KAMP Dovetail will be celebrating its 35th year when it opens Monday at the Rocky Fork State Park Campgrounds for around 300 children and others with specials needs.
The annual five-day, four-night summer camp is generally held the third week of June. Last year, more than 750 individuals, including the children with special needs, volunteers and staff members, took part in the outdoor experience.
“This year KAMP Dovetail is celebrating 35 years of bringing together kids with disabilities and motivated volunteers to spend a fun-filled week camping and sharing time together,” Linda Allen, the executive director of Supplemental Assistance to the Handicapped (SATH), which sponsors the annual camp,” said in a news release. “Over the years we have experienced joys and losses, but we have kept going and growing. During the third week of June we have Gone Country, visited Hollywood, been through Training and Boot Camp, traveled Around the World, gotten our Game On, been Under the Sea and so much more. This year we are planning to have a sweet time at Candy Camp.”
The camp has a special theme each year.
“In the coming years we hope to continue to provide kids with a once-in-a-lifetime fun experience and volunteers with the joy of helping others. We would like to thank every person who has volunteered time, money, materials, and prayers over the years to support us,” Allen said.
The camp runs June 20-24 this year and Allen invites the public to come out and see what’s happening.
The state park campground is located east of Hillsboro off North Shore Drive.
Campers report Monday afternoon and Allen said that later that day the camp we will kick off the evening with its opening ceremony at 7 p.m. at the park’s amphitheater, followed by dancing with local band Blue Steele, and concluding the evening at 9:30 p.m. with fireworks.
On Wednesday, June 22 at 7 p.m. the camp will hold its annual auction and carnival. Allen said that anyone with items they’d like to donate can bring them out to KAMP Dovetail before 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.
“We kind of emphasize the public coming on Wednesday night when we have our auction and carnival, but actually the public can come out anytime,” Allen previously said. “Parents can bring their kids and they can go to the carnival while the adults are spending their money at the auction.”
For more information call Allen at 937-366-6657.