Presented by the Kids and Dreams Foundation
Hosted by Covenant Cedars Bible Camp Hordville, NE
Presented by the Kids and Dreams Foundation
Hosted by Covenant Cedars Bible Camp Hordville, NE
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
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!!
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.
“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.”
The Kids & Dreams Foundation was founded in November 2013.
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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.