Camp SOAR underway with almost 400 campers in S. Charlotte

- Camp SOAR is underway at the Levine Jewish Community Center in south Charlotte. This year there are 377 campers and more than 400 volunteers at the camp for children and adults with special needs.

Camper Chance Snow told FOX 46 Charlotte’s Robin Kanady what makes the camp so special.

“No one judges you.”

Camp SOAR stands for Special Olympics Athletic Retreat. The camp is in its 18th year.

“They say here it’s like Disney World or like a love fest because there’s so much happiness,” said Bob Bowler, Camp SOAR’s founder and director.

Chance is paired with George McDowell, his camp buddy.

“He’s a very smart kid, so he’s taught me a couple of math tricks with calculators, and so it’s cool to learn about him and be friends with him,” McDowell said.

Camp SOAR is free to campers. They enjoy soccer, basketball, tennis, swimming, bowling, and many other activities.

The camp ends Friday.

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