CUNA LENDING COUNCIL
Camp Wamp is excited to partner with CUNA to help send kids with physical disabilities to our camp with YOUR help! We’ve been San Diego-based MyPoint Credit Union’s official charity since 2019 and love the mission behind credit unions People Helping People!
Our goal is to help kids with disabilities focus on what they CAN DO by hosting them at our camp. With your help of even $5, you can support a kid to have a memory of a lifetime.
It costs us $3,500 per camper, per week to host them and this is where YOU come in!
For every donation during the conference this week, we are also entering you into a drawing of fun items.
How we use your donations:
- $5 donation funds General Arts and Crafts
- $20 donation funds Painting Supplies
- $60 donation funds Dinner for All Campers One Night
- $100 donation funds Recreational Kayaking
- $3,500 donation funds One Camper to Attend in 2023!
Let’s aim to send 10 kids from all around the US to Camp Wamp in 2023!
One of the first things you’ll notice about Stephen visually is that he is in a wheelchair, because Stephen J. Wampler has Cerebral Palsy (CP). Then you’ll get to know Stephen as a person and you’ll see how little CP defines him. Over the years he has learned not to only live with his disability, but to thrive in life with his condition. He wants to ensure that others with physical disabilities have the same opportunity as he has had so they can live a fulfilling life.
Steve Wampler discovered the benefits of the great outdoors when he was a young child. Coming to understand that it was an important stepping stone in his life, he attended a wilderness summer camp for children with disabilities, returning every summer between the ages of 9 and 18. He went on to graduate from college, and with his wife, Elizabeth, have two children, Charlotte and Joseph. Having been forever changed by his own experiences at camp, he understood that these benefits were not unique to him. Steve’s dream was “to be able to own his own camp”. In 2002, Steve and Elizabeth founded The Stephen J. Wampler Foundation, and “Camp Wamp” was opened in 2004. With the wilderness as the backdrop, kids enjoy the fun and camaraderie of camp life. With Steve as their inspiration, their experiences push each one to discover how capable they really are.
The journey began with the Wampler’s offering summer camp experiences at a leased property in the Sierra Nevada mountains in Northern California. Upon the permanent closure of that location in 2016, it was time to find a forever home. Steve had a list of 12 “must-have” features that he was looking for including a lake, a commercial kitchen, running water, electricity, and more. The hunt was on.
“Failure is not an option”