A little over two years ago I attended Camp Discovery for the first time. It was truly a life changing experience - not only a chance to try out a variety of adapted sports, but I was also able to forge connections with an amazing group of women with disabilities (and some fabulous) volunteers). I was fortunate enough to attend a second year, and this year I hope to go for a third time. In the past I have always returned from camp exhausted (difficult to do so many activities in such a short time), but also recharged and excited about life again, ready to set and meet new goals.
Camp Discovery is a place where limits are left behind and a new freedom is discovered. This three day, all female camp, is designed to teach women wheelchair users physical fitness, while creating lasting friendships with other women who have had similar experiences and obstacles. Our activities combine holistic and physical wellness practices which are designed to help these women find a place of confidence, security and self-acceptance. The camp has provided adaptive sports over the years, including wheelchair tennis, SCUBA diving, swimming, hand cycling, rock-climbing, zip-lining and horseback riding. We also focus on total-body wellness with activities such as art therapy, nutrition classes, cooking and yoga, as well as meditation and massage. The camp hosts over 20 women from around the country each year, and takes place at the beautiful Rocky Mountain Village in Empire, Colorado.
This year Camp Discovery is celebrating it's 10th year anniversary and hopes to share this experience with 40 women. In order to support this many women, the cost of camp is $1,500 - adaptive sports require a lot of equipment & logistics. I haven't gotten to try SCUBA yet, so hopefully this is the year! At first I wasn't comfortable with the idea of fundraising, but this is an amazing organization, and if anything in my life is worth fundraising for, this is it. Please help me if you can!