What is Muscular Dystrophy?
The term covers over 40 separate Neuromuscular disorders which have in common the progressive and irreversible wasting of muscle tissue. Some of these diseases are known as dystrophies, the wasting of the muscles from within themselves. Others are atrophies, wasting arising from a disorder originating in the nerve system which causes loss of the ability to use muscles. Various Myopathies, Peripheral Nerve and Metabolic Disorders also fall into the realm of disorders covered by the MDA's program. These Neuromuscular disorders (NMD's) are generally, incorrectly, termed "muscular dystrophy".
There is no cure for Muscular Dystrophy.
The incidence of these Neuromuscular Disorders is high, with one in every 1,000 people affected. For example, more than 20,000 children and adults in Australia; 275,000 in the U.S.A. The incidence of NMD is uniform throughout the world population.
For further information check out Facts About Muscular Dystophy.
For further information check out General MD Information.
How to become a counselor...
If you are interested in becoming a camp counselor, we are are always looking for volunteers. You must be at least 16 years of age, and willing to volunteer a week of your time for a great cause. All you need to do is contact the local MDA office in your area and tell them you are interested in becoming a camp counselor. They will then send you the neccasary information and forms.
You can find local contact information at:
If you live in the United States
If you live outside the United States
Information for Campers and their families...
If you are a camper I hope that you have enjoyed my website, and that it brings back memories. If you have MD and wish to become a camper follow the links under becoming a counselor to contact your local MDA office. If you are a family member or relative of someone with MD, follow the links under What is Muscular Dystrophy or the links at the bottom of this page to find lots of helpful information.
How to donate..
If you would like to donate money to a good cause the MDA is always looking for contributions. Your money will be used to help fund things like summer camp, and research. If you live in the United States you can donate here. If you use that link you're money will go to the national MDA, if you would like to have the money go to your local area, I recommend contacting your local MDA office. If you live outside the United States check out the MDA website for your country.
Who else has camp webpages?
Camp Hastings in Lake Villa, IL
Gina's MDA Summer Camp Web Page.
Jeff's Chihowa Summer Camp Archive
Oregon's MDA Camp
Silent Bob's Summer Camp Web Page
MDA sites around the globe.
Select the link for your country. I recommend both the US and Australian sites for tons of great info.
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||What is MDA Summer Camp?
In simple terms it is a place where kids with Muscular Dystrophy from the ages of 6 to 21 come for one week in every year to enjoy activities they might not have a chance to participate in any other time, and have a fun time. Yet, Summer Camp is much more than that, it is place where lifelong friendships are made, a place where love and caring is genuine, a place where crime and the rest of the world are a seperate entity, a place where everyone gives, and a place where everyone is united with a common bond. It is all that and more. It is loads of fun. It is cool. It is truly fantastic. I can describe Summer Camp with as many descriptive adjectives as I like, but I would never come up with one that describes what it is like to be part of MDA Summer Camp. The word does not exist, yet the pictures do, and even though you'll never truly know what it is like until you attend, I think you can still get a great sense of that feeling by letting the pictures throughout this web site do the talking. So, please, sit back, relax, and take a trip through the many years that I have been attending MDA Summer Camp.