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BW Annual Report FY16 Final

BW Annual Report FY16 Final

Annual Report

ABOUT US A year of growth and
innovation in the woods
In my ten years at Within the institute,
Shay Dawson Bradford Woods, we are creating the
Director I can’t think of N.O.A.H. Network (Nu-
another year that trition, Outdoor Activity,
Tim Street rivals 2016 in terms & Health) a school-
Associate Director of program growth wide pilot program at
and innovation at Bradford Woods funded
Melanie Wills Bradford Woods. through the Kendrick
Director, Outdoor Ed. Thanks to the ded- Foundation and the
& Professional Services ication, talent, and Community Foundation
hard work of our of Morgan County. Fac-
Amran Ahmad staff, we received ulty from the majority
Asst. Director, Env. Ed. several new pro- of departments within
gram grants, grew the School of Public
Jen Smith our programming, Health-Bloomington are
Asst. Director, Env. Ed. set a new record involved in the creation
for Retreats, and of this physical activity
Ryan Craven established an and nutrition program
Asst. Director, Adventure Ed. entirely new area for Military and Family for area adolescents. I’m excited to see this
Programming. program launch in 2017 and begin serving
Chad Simmons the youth of Morgan County and beyond.
Asst. Director, Retreats In all, more than 16,000 guests from near-
ly 450 different groups experienced what Of course, none of this could be accom-
Jordan McIntire Bradford Woods has to offer this year. 6,000 plished without the support of housekeep-
Asst. Director, Military of those guests were pediatric clients, who at- ing, maintenance, food service, information
tended Bradford Woods for one of our camps, technology, and administration. Our food
& Family Programs education, or leadership programs. service staff served more than 80,000
Ashley Lawinger meals this year, while our dedicated house-
Director, Recreation Therapy Our military and family programming grew keeping staff had to keep up with cleaning
exponentially this year through a new part- 57 buildings and 325 beds. Our mainte-
Lisa Elder nership with the Wounded Warrior Project nance staff completed hundreds of work
Asst. Director, and through our Family Battle Buddies pro- orders, and our admin staff helped us hire
Recreation Therapy gram, which was funded through the State and manage more than 200 staff.
Tommy Gardner Department of Veteran’s Affairs. In 2017,
Asst. Director, we’ll also start a new 20-week family-based It’s thanks to the efforts of these staff that
Recreation Therapy therapy program in collaboration with and we’ve been able to grow our programs and
funded through the Indiana Department of deliver outstanding service to our clients.
Kim Nunn Children’s Services. The dedication, skill, and ability of these
Business Affairs & staff continue to amaze me each day and is
Facilities Manager We’ve also been hard at work establishing the true secret to our ongoing success.
a new Pediatric Health Institute within the
Kim Evans School of Public Health. This institute will Shay Dawson, Director
Accounting Manager combine best research practices from the
school with new program offerings from
Suzette May Bradford Woods to improve public health
Food Service Manager outcomes for adolescents.

Diana Hargis
Housekeeping Supervisor

Amber Rubeck

Nina Kindle

Jeff Yutmeyer
Maintenance Supervisor

Brad Bex
Alan Glasscock
IT Coordinator

Making an impact on OUR MISSION
the youth of Indiana
Our mission is to improve the quality of life for people of all
abilities and backgrounds through experiential learning and
therapeutic programs while providing a unique learning
environment for students, future leaders, and faculty.


To be global leaders in the delivery of inclusive and experien-
tial outdoor programming.


We filter all of our decisions through three key values:
1. Universal design in our programs, facilities, and culture
2. Stewardship of our natural, cultural, and fiscal resources
3. Innovation in student learning and health research

Bradford Woods, Indiana University’s Outdoor Center, Indiana University
is located on 2,436 scenic acres in Morgan County, Indiana.
For more than 60 years we’ve been offering life-changing Bradford Woods is an auxiliary of Indiana University and is
summer camp programs for youth with chronic illnesses and part of the Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism
disabilities, environmental education experiences for fifth Studies in the School of Public Health-Bloomington. Upon
graders, and a host of other outdoor opportunities. We’re receiving the deed to the Bradford property from John
proud of our rich history and strive to maintain our status Bradford in 1937 (pictured above), former university pres-
as a leader in the fields of recreation therapy and outdoor ident Herman B Wells proclaimed Bradford Woods to be a
education. “crown in the jewel of Indiana University.”

