Camp Mourns the Loss of Dr. Kelsy Caplinger
It is with heavy hearts that we share the loss of one of Camp Aldersgate’s greatest advocates, Dr. Kelsy Caplinger.
In 1971, Dr. Caplinger, a well-respected allergist, organized the first summer medical camp at Camp Aldersgate to serve 12 children with asthma, which prevented them from attending other camps. That week was such a success that it paved the way for the creation of MedCamps of Arkansas, which partners with Camp Aldersgate to provide camp experiences for children with a variety of diagnoses, such as asthma, cancer, diabetes, heart and kidney disease, muscular dystrophy and more. Dr. Caplinger always said that MedCamps was “a miracle a minute”, and as long as his health permitted, he could often be found roaming the grounds of Camp Aldersgate, watching campers participate in activities and speaking encouragement to counselors and volunteers.
It is because of Dr. Caplinger’s vision, guidance and encouragement that Camp Aldersgate has continued to provide traditional camp opportunities to thousands of children with special needs and medical conditions. One only has to look at his outstanding record of awards and achievements to understand his value to the community – and most certainly to Camp Aldersgate. He will be sorely missed.