My Week at Special Camps


My Week at Special Camps
By Joshua Money

Special Camps was established by Colleen McDonald in 1994. She wanted a place where children and adults with intellectual disabilities are not judged by how they look or what their disability is. Special Camps runs 2 weeks a year (adult week and kids week). All the activities are the same for both weeks. Some of the activities provided are:

  • 1.Riding Horses
  • 2.Grooming Horses
  • 3.Swimming
  • 4.Archery
  • 5.Dances/Parties (every night)

On Thursday night I watched some of the horses being released into the pasture to eat it was amazing. I am one of the lead around campers what that means is I have a White Pines Ranch staff member lead my horse Shooter around the trail. I
have a White Pines Ranch staff member behind me to keep me straight in the saddle. I have two counselors (or Colleen Mcdonald) walk beside Shooter just in case I lean left or right.

2019 will be the 25th anniversary of Special Camps. Colleen McDonald chose White Pines Ranch because it met all of the camp’s needs. The Knights of Columbus provide scholarships for campers and their families who can’t afford camp otherwise. The Knights of Columbus hold a raffle every year at the Special Camp’s Golf Outing. I have given a speech at the Special Camps’ Golf Outing for 3 years (2014 2015 & 2017).


  1. Jody Stepnowski

    Glad to read about the week at camp! My Joe was there, too, and had a lot of fun. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Debra Vines

    I love Special Camps. Thank you Ms. Colleen for your partnership and friendship. Your organization has allotted opportunities for children and adults in the developmental differences community like no other. Also Respite time for the families. The Answer Inc. loves you so much.

  3. Mandy

    This is amazing! Josh you wrote this blog very well and I’m so happy you got to have this experience! Love the picture!

  4. Martha

    Great article. How awesome for you Josh to be able to express yourself. What a wonderful writer you are.

  5. Denise Scott

    Great article Josh! You did an excellent job describing your stay. I always enjoy reading about your adventures!

  6. Bob Burns

    I know Josh well as a staff member where we work together at Spectrum Vocational Services. He’s an articulate and intelligent guy and it’s good to read his blog, filling us in about the activities at the camp. I hope that this is not the only entry in his narrative – this one was way too short!
    Bob Burns

  7. Joanne Harper

    Josh, I am so happy to read about your experiences at camp… I always enjoy hearing you talk camp during your dental appointments… (love the picture too!!).

  8. Roxane Pappa

    Awesome article Josh! Your description of your adventures are fun. Can’t wait to read more from you.

  9. Terry Folliard

    Josh, it is always great to have you at camp. You are so happy to be there, and I can see you always have a great time. Thanks for writing this, as I appreciated reading it. I look forward to seeing you again next summer, Mr. Terry.

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