Camp in Motion expands to offer more sessions to kids with cerebral palsy

This year Camp in Motion is back and bigger than before. It's an adaptive sports camp disguised as therapy helping children with cerebral palsy enjoy the summer.

It's a collaborative effort between the YMCA of Austin in Oak Hill and Dell Children's Medical Center.

Kids come to camp in the morning with smiles on their faces and leave in the afternoon worn out. The day is packed with sports, activities and swimming.

Ellie loves going to camp. It's her second year. She's 11 and signed up for two weeks. "What I like about it is that they are sweet to me," she explains about the friends she's making.

"I've been playing basketball, volleyball, eating snacks and lunch," said Xavier, 7.

"Camp in Motion is designed for children with cerebral palsy," explain Chris Scott who is the clinical manager for rehabilitation services at Dell Children's. It's her job to make therapy fun.

"Cerebral palsy presents differently in each child," she said. Which is why there are so many activities to challenge each child. "They have no idea they're getting therapy. They think they are having a good time and it's all part of the plan."

"We can't do it by ourselves and neither can Dell but bringing us together is the most important part," said Vali Martin, with the YMCA.

For parents it's an opportunity they are all grateful to be able to give their children.

Ellie's mom, Jennie Tsao, knows camp makes her daughter happy.  "It's more emotional benefits. She gets to interact and it gives her confidence and she can do things that other people can," said Tsao.

Fin McKeag is four-years-old and it's his first summer to go to camp.

"It's so exciting for him to be here and he sees other kids like him and he's not alone and knows it's okay," said Dawn McKeag.

Ellie looks forward to camp and so does Xavier. They hope to come back next year.

Camp in Motion expanded this summer for four weeks. Each week can accommodate up to 20 campers. Volunteers and a team from Dell Children's help staff the camp.

 

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