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The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Camp Koinonia—An Experience that Will Last a Lifetime

Gene Hayes, ProfessorCollege of Education, Health and Human Sciences - Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, & Sport Studies

Camp Koinonia is a week-long residential outdoor education and recreation program for 150 children ages 7 to 21 with significant and multiple disabilities from East Tennessee. The program is the culmination of a semester long class including 200 UTK students who become the entire staff for the program. “Koinonia” is a Greek word that means fellowship and caring community. This presentation will highlight many of the activities in which the children with disabilities participate with the UTK students who plan and conduct the activities. The interaction and relationships between university students and campers is what makes Camp Koiononia a “Lifetime Experience” for all participants.​

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