Union County Commissioner Kimberly Mouded visited campers at the Sensory Summer Camp to enjoy a closing-day celebration on August 26. The campers enjoyed arts and crafts activities, guided hikes, animal presentations, a talent show and more.
Youths ages 12 to 21 attended the Sensory Summer Camp at Union County’s Trailside Nature and Science Center from August 22 to August 26. Among the activities were arts and crafts, guided hikes, animal presentations, an astronomy presentation, a talent show, a singalong camp fire and a closing-day celebration. A total of 20 campers enjoyed the program.
“The Commissioner Board was very proud to bring Sensory Summer Camp back to Trailside this summer, and we are looking forward more enriching activities for children and young adults with special needs as the fall season approaches,” said Union County Commissioner Board Chair Rebecca L. Williams.
“Programs like Sensory Summer Camp help ensure that our public recreation resources reach everyone in the Union County family with inclusive experiences in a supportive, judgement-free environment,” said Union County Commissioner Kimberly Mouded.
Sensory Summer Camp is a program of the Office for People with Disabilities and Special Needs, under the Division of Individual and Family Support Services of the Union County Department of Human Services.
The camp program makes use of the Sensory Friendly Trail located on the grounds of Trailside, a gentle 0.3-mile walking trail with many sound, sight, touch, smell and activity features including a Braille loop with rope guides.
Union County’s recreation programming for youth with special needs also includes Special Needs Night at the popular Wheeler Spray Park in Linden, the Sensory Friendly Theatre series at the Union County Performing Arts Center in Rahway and the annual Fall Fishing Derby as well as various classes including yoga, karate, ceramics and golf.
To find out more about special needs programs hosted by Union County, visit ucnj.org/dhs/office-for-persons-with-disabilities-and-special-needs or call 908-527-4807.
For information on the Sensory Friendly Theatre series, visit ucpac.org/sensory-friendly-theatre.
For information and updates on all Union County services during the COVID-19 outbreak, including free vaccination, free testing, emergency food distribution and other support services, visit ucnj.org/covid19. General information about COVID-19 is available through the New Jersey Department of Health at nj.gov/health.
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