Camp Guardian...Serving Special Campers!
Since 1977, Camp Guardian Foundation has provided individuals with special needs - along with Missouri National Guard citizen-soldiers and airman; MONG veterans, family members and friends; caregiving professionals; and students in child education, social work and special needs related career fields - a unique opportunity each year to attend an an amazing, week-long summer camp called Camp Guardian!
Camp Guardian sessions accommodate a wide range of physical and developmental disabilities. Previous campers have included those with Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, autism, muscular dystrophy, Opitz syndrome, spina bifida, Klippel-Trenaunay-Weber (KTW) syndrome and traumatic brain injury.
Campers attend Camp Guardian for free! Everything (souvenir t-shirt, lodging, food, activities, awards, etc.) is provided at no cost to our special needs campers. An officially-recognized 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, Camp Guardian Foundation receives 100% of its funding via private donations. Financial and in-kind gifts - the lifeblood of this organization - are tax-deductible and always very much appreciated!
Camp Guardian camps deliver an action-packed week filled with fun, educational and wholesome activities. Campers enjoy a wide array of recreational enjoyments such as fishing, BB guns, arts and crafts, archery, paintball, swimming, nature programs, motor boat rides, canoeing, paddle-boating and off-camp field trips. Evening festivities include pool parties, themed dances, hayrides and carnivals. Throughout the week, a talented kitchen staff serves scrumptious, made-from-scratch meals, plus a qualified, on-site medical staff ensures all health-related needs are met.
Camp Guardian camps enhance the lives of all its participants. Our special needs guests are treated to an exhilarating and richly diverse summer camp experience that many would otherwise never experience. In turn, volunteer staff members receive a priceless opportunity to spend one highly memorable week each year serving and celebrating some truly extraordinary individuals, whose daily displays of perseverance, courage, humor and grace - while bravely overcoming significant physical and mental challenges - never ceases to amaze, educate and inspire everyone around them.