Registration starts Jan. 27 for Camp ClapHans

Registration starts Jan. 27 for Camp ClapHans, a summer camp in Norman for kids with disabilities.
The camp is open to kids ages 8 to 18 and is an outreach program of the J.D. McCarty Center for children with developmental disabilities. Applications are due March 6. The cost to attend camp is $325, and scholarships are available to families who qualify.
Five camp sessions are offered this 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.
Activities for campers include archery, arts and crafts, canoeing, fishing, horseback riding, talent shows and swimming.
This summer’s theme is “Out of this World,” and games, activities and crafts will be tailored to the theme.
Camp Director Bobbie Hunter said the camp offers exciting programs and the opportunity for kids to challenge themselves through new activities.
“Everyday kids are learning new skills, making new friends and developing self-confidence,” Hunter said.
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.
The camp, which opened in 2013, serves kids from across the state and can accommodate 60 campers each summer.

Camp sessions:
This year’s theme is “Out of this World.” The camp sessions start on Sundays and end on Wednesdays. Here is the schedule for 2020:
* June 14-17
* June 21-24
* June 28-July 1
* July 12-15
* July 19-22

Camp counselors and kids
Bobbie Hunter