The RAD Camp Joyful Parade flew to the stars – NBC Los Angeles

What you should know

  • The 2021 camp ended on July 3rd
  • Rising Above Disabilities, based in Irvine, offers a variety of exciting programs for children and adults with developmental disabilities
  • Register on for information on future events

Enjoying an “Out of This World” adventure can be something very special and unforgettable.

But make it particularly meaningful? When people you love, know and for whom you are rooted, make the joyful journey with you and offer community, camaraderie and active support.

It did so when RAD Camp took off around its home base in Irvine and Orange Counties in late June and early July 2021.

The camp, which takes its name and inspiration from the theme of “Rising Above Disabilities”, flew solemnly and uplifting to the stars for its latest summer spectacle.

That meant the multi-day event, which included a range of remote activities for children and adults with developmental disabilities living in Southern California, had all sorts of galactic goodies and good times.

Those galactically great good times included “virtual crafts, games, health education, journalism, music, theater, scavenger hunts, yoga, science experiments” and also a personal parade where cheering supporters and stilt walkers in space -tastic costumes and lots of sunshine, too .

After the June 27 parade, RAD took to the streets to visit campers in several Southern California communities, including San Juan Capistrano, Santa Ana, and other local cities.

The opportunity to sing together and participate in cosmically cool games added another real dimension to the camp, which in 2021 marked its second virtual year and its seventh anniversary in total.

The graduation ceremony, which brought the social spirit of camp to Servite High School in Anaheim on July 3, included live music and the chance to dance.

While RAD Camp was held for the seventh time in 2021, RAD has served Orange County’s families in a variety of ways for over two decades.

The non-profit organization offers “… great programs and camps for adults and children with developmental disabilities” as well as “… a well-deserved break for their caregivers and life-changing volunteer opportunities for the local community”.

If you would like to learn more about RAD Camp 2022 as the details become known in the months ahead, or how you can play an important role in RAD’s year-round programs, visit the Rising Above Disabilities online headquarters now.

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