Dream Street is a five day four night camping program for children with physical disabilities. The camp is held on the grounds of UAHC Henry S. Jacobs Camp in Utica, MS and is sponsored by NFTY's Southern Region.
Dream Street was founded twenty-seven years ago with the mission that we believe all children, regardless of their abilities, must be offered the chance to have fun, make new friends, to achieve, to be accepted for who and what they are, and to learn from the challenges of group life. Both the children and the staff at Camp Dream Street benefit from the life-changing experiences the camp has to offer. Dream Street is a place where children with physical disabilities are given the chance to be children - not "special" children, not children with disabilities, but just children. This is the true magic of Camp Dream Street.
The majority of the day is divided into activity periods with each period lasting about an hour. Campers and counselors are divided by age into small groups and they rotate through a custom designed daily schedule, including campers' individually chosen "majors." Majors allow campers to sign-up for a particular activity of interest, such as pottery, photography or music, as they focus on specific skills and complete a project to present to the camp.
For some campers, Camp Dream Street is not just the only time in the year when they get the opportunity to swim, but it also may be their first experience in a pool. Not surprisingly, once first time swimmers get in the water, we have a hard time getting them out!
Dream Street ensures an ample supply of lifeguards and medical professionals to monitor safety and provide aquatic instruction.
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