Keshet provides countless opportunities and
programs for individuals with disabilities but our largest program by far is
our summer camp program! Keshet believes
that everyone at camp benefits when everyone can participate. We provide
opportunities for inclusion out in the community on field trips, assist campers
in forming friendships, and ensure accommodations are available so that
everyone can be successful at camp.
Our staff and volunteers are the backbone of
our programs because they make all the magic happen! They all have their own
unique stories about how they became involved and why they stay connected. They
are passionate individuals who deeply care about the individuals that Keshet serves.
Without each and every one of them, our services would not be possible.
models inclusion from the beginning for staff and participants. With Keshet, campers can go to camp with
a one-on-one staff member who helps them get through their day, makes the
accommodations necessary, assists them in getting to know the group and ensures
an amazing summer experience. “Nobody is a better friend to Keshet campers than their peers
their same age,” says
Abby Zucker, senior at Highland Park who was a Keshet counselor at “Z” Frank
Apachi Day Camp this past summer. “At art, they would practice writing [my camper] Mitchell’s name
and no matter where we were, the group always make sure Mitchell got a turn.” Inclusion
at Keshet is not just a program, it’s a way of life!
to fostering inclusion within the camping environment, our participants show
immense growth throughout the summer. Katie Penn, a junior at Illinois State
University and a long-time staff member of Keshet recounts back to her first
summer spent with her camper, Sam. “From the beginning to the end of those
eight short weeks, I saw tremendous growth in Sam. He became more independent
and confident. And quite frankly, so did I.” When our campers succeed, we,
as staff, feel just as accomplished.
Our staff love Keshet, and we know you will too. Keshet is so
fortunate to have incredible staff who help blossom meaningful opportunities
and friendships. We’re getting ready for Summer 2022, and are looking for new
people to join the team. So, what are you waiting for? Apply today at: https://keshet.campintouch.com/ui/forms/application/staff/App
Special thanks to Abby Zucker and Katie Penn for sharing their
You can learn more about Keshet and what we do by visiting us
online at https://www.keshet.org
Please note: All names of
participants have been changed.