We are SUPER EXCITED to attend Surfers Healing in Folly Beach, SC this month!! My son loves the water and for the past few years we have been going to the Surfers for Autism Camp in Tybee Island, GA. We love going, but unfortunately this event will be in mid to late October and we could not attend. We can not wait to attend a Surfers Healing event in South Carolina!! The volunteers are awesome and the day is amazing for the kid’s and their families!! We are so appreciative and consider ourselves blessed to attend!
If you are interested in participating or volunteering, please contact Surfers Healing.
A few things you need to know first…
- Your child MUST be autistic to attend.
- You MUST print and sign a waiver to be eligible to attend.
- You MUST sign up and wait to receive email conformation that you have been selected to attend.
- Don’t get bummed out if you are not selected the first time…They have waiting lists and they WILL contact you if they have an opening!
Folly Beach is a beautiful beach near historic Charleston, SC. We visited this beach several years ago. Thanks to my friend and photographer Audrey Jenkins Robinson for allowing me to post this picture. She takes the absolute best photos!!
About Surfers Healing:
From their website:
We take kids with autism surfing. We paddle out together on tandem boards to catch the waves that come our way. That’s what we do; that’s what we love.
On the surface, our contribution seems simple: each year, our volunteer-staffed camps give over 4,500 children with autism and their families a fun, engaging day at the beach.
Our sign up process:
We signed up for this event months ago, but due to the popularity and limited amount of volunteers, they opted for a fair way for participants to register by doing an online lottery. It was literally random and those who were not selected were put on a waiting list. We were excited to be considered and certainly appreciate everyone who works tirelessly on these life changing events.
Yesterday I received an email and we were lucky enough to be called up to attend at the end of this month! These camps are only for one day per year in certain areas all over the USA.
A little more information about Surfers Healing Camp from my email yesterday:
WHAT TO EXPECT – Joining us for surf camp? Excellent! If this is your first time connecting with us, know that you’re in good company; each year, we welcome thousands to Surfers Healing events across the country. Since we’ve been hosting gatherings since the early ‘90s, we’ve learned a few lessons along the way. We offer the list below as a guide, with the hope of making your time with us as relaxed and enjoyable and as possible!
A FEW IMPORTANT “DAY-OF-CAMP” REMINDERS:
Arrive early; this allows for a margin of time to settle in on the beach and check in for camp.
Seriously, arrive early. (We know it’s hard to get loved ones out the door on time, so you have our permission to tell your family members that camp starts a half-hour early if that helps.) Likewise, arriving early will give you time to find parking; it takes time to find a spot and unpack. In other words, budget more time than you think you’ll need.
Upon check in, you will turn in your waiver form, all participants receive a wristband with their surf group number on it. This wristband functions as the participant’s ticket to surf, so it needs to stay on their arm. At check in, we also confirm participants’ surf times and welcome them to camp.
Hungry or thirsty? Forgot water and snacks? No problem – coolers of food and drink are positioned near check-in for your convenience.
Before a participant’s surf group number comes up, they’ll be fitted with life vests (and wetsuits if needed). This is also good time to let volunteers know about your child’s special interests. From trains to Star Wars to Disney films, volunteers can use your hints to build rapport.
Once safety gear is in place, volunteers escort participants to their instructors at the water’s edge. Instructors then teach proper positioning, ensuring that each participant knows what to do on the board. Individuals who are comfortable in the ocean receive one-on-one surfing lessons from an instructor.
While we understand that it can be difficult to let go, we ask moms, dads, and guardians to remain on the beach while we surf. We’ll certainly ask for help if necessary, but in general, we’ve found that our participants respond more readily to camp instructors without a parent present.
No matter how great they may look, each participant’s life jackets and wet suits need to be returned at the end of their instruction so it can be used with the next group.
Though we do our best, we cannot always accommodate requests for specific instructors. (Fear not – they’re all fantastic.)
For more information, please contact Surfers Healing.
P.O. Box 1267
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92693
Phone: (877) 966-SURF
Fax: (949) 728-1200