Camp is an experience many of us can share – sleep away camp, sports camp, or your neighborhood park district camp. I think back on my own experience, and I remember the smell of the grass outside while playing tag, the gossip of who was your favorite counselor, and the thrill of meeting new people and creating friendships that would form that special “summer camp bond.” Every child deserves this experience. Josselyn’s Camp Neeka does exactly this.
During July, Camp Neeka creates a safe space for children ages 8-12, who may require a little more support and structure than your typical camp experience. Many of our campers attend Camp Neeka to work through their own mental health challenges, ranging from symptoms like anxiety, depression, trauma, ADHD, and autism. For four years, I have worked at Camp Neeka. Each year we build a culture of togetherness and understanding that allows our campers to thrive during our camp hours.