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Nurturing Health and Hope in Camp

Lutherdale Ministries - Elkhorn, WI

  • Contact Person: Mr. Charley Shirley
  • Website: http://www.lutherdale.org/
  • Grant Program: gp_grantsplus
  • Amount of Grant: $15,000
  • Dates of Grant Term: 8/8/2010 - 8/8/2013


In a typical youth camp, about one third of the children have a connection to someone close to them who has Alzheimer's or a similar disease. However, memory and cognitive health problems are seldom discussed openly. Youth avoid letting peers, pastors, or teachers know that they have someone at home who has a neurological condition. Children take on worries and anxieties that can change them for life, but seldom disclose such worries except in a safe setting like that of the "Time for Us" camp.

Lutherdale Ministries, Alzheimer's Association of South Central Wisconsin, and forMemory partnered to provide a unique camp experience, “Time for Us,” for nine to sixteen year olds who do care-giving and/or those who are connected to someone with a memory, cognitive, or neurological challenge. Campers learn about cognitive health and prevention techniques, ways to assist their family, and the importance of nutrition and healthy eating. Lutherdale now connects with local farmers markets and organic farmers to provide quality meals to campers throughout the summer.


People Served: 45
Volunteers Engaged: 29
Impact Story:

A camper named Mike shares, "My sister and I get to go to "Time for Us" camp. This is because our great Grandma died from Alzheimer's and my aunts have it. I worry about my Mom, too. At this camp I feel happy. I like the swimming, the team-building games, learning photography, and the good food. It is great to be with kids with families a lot like mine. But I also see my aunts having fun and talking just like normal. They take turns so they get a break when they need it. I really enjoyed fixing up our camp rain garden."


A closer Look

A Closer Look ... Nurturing Health and Hope in Camp

John* was frustrated, but even more so he was hurt. Just a teenager, John was confused about the changes he witnessed in his grandmother who battled Alzheimer's. They used to be close. But now, she didn't even know who John was. To make matters worse, whenever she saw him, she called him "Sarah." A girl's name! How could grandma think I'm a girl, questioned John.