Adventure Amputee Camp hosted a summer camp for young amputees ages 8 to 17 at the Nantahala Outdoor Center in Bryson City, North Carolina. Campers participated in a number of activities including biking, basketball, tennis, a ropes course, a zipline, white water rafting, scuba diving, water skiing, and tubing. These activities allowed campers to establish relationships with one another while exploring their own physical and mental limits.
“My first time at camp was in 2011. I thought, “What’s the use of coming to camp with people with the same disability? None!” I would say, I stand corrected. That year I met a few people that I am still currently in touch with. AAC helped me a lot with getting over the fact that I am an amputee, that I will need help now and then and that you aren’t alone. Every year I met people and I found out how great of friends they are. Mainly, I love camp because of people. I like to meet people that I can relate to and that tell me how they get through things that slow them down in life. And then, of course, lets not forget about the activities. They are amazing! I love to show myself that I can do it. I like to know that I am unstoppable and that I can enjoy sports just as much as anyone else despite my disability. I really hope that I can come to camp every year and in two short years become a counselor. I’m also truly looking forward to seeing my friends. It’s amazing what you can accomplish when you are challenged.”
Polina Glukhova, Summer Camp Participant
“I learned there is always a way to do something and I learned I can teach somebody else. I helped one of the counselors learn how to ride a bike.”
Brett Bulton, Summer Camp Participant