Camp Facts and Recent Accomplishments
Camp Aldersgate is Arkansas’ only non-profit organization uniquely dedicated to serving children and youth with special needs and senior adults in a camp environment. Camp was formally dedicated in the summer of 1947. Located on 120 acres, the original purpose of Camp Aldersgate was to serve as a place for interracial fellowship, meetings and to work on community and church projects.
- Camp has 15 year-round staff members, and more than 55 staff counselors who work during the Summer Medical Camps and Weekend Camps.
- During the summer of 2016, Camp served 349 children with and without disabilities. Camp had 178 teen volunteers contribute 22,250 hours of direct community service.
- Camp Aldersgate was awarded a $1 million grant from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation to build a 6,000 sq. foot Activity Center. This facility was completed in June 2016.
- In recent years, the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville School of Architecture students have designed and built an outdoor amphitheater, an archery pavilion, a 25-foot-high tree house, and picnic sites, which are all completely accessible for our participants.
- The Commons Center, which contains a dining facility and activity rooms, is registered as the first gold certified LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) building in Arkansas.
- In 2009, a 1947 Allan Herchell carousel was donated to Camp Aldersgate by Mrs. Joyce Peck. This carousel was one of two carousels used at War Memorial Amusement Park. The carousel was formally dedicated to Camp Aldersgate in the summer of 2013. The structure houses 30 horses and two wheelchair accessible chariots.
- In 1971, Dr. Kelsy Caplinger began the first social service program by inviting 12 children with asthma to Camp to participate in engaging activities they couldn’t enjoy elsewhere. Camp has since then evolved into serving hundreds of children with special needs and senior adults.
- Camp Aldersgate is one of eight camps in Arkansas accredited by the American Camp Association and continues to be the only camp in Arkansas designed for children with disabilities.
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