I have a question...
Does a camp like this already exist?
Yes, however they are located in Texas and in Georgia (see Camp For All and Camp John Marc). There are currently no 100 percent barrier-free camp facilities in the Western United States. Kindle Ranch will the first of its kind in this region.
Why should I support Kindle Ranch?
Supporting Kindle Ranch means you are supporting many various nonprofit’s serving those with the most difficult of life challenges. This facilities goal is to reach a broad group of users.
Why not just continue to rent other campsite?
Many camps in existence today open to rental groups have various challenges and restrictions. Most sites are not built with handicapped individuals in mind. The camp infirmary is often sub-par. Available dates are difficult to obtain, especially in summer months. Rates for a nice camp are outrageous and affordable camps are often old and can pose health concern for medically fragile children. These are just a few of the examples we have personally encountered with renting camp facilities.
How much will it cost for campsite partners?
Our goal is to keep the costs as low as possible for the partner groups. Project Kindle will fundraise to help offset some of the operating costs for each group. Through subsidizing and the use of volunteers, we will provide the Kindle Ranch campers a residential camp experience at a total cost which is far below what a typical residential camp charges children with special medical or accessibility needs. The total average weekly cost per camper is estimated at $500-700. We anticipate each Partner paying around $200 per/person – this includes all meals, lodging and activities. Kindle Ranch (Project Kindle) will absorb the difference.
How will my camp operate on your site?
Kindle Ranch understands that each camp program is unique, and it is our goal to keep it that way. We plan to offer a wide range of accommodations for the Partner Organizations; anywhere from handing the keys over for the campsite to providing assistance in program design. Kindle Ranch’s goal is to provide our Partners with as much or as little to make their program the best it can be. Each Partner group will coordinate individually with Kindle Ranch staff about their needs while they are utilizing the campsite.
This sounds great! But... What's the catch?
Believe it or not, there is no catch! Kindle Ranch (Project Kindle) believes in the magic of summer camp and thinks that ALL children, adults and families should be able to experience that magic. Our goal is to make it just a little bit easier for non-profits to run their camping programs by offering them a place where their participants can feel that they are able to do anything and everything while they are there.