Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

Health

April 11, 2012

Empowering opportunities for physically-disabled children

Greensburg — Camp Riley empowers children with physical disabilities by providing enriching, life-changing experiences in a traditional camping environment tailored to their individual needs.

For 57 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.

Children can attend one of five Camp Riley sessions offered during a five-week span. Sessions offer camaraderie and thrills through swimming, hiking, horseback riding, rock climbing, canoeing, art projects and other activities. New families may also attend Newcomer's Day on May 26, to learn more about Camp Riley.

The staff-to-camper ratio never exceeds 1-to-3.

Camp Riley takes place at Bradford Woods, Indiana University's outdoor recreation center located 20 miles southwest of Indianapolis (in Martinsville).

In 2011, 221 campers, including 51 new campers, attended Camp Riley, representing 64 Indiana counties and five states: Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio. Since 1955, Camp Riley has been a "home away from home" to more than 12,000 children.

Riley Children's Foundation subsidizes the majority of each child's camper fee. Families are asked to pay based on a sliding scale related to household income. In 2010, 36 percent of Camp Riley families qualified for a reduced camper fee. Families are also encouraged to raise money to send their child to Camp Riley. Donors interested in providing the Camp Riley experience to Indiana children should contact Riley Children's Foundation.

Camp Riley offers five levels of camp programming: Riley 1 (June 17-22, 2012). Age: 8 - 18. This one-week session is for campers who benefit from a 1-to-1 staff-to-camper ratio.

Riley 2 (July 1-6, 2012). Age: 8 - 18. This one-week session is for campers who benefit from a 1-to-2 staff-to-camper ratio.

Riley 3 (July 8-20, 2012). Age: 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 (July 8-20, 2012). Age: 14 -18. This two-week session is for older campers who are ready for a longer camp experience and thrive in a 1-to-3 staff-to-camper ratio.

Kan-Du (July 22-27, 2012). Age: 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.

To complete on online application to attend Camp Riley in 2012 and secure a spot for this year's summer sessions, visit rileykids.org/camp.

For more information, call Riley Children's Foundation at 1-877-867-4539 or visit campriley@rileykids.org.

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