Camp Riley

Riley Children's Foundation

Camp Riley empowers children with physical and cognitive diagnoses by providing life-changing experiences in a camp environment tailored to their individual needs. Campers shatter perceived limitations, make new friends, and reach higher achievements, returning home with an increased sense of independence and confidence.

Due to the Coronavirus, all events at Bradford Woods have been canceled through July 31st. Find out more here: Coronavirus Updates 

1955Camp Riley started at Bradford Woods in 1955, and we've been serving campers ever since.

8We host eight unique sessions of Camp Riley summer camps, each designed with campers in mind.

320+More than 320 campers enjoy a barrier-free experience at camp each year.

Beyond the Woods Mentor Program

The Beyond the Woods mentor program is for teens age 14-18 with a physical disability that are part of the Venture session of Camp Riley. Campers are matched with adult mentors who have been through similar life experiences and can act as a source of empowerment and a resource for campers on a variety of topics, including personal challenges, next steps in education and career, and more.

For more information about the Beyond the Woods program, contact Nicole Hoover, Medical Camping Supervisor, at nicohoov@iu.edu.

 

A legacy for kids

Campers using wheelchairs are loading and unloading from a pickup truck that says "Camp Riley" at the beach. The photo appears to be from the 1960s.
The first Camp Riley took place in August 1955, and provided two weeks of camping for 42 girls and boys with physical disabilities. For all except one or two of the children, it was their first camping experience. Many of the early medical camps were oriented towards youth with polio or diabetes. During these early camps, a burro and a de-scented skunk often entertained campers. While don't have any skunks or burros at camp today, we continue in the rich tradition of serving campers started in the 1950s by creating a safe, barrier-free space where campers can be kids, expand their limits, and make relationships that last a lifetime.

Dear Camp Riley, I really appreciate everything you do. This was my first year at camp and I loved it! I look forward to next year. Thank you for supporting me.

– Moraiah S., Hi-lite camper

Questions

Contact us at 765-349-5121 or e-mail Nich Hunter-Shields at nyhunter@indiana.edu.

Donate

Interested in providing a Camp Riley experience to Indiana children with the gift of a campership? Contact Olivia Mozzi at Riley children’s Foundation at 317-808-8557 or at omozzi@rileykids.org.

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