Camp Phoenix

Camp Phoenix gives kids and teens with a physical disability, a chance to learn and participate in a variety of adaptive sports and recreational activities, while building leadership and self-advocacy skills, developing greater independence, and making lifelong friends.

Camper Eligibility

Ages 7 – 18

Have a physical disability such as cerebral palsy, spina bifida, dwarfism, amputation, spinal cord injury, visual impairment, muscular dystrophy or other related physical disabilities.
Meet the criteria for independent self-care*

*BlazeSports can provide partial assistance in personal care for campers; however, all campers must be able to eat, dress, bathe and use the restroom with little or no assistance. If your child needs total assistance in any of these areas, has an intellectual disability, another disorder that is not physical in nature, or does not meet the self-care criteria, we will make suggestions for alternatives.

What Makes Camp Phoenix Unique

Our camp is unique in the fact that we cater to a wide range of physical disabilities (ambulatory and wheelchair users) and all activities are adapted to match each camper’s ability.
Campers will have the opportunity to experience and learn about adaptive sports, traditional camp activities, and participant in outdoor recreational. During our camp activities, campers will receive coaching and guidance from BlazeSports staff, coaches and counselors.

BlazeSports coaches have years of experience in adaptive sport and recreation. Some of our coaches are collegiate adaptive sport athletes and former Paralympians!

At BlazeSports, we recognize sport as a great way to stay active and healthy, but also as a tool for building life skills and self-advocacy. By the end of the week, campers will leave more confident, independent, a better leader and have many new friends!

Location

Camp Twin Lakes – Camp Will-A-Way
210 S. Broad Street, Unit 5
Winder, GA 30680

In 2008, in partnership with the State of Georgia, Camp Twin Lakes began managing this campsite inside the state park. This partnership led to extensive upgrades including the renovation of all camper cabins, the medical lodge and other camp buildings, as well as the addition of a new swimming pool, high and low ropes adventure courses, archery and more.

Campers share a room within a large, air conditioned, modern cabin. There are typically 3 or 4 campers in each room. All rooms have an accessible en-suite bathroom with roll-in shower. All linens and towels are provided. There is a large central area within each cabin where campers meet and socialize.

Watch this quick video of our 2019 camp highlights for a taste of the fun we have every year!

Help Send a Child to Camp

Would you like to help cover the cost of summer camp for a child with a physical disability? Your donation of $150 (partial) or $350 (full) would allow a camper, with financial need, to attend BlazeSports All-Star Camp and have a life changing experience.

Scholarships

We strive to never turn away a child due to financial reasons. We have a limited number of scholarships available. Scholarships are awarded based on financial need. Camp places fill up quickly so don’t delay. Information for the 2022 Camp will be available in February 2022.

Camp Counselors

(Age 18+, with or without disabilities)

Camp Counselors are the role models for our campers and will be responsible for a team of 6 – 8 campers throughout the week of BlazeSports All-Star Camp. Counselors will assist campers with activities of daily living, provide support and encouragement at all programs, and ensure the health, safety and enjoyment of our campers.

The position of Camp Counselor is a volunteer position. Camp Counselors should be 18 years of age or older.

Ready to join us? Contact Tommy Shipeck.

Proud Partners

BlazeSports America Athlete Membership

The membership fee for BlazeSports Youth Programs is $100* each year. This fee allows participants the opportunity to try out an UNLIMITED number of BlazeSports America programs each year from wheelchair basketball to swimming to track & field. If you have questions or need to make payment arrangements for the annual fee, email youth@blazesports.org.

*Exclusions for Youth Programs include: BlazeSports All-Star Summer Camp; Travel, Food and lodging associated with sport competitions; special events, as announced.