Un-Limb-ited Camp, an annual camp with both summer and winter sessions that started in 2008 at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Salt Lake City, hosts teenagers who have amputated limbs. In the summer, they come from across the United States to enjoy a week-long trip through the Utah wilderness down the Green River.
Beyond river rafting, the group explores issues common to teenage amputees while developing skills for future success. Hospital staff members facilitate social activities and support groups to discuss recreation, relationships, body image, bullying and self-esteem.
Oakley Doyle, 17, has been to summer Un-Limb-ited Camp four times. The volunteers who make the camp happen mean the world to her.
“They sacrifice so much to give us campers one of the best weeks of our lives,” said Doyle. “They have helped shape me into the person I am today and I am so grateful for them and their endless hard work to give us a great experience.”
One notable volunteer, who has attended the camp for three consecutive summers, is the newly appointed Shriners Hospitals for Children — Salt Lake City Board Chairman Scott Andersen. He calls the camp a life-changing experience.
“Most campers do not have friends with a limb deficiency,” said Andersen. “Camp allows them to meet other teenagers who face similar circumstances and challenges.”
Continue reading the above article in the Shriners Hospitals for Children Leaders in Care magazine.