Camp Riley empowers children with physical disabilities by providing enriching and life-changing experiences in a traditional camping environment tailored to each camper’s individual needs. For 56 years, campers have shattered perceived limitations, met new friends and achieved greater accomplishments, allowing them to return home with a new sense of independence and confidence.
Physical disabilities don’t keep these youth from scaling a 40-foot wall, swimming, horseback riding, climbing the steep “Cardiac Hill,” or taking on other summer camp challenges. This year these youth are headed to Camp Riley where camaraderie, thrills, and a new perspective await them.
Attending from Kosciusko County are Hope Collins and Lacey Collins.
Camp Riley takes place at Bradford Woods, Indiana University’s outdoor recreation center located 20 miles southwest of Indianapolis. Eligible children ages 8 to 18 can attend one of five Camp Riley sessions offered over a six-week span. The facility is universally accessible, the staff-to-camper ratio never exceeds 1-to-3, and Riley Hospital for Children staff ensures medical needs are met.
Since 1955, Camp Riley has been a “home away from home” to more than 12,000 children. In 2012, 233 campers, including 53 new campers, will attend Camp Riley. Campers represent 53 Indiana counties and five states: Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, and Maryland.