KAMP Dovetail needs volunteers, boats and more

The 40th annual KAMP Dovetail, a five-day, four-night camping experience for children with special needs held at Rocky Fork State Park, is about two months away and SATH Executive Director Linda Allen asks help to the community.

“We are looking for volunteers to work one-on-one with campers, people to help out in the kitchen and other general camping areas,” Allen said. “We also need pontoon boats for Tuesday and Wednesday June 21 and 22, during KAMP week. If you have a boat and would like to let KAMP Dovetail use it for campers, that would be wonderful. Children love to go boating.

Most Dovetail volunteers are required to attend training and the next session is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Monday, April 18 at the Hopewell Center, 5350 West New Market Rd., Hillsboro. The next Saturday session will be May 14 at 1 p.m. in Hopewell.

“Our theme this year at KAMP is ’40 Years of Love for the Gifted,’ Allen said. “It’s a Lego theme and we need some Lego donations. We are going to ask the children to build special projects with Legos. So if you have any new or used Legos you’d like to get rid of, we’d love to have them.

For more information on how you can help or if you have donations, contact Allen at 937-366-6657.

KAMP (Kids And Motivated People) Dovetail is a volunteer-run summer camp sponsored by Supplementary Assistance to The Handicapped (SATH), a non-profit organization. The camp is for children with disabilities from the Highlands and surrounding Ohio counties.

The camp takes place at Rocky Fork Lake State Park in Highland County.

“Each child who visits our camp is associated with their own camp volunteer. You will notice that we have used the word volunteer instead of adviser. It’s because everyone in our camp is exactly that. A volunteer,” the Dovetail website states. “None of the people in our camp are paid for their time. Each person is there solely for the purpose of ensuring that campers enjoy their week at camp.

“Our volunteer staff work diligently throughout the year to secure cash and supply donations from area merchants and individuals. This combination of an all-volunteer staff and their fundraising campaigns all year round allows us to offer our camp at a fraction of the cost charged by other similar camps.Our camp has operated this way for over 30 years.

KAMP Dovetail 2022 starts the week of Monday, June 20.

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40th Annual Event for Children with Special Needs Begins June 20

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