This post was written by Nicole Luthcke, a Special Session counselor.
Friendships at Special Session are unlike any other connections that I have experienced. The staff and counselors are always excited to see their friends who they only see once a year, but these aren’t the connections that make Special Session unique- it’s the meaningful connections you make with the campers. Seeing these friend after months of being apart is a feeling like no other. No matter the type of reunion, it is given and received with the most love and excitement there ever has been. One camper who has recently touched my heart is Matthew Luke. Matthew Luke and I love to carb-load at lunch while we discuss the latest news and gossip of camp. When our days of fun comes to an end, we both can’t help but tear up, knowing we won’t reunite for another year. To pass the time we keep in contact through facetime and text messages. I can’t wait for next summer when I am finally reunited with the most wonderful people at wonderful, wonderful Camp McDowell.
Richelle Stringer has been coming to camp as a camper since 2012. Her favorite activities at camp are arts and crafts and cookie baking, and she likes to sing in the talent show and swim in the pool. Coming to Special Session is Richelle's favorite week of the year. Richelle is from Walker County, and her camp counselors this year were Nicole and Mackenzie.
Richelle uses a wheelchair to get around. Unfortunately the wheelchair she has right now is not working properly. It is difficult to push, and no longer fits her body. Richelle needs a wheelchair that is custom fit to her body to provide the support that she needs; this can costs thousands of dollars. Richelle is currently experiencing homelessness and is unable to purchase a new wheelchair.
We are currently running a campaign to raise $10,000 for our Camper Assistance Fund so that we can help campers like Richelle with needs like a new wheelchair.
Special Session campers are adults with disabilities. Our counselors are youth ages 16-24.