ROCKY MOUNT, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Economic Development (DED) announced in August that Wonderland Camp will receive $200,328 in 70% tax credits through the Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP). In total, the NAP grant will help provide $286,184 in donations to the camp over the life of the award. Tax credits will be available to donors and organizations until June 30, 2022 on a first come, first serve basis.
Wonderland Camp is an 11-week summer camp designed for individuals with physical and intellectual disabilities in Rocky Mount, Missouri. They will use the additional support to maintain and expand the number of staff essential for proper operation. The Wonderland Works project will help fund Wonderland’s Director of Camp Operations, Juan Morales, the Clinic Director, Kathryn Hudson, and at least 20 additional camp counselors each year over the next three years.
Despite the fact that the American Camp Association (ACA) only requires camps to provide a 5:1 camper-to-counselor ratio, Wonderland Camp offers staff in either a 3:1 or 1:1 camper-to-counselor ratio. While these smaller ratios give campers a safer, more personalized experience, it also limits the organization’s availability to campers who need 1:1 camper-to-counselor ratios. Most often these campers are those who use wheelchairs, are severely physically or intellectually disabled, or who need intense medical care. Employing additional camp counselors will allow the organization to reliably increase the number of campers they admit.
Today, Wonderland Camp’s summer programming hosts approximately 1,000 campers and 100 counselors each year. On average, 120 are campers who need 1:1 camper-to-counselor ratios and 70 live with Prader-Willi Syndrome. Wonderland Camp strives to engage all campers in a variety of activities during their week-long stay, including swimming, hiking, rock wall climbing, boating, fishing, mini-golfing, archery, petting zoos, the performing arts, dress up, arts and crafts, karaoke, dancing, games, and more.
Founded in 1969, Wonderland Camp will celebrate its 50th anniversary on September 14th with a free open house. All members of the community, especially previous campers, counselors, and staff members, are invited to attend.
For more information on camp operations and programs, contact Wonderland’s Director of Fund Development and Communications, Mike Clayton, at 573-280-5648 or the Director of Camp Operations, Juan Morales, at 573-392-1000. For more information on Wonderland Camp’s NAP funding, please contact Melissa Gilstrap at 573-855-5332. If you or your organization is interested in receiving NAP tax credits in order to donate to Wonderland Camp, please contact Mike Clayton at 573-280-5648.