SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE, Va. -

The Muscular Dystrophy Association is giving kids the chance to find "ability" in disability.

This week, about 30 children with some form of muscular dystrophy can boat, fish and ride horses at MDA Camp. The camp is at the 4-H Center near Smith Mountain Lake.

Whether these kids use wheelchairs or just have difficulty walking -- they can forget that for a week, and hang out with others just like them.

"We come every year, so it's fun to come back every year," camper Kristen Caldwell said. "We can only come until we're 18, so we like to come when we can."

Kristen was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy type three when she started walking.

Casey Saul, another camper, said, "It makes me realize that I'm not the only one that struggles with it every day."

Physical Therapist Jennifer Wright says the nearly 30 campers -- even some counselors -- at the Muscular Dystrophy Association Camp are affected.

"Depending on what type a person may have, they have a degeneration of that nerve impulse," said Wright. "They have all sorts of problems that result to include motor problems, sensory problems, and ultimately a lot of function can be lost."

But here at the 4-H Center-- they forget the challenges for the week.

"When we're at home, we don't like to get to do the stuff that the other kids get to do, like at school and stuff," said Kristen. "But here, we can do everything that other kids can. We feel more involved and included."

Wright said the kids just want to play.

"This camp really bends the environment to enable these children to be able to experience those very normal functions," Wright said.

This year's camp theme is "super heroes."

Fitting for these kids -- who are unafraid to face adversity.

"It means a lot to me to be able to come here, and come here for free and people donate," said Kristen. "We don't have to pay for it, and we have a bunch of fun. And I get to come with my best friend."