West Linn, OR. On April 22nd, supporters of Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp (MHKC) gathered both virtually and in-person to raise over $150,000. Funds raised at MHKC’s Auction & Gala go toward its mission of helping empower children and adults with developmental disabilities and provide equitable access to outdoor recreation. MHKC’s Emcee, Art Edwards & MHKC Board Member, Tammy Miller posed for a photo. (Photo credit, Justin Tucker)
Over 70 guests were in attendance at the Meteor Lounge at West Linn’s Youth Music Project while guests were able to also tuned in virtually. (Photo credit, Justin Tucker)
Here’s a video about the camp:
From Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp (MHKC):
There are few places where individuals with disabilities can spend a week joyfully focusing on their abilities. For over 85 years, Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp (MHKC) has offered incredible outdoor recreational programming for campers with developmental, intellectual, and physical disabilities at its fully accessible 22-acre campsite in the Mt. Hood National Forest.
On any given summer day, our campers are catching fish, conquering their fear on the adventure course and zipline, splashing at the pool, riding a horse for the first time, whitewater rafting, paddling a canoe on Trillium Lake, and dancing the night away at campfire. Wheelchair accessible trails and innovations such as adaptive saddles, harnesses, and bicycles make the traditional camp experience available to all. Camp doesn’t just offer outdoor activities, it offers a chance for people with disabilities to make new friends and build community in a friendly, non-judgmental environment where they can feel empowered and included.
Each year, MHKC offers 8 weeks of Main Camp, where campers enjoy a one-to-one camper-counselor ratio with the option for outgroup adventures, including Trip & Travel, Tent & Travel, and Lakeside Camp where campers pitch tents on Trillium Lake, paddle canoes, go whitewater rafting and more. June brings the opportunity for new campers to experience MHKC through Family Camp, while experienced campers can come back to Camp in the snow through two weekend winter retreats.
As camper Renae told us: “At Camp, I can fly!”