INDIANAPOLIS (WLFI) – Camp Riley is currently accepting children for its 2014 summer camps. Any child age 8-18 with a physical disability is welcome to attend.
Instructors said Camp Riley empowers children with physical disabilities by providing enriching, life-changing experiences in a traditional camping environment tailored to their individual needs. For 59 years, campers have shattered perceived limitations, met new friends and reached higher achievements, allowing them to return home with an increased sense of independence and confidence.
Camp Riley is an extension of Riley Hospital for Children, integrating medical professionals in the program. The staff to camper ratio never exceeds 1-to-3 and the camps have 24-hour medical care available through the Riley Hospital staff.
Children can attend one of five camp sessions offered during a six-week span. Sessions offer swimming, hiking, horseback riding, vertical climbing, canoeing, art projects and other activities. New families may also attend Newcomer’s Day on Saturday, May 24 to learn more about Camp Riley.
The Camp Riley theme for this year is Around the World. Instructors said campers can explore new adventures from around the globe without leaving the woods. Camp Riley takes place at Bradford Woods, Indiana University’s outdoor recreation center in Martinsville, Ind., located 20 miles southwest of Indianapolis.
In 2013, 219 campers enrolled in Camp Riley, representing 57 Indiana counties and seven states: Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania. Since 1955, Camp Riley has been a “home away from home” to more than 13,000 children.
To secure a spot for Camp Riley, click here for the online application.
More information on this year’s Camp Riley events are listed below.
Saturday, May 24, 2014
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Newcomer’s Day lets new campers and families do a “trial run” with a visit to Camp Riley at Bradford Woods. Camp families can see the facilities and property, experience camp activities, attend parent informational sessions, discussions and activities, and join a question-and-answer session with camp staff.
June 15-20, 2014 (Ages 8-18)
This one-week session is for campers who benefit from a 1-to-2 staff-to-camper ratio. Be prepared to have the time of your life!
June 29-July 4, 2014 (Ages 8-18)
This session is for campers who benefit from a 1-to-1 staff-to-camper ratio. Be prepared for an exhilarating adventure like none other.
July 6-11, 2014 (Ages 8-18)
This session is specifically designed for youth with cognitive and physical functioning levels assessed between 0 and 48 months and who thrive in a 1-to-1 staff-to-camper ratio.
July 13-25, 2014 (Ages 8-18)
This two-week session is specifically designed for campers who are ready for a longer camp experience and thrive in a 1-to-3 staff-to-camper ratio.
Venture Beyond the Woods
July 13-25, 2014 (Ages 14-18)
This two week session is for older campers looking to develop leadership and life skills and thrive in a 1-to-3 staff-to-camper ratio.