Winter Camp Geared to Military Teens with Disabilities
- By Lauren Traister
Stowe--The University of Vermont (UVM) Extension 4-H Teen and Leadership Program, in partnership with Friends of Stowe Adaptive Sports, will offer a free camp this winter for military families with teens with developmental or cognitive disabilities.
The Green Mountain Adaptive Adventure Family Camp will take place in Stowe, Feb. 7-10, and will include accommodations at the Golden Eagle Resort, alpine ski lessons at Stowe Mountain Resort and Nordic skiing at Trapp Family Lodge. All meals, lodging, equipment rentals, lift tickets, ski lessons and other activities, including snowshoeing, ice skating, winter campfires and s'mores, will be provided at no cost to participants.
Eligible military teens, ages 14 to 18, from any branch of the military and any state are invited to attend with a parent or guardian. The camp is limited to the first 20 people to sign up at www.uvm.edu/extension/youth/leadership/?Page=programs.html#adventure.
The deadline for both registration and to request a disability-related accommodation is Dec. 1. For the latter, please contact UVM Extension 4-H Teen and Leadership Program Coordinator Lauren Traister at (866) 260-5603, ext. 402 (toll-free in Vermont) or (802) 888-4972, ext. 402.
Each teen and parent/guardian pair is eligible to receive up to $600 to cover travel, depending on mode of transportation and distance traveled. Free transportation to Stowe will be provided for all participants arriving by air or bus in Burlington.
Activities will be geared to all levels of experience, including beginners, and are designed to help campers develop resilience as well as work on problem solving and cooperation skills. Most importantly, the camp will provide an opportunity for families to bond as they participate in winter activities as a family.