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Camp Connections

Camp research over the past decade has led to improved understanding of the value of the camp experience as a setting for positive youth development and the developmental outcomes of camp experiences for youth and adults.


 Consider camp as the perfect partner to family, school, and community youth activities in helping your child learn independence, decision-making, social and emotional skills, character building and values - all in an atmosphere of creativity and enrichment under the supervision of positive adult role models.

In today's pressure-oriented society, camp provides a non-threatening environment for America's youth to be active, to develop competence in life skills, to learn about and enhance their own abilities and to benefit from meaningful participation in a community designed just for them.

Yes, camp is for everyone!

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The mission of Camp Encourage is to provide youth with autism spectrum disorder meaningful experiences in which they build the knowledge, courage, and skills to be empowered participants in the community. Our camps take place at Tall Oaks Conference Center in Linwood, KS. Each camp session includes both traditional camp activities and activities tailored around the individual campers’ interests. Our Connections program offers day excursions in the Kansas City area that are well-designed and structured social opportunities tailored to support campers with ASD.

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On August 15, 2017, Managers from Lowes stores from Arkansas to North Dakota came to Linwood, Kansas and performed an exterior makeover for the buildings, landscaped the grounds, installed new furniture and fixtures, painted bunk beds, built fire pits on new paver patios - all so that kids in wheelchairs could enjoy more their summer camp experience. We are deeply grateful to Lowes for their hard work. Come out and visit Tall Oaks!

Take a look at at Lowes in action: Lowes Project at Tall Oaks

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Turning Point’s mission is to empower and transform the body, mind and spirit of individuals who are living with a serious or chronic physical illness. We provide innovative, educational services and tools to inspire people to take charge of their illness and live their life to its fullest. We also enhance the well-being of individuals, families and the communities we serve through resilience education and prevention resources.

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Camp Milton provides a week long overnight camp at Tall Oaks Conference Center in Linwood, KS for children ages 6-17 that have a neuromuscular disease. At Camp Milton we work to develop relationships, build confidence, and show kids that “yes, you can!”. Traditional camp activities include swimming, archery, zip line, and horseback riding. Our camp also has special traditions that kids count on being a consistent part of their “Best week of the year!”, those being - a talent show, a dance, bonfire songs with s’mores, along with the beloved arts and crafts. The mission of Camp Milton is to provide an empowering and enriching environment in which children with neuromuscular diseases can be supported in their journey of personal development by being part of a community that fosters impactful experiences and a sense of belonging!

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