BIA-MO Social Recreation:
All BIA-MO Social Recreation events at this time have been suspended due to COVID-19 restrictions.
BIA-MO Donald Danforth Jr. Wilderness Camp
This week of recreation, socialization and adventure for persons with brain injury is one of the initial programs of the Brain Injury Association of Missouri (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.
Unfortunately, due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, the BIA-MO Wilderness Camp 2020 has to be cancelled and will not be re-scheduled this summer. This difficult decision was made to ensure the health and safety of all Campers and Camp staff.
During Camp, survivors of brain injury of all abilities have the opportunity to try – and overcome – challenges such as zip-lining, performing in the Talent Show and more. They form friendships with fellow survivors while playing games, listening to music, creating art and enjoying the outdoors. Activities like swimming, fishing, target shooting and paddle boating are also fun for Campers!
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
- Why: Survivors 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: In most cases, Campers provide their own personal transportation to and from Camp. Van transportation is available from St. Louis, Kansas City, St. Joseph, and Columbia for $25 per rider. This service is provided by Sunnyhill and must be requested as part of the Camp registration.
- Day Activities – Swimming, fishing, arts and crafts, target shooting, sports and games, zip lining, paddle boating, Alpine Tower and more!
- Evening Activities – Bonfie, Dinner Dance, Talent Show, Pool Party and Bingo
- Personal Care Assistance – Sunnyhill Adventures has staff to provide personal care assistance, as needed, for survivors’ enjoyment of Camp. However, 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.
- 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.
- Assistance with Camp Fee – If assistance is needed to cover a Camper’s Fee, check with local resources who may be able to help cover some or all of the Camp Fee.
- Walk-Float-Swim – This At-Camp fundraiser gives Campers the opportunity to log laps around the pool or designated Campground areas, and win prizes while doing so! 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 Scholarships.
Approximately 40 percent of Campers attending the BIA-MO Donald Danforth Jr. Wilderness Camp need scholarship assistance for their 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.
Make Your Sponsor-A-Camper Donation now!
Contact the Brain Injury Association of Missouri at 1-800-444-6443 or Contact Us with questions about Camp or additional suggestions on financial resources and assistance with Camp Fees.
Sports Concussions: Facts, Fallacies and New Frontiers Seminars
The Brain Injury Association of Missouri (BIA-MO) Sports Concussions: Facts, Fallacies and New Frontiers Seminars are a professional development opportunity for youth sports team and school personnel to reduce the risk of concussions and improve concussion management protocols. Thank you to everyone who helped with another year of successful seminars to educate youth sports and school personnel.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, all BIA-MO Concussion Education sessions have been put on hold until further notice.
Contact William Matus, BIA-MO Program Associate, to be added to the mailing list for 2021 Sports Concussions: Facts, Fallacies and New Frontiers Seminars at 314-426-4024 or email@example.com.
Survivor and Family Seminar
The Brain Injury Association of Missouri (BIA-MO) Survivor and Family Regional Seminars provide helpful information, practical suggestions and support for life with brain injury. Each year, regional Seminars are held in Southwest and Western Missouri in Spring and Eastern Missouri in October.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Survivor and Family Seminars have been cancelled for 2020.
Contact the Brain Injury Association of Missouri to be added to the mailing list for the 2021 Survivor and Family Seminars.
Bowling for Brain Injury 2020 – THANK YOU!
Thank you to all who participated in Bowling for Brain Injury – Missouri in 2020. Bowling for Brain Injury was different in 2020, but teams still had fun and generated some friendly competition
Bowlers raised more than $22,500 to support BIA-MO programs and raise awareness about brain injury. Survivors and families know they are not alone. They have help and hope. Thank you.
Top Fundraising Teams
Congratulations to the Top Fundraising Teams for Bowling for Brain Injury – Missouri.
Sargent Strike Club $4,000
SSM Rehab Gutter Girls $2,205
Injury Lawyers Move to Strike $1,732
Keeley’ns for BIA $1,245
SSM Lake Life Bowlers $1,113
Top Fundraising Individuals
Mary Lou Green
Contact the BIA-MO office to be put on the mailing list for Bowling for Brain Injury – Missouri 2021 at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 314-426-4024.
What is Bowling for Brain Injury?
An opportunity to make a difference for survivors of brain injury and their families.
Your participation in Bowling for Brain Injury, which is the national fundraiser of the Brain Injury Association, will provide support and services for survivors of brain injury and their families in Missouri.
Why Participate in Bowling for Brain Injury?
- Help survivors of brain injury and family members know they are not alone.
- Provide support as individuals and families adjust to life with brain injury.
- Offer information regarding brain injury resources.
- Educate survivors and families about life-changes due to brain injury.
- Join this fun event for individuals of all abilities – – with bowling alley accessibility, lane adaption and bowling assistance devices.
- Make Bowling for Brain Injury a great fundraiser for all.
Call 1-800-444-6443 or 314-426-4024
Thank You to Bowling for Brain Injury Sponsors
Great Southern Bank
Kelly Lane Family
Ransin Injury Law
St. Louis Suburban School Nurses Association
West Community Credit Union