needs - beginning in childhood and continuing throughout an adult’s life.
Please check out our Camp Paivika website to see more about our wonderful camp, which is located in Southern California’s beautiful San Bernardino Mountains, and has been operated by AbilityFirst since 1947.  We’ve helped thousands of children and adults with disabilities make friends, try new things and become more confident and independent. And, as campers enjoy their Paivika experience, families can rest assured knowing that their loved ones are safe, cared for and occupied with a full slate of fun.
AbilityFirst stands for, and alongside, people with disabilities and their families.  We offer a broad range of programs and services to help children and adults with developmental disabilities reach their personal best.
Camp Paivika – offering children, teens and adults with disabilities a traditional camp experience delivered with nurturing support.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Day 2 was full of excitement as the last dance of the summer was about to happen. The day went well with four full rounds of activities. In arts and crafts, campers painted their own tribal mask. Nature went on a nature hike. Sports and Rec had fun with races and obstacle courses, and the action in the pool was full of splishing and splashing. The dance began with high energy. As the night progressed, the music played on until the very end. Tonight was also camp out night, where campers were treated to the movie Monsters University, and then fell asleep out under the stars.
Don't forget to click on the word photos to check out the rest of the session and summer photos.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

The first day of session 7 began without a hitch. Our campers showed up excited and all smiles. Once our check in procedure was completed, our campers moved on to decorate their bags. After a lunch consisting of meatball subs and potato chips, they went off to the cabins to unpack and settle in. That afternoon, the fire drill commenced where campers learned all about camp safety. Activities began and they went on until dinner. That night at opening campfire, all of our paivikians were introduced and were also entertained by camp songs and skits. The night ended with a singing of Taps and off to bed everyone went, happy and exhausted.
Also, don't forget to click on the gray word Photos above to visit the Flickr page to see all of the session photos and all of the photos for the entire summer.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Tonight at Paivika, we hosted our weekly talent show night. Almost all of our campers performed an act. Some dressed in costumes, some just wanted to be highlighted as they really are. Our acts included everything from dancing, to singing. Most chose to rock the mic, but some wowed the audience with their dancing skills. As each camper came out to the stage, they were met with an astounding wave of cheers and clapping. Our staff joined in on the fun during several acts as backup dancers and partners. Some of the songs that were performed included tracks from the movie Frozen, Michael Jackson, Elvis, Lincoln Park and Others. It was an amazing talent show.
Don't forget to click on the word Photo at the top to visit our Flickr page to view the rest of the session photos.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Today at camp, we hosted “Campers Choice Night.” Campers were able to choose which activity they wanted to participate in. The choices were a game of Jeopardy/Family Feud or the jousting tournament. After only a few minutes into the activity, the competition was getting fierce. In the jousting tournament, the pool noodles were flying and the crowd was cheering loudly. As each competitor took their turn, the points were accumulating and the energy was amazing. During the game show, the teams were adding up the score as each camper kept adding points to their side with each correct answer. At the end of the night, both the jousting tournament and the game show were very close competitions.
Don't forget to click on the Photo link at the top of this post to access the Flickr page to see all of the sessions photos.  

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Today Camp Paivika had another wonderful day. Activities kicked off as usual. The horse program was in full swing, as well as the rest but the big excitement was all about the dance. As our paivikians showed up to the music playing, the energy began to rise. All of our campers were looking their best, and good times were had by all.
Don't forget to click on the big gray word “Photo” at the top of this post to go to the Flickr page in order to see all of this sessions photos.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Session 6 at Camp Paivika begins with a cool bright day. The past few days, it rained very hard in the mountains, so we were left with fresh mountain air. Our paivikians arrived with smiles and much excitement. After the check in process, our campers moved on to decorating their bags. Lunch soon followed with chicken sandwiches and potato chips. After rest period, our session fire drill commenced and then campers went on to their first activities. Dinner was a delicious pot roast with seasoned garlic potatoes. A short while later, our opening campfire began. Campers were entertained by staff and fellow campers performing skits and songs. Campers were also able to introduce themselves to everyone. The night ended with our singing of TAPS and off to bed everyone went. This was a very good opening day of session 6.
We would also like to remind everyone to click on the grey word that says PHOTOS at the top of this page. It will take you directly to the Flickr page so that you can view all of the sessions/summers photos. See the last post for more information. Thank you.