Camp Our Time is an extension of Our Time Theatre Company, an acclaimed non-profit organization that has been helping kids who stutter since 2001.
This ten-day, sleep-away camp welcomes children who stutter, as well as their young family members and friends, ages 8-18, from around the nation and abroad to participate. The program promotes improved communication skills among campers, and provides them with a safe summer destination where they can gain valuable friendships, validation, and encouragement to pursue their dreams. Launched in 2008, Camp Our Time infuses a traditional camp experience including sports, swimming, crafts, and more with Our Time's distinctive arts programming, providing a fun, supportive environment for a wide diversity of kids.
Camp Our Time helps kids who stutter develop priceless self-esteem, and at the same time, provides them with a place where they can simply relax, kick back, and have fun. Additionally, siblings, cousins, and friends who attend Camp Our Time learn how to better provide year-round support for their relative or friend who stutters.
"Camp Our Time helped my daughter gain the confidence to raise her hand more in class. Camp has helped her to see that stuttering does not have to hold her back - she can still do things and challenge herself and succeed." -- Veronica, Camp Our Time Parent
"Growing up, I struggled with stuttering, and understand firsthand the anguish, frustration, and anxiety that this common speech disorder inflicts on young people. I hope that every child who stutters has the opportunity to benefit from Our Time's programs, and that others will support this vital organization." -- Joseph R. Biden, Jr., Vice President of the United States
"With the guidance, support, and love that was so very evident, we watched and listened to our son show a side of himself that we did not know he was capable of expressing ... Camp Our Time will benefit his self-esteem and growth for years to come." -- Angela, Camp Our Time Parent
"Ooh basketball, ooh tennis, ooh volleyball, ooh EVERYTHING! --Tyler, Our Time Camper (age 9) "This terrific theater company provides an artistic home for young people who stutter."
-- Michael R. Bloomberg, Mayor of New York City
"I truly believe in Our Time and I am very proud to be an active member of this program." -- Carly Simon, music icon & person-who-stutters
"Our Time creates an environment where kids who stutter can improve their communication skills and, in doing so, gain confidence." -- Jane Fraser, President of the Stuttering Foundation of America
"I am the proud mother of two beautiful sons who stutter. I know firsthand all the pain, frustration, and anxiety they endure due to their stuttering. Camp Our Time is a true godsend for young people who stutter." -- Kate, Camp Our Time Parent
"To see these kids get in front of an audience and speak, which is difficult for anyone, is incredibly moving. What they do just speaks to the power of joining a group and gaining confidence." -- Paul Rudd, actor & Our Time Board Member
"I can testify to the fact that Our Time is the most powerful healing application of the arts for young people who stutter."
"Over the years, the Our Time plays have continued to amaze me, with themes that eloquently speak to the passions and concerns of a diverse group of young people. Company members have the courage to speak from their hearts and their minds - irrespective of the fluency of their speech." -- Gerrie Nachman, Our Time Parent
"Because of Our Time, I am WAY more outspoken, because I figure that I shouldn't be ashamed of stuttering. I mean, come on, I got a standing ovation for it. How many people my age can say they have done an Off-Broadway play, been interviewed for the New York Daily News and New York One, and actually do something on Saturdays?" --Corom Buksha, teen company, age 16