Camp Freedom, once just an idea of a few local health care providers, now has established itself as a summertime tradition for local youth with physical and cognitive disabilities. Six successful years have passed with countless fun memories forged.

Camp Freedom: The Partnership
Colorado Discover Ability has partnered with local health care providers from Grand Junction to create two unique and exciting, 3-day camp experiences for children 6-13 years old. Each camp is designed to accommodate kids with differing disabilities and medical needs. Our dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers include physical, occupational, speech, and recreation therapists as well as physicians and nurses to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.

Other Camp Details

Each camp will include meals, lodging, activities, and transportation. Scholarships are available upon request. This year Camp Freedom will be held at a camp facility on the Grand Mesa.

Given the special and diverse needs of our campers, the ratio of camper to counselor will be determined upon the needs of each individual child. The camp is staffed with volunteers who have a wide range of outdoor expertise and experience working with children who have disabilities. Medical staff will be present to handle any medical needs and assist with providing medication.

The volunteer "staff" still consists of several therapists, nurses, and physicians from St. Mary's Hospital. In addition, stellar "regular" CDA volunteers return every year bringing their enthusiasm and adaptive recreation skills. An exciting array of accessible activities continue to be offered including horseback riding, fishing, and rafting as well as more recent additions such as a ropes course and canoeing.

The setting, Camp Freedom will be held at a camp facility on the Grand Mesa. Combining the adaptive recreation experience of CDA with the expertise of St. Mary's staff allows accommodation of kids with more severe disability. The two original camps are divided so as to better meet the individual abilities of children, age 6-13, with cognitive or physical impairment.


Camp Mighty Heros will provide children with physical and cognitive disabilities an opportunity to explore the outdoors with activities designed to facilitate success and wilderness enjoyment.

The focus for these campers is teamwork and adventure through exposure to new experiences and peer interaction.

When: July 16-17, 2014
Cost: $180


Camp Cape Crusaders will provide children with primarily physical disabilities an outdoor camp experience. Activities are designed to build self-esteem and friendships.

The goal is to find commonalities and support others who have physical challenges.

When: July 18-20, 2014
Cost: $260

Is Camp Freedom right for your child?

We know leaving your child with a disability in the care of others is a big step. You are the ultimate expert of the needs of your child and our skilled volunteers will take just about any step necessary to assure that excellent care is continued while at camp. We are experienced with children who are at risk to wander or those that require assistance with personal hygiene. We accommodate kids dependent on alternate nutrition including those fed with a gastrostomy tube. We have nursing and medical staff who are able to maintain medication regimens and recognize side effects. If you're child is completely dependent for feeding, mobility, and hygiene, you may be asked to attend or provide a caregiver who can assure those needs are met with the help of our team.

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