The exterior of the Beacon School
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Beacon School summer camp returns for students with developmental disabilities.

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) – The Athens County Board of Developmental Disabilities is set to host its second summer camp since the start of the COVID pandemic.

During pre-pandemic times, their camper enrollment was at 50 to maintain appropriate staff ratios. However, summer camp enrollment was limited to 40 campers during the past couple of years to have a safer student-to-staff ratio.

Organizers said campers can expect a more interactive camping experience after last year’s virtual camp.

ACBDD logoACBDD Assistant Superintendent Arian Smedley said the community partnerships they have made over the years keep their programming going.

“This is the sixth year we have partnered with Kids on Campus, one of our strongest partnerships, one that we value greatly,” Smedley said.

Smedley said the summer camp is funded through local dollars.

The Beacon School provides services that include specialized therapy, behavioral support and swimming lessons for students age three to 21 with developmental disabilities.

Campers receive free transportation, free lunch, and a snack.

Applications for the Beacon Summer Camp are now open through May 15th. Current Beacon students are encouraged to apply again this year