a friend of mine told me yesterday she's putting her 13 YO DS with ADHD in a camp with kids whose issues are along the same spectrum.
it's 5 days. I don't see the problem.
Why not be with kids like him? Isn't that what Muscular Dystrophy camp does? Gives kids with some extra challenges the opportunity to not worry what other kids without the challenges are thinking. They can just be.
And, again, it's only 5 days. Kid has 360 other days for people to make it perfectly obvious to him that he's different. I doubt he'll forget.
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That's exactly what MDA camp does, for exactly the same length of time, and while I can see (and relate to) your concerns, it really is a very positive experience.
In fact, seems to me that many camps serve the purpose of letting kids be with others who are like them for a change: The camp in the OP, muscular dystrophy, as you said, various gifted camps, camps for specialized interests.
In the last category, I could have seen dd having enjoyed a camp with other kids who were really into and skilled at making art. She had all year in school to take art classes with kids who were not really all that interested, and from teachers who were not all that interested either.
So, yeah, seems to me that summer camp might be a good time to give a kid the experience of NOT being the odd duck out.
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It sounds like a great experience to me.
This sounds ideal to me. It's really no different from sending a child to a special interest camp or diabetes camp. My 15 yo is looking forward to spending a month at Christian camp this summer because she wants to be with other kids who struggle with the same issues and share the same faith. She gets plenty of diversity in her daily life. Sometimes it's more relaxing to be among "family."