Camp Independence is specifically designed for children and young adults with spina bifida.
Campers have fun while climbing the tower, singing around the campfire, paddling a boat, and making new friends. Campers develop special relationships with each other and their counselors. For many campers, this may be their first chance to spend a night away from home. All campers are encouraged to become active participants in their own care as well as their continued development of independence. Campers are shown that even though they have a disability; they can be anything they want to be and are provided with an environment where they can be successful. Most importantly, the prescription for the camp is fun!
Camp Independence offers many different activities that promote confidence, cooperation and best of all, are loads of fun! Sessions are divided by age group, allowing the staff to provide age-appropriate programming.
Some activities might include:
Camper Health and Safety
The health and safety of every camper is our highest priority. Camp staff monitor campers’ health and will work side by side with the nursing staff. Once a camper registration is processed, the parent/guardian needs to complete a health form signed by the camper’s doctor and provide a copy of a medical insurance card. The health form gives the nursing staff the necessary information in case medical needs arise while at camp. While safety is a priority, if you or your camper has a concern about participation in any activity, please let us know. We share the desire to make camp the best experience possible and welcome guidance on each camper’s unique needs and habits.
Camp Independence encourages parents to drive their camper to camp. This is an important opportunity to meet your child’s counselor, camp director, health care team, tour the camp facilities, and help your camper get settled.