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Camp ClapHans kicks off season with open house in Norman

Camp ClapHans, an outreach program of the J.D. McCarty Center in Norman, held an open house for campers as well as members of the public.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: May 20, 2014

New campers got a sneak preview of Camp ClapHans during an open house at the J.D. McCarty Center for children with developmental disabilities. The camp is the only one in the state specifically designed and built for children with developmental disabilities.

Now in its second year, Camp ClapHans is named in memory of Sammy Jack Claphan, former University of Oklahoma and National Football League blindside tackle, who earned his degree in special education. When he retired from the NFL, he returned to Oklahoma to coach and teach special education.

Five camp sessions will be held this summer, with the first one beginning June 15. The final session ends July 23.

Camp ClapHans has a one-to-one camper to camp staff ratio and serves six boys and six girls at each camp session, for a total of 60 children.

Campers and members of the public were invited Saturday for tours of the camp, demonstrations and exhibits of the activities available.