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Camp Buddy for children with Down Syndrome
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The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society will host its eighth annual Camp Buddy summer camp in Effingham and Chatham counties.

The goal of Camp Buddy is to promote retention of information by offering programs to prepare children of all ages with Down syndrome for the upcoming school year.

Special-education, occupational, physical and speech therapists have designed a curriculum for the camps.

This year’s camp activities include music, dance, arts and crafts. Each camper receives an individualized therapy plan and a medal.

Registration for Camp Buddy is $400 per child for the entire week. This cost includes therapy sessions, entertainment, T-shirt and snacks.

Camp Buddy Effingham will run from June 27 to July 1.

For children ages 3-6, the camp runs from 8:30-11:30 a.m. For children ages 7 and older, it runs from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Camp Buddy Chatham will have two weeks, each with camp on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The first week will be July 11, 13 and 15. The second week will be July 18, 20 and 22.

For children ages 3-5, the camp runs from 9 a.m. to noon. For middle-school-aged children, it is from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For elementary-school-aged children, it runs from 1-4 p.m.

Camp Buddy Chatham registration forms are due Friday.

For more information about attending or volunteering for the Effingham camp, contact Molly Marchese at 912-754-4437, 912-213-9127 or

For more information about attending or volunteering for the Chatham camp, contact Pam Hussey at 912-220-6429 or

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