Thursday, September 8, 2016

Rockford Stroke Camp, August 2016



August 19-21, 2016 was one of the best camps I've had the privilege of attending. I know, if you've been taking notes you know I said that last year. Well it's true.  It was held again at the Lutheran Outdoors Ministry Camp (LOMC) located near Oregon, Illinois. We've used this camp grounds several times now and it is a terrific place with lots of scenic beauty and wildlife. During morning walks we have spotted deer, turkey, coyote, and many birds. This year was no exception. 




Again this year we had two camps going on the same weekend so we had to pack both the van and the trailer. 







The van went to Estes Park, Colorado and 


















the trailer went to the LOMC camp. 


  









There were many repeat campers this year as in the past. More than half had attended more than one camp this year at this location. There were two camps held this year at LOMC a couple months apart and most of the repeats attended both camps. 



Now tell me, don't you think this bunch looks great just like last years bunch?





We were housed comfortably in three beautiful locations. Here are two of them.













Here's a look at some of the things we do at camp.





                 Nail painting






           Manicures.





            Hand waxing











Massages







We usually have fishing on our agenda for the weekend also however this year it got rained out.

One camper and volunteer did manage to avoid the rain and got to enjoy the paddle boat.


A volunteer or staff member is always on-site to help the stroke survivor enjoy the moment.







This year we were able to repeat an unusual treat in that we were able to help our stroke survivors and their caregivers enjoy the zip-line that the LOMC camp has on-site. 





I wish you could have seen the excitement of the survivors as they did this. Plenty of assistance was available to help them enjoy this. Survivors who were able to at least stand alone, even without the use of their hands were able to experience this.





We also do crafts, entertain our campers with skits, and always have a special, fun filled Saturday evening program for your enjoyment. And always our signature drum circles.












This year led by Music Therapist Kristin Conrad.

You never know what to expect at our camps because we strive to make them fun, entertaining, educational, comfortable, well fed, and therapeutic. Please come join us some time.


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