You can give the gift of summer camp to a struggling child

Client’s name changed to protect confidentiality.Photos are of Quest campers from various years.

Goodbye Ceremony (cousins!) - twoA child diagnosed with autism, ADHD, or other social or emotional
challenges may struggle with making friends and handling social situations.
For Mark*, a home-schooled child diagnosed with depression and anxiety,
not having the usual school day opportunities for social interaction made it
especially difficult for him to relate to other children and get along with
peers.

That was until he came to Quest Camp.

For more than 20 years, Quest Camps have helped thousands of children make dramatic
improvements in behavioral, emotional and social functioning. Quest’s unique system
combines recreational activities, behavioral goals and group psychotherapy. Squirrel Hill
Psychological Services partnered with Quest Therapeutic Camps to bring the summer camp program to Pittsburgh in 2012; the first of its kind in the area. Most campers leave Quest Camp feeling more confident, with increased self-awareness, and demonstrating
improvements in the social and emotional domains of their lives.

Mark blossomed from his first day at camp. Approaching another boy his age, the two instantly discovered their shared passion: Pokémon. Through the following weeks, their friendship continued to grow. As he started to feel more accepted and connected, Mark made great progress on his individualized camp goals, some of which were focused on separating silliness from seriousness and asking others about their interests.

This friendship also continued after camp ended. The boys are able to meet up regularly at the local library to spend time playing table top games and catching up. In a world that often doesn’t quite “understand” kids like Mark, a friend is priceless.

An added happy ending to this story is that Mark was only able to attend camp because of a
scholarship-and that his scholarship was made possible by people like you.

IMG_6542_zpsace74d99 - smallerWith donations from family, friends and other supporters, Quest is able to give more kids like Mark, often struggling with day-to-day life, a chance to be a part of this welcoming
community.

You can make a donation today through Quest Camp’s Go-Fund-Me page. All funds directly provide scholarships for campers who would otherwise be unable to attend. To apply for a scholarship, click here. Scholarships are awarded on a rolling basis as funds become available.

Quest Camp gives kids who are struggling with emotional and social challenges a chance to participate in all the usual summer camp fun, stay safe in a structured setting, and be themselves in an accepting environment. We hope you can help us give the gift of summer camp to someone like Mark.

For more information on Quest Camp, contact camp director Aprilynn Artz, or visit the Quest Camp website.

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