Programs at Bradford Woods fall into one of five program ar- Today, Bradford Woods is a key component of Indiana
eas: Adventure Education, Environmental Education, Military University, and seeks to promote and further the mission
& Family Programs, Recreation Therapy, and Retreats. Addi- of the University through our teaching, service, outdoor
tionally, we partner with Agape Therapeutic Riding to provide programs, and research opportunities.
on-site equine therapy and equine-assisted learning.


Year in Review

434 16,270groups booked camps total people served
or events with us by our programs

745 7campers attended our states represented by 67 IU student groups and
disability summer camps Camp Riley campers departments served

$54,443 2,088value of volunteer labor volunteer hours given
& in-kind donations given for projects on property

82,439 $126,787meals grant funding secured for
served new & current programs

57 buildings 325 total beds 2,436 acres
maintained managed managed

& Service

We owe a huge debt of gratitude to all of the volun-
teers, service groups, donors, and partner organiza-
tions that help Bradford Woods realize its mission. We
wouldn’t be where we are today without this valuable
help. This year, volunteers gave 2,088 hours of their
time to make a difference at Bradford Woods. Those
hours were spent helping campers, volunteering at
activities, painting cabins, pulling weeds, building
fences, and performing a host of other essential
functions. The value of the labor and time given is
estimated at a staggering $54,443. Additionally, we
received direct donations of nearly $40,000 this
fiscal year to help us realize our mission.

In particular, we'd like to thank the following groups
for gifts and services given:

4XKIDS/Fat Boys Jeepers
Mickey’s Camp
The Riley Society
David Weekely Homebuilders
The Ability Experience
Agape Therapeutic Riding
IUPUI Community Service Scholars
The Joseph Maley Foundation
Hamilton Heights Elementary
Camp About Face
Cathedral High School
The Boy Scouts of America
The Order of the Arrow
Purdue University EPICs
The Crossing School
IU Dance Marathon
Elements Credit Union
Chalmers Community Church

This summer, Agape
Riding provided a generous gift to
install six high-volume ceiling fans

in the barn & equine center.


Grants fund new Pediatric Health
Institute to serve community youth

In a recent study of over 47,000 youth, Two community organizations have
Indiana children had a 75% higher
chance of becoming obese compared sponsored the establishment of the NOAH
with the highest performing state.1 2016
county health rankings listed Indiana in Network to serve the youth of Morgan
the 10th percentile for the number of
poor physical health days reported for County. The Kendrick Foundation awarded a
month.2 A recent community needs as- $58,225 grant, while the Community
sessment for Morgan County indicated
that only 64% of residents have access Foundation of Morgan County awarded a
to exercise opportunities, 30% are phys- $24,373 grant. We are grateful for their aid!
ically inactive, and 34% are obese.3 It's
become clear that youth in our commu- social interventions to address identified psychosocial support, and physical activity
nity are facing a public health crisis, and health concerns at the county, state, will be highlighted.
becuase of the need for intervention we and national level. The institute will also
have worked towards the creation of a provide training and consultation for Program components will be free to the
Pediatric Health Institute that will com- those wishing to duplicate efforts in families, and will include a one-week
bine the academic and research prowess other states and counties. The first pilot therapeutic residential summer camp, a
of School of Public Health faculty with program is underway with several more family-based educational weekend, and
the program expertise and unique setting being planned for the future. in-person programming for 40 weeks.
of Bradford Woods. Additionally, the cohort will be asked to
The NOAH Network independently organize weekly activities
The creation of the Institute was spurred The NOAH Network (Nutrition, Outdoor focused on physical activity and healthy
by a recent $30,000 award from the Activity, and Health Program for Youth) is meal preparation at the YMCA or Youth
Research and Creative Activity Commit- the first pilot program to be established Development Center in Martinsville, IN.
tee at the School of Public Health. The within the Institute. This program will focus Multiple faculty and graduate students
Pediatric Health Institute will focus on on creating a positive social support net- from various departments within the
creating evidence-based program for work for adolescents from Morgan Coun- School of Public Health will be engaged in
Morgan County residents with experien- ty. These youth will enter a strength-based the project, including those with a spe-
tial and engaging programming taking environment and engage in purposeful cialization in physical activity and nutrition.
place on the Bradford Woods property. outdoor recreation therapy interventions The first program will launch in 2017.
We will seek to establish the Institute designed to build lasting peer support
as a national leader in the assessment, over the course of the year-long program. 1- Singh, Kogan, & van Dyck, 2008
design, empirical testing, and implemen- During the course of the year, inter- 2-
tation of pediatric-focused health and ventions related to nutrition education, 3- Morgan County Needs Assessment, www.county-

