Camp PossAbility — Fast Facts
Mission: Camp PossAbility exists to give young adults with physical disabilities a week to empower the mind, body, and spirit with social enrichment, outdoor adventure, and emotional support.
Targeted Result: That young people with disabilities would see their potential and need to be an active part of society and would feel empowered to make a difference in the world around them
Target Audience: Young adults ages 18 to 35 with physical disabilities who have a high school diploma or equivalent. All campers must have a physical impairment that requires a wheelchair for mobility.
Most Common Disabilities Served: Cerebral palsy, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy, spinal cord injury
Exclusions: Autism, cognitive disabilities (other than mild), severe memory loss, combative behaviors, uncontrolled psychiatric disabilities, biting tendencies, ventilators, hospitalization within 30 days of camp, open wounds, or behaviors that are a high risk to others
Location: Bradford Woods, Martinsville, Indiana
Organization: 501(c)3, all-volunteer run
A Place to Overcome Obstacles
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)
I have a high school certificate but not a diploma. Do I still qualify for camp?
All campers who come to Camp PossAbility must have their high school diploma and have completed a traditional high school program. If someone wants special consideration, they may fill out our special consideration form (available on our registration page); however, that does not guarantee acceptance into the program. Each application is considered on a case-by-case basis.
My friend was accepted for Camp PossAbility but I was not. Why?
As stated above, each application is considered on a case-by-case basis to determine the best fit of campers to the program. Spots are limited for Camp PossAbility so unfortunately not everyone who applies is able to get in.
I sent in my application form and payment but did not hear anything back. Does that mean I was accepted?
Applications are reviewed and processed when you send them. You should hear by early January whether or not you were accepted for the program. We will not be able to tell you until that time whether you were accepted or not.
So is there a better chance I will get accepted into camp if I just give my school name and graduation date but don’t specify a diploma?
All campers must bring a copy of their diploma with them to camp. If you are not able to submit one at that time, you will not be admitted to camp.
I have gone to Bradford Woods since I was a child. Why is the program changing now?
Camp PossAbility is a new, independent program. It is not owned or run by Bradford Woods. Camp PossAbility is renting Bradford Woods as its facility for the camp. Admission to Camp PossAbility is not influenced by your previous experience at Bradford Woods, its adult camps, or other Bradford Woods experiences.
Does this camp only serve those who use wheelchairs?
All Camp PossAbility campers must use wheelchairs at least part time, although the majority of our campers use them full time. Other adapted devices–braces, arm prosthetics, walkers, canes, crutches, leg prosthetic(s), special straws or eating utensils, etc.–do not qualify you for our program unless you use a wheelchair for mobility at least part time as well.
Brief History of Camp PossAbility
Camp PossAbility, Inc. was the brainchild of Lauren Harmison and Cynthia (“Cyndy”) Lee. Both met in 2011 while serving on the medical team for a young adult camp at Camp Barnabas in Missouri. One night after staying up late caring for campers, they began talking and realized they had many of the same passions. They discussed the need for a camp for high functioning young adults with physical disabilities since most camps include high functioning and low functioning adult campers together. After another summer of serving on the medical team, Lauren and Cyndy decided to make the camp a reality. They chose Indiana as their central location for the camp after finding Bradford Woods as a camp location and got Dr. Tim Meehan (who they had also served with in 2011) as well as Ruth Smith and Dr. Adam Keesling to join their team. Unfortunately, Dr. Tim passed away in February 2014 but his legacy will live on through the camp.
The Board has had several changes since its creation, but ultimately all look forward to seeing the camp succeed and seeing people’s lives impacted for the better. Everyone also looks forward to seeing a lot of FUN occurring every summer at Camp PossAbility!
Meet the Board for Camp PossAbility
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.
Lauren E. Harmison
Founder, Board Vice President
Lauren received her Bachelor of Science degree in education and her Associate of Science degree In nursing from Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW). Lauren used many school experiences to learn more about those affected by disability. She has also done volunteer work giving respite care to families with children affected by disability, volunteering at adapted camps, helping families who had a recently disabled family member, and putting together fund raisers for young adults who were recently injured. Lauren spent several years working in area hospitals and also did pediatric home health care. She now runs Camp PossAbility from her home while caring for her daughter, Reece. Lauren’s hobbies include spending time with her husband Eric and daughter Reece, playing the piano, reading (esp. books by Dani Pettrey), drinking coffee, and relaxing with friends. Lauren is also the manager for Tyler Dale from the History Channel show American Restoration.
Tristin A. Caswell
Tristin received her undergraduate degree in Interdisciplinary Health Services and then received a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy at Western Michigan University. Currently, she is practicing as an Occupational Therapist in a rural setting, based in Iron River, MI. She has experience working with individuals who have physical, mental, emotional and cognitive disabilities. Her main interest & involvement with Camp PossAbility is to enable our campers to participate in camp activities as barrier free as possible. She is involved in a local church, has an interest in mission trips and enjoys spending time with her family, especially her daughter and husband. She greatly enjoys camp weeks with Camp PossAbility and looks forward to many more to follow.