Thanks to a partnership with Outdoors for All, Camp Korey was able to bring universally accessible snow sports to five enthusiastic Camp Alumni. This was a unique opportunity to see campers in action outside of summer programs.
The Outdoors for All Foundation transforms lives through outdoor recreation and enriches the lives of individuals with disabilities and families and enables them to get out and enjoy the great outdoors.
Camp Korey last collaborated with Outdoors for All for adaptive ski lessons 4 years ago. We were excited to start up this wonderful program again, which allows us to connect with campers in the winter months. For many of our campers this program provides personal growth in areas such as physical stamina and strength, self-confidence, social interaction and general improvement to quality of life.
Connor Inslee, Camp Korey’s Camp Director, joined campers and Outdoors for All at Snoqualmie Pass. Conner says, “I had the privilege of joining five campers for their first evening of the six-week series. For most it was their first experience skiing and there were smiles all around!”
Camper Aiden enjoyed his time in the sit ski as he made countless runs just wanting to go faster and faster. Aiden’s father attended the series with him. He was extremely excited to see the big grin on Aiden’s face and enjoyed watching him being active. “Our family is working on getting more exercise and living healthier; skiing is a great way for Aiden to stay active.”
Camper Rohan worked to find the perfect adaptive ski for the first couple of weeks. Once he reached his goal he was all smiles! His mother was incredibly pleased to see her son having a great time in the snow!
Camper Gwen had never skied before, and progressed from learning how to put on her skis to multiple great runs down the beginner hill in just five weeks! She looks forward to improving and joining her family for ski trips to Whistler.
Camper Casey showed up every night ready to go and spent every second he could out on the hill. A proud Boy Scout, Casey was particularly proud to share his extensive outdoor knowledge with his instructors as they skied the mountain.
Camper Kieran was reluctant to ski for the first couple of days, but was able to gain confidence and eventually make some turns on the magic carpet with his amazing instructors. Kieran overcame his fear of skiing and had the most amazing smile on his face after his first slide down the hill shouting, “I did it, I did it!”