Wampler Foundation Purchases New Camp to Support Kids with Physical Disabilities

The Stephen J. Wampler Foundation today announced they have reached an agreement to purchase a new home for “Camp Wamp,” a unique outdoor wilderness adventure camp for children with physical disabilities. The money to purchase land, located at Deer Lake in the High Sierras near Lake Tahoe, California, was donated by an anonymous couple from Arizona. The campsite was previously home to the Girl Scouts of Northern California. The sale of the camp is expected to close in July 2017, pending final inspections.

After operating for 15 years at another Northern California site, the Wampler Foundation will spend the summer of 2017 retrofitting and renovating the newly acquired 129-acre property that hosts 13 buildings and a 34-acre lake. The camp will host its inaugural group of campers in the summer of 2018, servicing children with conditions such as Muscular Dystrophy, Cerebral Palsy and Spina Bifida.

“Saying ‘goodbye’ is never easy, but knowing Camp Deer Lake will continue to be a magical place for children who otherwise have limited access to camp experiences eases the sadness,” said Marina Park, Chief Executive Officer at Girl Scouts of Northern California. “Once the sale is completed, we look forward to working with Camp Wamp to explore opportunities for Girl Scouts with disabilities to attend the camp, and as well as the potential for Girl Scouts to volunteer at the camp.”

Stephen Wampler, founder of the Wampler Foundation and Camp Wamp, has been afflicted by cerebral palsy since birth and uses an electric wheelchair for mobility on a daily basis; he has no use of his legs and only minimal use of one his arms. But even as a child, his disability never prevented him from fully participating in life.

“Being able to be a ‘normal kid’ and do things like camp, hike, fish and swim during…

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