Registration is now open for six and 12-day overnight sessions running through June-July

Central Florida’s own Camp Thunderbird, announced today that there are still open spots at several of its 2018 camp sessions, which offer a summer of possibilities, empowerment, and fun to children and adults living with Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, autism and other physical and behavioral challenges. For specific schedules or to register go to www.questinc.org/play.

Nestled in a beautiful wooded and nature-rich area in Apopka, about 20 miles north of Orlando, Camp Thunderbird provides the perfect conditions for people with disabilities to make beautiful and lasting memories. Here, they will explore the arts, music, drama, and sports in a safe and nurturing environment.

“Families with loved ones with disabilities have a really hard time finding suitable fun and relaxation activities for them,” John Gill, President of Quest, Inc. “We fill that void with a program that takes into consideration each camper’s individualities and specific challenges. We show our guests that they can do much more than what they sometimes think. At camp Thunderbird, they’ll learn new skills, make friends and have fun.”

The summer camp, which benefits more than 500 campers every year, is divided into various six and 12-day overnight sessions for adults 18 and over, starting in early June through late July. Youth inclusion week, on July 15-20, brings together typical children ages 7-17 with children with disabilities in the same age range. Many siblings attend together for an opportunity to develop a stronger bond. Additionally, this affords parents and guardians a break from the demands of 24-hour caregiving.

“We have many guests who return year after year,” said John Gill. “For many of our families is the one chance they get to take a respite from the strenuous demands of caregiving 24 hours a day. Some even take this opportunity to go on a much-needed vacation that will help them feel refreshed and recharged, knowing that their loved ones are safe and having fun.”

Camp Thunderbird has been in operation for 50 years. It is part of the Quest, Inc. family, a nonprofit supporting Central Floridians with developmental disabilities by offering choices and opportunities to live, learn, work and play. The camp provides meals and can accommodate some special dietary needs such as cut up or pureed foods and thickened liquids. For other dietary needs or questions regarding services, please contact the camp director at campthunderbird@questinc.org. There are scholarships available.

Camp Thunderbird takes place at 909 East Welch Road, Apopka, Fl. 32712.

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