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Camp Buddy provides learning opportunities for children with Down Syndrome
Austin Smith
Austin Smith packs canned food bangs for God’s Mission House to give to people in need. - photo by Submitted report

EFFINGHAM COUNTY  -- The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) held its 13th annual Camp Buddy summer camp for Effingham County on Monday-Friday at Ebenezer Elementary School and local places in Rincon for community-based learning opportunities.


Camp Buddy is for children of all ages with Down syndrome and is designed to help students prepare for the upcoming school year with a specially designed curriculum by special education teachers and therapists.


Elementary school children attended the morning session where they will stay at the facility and engage in one-on-one occupational, physucal and speech therapy. Campers will also enjoy games, snacks and arts and crafts.


Middle school children will also be receiving therapies as they work on several projects including preparing bags for Backpack Buddies, teacher appreciation bags, and putting together a special project for Friday presentation.


Older children will attend the afternoon session and will be volunteering at two local food and clothing pantries, going on a shopping trip to the grocery store where they will work on budgeting and healthy meal planning. During the camp session, they will have an opportunity to learn occupational and life skills in the kitchen as well as preparing a meal for local law enforcement. Extra fun physical activities in the community will be enjoyed by this group also.


“Our 13th annual Camp Buddy is here! It provides a great opportunity for awesome, differently-abled individuals who have Down syndrome or a similar chromosomal abnormality to receive needed physical, occupational and speech therapies as well as enhance and retain gains made throughout the school year by working individually with each camper to retain what was learned and specific academic challenges to ready them for the upcoming school year” said Camp Buddy director Molly Marchese.


Throughout the camp session, occupational, physical, and speech therapy are cleverly disguised as games and activities, and all campers participate in activities that promote health and wellness as well as the importance of giving back to the community.



The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) will also be hosting Camp Buddy summer camp for Chatham County on July 11-15 at St. Andrews School, located at 601 Penn Waller Road on Wilmington Island. Contact Pam Hussey to register.


Camp Buddy is sponsored by the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society and is made possible through the generosity of the community, friends and families of LDSS and events such as the Buddy Walk and Night of Champions. For more information about LDSS, visit


The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) supports people with Down syndrome and their families through local leadership, support, outreach, education and advocacy. Meetings are held every fourth Tuesday of the month, typically with a guest speaker and social time for families to meet and interact. LDSS encourages the whole family to attend; children of all ages are welcome. LDSS is an affiliate of the National Down Syndrome Society. For more information about LDSS, visit