FY16 Financial Snapshot

Our 2016 fiscal year ran from July REVENUE $2,395,838
1, 2015 through June 30, 2016. EXPENSES $2,143,851
These figures represent the financial
health of Bradford Woods overall.
For the seventh consecutive year, we
finished with a budget in the black.
Along the way, the Retreats program
brought in record revenue.

FY16 Revenue by Program Area* Total groups served

$1.2m In the 2016 fiscal year, we provided services to 434 dis-
$1.0m tinct groups – tying fiscal year 2015 for the most groups
$800k ever served in a year at Bradford Woods. Military and
$600k Family clients were tracked under the Adventure Educa-
$400k tion area for this year.
68 Environmental Education groups
67 Adventure Education groups
36 Recreation Therapy groups
263 Retreat groups

Env. Ed. Adv. Ed. Rec Therapy Retreats

*Note: The Military/Family area did not have its own budget in FY16.

Historic Financial Performance Data





New program area

provides therapy

for veterans, families

This year, we experienced tremendous to Bradford Woods and at-home online

growth in our military and family pro- counseling sessions for families.

grams – so much so that we created a

new program area, Military and Family Additionally, the Military and Family

Programming, to focus on serving veter- Programming area will now coordinate

ans, families and our local community. Project Wolf. For years, this program

has operated as a 12-week diversion

Through our partnership with the Wound- program for the youth of Morgan County.

ed Warrior Project, we were able to serve This year, through a new partnership with

66 individual veterans and 19 couples the Department of Child Services, Project

through ten week-long, co-facilitated Wolf will expand to become a 20-week

Project Odyssey programs. This program program serving youth from throughout

helps veterans build new skills, connect central Indiana. The expanded program

with peers, and find support for combat will aim to reduce recidivism and improve

stress. We held eight Project Odyssey outcomes for youth by taking a unique

programs at Bradford Woods this year approach in engaging both the partici-

and will host around ten next year. pant and their families in an adventure

therapy setting.

We also have a tremendous partnership

with the Indiana Department of Veteran As a new program area, we are con-

Affairs, which allowed us to serve 14 stantly growing to meet the needs of our

military families through our Family Battle clients, which also allows us to help fulfill

Buddies weekends. Originally conducted the academic mission of the School of

as a pilot research program, Family Battle Public Health. These new programs have

Buddies uses a strengths-based approach enabled us to establish a fall and a spring

to increase family resiliency and social Therapeutic Recreation internship that

cohesion among post-deployment military meets the requirements for the NCTRC

families. The program was fully funded examination. Additionally, the Family

this year by a $100,000 grant from the Battle Buddies Program alone provided

Empowering Military and Veteran Families 525 volunteer hours for IU Recreation

Initiative through the Department of Vet- Therapy students.

erans Affairs. Next year, we will continue

to host these family weekends while We pride ourselves on offering high-qual-

extending the program to include day trips ity programming for our participants that

focuses on empathy, engage-

ment and empowerment. We

The Family Battle Buddies program value and appreciate our

was featured on the Big Ten Network partnerships that provide
in October. To find the story, search opportunities to serve
“Battle Buddies” on our guests as well as our


Agape expands reach of mission in community

As it enters its third year, our partnership One of our biggest challenges at the equine
with Agape Riding continues to flourish. center is being able to control the tempera-
This past year, Agape offered unique ture to provide comfortable riding lessons
equine-assisted experiences to 648 summer year-round. Earlier this year, Agape received
campers, while also serving 34 individuals a generous grant to install high-volume ceil-
with weekly therapeutic riding sessions. ing fans in the riding arena, but we continue
Agape also serves several schools and orga- to look for fundraising support for insulating
nizations in the community, including Damar and heating the arena.
and Center Grove Schools.
We are grateful for Agape Riding, as the ser-
This year, Agape has also begun providing vices they provide help us cultivate personal
horse-facilitated activities to both our Project growth in even more lives across the central
Odyssey and Family Battle Buddy Programs. Indiana region by strengthening the mind,
In the new year, Agape Riding will offer pro- body, and spirit through unique horse-facili-
gramming at half of all Project Wolf sessions tated experiences. We look forward to anoth-
at Bradford Woods. er great year partnering with Agape!


