Since Camp Discovery’s inception in 2012, there have been 14 camps in urban, suburban, and rural areas that served 182 women of diverse backgrounds. Women participating in the camps build communities and relationships with each other, as well as engage in activities and occupations they may not have access to otherwise. Attendees participate in physical, emotional, spiritual, sensory, and educational activities, all with social and cognitive components. Participants stated that the camp has helped them engage in activities that they were scared of, improve their ability to perform meaningful occupations, and form communities and support systems with people who understand their struggles.
Although Camp Discovery was developed to be in person, it successfully pivoted to an online format during the COVID-19 pandemic. Supplies were ordered, packaged, and delivered to camp participants to ensure a continuity of services. This allowed Dr. Maher and Dr. Mendonca to continue meeting the needs of their clients, especially during a time of increased social isolation.