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Camp Riley offers summer sessions

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS -- Camp Riley empowers children with physical disabilities by providing enriching, life-changing experiences in a traditional camping environment tailored to their individual needs.

For 57 years, campers have shattered perceived limitations, met new friends and reached higher achievements, allowing them to return home with an increased sense of independence and confidence.

Those interested in attending Camp Riley in 2012 should visit RileyKids.org/Camp to complete an online application and secure a spot for this year's summer sessions.

Children can attend one of the five Camp Riley sessions offered during a five-week span.

Sessions offer camaraderie and thrills through swimming, hiking, horseback riding, rock climbing, canoeing, art projects and other activities.

New families may also attend Newcomer's Day on Saturday, May 26, to learn more about Camp Riley. The staff-to-camper ratio never exceeds 1-to-3.

Camp Riley takes place at Bradford Woods, Indiana University's outdoor recreation center located 20 miles southwest of Indianapolis (in Martinsville, Ind.).

In 2011, 221 campers, including 51 new campers, attended Camp Riley.

Campers represented 64 Indiana counties and five states: Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio.

Since 1955, Camp Riley has been a "home away from home" to more than 12,000 children.

Riley Children's Foundation subsidizes the majority of each child's camper fee. The fee families are asked to pay is determined on a sliding scale related to household income. In 2010, 36 percent of Camp Riley families qualified for a reduced camper fee.

Families are also encouraged to raise money to send their child to Camp Riley.

Donors interested in providing the Camp Riley experience to Indiana children with the gift of a campership should contact Riley Children's Foundation.

Questions should be directed to Riley Children's Foundation at 1-877-867-4539 or campriley@rileykids.org.

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