A summer of


Each year, nearly 1,000 campers with disabilities derful group of partner organizations and donors that help us
and chronic illness come to Bradford Woods to enjoy a provide progressive and meaningful experiences to all of our
barrier-free camping and outdoor experience. While here, campers. These partner organizations (for a full list, see next
campers utilize our universally designed facility, where each page) help make our many camps a reality – including Camp
building, path, and activity has been designed with all levels Riley, CHAMP Camp, Camp Little Red Door, Camp About
of ability in mind. Our goal is to provide a summer camp Face, Camp Hi-Lite, Camp Independence, Camp ROCKS,
experience where nothing is out-of-bounds or unattainable MDA Camp, and more. Many of our partners also enable us
for children with disabilities – our adapted activities include to provide special programs for campers like adapted water
swimming, canoeing, climbing, ziplining, equine therapy, skiing, IU Athletics night, 4xKIDS Jeep Day, Prom, animal
therapeutic art and music programs, and more. sensory experiences, and SCUBA diving.

While each of these activities is designed to be fun, they also Moving forward, we are excited to be taking over the
serve a therapeutic purpose. Our full-time Recreation Therapy Beyond the Woods mentor program, which pairs campers
staff members (each a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Spe- with physical disabilities with succesful adults with similar
cialist) work with campers and their parents to develop a care experiences. We are also looking to expand weekend and
plan, set goals, and determine therapeutic outcomes. family programs, particularly with Little Red Door Cancer
Agency, and aim to bring a special SCUBA experience to
To make camp a reality each year, we are indebted to a won- additional camp sessions in 2017.

The staff members OUR PARTNERS
making it all happen
We are indebted to the many
It takes a big team to do what we do – in fact, during partners who make our summer
the course of a year we hire around 130 staff mem- and weekend camps a possibility,
bers to provide camper care, programming, and including:
more (and that doesn’t include the dozens of nurses,
doctors, and health care professionals provided by • Riley Children’s Foundation
IU Health). These staff members use our “Three E” • Riley Hospital for Children
philosophy to engage, empathize with, and empower • IU Health
our campers. • CHAMP Camp
• Little Red Door Cancer Agency
In addition to serving our campers, many staff mem- • Easter Seals Crossroads
bers use the experience to further their education. • Camp PossAbility
This summer, we provided four students with Rec- • Muscular Dystrophy Association
reation Therapy internships and provided numerous • RISE Learning Center
other internships, practicums, and patient care hours • HandiCapable Camp
to students in a variety of healthcare majors, including • Fat Boys Jeepers
medicine, nursing, kinesiology, physical therapy, occu- • Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana
pational therapy, therapeutic recreation, speech and • IU Athletics
hearing sciences, special education, and social work. • Indiana All-Star Football
• Epsilon Sigma Alpha
Although many were from right here in Indiana, we • Dance Marathon
had students from as far away as Washington, Califor- • Pet Partners/Jack’s Dogs
nia, and New Hampshire, as well as Ireland and Great • Cody Unser Foundation
Britain. We also created a new partnership with the
University of Belgrade, which saw several students Check out our new summer
from Serbia spend time observing and interacting with staff promotional video at
campers and staff during training and the first two
weeks of summer camp.

We’re always amazed at the diversity and spirit of our
staff members, and certainly couldn’t do what we do
without them!


Helping others learn,
lead, and grow

Growing together through shared experi-
ences is at the heart of our Adventure Edu-
cation philosophy. Utilizing creative group
challenges, initiatives, immersive puzzles,
and our high and low challenge courses,
we’re able to help groups develop leader-
ship, teamwork, communication, inclusivity,
and more.

