Healing Warriors and reconnecting families, in the great outdoors
Life Adventure Center would like to invite Military parents and their teenage children (ages 14-18) to attend our Military Teen Adventure Camp series. This series offers exciting adventure camps for military parents and their teens to enjoy together.
Not only are these camps fun, but they offer an opportunity for military parents and their teens to reconnect. Everything, including equipment, lodging, food and transportation from LAC is included in the $30/person registration fee!
With a combined effort from Life Adventure Center, the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Office and the U.S. Dept. of Defense, the M.T.A.C. programming has been secured through the 2017 season!
Big South Fork Whitewater Canoeing and Backpacking Expedition - Stearns, KY
Land between the Lakes Coastal Canoeing and Wilderness Survival - Golden Pond, KY
Whitewater Rafting, Climbing, Rappelling and Outdoor Adventure - Ocoee, TN
June 23-26, 2017. Camp for military parents and their teen children including whitewater canoeing and camping expedition on the Big South Fork River to learn safe navigation of whitewater while exploring sandstone bluffs and learning backcountry cooking.
July 7-9, 2017. Camp for military parents and their teen children including wilderness survival skills such as trapping, foraging, fishing, shelter building, fire starting, water purification, and navigational skills, flatwater canoeing.
July 28-31, 2017. Camp for military parents and their teen children including whitewater rafting, rockclimbing, mud/water pit challenges and lakeside activities.
The Warrior Adventure Program of the Life Adventure Center creates an environment where injured service members and their families build relationships and interact as a part of a healthy community. By allowing these men and women to do something they love, and at the same time continue to build their community, this program helps wounded veterans heal.
“There is no doubt in my mind,
this program is saving lives.”
-- Soldier participant --
of 2012 program
“I don't know where I would be without
the support of your program.”
-- Participant, 2013 event --
“The experience has been both life-changing
-- Marco Oledan --
Helping those who have sacrificed so much.
As recently as 2012, studies found that an average of 22 veterans will take their own life every day. Two out of three families report adjustment problems following military service. 76% of veterans report symptoms of mental health disorders to health care providers. As their service for us ends, our service for them needs to begin.*
A program built
THE LAC WARRIOR ADVENTURE PROGRAM WAS ESTABLISHED OUT OF A PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN KENTUCKY DEPT. OF FISH AND WILDLIFE, HUNTERS FOR THE HUNGRY, AND KENTUCKY UTILITIES TO DEVELOP A HEALING ADVENTURE FOR INJURED SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN.
LAC featured on Wave 3 News
The event was best summed up by one Wounded Veteran who said, “This event changed our lives; it helped revive our spirits and renew our sense of self-worth.” Another warrior stated that we were, in fact “saving lives”. These injured servicemen and women participate in activities despite the challenges that they are currently facing.
*Bossarte, Robert and Kemp, Janet. “Suicide Data Report, 2012”, Department of Veterans Affairs. http://www.va.gov/opa/docs/Suicide-Data-Report-2012-final.pdf *Williamson, Vanessa and Mulhall, Erin. Invisible Wounds – Psychological and Neurological Issues Face a New Generation of Veterans. Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. Issue Report. January 2009. Web. January 29, 2014. http://iava.org/files/ AVA_invisible_wounds_0.pdf
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