Thursday, October 21, 2021

Overcoming Challenges at Camp Able

Marco Island is about to be overwhelmed with a “can-do attitude” this week as campers descend on St. Mark’s Episcopal Church from July 15 to the 21 as Camp Able opens its doors for another fun-filled week of activities.

Don’t make the mistake of coming through the doors of St. Mark’s and expect to see anything but smiles. These campers will light up your life as well as their own as they come forth and throw off any misconceptions about their abilities. They may have some challenges, but their overwhelming desires to make the most out of life, along with the attitudes of the camp staff members, quickly wipe away any thoughts of their disabilities.

Each one of them will have a special need, but this week, the entire structure of the camp is about highlighting their abilities. This week they’ll be surrounded by love and fun for the entire time they are at Camp Able. The only limitation that may come about will be due to some age restrictions certain types of activities.

During their time here they will be able to participate in a wide range of fun activities, such as kayaking, arts and crafts, music, scuba, pool, fishing, waterslides, paddleboards. They’ll go on island excursions, bike tours, music and a talent show that they are the stars in.

The young ladies will even have the opportunity to be pampered like princesses, while they are treated to manicures and pedicures, creating great memories as new friendships are formed.

The children are encouraged to work through their challenges and overcome their own set of circumstances, while participating in an experience that lasts a lifetime.

Businesses and organizations throughout the island come together to help make Camp Able a wonderful reality for these children by donating their services and many of the activities that the children participate in.

Families bake homemade desserts and local restaurants donate many of the meals and beverages that the children will enjoy, truly making this a community event, opening their hearts to show the true love and compassion that is a hallmark of the Marco Island community.

Should members of the community wish to help with the efforts made by St. Marks each year for this special event they may simply make a donation to support Camp Able. Make your check to St. Mark’s/Camp Able Fund. You may drop it off at the church office or send it to the church at 1101 North Collier Blvd., Marco Island, FL 34145.

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