Hope's Crossing Camp is for children ages 7 to 15. Campers are each assigned their own counselor for the duration of camp based on gender, interests and personality.
Hope's Crossing uses the beautiful facilities of Camp Loughridge, nestled in 200 wooded-acres in West Tulsa.
COUNSELORS & STAFF:
Counselors are ALL volunteers, selected for their positive values and maturity, as well as their ability and desire to work with children with special needs. They are high school students, college students, and young adults, ages 17-30. All counselors receive training in general camp safety, as well as the physical, social, and emotional needs of our campers. In addition, each counselor is specifically prepared for their assigned camper’s unique and special needs.
**If you are sibling of one of our past/current campers & are interested in serving but do not meet the age requirement yet, please reach out to Macy Neph**
NURSE @ CAMP:
There is also a registered nurse at camp each day as well as a physician on call at all times. All required medication is administered by the Hope's Crossing registered nurse.
**If you are a nurse & are interested in spending a day with us, we would love to have you be our nurse for the day! Email or Call with Questions**
All Hope's Crossing campers participate in activities such as swimming, canoeing, archery, basketball, soccer, arts and crafts and a Zip Line designed for children with disabilities under the guidance of a certified ropes instructor. All canoeing and swimming sessions are supervised by certified lifeguards, and campers are required to wear life jackets in canoes. There is a Talent Show during camp and an Awards Ceremony on the last day.
ABOUT OUR FOUNDER: Bob Degen
Bob Degen's idea to help children with disabilities have a more enjoyable summer camp experience began when he met Truman and Charlie in 2011. Truman had been diagnosed with osteosarcoma of the femur at age 9; Charlie had been diagnosed with brain cancer. Truman and Charlie endured intense chemotherapy and treatment, and Truman lost his leg to cancer. Truman and Charlie are special kids -- in spirit, heart and body. Mr. Degen realized that kids like Truman and Charlie might benefit from a camp experience to build their self-esteem and confidence as well as to simply have fun with other kids. In 2012, with the help of his family, Mr. Degen founded Hope's Crossing Camp in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Mr. Degen used to serve and personally raise funds for the camp so that each child may attend for FREE. To support Hope's Crossing and Mr. Degen's amazing efforts, visit the Support page of this website. Hope's Crossing Camp is a 501(c)(3) organization.