• Sign up for Camp Soar by May 22 deadline

  • The deadline to register for the Exceptional Family Member Program's Camp Soar, a free, three-day day camp for children with special needs, is May 22.

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  • The deadline to register for the Exceptional Family Member Program's Camp Soar, a free, three-day day camp for children with special needs, is May 22.
    Entering its sixth year, Camp Soar is being conducted off post this year June 5-7 at Watkins Ranch, about 15 minutes drive from the Hancock Gate.
    This year, EFMP is teaming up with Watkins Ranch, 4-H Youth Development and the Kansas State University Research and Extension, said Installation EFMP Manager Jennifer Burford.
    The camp is especially designed for children entering the first grade through high school. Burford has organized the camp each year with special activities designed for children with varying needs. There are activities like horseback riding using a special saddle for children with physical disabilities, nature walks and science projects, arts and crafts, and music. Each camper has his or her own adult volunteer camp buddy to help him or her navigate the activities.
    Burford said a nurse would be at the camp, so parents can leave needed medication for their child. Parents are asked to bring a water bottle for their child, a sack lunch and a change of clothes if their child may need one.
    The campers sign in at 8 a.m. and leave at 1 p.m. June 5 and 6. On June 7, camp is from 1-4:45 p.m., followed by a potluck dinner and other evening activities with the campers' families.
    Families must be enrolled in EFMP to participate in Camp Soar. To register by May 22, contact Burford at 684-2871.
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