We believe our success is the result of our from African countries to Bradford Woods
focus on universal design in the outdoor through the Mandela Washington Fellow-
setting, allowing people of all abilities and ship. Additionally, the IU Kelley School of
comfort levels to stretch and grow while Business brought a group of 100 students
they’re at Bradford Woods. Our partner- from Western Europe to Bradford Woods
ships and long standing relationships are to develop communication skills that would
also major contributors to our success, serve them throughout their four-week visit
as we are able to serve many clients to the United States.
year after year. This year, we served 65
groups and organizations, including middle We continue to support the IU School of
schools, high schools, university students, Public Health by offering resources to Rec-
sports teams, and corporate groups. reation, Park, and Tourism Studies courses.
Among those 65 groups, we provided pro- These courses include the Therapeutic
gramming for 28 distinct IU groups from Outdoor Program class, the Theoretical
various campuses. Foundations of Adventure and Experien-
tial Education class, and SPH-W courses
One of the great benefits of working with offered through Indiana University Outdoor
IU groups is the opportunity to share our Adventures.
experiential education philosophies with
international participants. The Burma Youth We look forward to continuing to support
Leadership Program, sponsored through the mission of Bradford Woods by growing
the IU Office of International Develop- our capacity to create and share experi-
ment, utilized our teambuilding program as ences that will improve the quality of life for
part of their four-week stay. This program people of all abilities.
highlights themes of civic engagement,
diversity, and leadership development. The
IU Office of International Development
brought a group of emerging leaders

Leading the way in universal design

Bradford Woods continues to be a leader in universal challenge course technology and pro-
gramming. We have multiple adapted systems, including the Universal Zip Line, High Universal
Course, and Low Universal Course. We continue to develop our reputation as an industry
leader through professional workshops, including an annual presentation at the Association for
Challenge Course Technology conference.


Record year for
retreats supports
mission growth

Our retreats department experienced a record
year for both number of groups served and
revenue, hosting numerous IU student and
faculty groups, non-profits, schools, families,
and corporations for a variety of events. In
all, 264 groups were able to enjoy Bradford
Woods’ unique setting and service in 2016 by
booking through the retreats department!

Mickey’s Camp returned to Bradford Woods
for the ninth consecutive year, bringing
corporate and non-profit leaders from across
Indiana together for a unique adult camp
experience. This year, members of the 1976
IU men's basketball team were featured as
keynote speakers. During the course of this
year’s event, Mickey’s Camp also raised near-
ly $200,000 for Indiana non-profits.

Local Boy Scout troops and Order of the
Arrow chapters held their third annual Al
White Trail Hike and Camporee. During this
retreat, approximately 300 scouts hiked the
Al White Trail, a five-mile hiking loop on our
north end, while performing trail mainte-
nance. We are thankful for the big role the
Boy Scouts play in maintaining the rugged
trails of the north end.

As we celebrate another great year, we are
excited about the possibilities the future
brings. We have already booked a large
amount of retreat groups for 2017, sev-
eral of which will also be participating in
programming activities such as zip lining,
archery, canoeing, and recreational climbing.
We will also see the addition of the Midwest
partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conser-
vation conference and are working towards
hosting a regional Universal Design Confer-
ence in future years.

A healthy retreats program is key to Bradford
Woods’ continued success, as this revenue
stream enables us to target mission growth in
multiple areas. We look forward to the con-
tinued opportunity to impact more and more
people through our unique outdoor setting.


Creating connections
with the natural world
As we prepare to celebrate our 60th identification, Native American studies, counselors’ role in a camp setting.
year of Environmental Education pro- and even benthic macroinvertebrates!
gramming at Bradford Woods, we remain This year our open enrollment program-
as passionate as ever about bringing Because our program is steeped in ming surged forward with many new
learning to life outside of the classroom, history, many schools have been par- and returning participants. The home
where children can explore nature, get ticipating in our programs for decades, school program had several programs
dirty, discover something new, and appre- making many of our current participants with a total of 24 participants. Parents
ciate the diversity of the outdoors. third-generation attendees of Bradford said their students learned a lot through
Woods programs. their experiences. They were engaged
Our mission is to serve the nearly 5,000 in learning AND having fun and are
middle school students that visit us This summer, the Adventure and excited to return for future home school
annually for overnight and day programs Environmental Education programs programming. Maple Syrup camp was
by teaching them to connect with and co-hosted two Environmental Explor- a success this year; we had both a day
respect the environment – a mission ers Summer Camps, which featured and overnight option for students to
we believe is more important now than canoeing, backpacking, soaring down attend. During the program, participants
ever. We employ experiential learning the zip line, crafting with items from focused on how much energy goes in to
methods to lesson plans specifically nature, exploring animal habitats, making maple syrup including identify-
designed to align with state academic fishing, and archery. We implemented ing and tapping the Maple tree, col-
standards. Schools choose the specific a new Counselor-In-Training program lecting the sap, and going through the
curriculum they want to pursue, with for these camps with a focus on giving process of boiling the sap to produce
topics including hydrology, geology, tree older campers an understanding of the pure maple syrup.

