45 Camp Riley "Venture" campers to receive scuba training
INDIANAPOLIS (July 19, 2013) -Forty-five Camp Riley 'Venture' campers will achieve weightlessness under water, most for the first time, thanks to scuba training being offered by the Cody Unser First Step Foundation's dive team, 'Operation Deep Down,' and the Indianapolis Fire Department. Campers will receive an inspiring perspective, reminding them a wheelchair or physical disability does not define them; their willpower does. As former camper Lesley Marsh observed, 'Under the water, I'm free.'
In addition, three Camp Riley campers and Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health patients - Grace Reichenbach, 15, Fort Wayne; Matt Goodsman, 17, Indianapolis; Parker Timberman, 15, Brazil -have been selected for ascuba certification trip to Denver, Colo. They will participate in this weekend's scuba training.
Camp Riley empowers children with physical disabilities by providing enriching, life-changing experiences in a traditional camping environment tailored to their individual needs. For 58 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.
'Venture' camp, held July 14-26, is for older Camp Riley campers ages 14-18 who are ready for a longer camp experience and thrive in a 1-to-3 staff-to-camper ratio.