The Stephen J. Wampler Foundation, or Camp Wamp, is a non-profit providing outdoor education programs for children with physical limitations. Camp WAMP has been providing life-changing outdoor education opportunities for disabled kids. The ages range is 10-18 with physical disabilities/limitations. The foundation started in 2002.
The children that attend Camp WAMP, enjoy a sleep-away week of camping under the stars. Outdoor activities include fishing, canoeing, singing around the camp fire, hiking, making new friends, participating in “survival challenges”. Being part of a team, is part of enjoying the fantastic fun and adventures that the wilderness of the high Sierra’s offer. Nature is our living classroom and the more kids are exposed to it in life the more they appreciate the natural environment. One of the main teachings during their week is the “leave no trace” motto and how nature is effected by humans.
Disabled children often are wanting to experience the great outdoors like their able bodied peers. Through foundation funding from grants, private donations and corporations, Camp WAMP provides an experience like every other able bodied child. The Wampler Foundation introduces the outdoors of the high Sierra’s to a population that is other wise left out. The outdoor education that is provided is partly based on the boy scouts, wilderness survival courses and the Sierra club’s conservation of nature.
The foundation making the high Sierra’s accessible to all disabled kids. Opening are new facility in 2017! We will welcome groups throughout the world. We want kids with disabilities to experience the great outdoors with accessibility to the three acre lake an 96 ares of remote, rugged wilderness. All kids will be able to fish, swim, singing songs, sleep under the stars and learn about their natural surroundings while in a safe, nurturing environment.
You can watch Camp WAMP on Youtube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZhubqm-6Rs