Registration opens for Camp Claphans

BY STAFF REPORTS
02/11/2013 03:14 PM
NORMAN, Okla. – Registration is open for Camp ClapHans, a new residential summer camp for children with special needs.

The camp, which opens in June, is for youth ages 8 to 16 and is an outreach project of the J.D. McCarty Center for children with developmental disabilities in Norman. The camp is located on the center’s campus at 2002 E. Robinson St. and features two cabins and an activities building that are located next to an 11-acre lake.

The deadline to register is May 24. The cost for a weekly camp session is $325, and scholarships are available to families who qualify.

Camp sessions will take place in June and July and will feature themes that focus on different disabilities, such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, physical disabilities, autism, intellectual disabilities, feeding disorders and sensory issues.

“We will work with families to determine the camp session that will best fit their child’s abilities and interests,” camp director Megan Stanek said.

Camp activities will include archery, arts and crafts, canoeing, fishing, field games, horseback riding, hikes and swimming.

Stanek said she is thrilled about opening the camp and sees it as a place where children can have fun, make friends and learn valuable skills.

“We have an exciting summer full of activities, exploration and social programs for our campers,” she said. “We are beyond excited in taking another big step toward beginning a new project of the J.D. McCarty Center.”

The idea for the camp developed in 1995 when McCarty Center officials discussed options on how to reach more kids with disabilities in the summer months when they are out of school and not receiving therapeutic services, Vicki Kuestersteffen, director and CEO of the center, said.

The camp was seen as a way to “reach kids in a fun and exciting way and integrate therapy so that we could maintain or increase their functional level,” she said.

Officials broke ground on the camp in October 2008.

The camp is named in honor of the late Sammy Jack Claphan, a Cherokee Nation citizen and a Stilwell, Okla., native.

Claphan played football at the University of Oklahoma and graduated with a degree in special education. He later played in the NFL for the Cleveland Browns and the San Diego Chargers. After retiring from the NFL, he returned to Oklahoma and became a special education teacher. He died in 2001.

Camp registration ends May 24. To register, call 405-307-2814 or email mstanek@jdmc.org.
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Norman, ᎣᎦᎵᎰᎹ. – ᏗᎪᏪᎶᏗ ᎤᎵᏍᏚᎢᏌ ᎾᎿ ᎤᏙᏢᏒ ᎤᏁᏓᏍᏗ ClapHans, ᎢᏤ ᎤᏙᏢᎾ ᏫᎬᏩᎾᏕᏗ ᎪᎩ ᎨᏒ ᎤᏁᏓᏍᏗ ᎾᎿ ᎤᏓᏤᏟᏓ ᎤᏂᏂᎬᎦ.

ᎯᎠ ᎤᏁᏓᏍᏗ, ᎾᏍᎩ ᏛᎵᏍᏚᎢᏌ ᏚᏂᏃᏗ ᎧᎸ, ᏗᏂᏲᏟ ᏧᏁᎳ ᎢᏧᎾᏕᏘᏴᏓ ᎠᎴᏂᏍᎦ ᎾᎿ ᏓᎳᏚ ᎢᏧᎾᏕᏘᏴᏓ ᎢᏍᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎾᎿ ᎤᏙᏯᏅᎯᏛ ᎠᏎᎸ ᏂᏓᏳᏓᎴᏅ J.D.McCarty ᎠᏰᏟ ᏗᏂᏲᏟ ᎤᏅᏙᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏚᎾᏛᏏᏗᏒ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᎡᏍᎦ ᎨᏥᏩᏛᎡᎸᎢ ᎾᎿ Norman. ᎯᎠ ᎤᏁᏓᏍᏗ ᎤᏙᏢᎭ ᎾᎿ ᎠᏰᏟ ᎤᏙᏢᏒ ᎾᎿ 2002 E. Robinson St. ᎠᎴ ᏄᏍᏛᎢ ᏔᎵ ᏓᏓᏁᎵ ᎠᎴ ᏧᏓᎴᏅᏓ ᎢᏳᎾᏛᏗ ᏓᏓᏁᎸ ᎾᎿ ᎾᎥ ᏌᏚ ᎢᏳᏟᎶᏓ ᎠᎲ ᎦᏓ ᎠᎴ ᎥᏓᎵ ᎾᎥᎢ.

