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2012-05-31 / Community News

Summer Volunteer Opportunities Abound at Ranch Camp

Down Home Ranch’s 18th season of Ranch Camp, a five-day residential camp for teens and adults with intellectual disabilities such as Down syndrome, will open Sunday, June 3 and run for four consecutive weeks during the month of June.

The Ranch still needs volunteers, whether for just a morning or an entire week. “We’re on the run from long before dawn until the campers bed down about 10:00 at night, “said Robert Schier, Camp Associate, who is in charge of the overall coordination of Ranch Camp.

Opportunities abound to support camp staff and counselors in the kitchens, with camper check-in, setting up activities, helping out with meal serving and cleanup, organizing materials, etc. Anyone wishing to work directly with campers will need to attend training.

Down Home Ranch is a non-profit year-round residential community for adults with intellectual disabilities, with homes in Taylor, Elgin, and on the Ranch property, which is located on FM 619 on the Lee and Williamson county line. Ranch Camp was the first program developed and offered at the Ranch, and began in the summer of 1995 using tents and cots furnished by the Taylor National Guard.

Please go to www.downhomeranch.org/camps and check with Robert Schier or Ashley Dykma for more information.

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