Department of Occupational Therapy Hosts Winter C.A.M.P.

 

The Springfield College Department of Occupational Therapy hosted the second year of its camp-lab on the campus from Feb. 18-22. Winter C.A.M.P.(Celebrating Abilities--Making Possibilities) is a program during which transition-age young adults, ages 18-22, with mild special needs work with occupational therapy graduate students who serve as mentors.

Participants make friends as they check out the Springfield College dining hall, events, activities, and fitness complex. They also experience a residence hall, cook some meals, and explore different hobbies and interests.

The program runs for five days and includes one overnight stay on the Springfield College campus.

Participants work with student mentors who are in their final academic semester of the Master of Science occupational therapy program. Faculty members from the Department of Occupational Therapy supervise the graduate students in the planning and execution of activities.

About Winter C.A.M.P.

Large and small group activities will focus on friendship, hobbies, guidance on job applications, meal preparation, and many other opportunities based on individual interests. Many activities will take place at Cheney, in residence halls, at the Wellness Center, and the Center for Leadership and Engagement.  

Winter C.A.M.P. is a community-engaged learning experience during which occupational therapy students in their final semester of coursework will serve as mentors for area young adults with disabilities, under the supervision of OT faculty.

This year, the OT department's Winter CAMP for young adults with disabilities had a new headquarters: The Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement.