"Dreams Can Come True" Family Camp 2011
On April 15, 2011 the CFA played host to thirty-five patients and their families at our annual "Dreams Can Come True" Family Camp. This year marked our 11th anniversary of camp and joining us were 13 new families. We are excited to have a new generation start camp as we watch our older children grow into leadership an volunteer roles. The camp is sponsored by the CFA and is of no cost to our patients and their families.
The festivities began on Friday afternoon at Camp Adahi in Menlo, Georgia as families began arriving for a weekend of canoeing, horseback riding, archery and arts and crafts. Each family was greet by Donna Henderson, camp director, and Heather Henderson, camp founder. This year the children were treated to a special surprise of a petting zoo provided by Noah's Little Ark. In addition to a goat, ducks, and rabbits, many of the children held a special bundle of joy affectionately called "pig in a blanket".
Following a hot breakfast on Saturday morning prepared by Max Henderson and a large group of volunteers from local schools, the children and families enjoyed scaling a climbing wall, running through the inflatable obstacle course, kicking soccer balls, fishing at the pond, exploring the camp on a hayride, and making crafts like spin-art and flower pots. Saturday night was the traditional bonfire where families roasted marshmallows, sang camp songs, and made smores.
The camp also offers activities for the parents with a "mom-to-mom" and "dad-to-dad" time where parents get together to discuss their journeys, find support, and provide guidance to new craniofacial families. Thank you once again to the Henderson family and all of our wonderful volunteers for making "Dreams Can Come True" Family Camp a place where families want to return year after year.
We would like to thank the students and faculty at OLPH for choosing the CFA and "Dreams Can Come True" family camp for their community outreach program during Catholic Schools Week. As part of their service-learning and community outreach, OLPH students from 6th through 8th grade collected non-perishable food items to donate to the camp.