July 23, 2018
Camp ClapHans wrapped up the 2018 season that featured an "Under the Sea" adventure theme.
This year's activities included treats from area food trucks and businesses and visits from the OKC Thunder Drummers, athletes from the University of Oklahoma, Camp Genesis, Drums4Life and stargazing nights hosted by members of the Oklahoma City Astronomy Club.
Camp ClapHans is for kids with disabilities ages 8 to 18 and is an outreach program at the J.D. McCarty Center.
Activities for campers include archery, arts and crafts, canoeing, fishing, horseback riding, stargazing, talent shows and swimming.
Five camp sessions are offered each summer, and the sessions are from Sunday afternoon to Wednesday afternoon. The camp is located on the center's campus at 2002 E. Robinson St. in Norman and features two cabins and an activities building that are located next to an 11-acre lake.
The camp, which opened in 2013, serves kids from across the state and can accommodate 60 campers each summer.
Camp ClapHans also features a 1-to-1 staff to camper ratio, registered dietitians on site to address dietary needs for campers and a physician and nurses available to assist with medical needs. Camp staff members are typically university students who are working toward a degree in allied health-care fields, such as physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech-language pathology; special and general education; outdoor recreation; nutrition and other related fields.
This year's camp crew included students from the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University, East Central University, Baylor University and Simpson College.
Registration for the 2019 sessions will start in February 2019. Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.