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.

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.

2020 Camp Schedule

Campers can attend one of eight Camp Riley sessions appropriate to their needs. Explore the eight summer sessions listed below. Contact us with questions, or apply to camp today.

Pediatric Brain Tumor Family Camp will return in Fall 2020. Stay tuned for official dates and information!

This one-week session lets children who have Down Syndrome experience all camp has to offer as they increase their social skills in an estimated 1-to-3 staff-to-camper ratio.

This one-week session is for campers age 8-18 with a physical disability who benefit from an estimated 1-to-2 staff-to-camper ratio.

This session gives children age 8-18 who have craniofacial anomalies a chance to be themselves, make new friendships, and build skills in an estimated 1-to-3 staff-to-camper ratio.

This one-week session helps children age 8-18 with hemophilia, sickle cell anemia, or other blood diseases learn how to manage their chronic health conditions and maintain an active outdoor lifestyle in an estimated 1-to-3 staff-to-camper ratio.

This one-week medically-intensive camp is for youth whose developmental age is between 0 and 48 months and who thrive in an estimated 1-to-1 staff-to-camper ratio.

This one-week session is for campers age 8-18 with a physical disability who benefit from an estimated 1-to-1 staff-to-camper ratio.

This two-week session is for campers age 14-18 with a physical disability who plan to pursue post-secondary education and who thrive in an estimated 1-to-3 staff-to-camper ratio.

This two-week session is for campers age 8-18 with a physical disability who benefit from an estimated 1-to-3 staff-to-camper ratio.

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 

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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