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Cool Camp: Camp Good Times

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Camp Good Times of Charleston helps to provide summer fun for Lowcountry children with autism. They're our Cool Camp of the week.

Most children with autism have communication difficulties, News 2 witnessed a young lady standing tall and proud singing the national anthem at the morning assembly at Camp Good Times of Charleston.

The camp is housed at Hunley Park Elementary School in North Charleston, and provides a fun environment for 128 children with autism spectrum disorder, ages 3-19. Other children, "peers" also come to camp to have fun and make friends with everyone. Students enjoy exciting activities and field trips. Camp counselors are special education teachers, classroom autism professionals, or experienced adults who work with kids with disabilities. Camp director Beth Weiner says, "Camp Good Times is a cool camp because every child that comes here understands that they can be themselves. If they need help with something, we are there to help them. We have a group of professionals who work at camp who are accepting to every child. Every child comes here and they know they're going to have friends. They're going to have great activities." Parent David Friess says, "It's fantastic. My little boy has enjoyed it every year. He looks forward to it every year. It gives him the social interaction that he needs, that most autistic children need, and it gives him a chance to just be a little boy."

Camp Good Times is funded through camper fees, grants, and community donations. Coming up Wednesday on News 2 Today, we'll hear from the campers about Camp Good Times and the difference it's making in their lives.

Do you have a cool camp you want to spread the word about? We are highlighting camps that promote continued education, mentoring, health and fitness, and creativity. Send an email to Octavia at omitchell@wcbd.com, and your summer camp may be featured on News 2.

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