Days of Summer Camp
The Days of Summer Camp was started in 2012 with a small group of about twenty children and has grown into a large summer day program. The goal of the camp is to allow children with Down syndrome the opportunity to have the experiences of summer camp while practicing independence, developing physical and emotional health as well as increasing their confidence levels. We strive to maintain an atmosphere where children can build great peer relationships as well as have a fun experience at camp!
Camp is a fun day camp experience for children with Down syndrome ages 3-13 years and their siblings ages 3-10 years. Children are provided with the traditional camp experience with crafts, games, and many other exciting activities, at no cost to their families. Campers are not required to be potty trained.
As stated in the camp application, not every camper is guaranteed a spot to camp just because they applied. Campers will be limited to attending a maximum of 2 out of the 3 camps. Priority will be given to individuals who reside in the county. Official acceptance to camp of all campers and counselors will be determined by DSA staff and is not guaranteed.
A certified nurse and teacher is on site at all times and young adults aged 15-25 serve as counselors. Counselors receive at least 40 hours of documented community service for their time. We will also accept a limited number of Counselors in Training ages 12-14. This number will depend on how many experienced counselors we have available for camp to mentor Counselors in Training.
Camper Application Counselor Application Self Advocate Counselor Application
June 19-23, 2023
Sussex Academy Elementary School- 22051 Wilson Rd, Georgetown, DE 19947
July 10-14, 2023
David E. Robinson Elementary School- 1038 Briarbush Rd, Magnolia, DE 19962
New Castle County
July 31-August 4, 2023
Newark Charter Primary School- 2001 Patriot Way, Newark, DE 19711
Madison Hudson has also been involved with Days of Summer Camp for the past seven years. Madison received Bachelors degrees in Early Childhood and Special Education from Alvernia University and recently received her Masters degree in Autism and Severe Disabilities from University of Delaware. She works as a Kindergarten teacher in Smyrna School District. Madison will be responsible for management of our campers at Days of Summer Camp and iCan Bike Camp.
Lauren Berry Pellegrini has been involved with Days of Summer Camp for the past seven years. Lauren received a Bachelors degree in Special Education from Wesley College and recently received her Masters degree from Western Governors University. She works as a Special Education Pre-K Teacher in Capital School District and lives in Dover with her husband Brandon, a Delaware State Trooper and former Days of Summer Camp counselor. Lauren is responsible for management of our camp counselors at Days of Summer Camp.
Lauren Berry Pellegrini