There are few places where individuals with developmental disabilities can spend an entire week joyfully focusing on their abilities. For 85 years, Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp has offered one of the largest programs in the U.S. for 600 campers ages 12 and up at our fully accessible 22-acre campsite in the Mt. Hood National Forest. We EMPOWER youth and adults with developmental and physical disabilities including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, Traumatic Brain Injury, Cerebral Palsy, and more through year-round recreational programming.
Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp offers award-winning, unique, and innovative camp opportunities which are adapted as needed for children and adults with varying disabilities. On any given day, our campers can be seen catching a fish in our pond, swinging high in the sky on our very own adventure course “Flying Squirrel” element, splashing around in our temperature-controlled pool, snowshoeing during winter retreats, painting one of our kind and loving horses to transform them literally, into a horse of a different color, or dancing the night away in full costume at an evening event. Our programs foster accomplishment, freedom, and independence for our campers.
They soar, or as camper Renae told us: “At camp, I can fly”.
Our programs also provide fantastic experiences for college student volunteers from Portland State University, Pacific University, and other colleges who work as “one-to-one” inclusion counselors under the guidance and supervision of our specialized staff. We have provided this opportunity to over 7,000 college students, thereby broadening their perspective and appreciation of diversity.
For more information about Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp including opportunities to support our mission, please contact Grace Wadell, Development Director at firstname.lastname@example.org or 971-230-2928.