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2016 Camp Riley Enrollment Now Open

Camp Riley empowers children with physical disabilities by providing enriching, life-changing experiences in a traditional camping environment tailored to their individual needs. For 61 years, campers have shattered perceived limitations, met new friends and reached higher achievements, allowing them to return home with an increased sense of independence and confidence. 

In honor of the 2016 Summer Olympics and Paralympics, “Olympics” is the theme for Camp Riley in 2016. Online applications to secure a spot for Camp Riley are available at RileyKids.org/Camp. 

Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health provides medical staff for Camp Riley, including medical and nursing directors, resident physicians, nurses, and a pharmacy team. 24-hour medical care is available during camp.

The staff-to-camper ratio never exceeds 1-to-3. Children can attend one of five Camp Riley sessions offered during a six-week span. Sessions offer camaraderie and thrills through swimming, hiking, horseback riding, vertical climbing, canoeing, art projects and other activities. New families may also attend Newcomers’ Day on Saturday, May 21 to learn more about Camp Riley. RileyKids.org/Camp offers an online photo gallery showcasing camp activities. 

Camp Riley takes place at Bradford Woods, Indiana University’s outdoor recreation center located 20 miles southwest of Indianapolis (in Martinsville, Ind.). Bradford Woods staff facilitate camper experiences. In 2015, 201 campers enrolled in Camp Riley, representing 53 Indiana counties and seven states:  Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania. Since 1955, Camp Riley has been a “home away from home” to more than 13,000 children. 

Camp Riley is made possible through support from Riley Children’s Foundation. Thanks to donors, the cost to attend Camp Riley is $400 for a one-week session and $800 for a two-week session. Beyond that, a sliding scale is available depending on household income. In 2016, 34 percent of Camp Riley families qualified for a reduced camper fee. Every child can attend Camp Riley regardless of their ability to pay. No child will be turned away.

Questions should be directed to Riley Children’s Foundation at 1-877-867-4539 or campriley@rileykids.org. Donors interested in providing the Camp Riley experience to Indiana children with the gift of a campership should contact Riley Children’s Foundation.

2016 Camp Riley Theme:  “Olympics”

In honor of the 2016 Summer Olympics & Paralympics, we invite you to join us in the woods for an Olympic extravaganza! Much like our Olympians, this summer you can expect to show off your unique abilities, discover new talents and meet lifelong friends that love adventure just as much as you do! Whether you enjoy swimming, arts and crafts, archery or zipping across the ravine, expect to go for the gold this summer! We look forward to seeing you at camp – let the games begin!

Newcomers’ Day

Saturday, May 21, 2016

10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Newcomer’s Day lets new campers and families do a “trial run” with a visit to Camp Riley at Bradford Woods. Camp families can see the facilities and property, experience camp activities, attend parent informational sessions, discussions and activities, and join a question-and-answer session with camp staff.

Camp Riley offers five levels of camp programming:

Riley 2 

June 5-10, 2016 (Ages 8-18)

This one-week session is for campers who benefit from a 1-to-2 staff-to-camper ratio. Be prepared to have the time of your life!

Kan Du 

June 26- July 1, 2016 (Ages 8-18)

This session is specifically designed for youth with cognitive and physical functioning levels assessed between 0 and 48 months and who thrive in a 1-to-1 staff-to-camper ratio.

Riley 1 

July 3-8, 2016 (Ages 8-18)

This session is for campers who benefit from a 1-to-1 staff-to-camper ratio. Be prepared for an exhilarating adventure like none other.

Riley 3 

July 10-22, 2016 (Ages 8-18)

This two-week session is specifically designed for campers who are ready for a longer camp experience and thrive in a 1-to-3 staff-to-camper ratio.

Beyond the Woods

July 10-22, 2016 (Ages 14-18)

This two-week session is for older campers looking to develop leadership and life skills, who plan to pursue post-secondary education and who thrive in a 1-to-3 staff-to-camper ratio. 

About Riley Children’s Foundation

Riley Children’s Foundation supports Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health, Camp Riley and the James Whitcomb Riley Museum Home. As Indiana’s only comprehensive hospital dedicated exclusively to the care of children, Riley Hospital has provided compassionate care, support and comfort to children and their families since 1924. Each year children from all 92 Indiana counties turn to Riley Hospital and its regional clinics throughout the state more than 300,000 times. Riley Hospital’s partnership with Indiana University Health and its strong affiliation with the Indiana University School of Medicine make Riley Hospital the leader in pediatric care in the state and the region. For more information, visit RileyKids.org

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