Local camp debuts $4 million expansion

Camp Red Cedar has undergone $4 million in changes recently.

Posted: Jun 20, 2018 9:42 PM
Updated: Jun 20, 2018 10:25 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Phil Reinoehl shared his Camp Red Cedar story with the crowd Wednesday evening.

Reinoehl has used the camp for three years for therapy after an accident left him paralyzed from the neck down.

Reinoehl says the therapy he does involves horseback riding and says it's made a major difference.

"It's actually going really good," Reinoehl said. "For my level of injury I shouldn't have a lot of the functions that i have. I shouldn't have hand functions, I shouldn't have core strength, I shouldn't be able to move my legs and i can do pretty much all of those things now."

Camp Red Cedar has undergone $4 million in changes recently.

Camp Director Carrie Perry says there's a brand new fully accessible activity center as well as four new cabins.

She says this will allow for more overnight camps for campers of all abilities.

"We really hope for it to be a staple in the community," Perry said. "A place where people can come together and experience inclusion for those that might not be able to go to a typical day camp. That may have some special needs that need extra assistance. we hope that we can just be that spotlight for them and a place to come and enjoy just like any other kid."

As for Reinoehl, he says excited to see the changes at the camp that's like a home to him.

And hopes the new facilities allow even more people to take advantage of the camp.

"It's awesome because you just, you never know what the next person, or who's going to be coming in or anything like that," Reinoehl said. "And so to have this place keep growing and things like that, and the volunteers that are willing to spend the time to come out, you know. There's, most of these kids are out here doing the summer time just volunteering their time to work at this facility to help other people and that's such a huge thing for this area."

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