Jack’s parents were wary of sending him to summer camp on his own. But Jack, a 9-year-old boy with Down syndrome, fit right in. His positive attitude made him a quick favorite and he made friends fast – friends like, Benji. “I like making new friends ... we had a lot of fun,” Benji recalls. “No matter what ability you have, you can always have fun like we did at camp.”

Jack participated in all of the same activities as the other kids, including an overnight session. His parents were in awe of his new confidence. “This was the first time he got to be one of the boys,” says Jack’s mom, Johanna. “We weren’t sure he would ever get these opportunities.”

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