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Operation SHINE CAMP

Presented by the Kids and Dreams Foundation
Hosted by Covenant Cedars Bible Camp Hordville, NE


Operation SHINE CAMP

Presented by the Kids and Dreams Foundation
Hosted by Covenant Cedars Bible Camp Hordville, NE

Camp Information

OPERATION SHINE CAMP is a two-day camp for kids ages 7-12 experiencing Autism Spectrum Disorders and related conditions.  The camp is held at the Covenant Cedars Bible Camp near Hordville, NE.  The days will include arts/crafts, swimming, fishing, archery, crate stacking, sensory activities and more!

  • Each Camper has at least one "1-on-1" Dream Big Camper

  • All Staff & Volunteers have received training in the specific disorders that will be present at camp.

  • There is nursing staff on-site 24/7.

  • All cabins have handicap accessible full bathroom facilities

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Can’t attend but want to help?

donations towards our camper & Volunteer scholarship welcome!

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Camper Fees

This amount is for one camper registration.  If you are sponsoring a specific camper please list the campers name in the notes field during the payment process.

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Volunteer Fees

Your gift of $125 will provide lodging and food for one of our amazing volunteers!

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No amount is too small. From helping cover the cost of online registration fees, t-shirts for volunteers, snacks, training materials, and the food & lodging at camp, all these things factor in when supporting a volunteer or little camper’s life-changing experience of camp! We appreciate your generosity!!

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How do I register my child for Operation Shine Camp?

If you are interested in having your child attend camp next year, click the button below and your child will be added to next year’s waiting list. We collect this information throughout the year, and when registration opens for new campers (in February), an email will be sent with the registration details.


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Temple Grandin:

“I believe that the Operation Shine Camp run by the Kids & Dreams Foundation is important because it gets kids out doing things like zip-lining, boating, swimming, and arts & crafts that they otherwise would not. As a result, these kids show their parents, teachers and themselves that they are capable of doing great things and exceeding any perceived limitations and expectations.”

I have never done anything like that....Honestly the most profound experience of my life. I experienced seeing joy and happiness with the kids, things we all sometimes miss in all the hustle and bustle of everyday life. I cannot wait to go back next year, and I am so incredibly grateful I was able to participate in this AMAZING camp.
— Big Camper
I LOVED being a part of this camp! I gave time; but was given so much more in return. It’s so amazing!
— Big Camper
My son started helping clean the house and his room. He told me this is my chance to SHINE.

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I just wanted to say Thank You again for letting my son come to camp. He had a GREAT time! He honestly has not had that much fun in as long as I can remember. Thank you so much! Your team did a great job!
My son had a blast!!! He takes his sensory bottle and timer everywhere!!!!! He wants to go next year too! He said it was too short! Thank you and your team for getting this camp going this year! Its a true blessing!

This boosted my son’s self confidence! I don’t think I can thank you enough. He sure had a great time. I asked him what he was thinking, he said he didn’t know, but it felt AWESOME! It was the biggest moment in his life. You guys had a huge impact on him.
Thank you so much for the wonderful experiences my daughter was able to have at Operation Shine. The memories she created with everyone’s help will never be forgotten.
Thank you so much for the amazing experience my son had at camp! He came home with more confidence and is already asking when can he go back. Thanks to all of the volunteers that made this possible!

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Kids & Dreams Foundation

Kids & Dreams Foundation

The Kids & Dreams Foundation was founded in November 2013. 

The Kids & Dreams Foundation provides support to children of all ages and their families dealing with autism, bullying and other challenges faced by today's children. We seek to enrich the lives of the kids by locating and providing the resources that will help each reach their full potential in life.

The foundation will introduce you to...

  • Importance of your child's diet
  • Neurofeedback & other therapy services
  • MAPS Doctors
  • Biomedical possibilities & treatments
  • Anti-Bullying programs
  • Social Stories
  • Other Autism & Bullying services

By providing….

  • Assistance
  • Resources
  • Educational Conferences
  • Financial Support
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Aaron's Story

My wife, Kerri, and I have adopted five children. Trae, our middle child, has autism. He was developmentally delayed and did not walk or talk until he was 2 ½. At the age of three, he was diagnosed as being on the Autism Spectrum. Over the next couple years, Trae began a variety of therapies to help him progress and develop. It was during this time, Trae began having intense meltdowns and pulling his hair out, which was very out of character from his laid back personality.  His pediatrician at the time told us Trae was the way he was, and that he would not change.  Well, that was not good enough for us!  After researching, we decided to remove dairy products from his diet.  One day later, Trae was a completely different child.  We were concerned about what he would eat because he was very picky. Dairy was the majority of what he ate; however, this dramatic change gave us the incentive to continue.  He is still dairy free at 10 years of age.  A couple years later, we attended a seminar about autism and nutrition. This was very timely for us because we were considering removing gluten from his diet as well. This seminar also educated us on the biomedical approach to treating autism. We were able to find a doctor that had several hundred autistic patients. We made the appointment and decided on a variety of biomedical tests, which would show allergies and food intolerances, allow the doctor to determine what vitamins and supplements his body needed, and to monitor his intestinal tract and treat accordingly.  Since we began this journey, Trae has made leaps and bounds! He is now in the fifth grade and doing excellent academically, interacting better socially, and sees the world in a refreshingly different way. The combination of therapy services, diet, and biomedical treatment has helped Trae blossom into the kid he is today!


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Amy's Story

My son, Peyton, was nine years old before he was diagnosed as being autistic.  At age five and prior to the diagnosis, I drove him to therapy weekly (two hours round trip), so he could receive hippotherapy, occupational, and physical therapy to address his sensory needs.  These services were not covered through insurance.  I was a single mother at the time, and due to lack of funds, they only lasted one summer. Since preschool, Peyton had been receiving physical and occupational therapy. Our family moved when he was in 2nd grade, and the new school would no longer provide these services to my son.  Even after the diagnosis of autism, he was not able to receive the services because he did not qualify.  As Peyton entered the fourth grade, he began to report being bullied at school.  This was discussed with staff and administration, and they seemed to be trying to help take care of the situation.  When the administration changed at the school, the bullying worsened in fifth grade after his diagnosis of high-functioning autism.  Peyton entered middle school where the bullying only increased.  He had chronic stomach aches, did not want to attend school, and withdrew even more.  The school responded to the bullying by having him be bused home early each day.  We have since moved to a new town. Peyton is now 15 and in the ninth grade, where he is thriving and doing very well.  He now receives physical therapy each week and is improving.  He enjoys school and is no longer bullied.  The school is receptive to his needs and does everything they can to ensure Peyton is safe and ready to learn. 




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Sponsor a Camper

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Provide a Camper Scholarship

You can help sponsor a camper through our "Michael Houghton Scholarship Fund".  Click on the image below to be directed to our scholarship funding website.  If you have questions or need assistance please feel free to contact us for assistance.