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Organization Number: 95-4429260|
Organization Name: Camp Laurel Foundation, Inc.
Address: 75 S. Grand Ave.
State / Province: CA
Zip / Post Code: 91105
Country: United States
Phone: 1-626-683-0800 Ext:
Organization Email: email@example.com
Website Address: http://www.CampLaurel.org
Detailed Description: Camp Laurel is designed to create an environment specifically for children living with HIV and AIDS that provides HOPE. Devastated by the disease, the lives of these children are lead by a lack of trust in others, isolation, neglect, discrimination and will to live.
This ultimately contributes to a loss of self-esteem, self-worth, and lack of hope. Camp Laurelís mission is to teach children living with HIV and AIDS to believe in themselves and to understand that each one of them has the ability to make his or her life as full and rich as the next childís regardless of their illness.
At Camp Laurel this mission is achieved by striving to contribute to each camper's mental, physical, social and spiritual growth. Through the creation of a camp environment based on love and compassion, the children overcome many physical and emotional barriers during the program. Because the children do not have to hide the fact that they are living with HIV, there is less stress imposed on them, allowing them to feel safe to express their feelings and emotions. This supportive environment increases each childís self-esteem and self-worth and belief in oneself, allowing hope to enter their lives.
With over 12 years HIV camp experience, Camp Laurel has all but perfected the means to which itsí program accomplishes the organizationís mission. Through various wilderness and outdoor activities at the year round resident camp programs (winter, spring, summer and fall) (i.e. swimming, back packing, canoeing, rock climbing, ropes course, mountain biking, snow shoeing, cross country skiing etc.) the children are placed in new and challenging situations. Camp Laurel believes that children learn best when attached to emotion and challenge. By challenging the children to try things they never believed possible, they are taking risks and where there is risk there is reward and with any risk taking there is growth. For a child the risk may be sleeping away from home for the first time, swimming in a pool, or simply opening up and discussing their illness with a peer.