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Lake Doniphan: Making fun accessible to all

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By Samantha Kilgore/Feature Writer

Officials at Lake Doniphan have big plans for providing accessible fun for kids with special needs.

The conference and retreat center, located on the eastern edge of Ray County, is open for weddings and other events. But those events exist only to support the site’s main mission — hosting campers who need extra medical care and social support to play, grow and thrive, said Executive Director Kent Shelby.

Lake Doniphan’s unique site, with its focus on accessibility, allows campers to enjoy a simple, fun camping experience. For many of these children, these camps are among the few opportunities that allow them to play and be kids, without worry about whether they can use the equipment. It is an empowering experience for them, Shelby said, letting them focus on their abilities, rather than the limitations placed on them by a world not set up for them.

“We see the same kids year after year,” Shelby said. “They like coming back.”

Lake Doniphan hosts several main camps every summer.

The complete version of this story appears in the Tuesday, June 12, edition of the Richmond News.

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