Each summer, the MDA sponsors one-week camps at locations throughout the United States for children affected by neuromuscular disease. Designed for youth 6-17 years of age, MDA camp provides attendees with the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors while engaging in a variety of activities in a fun and safe environment.
Although all camps are different, they share several common activities such as swimming and horseback riding as well as a number of adaptive sports, fishing, arts and crafts, dances, and talent shows. MDA summer camp activities are adapted so that all campers, regardless of their abilities, are able to participate.
Throughout their stay, campers are cared for by trained volunteer counselors and a staff of medical professionals, including physicians, nurses, and physical therapists who dispense medications, provide one-on-one assistance, and ensure that all children stay safe and healthy during their camp experience. There is no fee associated with MDA summer camp, but space is limited and acceptance is dependent upon a child’s overall health.