Exclusive to The Arc of Gaston County, Kamp Kaleidoscope is a safe and structured daily summer camp to people age 7 and up with developmental disabilities. Fun, weekly themes are incorporated for campers to participate in individual and group activities, social and recreational community outings, and educational projects. Kamp Kaleidoscope maintains a maximum 4:1 camper to staff ratio to ensure the safety of everyone involved during the summer camp session.
Providing assistance to individuals with developmental disabilities and their families during Christmas based on specific needs through an application process. We also welcome community members to assist in donating money or providing items to help fill the wish lists- they are our Santa’s Helpers.
We offer various opportunities to apply for financial assistance: daily needs, medical needs, medical equipment; scholarships to attend a workshop/seminar or enrichment activity, such as summer camp. The applicant must be medically diagnosed with a developmental disability and be a resident of Gaston County.
Health & Wellness
There are several aspects to health and wellness that apply to everyone, but some especially our individuals with developmental disabilities: exercise, nutrition, life skills, self confidence, family, employment, and peer relations. We will begin offering various opportunities in the coming year that address these areas to bring awareness and enhance the health and wellness of the citizens we support.
We partner with several local businesses and agencies to provide topic related seminars and workshops as they relate to people with developmental disabilities, their families, educators, and support personnel. We will make our community aware of these educational opportunities as they are confirmed.
By definition, Advocacy is an active support as of a cause, idea or policy. The Arc has been advocating for people with developmental disabilities and their families for over 60 years. We provide advocacy by guiding someone in need to accessing related services, community based resources, parent/family support, reporting abuse, school or special education rights. We also serve on various committees, councils, and boards to ensure that the perspective and voice of people with developmental disabilities is heard. We are also very active regarding state and federal legislation and represent The Arc’s core values.