Camping Unlimited: Camp Krem

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Camping Unlimited is the organization that runs Camp Krem, a camp in the Santa Cruz Mountains that caters to disabled adults and children.[1] Camp Krem provides year-round programs nearly every weekend and summer camp sessions ranging from 7 to 12 days long. In the summer, Camp Krem has a main camp, an Outdoor Adventure Camp, and a Travel Camp that travels throughout California and the country.[2] The camp is located in Boulder Creek, California.

History[edit]

Camping Unlimited is a foundation started by Alex Krem in 1961. Krem, originally a chemist, became a special education teacher and took some of his kids camping in his backyard. Because of the success of these trips, he expanded his program and bought 45 acres of land in 1965.[3]

Camp zctivities[edit]

At Camp Krem, campers participate in a variety of activities. According to the American Camp Association, some of these activities include:

  • Acting
  • Aerobics
  • Arts and crafts
  • Backpacking
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Camping skills/outdoor living
  • Cheerleading
  • Culinary/cooking
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Drawing and painting
  • Farming/gardening
  • Fitness
  • Hiking
  • Music - instrumental
  • Music - vocal
  • Nature exposure
  • Orienteering
  • Rafting
  • Swimming
  • Volleyball
  • Wilderness survival
  • Wilderness trips
  • Woodworking

Vision, mission, and values[edit]

Camp Krem aims to provide a caring, outdoor environment where children and adults of all developmental disabilities can feel comfortable, safe, and able to try new things.[4] Camp Krem also provides respite for the caretakers of their campers. Some of the disabilities include, but are not limited to, Aspergers, autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, intellectual disabilities, mobility limitations, and Prader-Willi Syndrome.[5]

One of the goals of Camp Krem is to provide "planned permissiveness." This means that campers who do not want to participate in a certain activity do not have to because they are on vacation.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Camping Unlimited http://campingunlimited.org. Retrieved 4 October 2015. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ "Summer camp overview". Camping Unlimited. Retrieved 4 October 2015.
  3. ^ "Mission and history". Camping Unlimited. Archived from the original on 2015-09-06. Retrieved 4 October 2015.
  4. ^ "Mission and history". Camping unlimited. Archived from the original on 2015-09-06. Retrieved 4 October 2015.
  5. ^ "Camp krem- camping unlimited- camp krem summer camp". American Camp Association. Retrieved 4 October 2015.
  6. ^ "Mission and history". Camping unlimited. Archived from the original on 2015-09-06. Retrieved 4 October 2015.