The Heroes of Camp HERO

The unique experience of camps provides many with warm memories of exploring the great outdoors, developing new friendships, and finding happiness in independence. For most, opportunities for a variety of camps are everywhere, with registration fees being the only obstacle to overcome. In comparison, the people who we serve at CCRI have a huge list of obstacles to overcome before even thinking about being able to enjoy the full camp experience. Many popular camps simply aren’t an option for them, as there is often no way of accommodating people with disabilities. To ensure a safe and pleasurable experience, accessibility, specialized nursing, and experienced staffing are necessities to make any camp a realistic option for people with disabilities. This drastically increases the cost of camp attendance when compared with traditional camp expenses. The idea for Camp HERO (Helping Everyone Remove Obstacles) arose from a group of parents who faced this situation with their children who have disabilities.

The focus of Camp HERO is to create opportunities for individual growth, learning, and increased independence. Camp HERO. is an accessible camp that offers just the right amount of crafts, dancing, paddle boat rides, swimming and horseback riding to keep everyone entertained on their three-day adventure. The main emphasis is the fun of involving the campers in planning what they want to participate in. The camp is a community experience that fosters social and personal growth that carries over into all aspects of the camper’s lives. While the specialized camp provides a priceless experience for campers, it’s the task of CCRI, with the help of the community, to make the expenses feasible for campers. This three-day experience costs $650 per person which includes transportation, lodging, staffing, and food.  Last year, more than 60 people with disabilities traveled to beautiful Joy Ranch in South Dakota for Camp HERO. While CCRI funding covers a majority of the expenses, consider being a hero and donating to close the funding gap and help bring the camp experience to those who haven’t had the privilege of experiencing it.

Be a Crusader for Camp!
Join us for the Live & Silent Auctions benefiting Camp HERO at the FM Crusaders Motorcycle Show.
Saturday, March 18
Silent Auction—9 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Live Auction begins at 3 p.m.
Ramada Plaza Suites in Fargo
Everyone is welcome! Tickets to the motorcycle show are not required to attend the auctions.


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