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2000 Aldersgate Road
Little Rock, Arkansas 72205
Phone - 501-225-1444
Fax - 501-225-2019
Camp Aldersgate is Arkansas’ only non-profit organization uniquely dedicated to serving children and youth with disabilities 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 Christian training.
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 is located in the heart of Little Rock, close to I-430 and I-630, and minutes away from Arkansas Children’s Hospital.
During the summer of 2014, Camp served 325 children with and without disabilities. Camp had 186 teen volunteers contribute 23,250 hours of direct community service.
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 carousal was one of two carousels used at War Memorial Amusement Park. The carousal was formally dedicated to Camp Aldersgate in the summer of 2013. The structure houses 30 horses and two wheelchair accessible chariots.
Camp has 16 year-round staff members, and its 2014 operating budget is just over $1.4 million.
In recent years, the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville School of Architecture students have designed and built an outdoor amphitheatre, an archery pavilion, a 25-foot-high tree house, and picnic sites, which are all completely accessible for our participants.
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.