Atlantic relocated from rural Pennsylvania to a family oriented
beach on the Delaware shore more than twenty-five years ago to provide
its campers a vacation destination in a typical community.
The goal of the camp since its arrival at Bethany Beach has
been to provide a safe, fun vacation and to create opportunities
for the campers to enhance their social skills through interaction
with each other and with the beach community.
achieves its goal by creating a beach experience that is similar
to what anyone else has at the beach. Group living in beach
houses, responsibility for household chores, typical beach
activities such as swims in the ocean and trips to the boardwalk,
all contribute to a fun time and countless opportunities to
enjoy and learn from a broad range of social experiences.
Many of the campers are returning campers. Their disabilities
include learning disabilities, pervasive
development disorders, neurological impairments, communication
challenges, attention deficit disorders, developmental delays,
autism and seizures. Campers are accepted without regard for
gender, race, color, religious affiliation or national origin.
live in beach houses in the Bethany Beach community with a
camper/counselor ratio of 3:1. Meals are served family style
and each camper has household chores for which he or she is
paid. All the campers enjoy the independence gained by having
their own money to spend at the beach as they choose.
activities include almost daily trips to the beach and pool,
dance and lip synch parties, crabbing, cooking, concerts
on the boardwalk and weekly trips to a state park or point of interest.
campers participate in the evening soccer and kickball games
among the houses. The overwhelmingly favorite event is the
weekly trip to the water park in Ocean City where everyone
can move freely from ride to ride in an enclosed, safe environment.
Board games, music, movies and bowling are popular activities
for quiet times and rainy days.