The Associated Press reported this week on a new adventure camp that recently opened which is catered specifically toward those who have suffered traumatic brain injuries. The non-profit adventure camp was developed by a man after his son suffered a serious head injury while snowboarding nearly ten years ago. Our Chicago brain injury lawyers understand that, like this camp founder, many local families only learn about the full extent of challenges faced by those with these injuries until someone that they know is affected.
The father in this case soon realized that his son’s needs were not immediately different after the injury than before. Instead the injury just made it harder to meet those needs, of finding challenging, interesting, interactive, social activities with which to engage. That is why the newly opened Brain Injury Adventure Camp has activities that one would find at virtually all other similar camps. There are low ropes courses for teambuilding exercises and even a Zip Line course. Walking trails, fishing ponds, open fields, and other spaces for activity, rest, or relaxation can also be found on the 42 acre camp nestled in Kentucky hills.
The camp founder purchased the land two years ago-the area had remained unused for decades. Eventually, the run-down farmhouse in the area was rebuilt and all of the additions were added. Now the camp is scheduling day trips for all sorts of groups. The camp is geared toward those with disabilities, but all are welcome. There are no living spaces, so no over-night trips can be accommodated currently. However, the goal is to one day have more facilities available to put on week-long camps.
Our Illinois brain injury attorneys appreciate that many with various levels of disability often find it difficult to locate spaces and activities that are a perfect fit for their needs. That is why people from across the country have already been coming to the state to attend the camp. What is particularly neat about this new camp is that it is customizable depending on the exact needs of the group using the facility at any given time. For example, the first group participating in the camp was a group of autistic children and young adults. The camp founder explained that as the day wore on many in group fell in love with the rope swing and eventually even overcame a fear of fire to roast hot dogs and marshmallows.
The camp founder summarized, “My grandkids were here and you couldn’t tell anybody apart. Everyone was the same. And that’s what this camp is meant to create. Everybody is equal here.”
Those who suffer a traumatic brain injury following an accident often have an overwhelming urge to participate in activities like before an accident. Unfortunately, many residents struggle day in and day out to even get basic skills back to allow them to engage with life as they did before the injury. Hopefully, more locations and activities like this camp will gain popularity and allow more individuals with certain disabilities to participate in these programs.
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