DeFUNIAK SPRINGS — Time is running out to register for the free Rotary Youth Camp of North Florida.

In its 25th year, the camp gives disabled children ages of 6-18 a chance to participate in a week of fun. Registration ends Friday.

Activities include swimming, arts and crafts, campfires, a talent show and dance.

Spanning nearly the entire month of July, the camp is split into one-week sessions designated for different age groups.

According to the camp's website, campers 6-12 years old can visit the site from July 7-12. The following week, those 12-15 years old are welcome. Campers 16-18 get their shot from July 21-26.

The oldest group is full, but the other two still have places available, according to the camp's website.

Joyce Dove, director of development for the event, said camp will be at the Tri-State Christian Camp in DeFuniak Springs.

Dove, who has also been president of the Rotary Club of Tallahassee Northside twice, said the camp was started more than two decades ago through a joint effort of 10 Rotary clubs from across the Panhandle.

She added that a Rotary Club president at the time came up with the idea to mirror other camps specifically geared to youths with special needs that were seen across the country.

"There was nothing available for children who had any kind of disabilities or who it became necessary for them to take medicine every day," said Dove, who added the camp is completely funded by the Rotary Club.

New this year are two wheelchair accessible activities: rock climbing and a zip-line.

The camp will also feature a visit from representatives of an aerospace program in Pensacola, a baby animal program and an African drummer.

Those interested in attending can apply through the group's website at, or text 850-251-1537 to have an application sent to them.