Camp Riley Scholarship
Camp Riley Information Form
Camp Riley Program
Camp Riley is a summer camp for kids who have varying degrees of medical problems. The child is made to feel as if they are just like any other kid, at any other summer camp program, but there are significant differences.
Many staff members are doctors, registered nurses, and/or medical students at Riley Childrens Hospital or Indiana University Medical Center in Indianapolis. (Riley is also part of Clarian Health, which includes Methodist and Indiana University Medical Center).
These people are highly trained, and very comfortable with complex conditions and demands presented by many attendees of the camp.
The camp is designed to accommodate wheelchairs and other special medical equipment...in fact in some cases, it is specifically designed for it! Many companies send new adaptive equipment to their facilities to test.
They really go out of their way to make the parents of the child understand and feel totally comfortable with the way their child will be attended to and cared for. They have a "newcomers weekend" where they invite the entire family of the child to come spend a weekend at the camp, and see how comprehensive their facilities, staff, and programs really are. We attended this weekend, and were VERY impressed with the entire program.
The emphasis of the programs is to try and develop the child's independence, and encourage them to do perhaps more than they ever thought they could. Many children return to the camp, year after year, and the older campers even have their own prom night each year.
The MFA has committed itself to making camping experiences available, free of charge, to any child between the ages of 8 and 18, who has had an encounter with meningitis. In 2004, the MFA completed our first endowment, ensuring at least one camper will have his or her camp fee waived, in perpetuity.
For more information, or to have and application mailed to you please see Camp Riley's Homepage.