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A Summer Camp Like No Other

HEBRON, Conn. (WGGB) — For a lot of kids, summer vacation means going to camp. There’s one camp though that offers a lot more than just swimming and boating and sleeping under the stars.

It’s Camp Hemlocks located 20 miles southeast of Hartford. It offers everything you’d expect at a summer camp.

The difference here is that campers experience the joys and challenges of camp in a fully accessible setting.

You’ve seen Molly Murphy through the years on the MDA telethons. She’s been coming to Hemlocks for four years.

For Molly, it’s a lot more than just going to camp.  She says, “One of the best parts is you can make friends and be able to experience to explain what’s going on in your life and they’ll be able to understand unlike some of my friends who I have in my hometown who might not exactly understand cause they don’t go through it.”

And that’s the sentiment echoed by nearly every camper, like Naomi Harry. She told ABC40, “What’s the best thing about coming here? I get to be able to do things that I wouldn’t usually be able to do.”

Camper Dawn Parrott says, “MDA camp is like a place where you can do anything like disability or not and it just feels good.”

Donna Stevenson is here from England to be a counselor at Hemlocks. She says, “Working with kids with disabilities, you don’t see the disabilities in the child and everybody’s here together and everybody’s going through the same thing together.”

And for a week, forgetting about their wheelchairs and braces and just have fun, being a kid.

Look for more on Camp Hemlocks this Labor Day weekend on the MDA Show of Strength. It’s Sunday, September 2 from 8:00 to 11:00 p.m., right here on ABC40.