Off to camp

Service opportunity: AOA, AOF seek volunteers for kids’ summer camps

The AOA and AOF have joined forces with the Muscular Dystrophy Association to enlist volunteers for the MDA’s summer camp program.


Members of the osteopathic medical profession can help create summer memories for youngsters living with muscular dystrophy thanks to a partnership between the American Osteopathic Association, the American Osteopathic Foundation and the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA).

This summer, the three groups invite DOs, residents and osteopathic medical students to volunteer their time as medical staff or counselors at the following MDA summer camps:

  • Variety Club Camp: June 15-20, 2015, in Worcester, Pennsylvania. Apply by Monday, June 1.
  • Camp Cheerful: June 21-27, 2015, in Strongsville, Ohio. Apply by Monday, June 1.
  • Canyon Camp: June 29-July 3, 2015, in Hinton, Oklahoma. Apply by Saturday, May 30.
  • Macleay Christian Retreat: July 12-18, 2015, in Salem, Oregon. Apply by Friday, June 12.
  • Timber Pointe Outdoor Center: July 12-17, 2015, in Hudson, Illinois. Apply by Monday, June 15.
  • Quest’s Camp Thunderbird: July 19-24, 2015, in Apopka, Florida. Apply by Monday, June 15.
  • Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck: Aug. 2-7, 2015, in Center Moriches, New York. Apply by Wednesday, July 1.

Each volunteer pairs up with a camper for the entire week. Volunteers not only help meet children’s daily needs, such as pushing their wheelchairs and helping them eat, but also serve as a source of friendship and support.

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