The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) is seeking summer camp volunteer counselors who are needed to assist young people with neuromuscular diseases and help them enjoy a fun-filled camp next summer at Loyola Marymount University (LMU), says a spokesman.

The Muscular Dystrophy Association summer camp is scheduled from July 28th to August 2nd at the LMU campus in Westchester.

Applicants must be at least 16 years old and able to lift and care for a young person between the ages of six and 21. Each volunteer counselor becomes a companion to a camper with a neuromuscular disease and helps them with daily activities such as eating, bathing and dressing. Counselors will also assist campers with recreational activities such as arts and crafts, swimming and horseback riding.

“MDA summer camp is a special week of the year when children with muscular dystrophy can enjoy themselves in a peer group and can participate in a full range of outdoor activities adapted to their abilities,” Muscular Dystrophy Association chapter president Jerry Weinberg said.

“Besides being great fun, camp helps youngsters grow and develop emotionally and socially ñ it’s truly the highlight of the year, for both campers and volunteers.”

At no charge to families, the association’s summer camp program serves some 4,200 campers nationwide in nearly 80 locations for weeklong sessions. Last year, almost 5,000 volunteers helped make the camps possible.

To obtain a volunteer application or learn about other ways to support the summer camp program, the local Muscular Dystrophy Association office at (310) 450-9032.

More information about summer camp volunteers can be found at www.mda.org/clinics /camp/.

The Muscular Dystrophy Association is a voluntary health agency working to defeat more than 40 neuromuscular diseases through programs of worldwide research, comprehensive services, and far-reaching professional and public health education.

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