ᎠᎵᏍᏚᎲᏍᎬ ᎪᏪᎶᏗ ᎠᏂᏍᎬᏘ ᏔᎵᏍᎪᏅᎩᏁ. ᏓᎵᎬᏩᏢᏍᎬ ᎾᎿ ᏒᎾᏙᏓᏆᏍᏗ ᎨᏒ ᏦᎢᏧᏈᎯᏍᎩᏦᏁ ᎠᏕᎸ, ᎠᎴ ᏗᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᎤᎵᏍᏕᎸᏙᏗ ᎠᏛᏅᎢᏍᏙ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏏᏓᏁᎸ ᏗᎬᏩᏂᏍᎩ ᏱᎩ.

ᎤᏙᏢᏒ ᎤᏁᏓᏍᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏕᎭᎷᏱ ᎠᎴ ᎫᏰᏉᏂ ᏕᎧᎸ ᎠᎴ ᏛᏂᏃᎮᏟ ᏧᏓᎴᏅᏓ ᏓᏂᏲᎤᏢ, ᏯᏛᎾ ᎤᎾᎦᏎᏍᏙᏗ ᎤᎾᏛᏓᏍᏛ, ᎠᏂᏰᎸ ,ᎤᏓᏅᏖᏗ ᎤᏓᏂᎵ, ᎤᏅᏌ ᎤᎾᏓᏕᎵᏍᏗ ᎤᎾᏦᏍᏓᏁᎯ ᎠᎴ ᎢᎦᏕᎶᎰᎯᏍᏙᏗ ᏂᏚᏍᏗᏓᏅ ᎢᏗᏰᎸᎢ.

“ᏙᏓᏲᏣᏟᏃᎮᏔᏅ ᏧᎾᏓᎦᏴᎵᎨ ᎠᏕᎶᎰᎯᏍᏙᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᎠᏁᏙᎲ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᎠᏂᏃᎮᏍᎩ ᎤᏕᎳᏗᏍᏗ Ꮎ ᎠᏲᏟ ᎢᎬᏩᏛᏗ ᎨᏒ ᎠᎴ ᎢᎬᏩᏛᏗ ᏂᎨᏒᎾ ᏃᏊᎴ ᎤᏂᎸᏉᏛᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬ ᎡᏓᏍᏗ ᎧᏁᏥᏙ Megan Stanek.

ᎾᎿ ᎡᏓᏍᏗ ᎾᎾᏛᏁᎲᎯ ᏗᎦᎵᏣᏗ ᎠᎾᏉᏅᏗᏍᎨᏍᏗ, ᏓᎾᏟᎶᏍᏔᏅᎲᏍᎨᏍᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏃᏢᏅᏍᎨᏍᏗ, ᎠᎹᏯ ᎡᏙᎯ ᏥᏩ ᏓᎾᏦᏗᏍᎨᏍᏗ, ᎠᎾᏑᎲᏍᎨᏗ, ᏠᎨᏏ ᏧᏓᎴᏅᏓ ᏗᏁᎶᏗ, ᏐᏈᎵ ᏓᎾᎩᎸᏗᏍᎨᏍᏗ, ᎠᎾᏂᎩᏍᎨᏍᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎠᎾᏓᏬᏍᎨᏍᏗ.

Stanek ᎠᏗᏍᎬ ᎠᎵᎮᎵᎦ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᎵᏍᏚᎢᏍᎬ ᎤᏁᏓᏍᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎠᎪᏩᏘᏍᎬ ᏗᏂᏲᏟ ᎤᏁᏓᏍᏗ ᎾᏍᎩᎾ ᎤᏬᎸᏗ ᎬᏩᏁᏓᏍᏗ ᏗᏂᏲᏟ, ᏧᎾᎵ ᏗᎬᏩᏃᏢᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎬᏩᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᎤᏃᏢᏅᏗᎢ ᏧᎬᏩᎶᏗᏲᎢ.

“ᎤᎵᎮᎵᏍᏗ ᏙᎦᏓᏅᏙ ᎪᎦ ᏥᎾᏗᎦᎵᏍᏔᏂ ᎤᏬᎵᏗ ᎨᏎᏍᏗ, ᎣᏥᎪᎵᏰᎥᎲᏍᎬ ᎠᎴ ᏗᏟᏃᎮᏟᏓᏍᏗᏊ ᏗᏁᎶᏗ ᎨᏒᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏗᏁᏙᎯ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ. “Ꮭ ᏱᏩᏍᏔᏊ ᎣᏣᎵᎮᎵᎬ ᏐᎢ ᎣᏣᎳᏍᎬᏍᎬ ᎠᏓᎴᏂᏍᎬ ᎢᏤ ᏂᏓᏲᏣᏛᏁᎵᏒ ᎠᎭᏂ J.D.McCarty ᎠᏰᏟᎢ.”

