About Camp PossAbility

Our mission

Provide young adults with spinal cord injuries and other physical disabilities 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!

Camper growth

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!
  • Where: Bradford Woods, Martinsville, IN, 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 physical disabilities and high cognitive function, and therefore we 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

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.

Melissa Witmer

Melissa Witmer

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

Dr. Adam D. Keesling

Board President, Co-lead for Camp Medical Team

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.

Brian Hansen

Brian Hansen

Treasurer

Brian has so many fun facts that narrowing it down to just four was quite the task. First, is that he has made four feature-length documentaries, so it’s pretty obvious why we’re always huge fans of all the video work he does for camp each year. He has been a vegetarian since 2017 and totally loving it, any diet that allows consumption of coffee is pretty okay in our book. He has a few obsessions he admits to, two of them being marching band and anything that entails, and shooting and editing home videos. And lastly, he and his wife are high school sweethearts, cue the “awww’s.”

Additional CORE team members/advisors

Eric Harmison

Eric Harmison

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.

Nick Younglove

Nick Younglove

Advisor

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.

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