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.
  • There are 2 mental health therapists on-site 24/7.
  • All cabins have handicap accessible full bathroom facilities
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

 

Volunteers needed in a variety of areas around camp such as:

-        Big Campers (ages 16+)

-        Relief Big Campers - to relieve assigned Big Campers on breaks or overnight shifts in the sensory room. (ages 16+)

-        Junior Big Campers to assist big campers as needed (ages 13-15)

-        Activity Coordinators and assistants to be available where needed around camp (ages 13+) 

-       And many more......

Sponsorships are also needed. If you would like to donate individually or know of a business or organization that would like to be a part of this great experience for the kids, please let us know. Scholarships are available as well to purchase for a child. Scholarships will be $300 which will pay for the child to attend along with their "Dream Big" camper. Will you help us make some incredible memories for these children? We hope so! 

If you would like a camper or volunteer registration form, you can contact us by phone at (308)830-0225 or by email at aaron@kidsanddreams.org.  Together we can make a difference! Dream Big!

"You cannot blend in....when you're meant to SHINE!"

 

 


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

My son started helping clean the house and his room. He told me this is my chance to SHINE.

Operation Shine 2016 - Photo Gallery

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!