Adaptive Camp Experiences
● By Brian O
Joy Ranch – “We Get It” Family Camp
"We Get It" Family Camp at Joy Ranch provides the opportunity for families to get away in a safe, accessible environment. Joy Ranch’s design to be fully barrier-free means everyone, of all abilities, can experience all of camp together. You can have unhurried conversations with other families who “get” what it means to have a family member with a disability. “I feel like I've had a life-changing experience – being surrounded by positive, upbeat, happy people. I laughed so hard this week, like I haven't laughed in a long time – BIG stress reliever!” said one "We Get It" Family Camp mom. As you look across the campfire flames to the faces of new friends, you’ll feel supported and understood in the unique challenges your family navigates. Registration for next summer's session of "We Get It" will open in November. Dates and prices will be available soon. Contact [email protected] for more information on the program.
Camp High Hopes
Camp High Hopes offers an opportunity for rest, relaxation and fun for those with special needs and their families and friends. A variety of recreation and respite activities, including archery and canoeing, are offered in a safe and adaptive camp setting. There are a variety of sessions, some of which include Youth with Physical Disabilities, Youth with Autism/Intellectual Disabilities, One-to-One Weekend, and Campers, Friends, and Siblings. Registration deadlines vary by season, and families in need may be considered for financial assistance. Visit http://camphighhopes.com for more information.
Black Hills Ski for Light is a four-day event held in January where blind/visually impaired and low mobility individuals have the chance to cross-country or down-hill skill accompanied by a guide. No experience necessary! Visit http://bhsfl.org for more information.
The Great Bear Adaptive Ski Program provides individuals with special needs with everything they need to enjoy downhill skiing, including private instruction, equipment, and a lift ticket. Half day or full day lessons are offered. For more information, visit http://greatbearpark.com/winteractivities/adaptiveskiing/ .