HOBART | Ten summers ago, 20 preschoolers with disabilities and without disabilities laughed, learned, and played together at the area's first inclusive summer camp. The young campers enjoyed playing, laughing, learning and exploring together, and no one was left out of any activity.

That story of being included and accepted has been repeated over and over as preschoolers with and without disabilities made friendships that still remain as they reach their teen years.

That gives the Hobart Family YMCA plenty of reason to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Camp of All Abilities, now enrolling preschoolers for a session that begins July 27 and ends Aug. 7 with the 10th anniversary preschool summer camp celebration.

Applications are available at the front desk at the Hobart Family YMCA, 601 W. 40th Place. For more details, contact Sharon Tarry, senior program director, at (219) 942-2183, ext. 14.

Campers from previous inclusion summer camps will be invited to return for the celebration.

Inclusion simply means that all participate and all belong. Using a cutting edge, nationally-recognized inclusion model “Let’s ALL Play,” created by the National Inclusion Project and proven to show growth in motor skills, social skills and self-esteem, the Hobart Y's Camp of All Abilities preschool day camp has proven successful with children and their parents, with full involvement of all campers.

For more information on “Let’s ALL Play” and the National Inclusion Project, visit www.inclusionproject.org.

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