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Fight to save Camp Dream

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MERIWEATHER COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -

Camp Dream's summer program is about a month away. 

Lindsey Von Maucher, a 21-year old who has cerebral palsy, is signed up to go. It'll be her 9th year there. 

“She's a kid with special needs. She's gone through a lot but every time she comes back from camp she’s a little bit more independent,” said her mother Therese.

Reporter Ashley Thompson asked Elizabeth why she keeps returning.

“She said she likes everything, basically being outside and doing all the fun stuff.”

Now all the fun stuff is in jeopardy because of a dispute between Camp Dream and the Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency. The camp's possible cancellation is stressing some parents out. 

“We would hate for that to happen,” said Gary Von Maucher. “That would be a nightmare for us and for a lot of families.”

Here's where things stand right now. The GVRA won't allow Camp Dream to use the Roosevelt Warm Springs Institute because the camp isn't accredited. The agency is now offering Camp Dream the opportunity to partner with an accredited camp at Ft. Yargo State Park in Winder.

The problem is there is only space there for 128 of the 200 registered campers.

“Nothing has changed for us,” said Camp Dream Executive Director. “We're here to advocate for all 200 of our registered campers.”

Camp Dream has by close of business on Monday to respond and CBS46 has learned it's rejecting the offer.

Marshall believes it could be the beginning of the end of the special needs camp.

“If we don’t continue being at the Roosevelt Warm Springs property then they'll find someone else to fill those dates and then when we try to go back next year, even though we’ll have the ACA accreditation and all the things, it wont matter.”

The Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency sent CBS46 the following response:

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