About Camp PossAbility
Provide young adults with traumatic spinal cord injuries a week of fun in a fully adapted environment where they can:
- Push the boundaries of what they previously thought they were capable
- Form friendships and connect with similarly-abled individuals
- Learn and broaden their horizons
- Let your guard down and just be yourself!
There are so many different ways that campers grow and leave Camp PossAbility forever changed. Some great outcomes you might discover include:
- New friends
- Interest in an adapted sport or activity
- Increased knowledge from our medical staff how to live a healthy lifestyle
- New tips from others dealing with similar circumstances
- Greater self-confidence you can take with you from camp out into the world
and so much more!
- Camp location (NOT mailing address): 5040 State Road 67 N, Martinsville, IN 46151, located 20 minutes south of Indianapolis.
A Place to Overcome Obstacles
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)
What if I am newly injured and not independent yet?
Not to worry! All of our volunteers are trained ahead of time to help you handle all of your daily activities, and you will have your own volunteer with you at all times. We also have a full medical staff on hand for any problems that should arise. It will be a great week of growth as you get to learn from other campers with similar abilities.
What exclusions are there on who can attend camp?
To ensure that campers are able to connect and relate with each other, Camp PossAbility is limited to young adults with paralysis resulting from a traumatic spinal cord injury and high cognitive function. Therefore, we unfortunately cannot accept anyone with autism, cognitive disabilities (other than mild), severe memory loss, combative behaviors, uncontrolled psychiatric disabilities, biting tendencies or behaviors that are a high risk to others.
Additionally, for medical reasons, the following exclusions must be made: ventilators, hospitalization within 30 days of camp, and open wounds.
Is it required that you use a wheelchair to attend camp?
The short answer is, yes. All campers must require daily use of a wheelchair.
How will I know if I was accepted?
We review and process all applications on a case-by-case basis, and will reach out to you individually to inform you of your acceptance to camp. You should receive an answer by early March, depending on when your application was submitted.
Brief History of Camp PossAbility
- 2009: Lauren got the idea to start an adapted camp after meeting Dustin Faurote and realizing that there were limited camps (none that she could find) that specifically targeted those who had high cognitive abilities as well as physical disabilities
- 2012: Lauren began reaching out to attorneys in Fort Wayne and found Kingsley Regnier who volunteered to help her set up Camp PossAbility as a 501(c)3.
- 2013: 501(c)3 process was begun and Board of Directors was established
- 2014: Camp PossAbility was granted their nonprofit status, and plans with Bradford Woods were established due to its accessibility, many activity offerings and great location.
- 2015: Camp PossAbility was held for the first time, and has continued to grow and improve year after year, as we learn from experience and input from our campers.
If you are looking for a place to belong, Camp PossAbility is your place! Come and join us!
Meet the Board for Camp PossAbility
Lauren E. Harmison
Founder, Board Vice President, Camp CORE Team
Growing up, Lauren always asked for First Aid kits for her birthday, which as a nurse makes total sense! She had never been to a camp as a kid, so all of her camp experiences have been through volunteering at adapted camps and now through running Camp PossAbility. Lastly, she loves small-batch roasted coffee, which explains the coffee culture we’ve all grown to love at Camp PossAbility.
Sam is camp’s resident giant, standing at a staggering 1,651…millimeters. His passion for people is only rivaled by his love for Futbol and is a huge Liverpool fan. Sam is also a huge (no pun intended) fan of MANATEES and has even adopted one named Brutus. Fun fact: Sam owns five of the third largest species of tortoise in the world!
Board Secretary/Camp CORE Team
Melissa was an Army Medic prior to becoming a registered nurse, and is among several Army veterans we are honored to have had volunteer at or attend Camp PossAbility. She has had Implantable Contact Lens surgery, where they actually make holes in your eye with lasers! Yikes! And finally, in true camp fashion, coffee is described as her comfort drink. We really hope you’re catching a theme here with coffee!
Dr. Adam D. Keesling
Adam received his undergraduate degree in Human Biology (BA) at the University of Kansas-Lawrence and then received a Doctor of Medicine degree at the University of Kansas, as well. He completed his family medicine residency in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where he became involved with Camp PossAbility. He currently resides in Arkansas City, Kansas, where he practices family medicine. Adam has an interest in medical missions and goes to the Dominican Republic at least once a year for medical mission trips. He also enjoys reading, spending time with family and friends, bowling and KU Athletics. He greatly enjoys working with the campers, volunteers, and staff at Camp PossAbility.
Shannon is a member of the Yelp Elite Squad, which means she gets to go to events for free and then review them, how cool is that!? She is also a part of a euchre league, has a bit of a nomadic history having lived in five states within four years, and is a cancer survivor and has an artificial eye! Last, but certainly not least, she has a super cool dog named Jango.
Prior to Nick’s spinal cord injury, he loved doing anything outdoors and was a pretty phenomenal water skier among other things, so Camp PossAbility has been a great way to fill that need for outdoor fun. New York City is his favorite city to visit. He loves trying new food, and is open to trying pretty much anything once, as long as it doesn’t look too nasty that is.
Additional CORE team members/advisors
Advisor/Camp CORE Team
Eric Harmison is Lauren’s husband. While he says he joined the CORE Team initially by default, he is an amazing asset to the camp team. Camp would not happen if it were not for his amazing logistical and engineering skills that help keep the storage unit packed and organized, loaded into the rental truck, unloaded and reloaded at camp, and then put back in the storage unit. He also helps fix everything from feeding pumps to wheelchairs while at camp. There are many “behind the scenes” and logistical issues that Eric handles, and camp would not run smoothly without him. In his free time, Eric likes to work on DIY and home projects, read about boats, and relax with Lauren and their daughter.