ᎣᎦᏓᏅᏖᎵ ᎾᎿ ᎤᏁᏓᏍᏗ ᏧᏙᏢᏅ ᎾᎿ ᏐᏁᎳᏚ ᎢᏍᎪᎯᏧᏈ ᏐᏁᎵᏍᎪ ᎯᏍᎩ ᏧᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒ ᎾᎿ McCarty ᎠᏰᏟ ᎠᏂᏁᏥᏙ ᏧᏂᏃᎮᏢ ᎢᎬᏩᎾᏛᏗ ᎨᏒ ᎾᎿ ᎤᎪᏛ ᎢᎸᏢ ᏓᏂᏲᎤᏢ ᏗᏂᏲᏟ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᎢᏗᎬᏛᏁᏗ ᎨᏒ ᎯᎠ ᎪᎦ ᎨᏒ ᏱᏚᏂᏲᎯᏍᏔᏂ ᏓᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎬᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎾᏂᎩᏍᎬᎾ ᎨᏒ ᎦᏅᎦᏅᏘ ᎤᏳᏓᏍᏗ ᏂᎨᏒᎾ ᏱᎩ, ᎠᏗᏍᎬ Vicki Kuestersteffen, ᏗᎫᎪᏔᏂᏙ ᎠᎴ CEO ᎾᎿ ᎠᏰᏟ ᎤᏙᏢᏒᎢ.

ᎾᎿ ᎡᏓᏍᏗ ᎠᎪᎲ ᎾᏍᎩ “ᎠᏙᏯᏅᎯᏗᏍᏗ ᏗᏂᏲᏟ ᎬᏩᏂᎷᎯᏍᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏬᏢᏗ ᎤᏁᏓᏍᏗ ᎾᎴᏍᏊ ᎣᏍᏓ ᎢᏳᏅᏁᎯ ᎠᏂᏲᎤᏢᎢ ᎬᏩᎾᏟᏂᎪᎯᏍ ᎢᏳᎵᏍᏙᏗ ᎠᏁᏙᎲᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ.
ᎦᏳᎳᏃ ᎤᏂᏲᏍᏙᏗ ᎦᏙ ᎾᎿ ᎤᏁᏓᏍᏗ ᎤᏃᏢᏗᎢ ᎯᎠ ᎢᏴ ᏥᎨᏒᎢ ᏚᏂᏃᏗ ᏥᎧᎸ ᏔᎵ ᏯᎦᏴᎵ ᏧᏁᎳ ᏧᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒᎢ.

ᎯᎠ ᎤᏁᏓᏍᏗ ᏚᏃᎥᎢ ᎠᎾᎵᎮᎵᏍᏗᏍᎬ Sammy Jack Claphan, ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎨᎳ ᎠᎴ ᏍᏗᎵᏪᎵ ᎡᎯ, ᎣᎸᎵᎰᎹ ᎡᎯᏯᎢ.

Claphan ᏚᏁᎶᏅ ᏍᏆᏞᏍᏗ ᎠᏴᏖᏍᏗ ᎾᎿ ᏩᎦᎸᎳᏗᏴ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᎣᎦᎵᎰᎹ ᎠᎴ ᏚᏍᏆᏛ ᎤᏁᏒ ᏧᏕᏲᏙᏗ ᎪᏪᎵ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏤᏟᏓ ᏗᏂᏲᏟ ᏧᏪᏲᏙᏗ. ᏍᏆᏞᏍᏗ ᎠᏴᏖᏍᏗ ᏚᏁᎶᏅ NFL ᎾᏍᎩ Cleveland Browns ᎠᎴ San Diego Chargers. ᎣᏂᏃ ᏧᏑᎵᎪᏨ ᎪᎯᏓ ᏧᏁᎶᏅ ᎾᎿ NFL, ᏫᎤᎷᏤ ᎾᎿ ᎣᎦᎵᎰᎹ ᎠᎴ ᎤᎴᏅᎲ ᎤᏤᏟᏓ ᏗᎾᏕᏲᎲᏍᎦ ᎤᎾᎥ ᏧᏕᏲᏙᏗ. ᎤᏲᎱᏎ ᏔᎵ ᏯᎦᏴᎵ ᏌᏊ ᎤᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒ.

ᎤᏁᏓᏍᏗ ᏓᏃᏪᎵᏍᎬ ᎠᎵᏍᏚᎲᏍᎬ ᎠᏂᏍᎬᏘ ᏔᎵᏍᎪ ᏅᎩᏁ. ᎪᏪᎶᏗ, ᎠᎭᏂ ᏫᏣᏟᏃᎮᏗ 405-307-2814 or email mstanek@jdmc.org

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