Avril Lavigne Visits Easter Seals Camp In California

Canadian rocker Avril Lavigne posted on Twitter earlier this month about her visit to Camp Oakes, a week-long Easter Seals camp in California and promised more “deets” at a later date. Those details came in a blog post this week from the recently engaged (to Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger) Avril, who talked about how her visit to Camp Oakes reminded her of how much she loved going to camp as a kid.

“Last week I had an awesome experience visiting Easter Seals Camp Oakes in Big Bear California and I wanted to update you all on my time spent there! My Foundation works with Easter Seals on recreation programs for kids with disabilities through the Avril Lavigne Rockstar Club at Easter Seals.

So… As we drove 3 hours (!) up a winding mountain road towards the camp, I remembered how much I loved going to camp when I was a kid. Being able to participate in fun activities and make new friends was a great feeling that helped to solidify the vision I had for The Avril Lavigne Foundation. As we approached Camp Oakes, I was excited to learn more about the Easter Seals program there and to relive my own childhood memories.

The Avril Lavigne Foundation supports recreation programs because I believe they provide an opportunity for kids with disabilities to have fun and just be themselves. As soon as we began to walk around the camp, I was happy to see that this is exactly what was happening! People of all ages with disabilities were laughing and hanging out, swimming, singing and dancing.

I got to sit down with some of the campers, including Joy Durkee, Lora Glassman and Danny O’Connor. One of the things they said that really made sense to me was how, when you are at camp you can truly be yourself and having a disability made no difference – it was just about having fun, making new friends, seeing old friends, and learning things like horseback riding. I even took an archery lesson from one of the staff who is going to try out for the next paralympics archery team. That was so rad!!”

Read the rest of her entry here. The above photo, which she posted to Twitter, shows Lavigne with her friends Joy and Lora.

Matt Ralph

Matt Ralph

I'm the editor of Summer Camp Culture and also blog at Tangzine.com and MatthewRalph.com. I live in the Philadelphia area and went to camps and camp meetings growing up in Ohio, Maryland and New Jersey.

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