This week of fun, socializing and adventure for persons with brain injury is one of the initial programs of BIA-MO and continues its positive impact today.
The BIA-MO Donald Danforth Jr. Wilderness Camp is a week-long organized outdoor experience, held at Sunnyhill Adventures in Dittmer, Missouri for persons with a brain injury.
During Camp, survivors of brain injury of all abilitites have opportunities to try – and overcome – challenges such as a zipline or performing in the Talent Show. They also socialize as a group listening to music, playing games, creating art, or enjoying the outdoors. Activities like swimming, fishing, dancing and walking are fun for Campers. Family members and caregivers receive a week of respite.
Just the Facts
- What: BIA-MO Donald Danforth Jr. Wilderness Camp
- Who: Survivors of brain injury, ages 18 and older
- Where: Sunnyhill Adventure Camp, 6555 Sunlit Way, Dittmer, MO 63023
- When: May 26 – May 31, 2019
- Why: Survivors will enjoy a week of fun, relaxation and independence, while family members and caregivers stay home for a week of respite.
- How: The cost for the camp is $390 for Missouri residents and $475 for out-of-state residents. Scholarships are available if needed. A contracted Camp fee of $550 per person is charged to BIA-MO. If you are able to pay closer to this amount, please do so to help scholarships be available for other Campers.
Camp Frequently Asked Questions…
- Transportation: Campers provide their own personal transportation to and from Camp, in most cases. Van transportation from St. Louis, Kansas City, St. Joseph, and Columbia is available for $25 per rider. This service is provided by Sunnyhill and must be requested as part of the Camp application.
- Day Activities – Swimming, fishing, arts and crafts, target shooting, basketball, zip lining, paddle boats, nature walks, Alpine Tower and more!
- Evening Activities – Karaoke, Talent Show, Bonfire, Dinner Dance, and Bingo
- Personal Care Assistance – Sunnyhill Adventures has staff to provide personal care assistance, as needed, for survivors’ enjoyment of Camp. It is not a “Special Medical Needs” Camp as defined by the American Camp Association (ACA) and some Campers with complex medical needs may need to provide their own PCA.
- Assistance with Camp Fee – If assistance is needed to cover a Camper’s Fee, check with local resources who may be able to help.
- Sunnyhill Adventure Camp – They are accredited by the American Camping Association and have served individuals with special needs for more than 40 years. Learn more about Sunnyhill Adventures.
- What to Pack – Suggested Packing List
- Walk-Float-Swim – This At-Camp fundraiser gives Campers the opportunity to log Laps around the pool or designated Campground areas. Participants may win prizes while all are active walking, swimming or floating. Family, friends and neighbors may donate a fixed amount for each lap a Camper walks, floats or swims while at Camp. Donations support the Brain Injury Association of Missouri and Camp.
Approximately 40 percent of Campers attending the BIA-MO Donald Danforth Jr. Wilderness Camp need scholarship assistance with the Camp Fee.
Your donation of $390 or more provides Full Scholarship assistance for a Camper. Your generosity of any amount will support partial scholarships and program support to ensure Campers who want to attend Camp have the opportunity for this week of fun, relaxation and independence.
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More information and details are available as well as suggestions on financial resources and assistance with Camp Fees. Contact the Brain Injury Association of Missouri (BIA-MO) at 1-800-444-6443 or send us an email by clicking on Contact Us.