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The Muscular Dystrophy Association is a voluntary national health agency â a dedicated partnership between scientists and concerned citizens aimed at conquering neuromuscular diseases that affect more than a million Americans. Your local MDA office, one of some 180 nationwide, is available to serve anyone with one of the neuromuscular diseases in the Association's program. Energized by its national chairman, Jerry Lewis, who has been the Association's number-one volunteer for 50 years, MDA today is one of the world's leading voluntary health agencies fostering research and medical care. Programs available through your local MDA office are funded almost entirely by individual private contributors. The Association receives no government grants.
The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) is preparing for its 2006 summer camp session. Each year young people with muscular dystrophy and related neuromuscular diseases are given the opportunity to attend a week of MDA summer camp at no cost to their family. We are in need of male volunteers who are 18 or older to serve as counselors. This yearâ s program will be held Sunday, June 18th â Saturday, June 24th, 2006 at the Rockwood Community Education â Outdoor Education Center at Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial State Park in Wildwood, MO. The Outdoor Education Center is an accessible campsite, which includes eight (8) cabins, a dining hall, recreation facility, paved walkways, outdoor pavilions and a swimming pool. Campers have the freedom to participate in activities and learn about the outdoors with few or no physical barriers. Volunteers are needed to assist campers in all phases of the camp experience. Program activities include: swimming, adaptive hockey, baseball, other sports, horseback riding, arts and crafts, scuba diving and other miscellaneous events. In addition to helping campers participate in the planned activities, volunteers are also responsible for assisting campers with transfers, lifting, toileting, grooming, dressing, feeding and other daily personal activities. We look for volunteers who have a strong desire to give of themselves to ensure our campers have a safe and enjoyable camping experience. An orientation session is provided to all accepted volunteers prior to camp. At the orientation session, new volunteers will be trained on camper care, volunteer responsibilities and camp policies/procedures. More information about the program can be accessed through our website at www.mdausa.org.
- Katie Pollman
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