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Therapeutic Camps

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The Therapeutic Camp program is designed to support each group’s medical, social, and physical needs.  Camps are grouped by diagnosis so that each child has his or her specific needs met.  This also provides a unique opportunity for youth to form social connections with and receive support from others who have similar life circumstances.

Multiple clinical research projects at Bradford Woods have concluded that our Recreation Therapy summer camp program meets the psycho-social needs of our campers through this disability specific design in that it provides a normalizing experience, a supportive community to be one’s self without medical labels, and to simply be a kid without barriers.  We recognize that opportunities to find support from staff and peers with similar disabilities is absolutely crucial for positive psycho-social support, growth, and long term achievement.  Indeed, our research has confirmed that there are few, if any, opportunities for youth to have this experience in a supportive, empowering, inclusive, and camper first environment.

To read quotes from campers and volunteers about the benefits of camp, please visit our Testimonials page

Summer Camp Sessions


May 25-28, 2014 Adult Camp
June 1-6, 2014 Camp Hi-Lite
June 8-13, 2014 Camp R.O.C.K.S. 1
June 13-15, 2014 Camp About Face Leadership Academy
June 15-20, 2014 Camp About Face
June 15-20, 2014 Camp Riley 2
June 20-26, 2014 CHAMP Camp
June 22-July 4, 2014 Camp Care for Kids
June 29-July 4, 2014 Camp Riley 1
July 5-11, 2014 HEAR Indiana
July 6-11, 2014 Kan Du
July 13-25, 2014 Camp Riley 3/Venture
July 25-27, 2014 Little Red Door Leadership Academy
July 27 – August 1, 2014 Camp Little Red Door
July 27 – August 1, 2014 Camp Independence

Staff Schedule


May 10, 2014 Leadership Team Arrives
May 12-16, 2014 CHIPS (Cabin Heads/Interns/Program Staff) Training
May 13-15, 2014 Adventure Challenge Training; International Staff arrive
May 16, 2014 Lifeguard Training
May 19-23, 2014 Full Staff Training
May 24, 2014 Newcomer’s Day – open house for new campers and their families
June 3-4, 2014 Volunteer Training
August 1, 2014 Summer Camp Staff Closing Banquet