“He’s a social butterfly and he thrives on social interactions and keeping up with his friendships.”
According to his mom, Blanca, 18-year-old Geo (Christian) Hernandez loves to socialize and make new friends. He primarily does this each summer when he attends camp. When asked why he loves to attend camp each year, Geo’s answer echoes his mother’s earlier quote.
“Because I make new friends! I get to know them, get to talk to them at camp and after camp too. I don’t like staying at home, I like to be able to go out and be active.”
Blanca does everything she can to make sure that Geo has the opportunity to go to camp, but it can be challenging when living on a single income.
That’s where the campership bursary came in to help. Geo was a first-time recipient of the Cerebral Palsy Assocation of BC campership bursary in 2018. Geo says that him and his mother found out about the bursary by looking up financial resources on our website. The bursary financially assists individuals of all ages to attend a special needs camp of their choice in BC. Our camp subsidies have gone towards costs such as partial camp fees, transportation, and attendant care fees. Blanca says that they are very thankful for the bursary.
“Thanks to the bursary, Geo was able to attend both the overnight camp at our church in Surrey and the summer day camp at Trout Lake Community Centre called “Youth in Action.” Without the bursary, it would have been very challenging to budget for both. It’s very positive for him to attend both camps because he has something to do every single day. He can get out in the community, interact with other youth, and he has the chance to learn new life skills so there is definitely a lot of opportunity for growth.”
CPABC is glad to be able to help Geo learn new life skills and make new friends at camp. We believe that all those living with cerebral palsy and other disabilities should have the chance to have a fun summer while living a Life Without Limits.
Deadline for applications is Friday June 28, 2019 at 4:00 pm
Applicants must have cerebral palsy and must reside in BC. Campership subsidy fund may be used towards the camp fee, hiring a support attendant, and/or transportation cost. You may attend the camp of your choice that is located in British Columbia such as Zajac Ranch (www.zajacranch.com) or an Easter Seal Camp www.eastersealscamps.ca or any other Special Needs Camp.
Successful applicants are required to provide us with a short letter and optional photo/s (print or electronic version) describing your camping experience. These are used for our promotional materials and to thank donors for their support. Photo release form should be signed and submitted via mail if you provide us photo. If this is the first time you are applying for the campership, please contact Carrie at 604-408-9484 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can find the applications here: https://www.bccerebralpalsy.com/programs/camperships/