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Variety Club Camp & Developmental Center
As a result, Variety Club International (now Variety – The Children’s Charity) was founded by the eleven entertainers who discovered Baby Catherine. Its sole purpose was to help the less fortunate and to lend a hand to various civic and charitable organizations. Variety is a not-for-profit organization that takes pride in providing programs and services to special-needs children. Currently, Variety has over 50 tents nationally and internationally.
Variety – The Children’s Charity of Greater Philadelphia has been serving children with disabilities since 1935. Variety’s mission is to build independence and self-confidence in children and youth with physical and developmental disabilities by engaging them in recreational, social and educational enrichment activities, while connecting families to resources. Variety serves children between birth and age 21 with temporary and/or permanent disabilities resulting from injury, illness, or congenital conditions.
The Variety Club Camp & Developmental Center is a nationally-acclaimed 80-acre facility located in Worcester Township, Montgomery County, serving children with special needs. In continuous operation since 1949, the camp is completely winterized for use on a year-round basis. Facilities include 19 cabins (each with a restroom and shower), a large dining and kitchen facility, a medical building, an arts and crafts center, computer and A/V labs, a greenhouse, nature trails, an outdoor amphitheater, and an auditorium with stage. Recreational facilities include an indoor sports pavilion, an outdoor pool, basketball courts, a gymnasium, ball fields, a recreation hall, and a playground. All camp facilities are completely accessible to persons with disabilities.
The philosophy of the camp & developmental center is to provide a fun, safe recreational experience designed to foster greater independence and to provide an opportunity to participate in adaptive, age-appropriate peer group recreational and educational programs. Each program is designed to allow all children to participate to the highest level of their abilities.