Summer Camps Project
ILAN's summer camps serve a large number of disabled children and young people. During the summer vacation these children who study in a special education framework as well as in the regular education system generally do not find a place in the "regular" day camp programs sponsored by local councils, activity centers or private programs and are forced to spend their summer vacation at home with nothing to do.
|ILAN's summer camps serve a large number of disabled children and young people. During the summer vacation these children who study in a special education framework as well as in the regular education system generally do not find a place in the "regular" day camp programs sponsored by local councils, activity centers or private programs and are forced to spend their summer vacation at home with nothing to do.
In recent years increased awareness has led to
the integration of the disabled in the "regular" schools and more and moredisabled students have a long, two month, summer vacation at home in contrast to special education students whoonly have a two week break. Thesestudents who study in the regular classrooms need a solution for the longsummer holiday.
In an attempt to address this situation, ILANhas established its Summer Camp Project.
The Project enables these disabled childrento have a 6 day summer camp experience with accommodation in kibbutzim, and enjoying joint activities,social get-togethers, joint outings, all kinds of vacation activities, sportsactivities, challenging experiences, trips around the country with otherchildren and young people of a similar age.
This Summer Camp Project has been inexistence in cooperation with the Kibbutz Movement since 1984 and has met withgreat success to the enjoyment of the children of ILAN and their families. Each year ILAN receives the most enthusiasticfeedback from the all parents, students and volunteers, who take part in thisunique voluntary program. The summer camp at the kibbutzim each year draws moreand more children and youths, who want to go on trips and enjoy themselves andto take part in the social activities, attend the workshops and parties.
The summer camp offers an opportunity toleave the family circle, giving a break in the routine of intensive daily care,both for the families and for the children. It offers an opportunity forenjoyment and to get to know others, especially children who are not disabled,and, above all, to have fun.
Every year more than 750 disabled childrenand youths, who suffer from serious motor disabilities, from all over thecountry, participate in the Project. Alarge number are from settlements on the periphery, some come from the Bedouinand Arab sector. The variety ofdisabilities include: cerebral palsy (C.P.), muscular dystrophy, infantileparalysis, multiple sclerosis, spina bifida and other nerve and muscledisorders. The ages of the children and youths who participate in the programrange from 7 to 21.
The summer camps are located in about 30kibbutzim and rural communities all over the country who voluntarily host thechildren of ILAN. In addition to sleep-away camps at the kibbutzim and ruralcommunities, day camps are available at the ILAN SportsCenter in Kiryat Haim and in the Arab towns of Um Al Fahm and Arara.
The yearly cost of the project for about 750children (including transportation, Counselor's Salaries, material for theactivities, trips and attractions etc.) is as follows:
|45 Small Summer Camps (10 to 20 participants)||X USD 4,000 = $ 180,000|
|3 Large Summer Camps (60 to 80 participants)||X USD 20,000 = $ 60,000|
|Total annual cost of ILAN Summer Camps||$ 240,000|
|Cost for each child $ 320|