Camp Riley (INDIANA) empowers children with physical disabilities by providing life-changing experiences in a traditional camping environment tailored to their individual needs.
For 60 years, campers have shattered perceived limitations, met new friends and reached greater achievements, allowing them to return home with an increased sense of independence and confidence. During their time at Camp Riley, they prove to themselves and others that their strength and willpower define them – not their physical circumstances.
Each summer, Camp Riley holds five different camp sessions at Bradford Woods, Indiana University’s 2,500-acre outdoor recreation center in Martinsville, Ind. From the waterfront to the climbing tower, the facility is universally accessible. The staff-to-camper ratio never exceeds 1-to-3, and a team of physicians, nurses, and pharmacists from Riley Hospital for Children provide twenty-four hour medical care.
Since 1955, Camp Riley has been a “home away from home” to more than 13,000 children. In 2014, 216 campers attended Camp Riley, representing 57 Indiana counties and 9 states. No family is ever turned away from Camp Riley because of an inability to pay.
How the Money Will Be Used
In 2016, the Board Grant was for $10,000.
The Tony Stewart Endowed Campership Program allows children with physical disabilities to enjoy enriching, life-changing experiences in a traditional camping environment tailored to their individual needs. Camp fees are paid on a sliding scale but no camper is turned away because of an inability to pay. The 2015 TSF grant of $30,000 also sponsors the Tony Stewart Challenge Day every Thursday during the camp season. Children from 57 Indiana counties and 9 states attended Camp Riley last summer.
In 2014, the TSF Grant Accelerator Award of $20,000 is used to fund the sixth year of Tony Stewart Endowed Campership Fund insuring that all children have the opportunity to attend camp regardless of economic hardship.