Muscular Dystrophy Association - Greater San Francisco & Bay AreaMuscular Dystrophy Association - Greater San Francisco & Bay...
MDA is a voluntary health organization - a dedicated partnership between scientists and concerned citizens aimed at conquering over 40 neuromuscular diseases that affect more than a million Americans. MDA combats neuromuscular disease through program... Read more
MDA is a voluntary health organization - a dedicated partnership between scientists and concerned citizens aimed at conquering over 40 neuromuscular diseases that affect more than a million Americans. MDA combats neuromuscular disease through programs of worldwide research, comprehensive local services, and far-reaching professional and public health education. MDA is the first non-profit organizaiton honored with the American Medical Association's Lifetime Achievement Award for "significant and lasting contributions to the health and welfare of humanity".
MDA Camp is an incredibly rewarding experience as a counselor; so much so, that it can't be fully detailed here. The camaraderie that is developed between the campers and counselors over the week long camp is amazing. The kids are given opportunities to experience things at camp that they might not normally be able to do at home, ranging from swimming to playing soccer.
The staff that put on the camp do a wonderful job every year of making sure that it's organized, fun, and safe. I listened to my closest friends tell me for several years how fun the camp was before I managed to join them. I regret not doing it sooner. It was easily the greatest volunteer experience of my life, and I hope that every child with Muscular Dystrophy gets to experience camp at least once.
As a returning camp counselor, I can speak for the annual summer camp that MDA runs, which gives the younger generation suffering from MD's a time that every camper describes as simply amazing.
Every year that I have volunteered as a counselor, it's been a week of amazing growth, reflection, gratification in making a difference in someone else's life, and just plain fun!
This is an experience that I have recommended to everyone of my friends, not just for the sake of helping a great cause, but also for the personal growth that counselors gain from every year. Call it cliché, but I cannot write enough good things about my experience with MDA summer camps!
by Jennifer H. from Yakima, WA
Volunteering here was litteraly a life changing experience. The kids are incredible, the staff is amazing and helpful! The week at camp is hardwork but it is so worth it! Once you get to know the kids you will be hooked just like I was. Going to my fifth camp this summer, hope to see you there!