Hendricks County Flyer, Avon, IN

March 19, 2013

Enrollment open for 2013 Camp Riley

Staff Writer
CNHI

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

For 58 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.

“Choose Your Own Adventure” is the theme for this summer’s camp. Online applications to secure a spot for Camp Riley are available at RileyKids.org/Camp. April 15 is the application deadline.  

The staff-to-camper ratio never exceeds one-to-three. Children can attend one of five Camp Riley sessions offered during a six-week span. Sessions offer camaraderie, swimming, hiking, horseback riding, vertical climbing, canoeing, art, and other activities.

New families may also attend Newcomer’s Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 25 to learn more about Camp Riley. The website at RileyKids.org also offers an online photo gallery showcasing camp activities.

Camp Riley is at Bradford Woods, Indiana University’s outdoor recreation center in Martinsville, 20 miles southwest of Indianapolis. In 2012, 238 campers enrolled in Camp Riley, representing 53 Indiana counties and five states. 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. The fee families are asked to pay is determined 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.

Donors interested in providing the Camp Riley experience to Indiana children with the gift of a campership may contact Riley Children’s Foundation by calling 1-877-867-4539 or by e-mailing to campriley@rileykids.org.