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Youth with disabilities make friends at Camp Safari
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Making Friends at Camp Safari


By Karen Dillon, Director of Camping and Retreats, Southern Ohio District, Church of the Brethren

Camp Safari was a new camp this year for the Southern Ohio District Church of the Brethren. The camp focused on providing a Christian camping experience for campers with special needs. Leadership was provided by Kylie and Matt Shetler, the deans, and District Camp staff. 

Campers hiked, swam, laughed, sang, and did all the things expected at camp. The exciting activities of clowning around, making kazoos from detergent jugs, to interactive Bible stories, a talent showcase, and closing campfire brought everyone in the camp close together in the family of God.​

The campers came as strangers, but left as friends. They knew they were accepted and celebrated for who they were. Such joy that abounded throughout this camping experience was wonderful to witness.

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