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Summer camp for children with special needs celebrates diverse abilities

Camp Able started at Coast Episcopal School in Long Beach three years ago. (Photo source: WLOX) Camp Able started at Coast Episcopal School in Long Beach three years ago. (Photo source: WLOX)
LONG BEACH, MS (WLOX) -

Children who don't normally get to enjoy summer camp are getting together this week for some fun, freedom and friendship. They can feel free to express themselves through music, arts and crafts, and games.

Twenty-five children and teens with special needs are enjoying four days filled with indoor and outdoor activities at Camp Able.

"They don't have the ability to go to a day camp or do things with friends or other kids with, their like, diverse abilities, so we're just trying to provide a fun, safe place for them to come throughout the week," said Camp Able co-director Brent Benvenutti.

Camp Able started at Coast Episcopal School in Long Beach three years ago. It creates a fully inclusive summer camp experience for the school age children.

"I love camp, because it's so cool," said 9-year-old Noel Edwards. "I like the water slides and everything. It's awesome. I like this place."

William Scully, 11, said he likes making friends. The camp doesn't focus on the children's disabilities. Instead, it celebrates their diverse abilities.

The camp ends on Thursday with a trip to the splash pad at Jones Park in Gulfport and a pizza party. The fun wraps up with a talent show at St. Peters by the Sea at 3 p.m.

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