University connections

Bradford Woods is a part of the Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies within the IU School of Public Health-Bloom-
ington. One aspect of our mission is to provide education, teaching, and research opportunities, along with retreat and meeting space
to University departments and student groups. The following is a list of IU groups we served, hosted, or supported in 2016:

Campus Crusade for Christ, Inc IU SPH V650
IU Advocates for Community Engagement IU School of Education - Partners in Education
IU Alpha Sigma Alpha IU School of Informatics and Computing
IU Arts & Sciences Career Services IU School of Medicine - Indiana CTSI
IU Auditorium IU School of Medicine Gift Development
IU Board of Aeons IU School of Nursing Staff Council
IU Children's Choir IU School of Public Health Living Learning Center
IU Chinese Flagship Center IU Sigma Alpha Epsilon
IU Civic Leaders IU Simon Cancer Center - EDT Program
IU CORE IU Southeast Courage Change Program
IU Cox Scholars IU Southeast Student Staff Training
IU Debate Team IU School of Public Health Z650
IU Graduate Recreation Society IU TOP Class
IU HHCA Executive Leadership Retreat IU Teter Honors
IU IGNITE 2.0 IU Turkish Flagship Center
IU Kappa Sigma IU Union Board
IU Kelley International - Europe Exchange IU University Academic Affairs
IU Kelley Scholars IU W129 - Map & Compass
IU Kelley School of Business IU Youth Leadership Program with Burma (BYLP)
IU LAMP IU Zeta Phi Beta Sorority
IU Latino Studies Program IU/IUPUI Health Researchers
IU MAPS IU Outdoor Adventures
IU MTS IUPUI Biology Department
IU Malaysian Student Association IUPUI Building Operations
IU McNair Scholars Program IUPUI Campus Center Student Leadership Team
IU MoneySmarts IUPUI Community Service
IU Network Science Institute IUPUI International Peer Mentors
IU O279 - Outdoor Adventure Education IUPUI Orientation Mentors
IU Office of the VP of Information Technology IUPUI Peer Educators
IU Office of the Vice Provost for Research IUPUI Polis Center
IU Phi Gamma Delta IUPUI RHA
IU Public Safety and Institutional Awareness IUPUI Sigma Kappa Psi
IU R241: Wildflowers and Wild Edibles IUSD Office of Admissions
IU RUF Fall Retreat

We hosted two student
conferences through IU in 2016:

The Great Lakes Recreation
Therapy Conference, and the

Association for Experiential
Education Heartland Student
Summit (in collaboration with IU

Outdoor Adventures).

Academics, Presentations,
Publications, & Research

Professional Presentations Dawson, S. Great Lakes Recreational Ther- project is to target health disparities in
apy Student Conference. A Communication pediatric and family based populations within
Dawson, S. Social Inoculation at Pediat- and Conflict Resolution Intervention for the south central Indiana and throughout the
ric Medical Camps: An Opportunity for Recreation Therapy Setting (2016). state. Methods include building pilot pro-
Health Related Booster Programs. Parks, grams that are evidence based and can be
Recreation, and Public Health Symposium. Dawson, S. Bradford Woods Programming replicated throughout the United States to
Bloomington, Indiana (2016). and Pediatric Health Institute. Mooresville, improve mental health, substance use, physi-
Indiana Chamber of Commerce (August cal activity and nutrition, and social health.
Dawson, S. Pediatric Health Institute 2016).
Concept for Morgan County Youth and $100,000 Dawson, S. (2017-2019)
Families. Rotary Club of Martinsville, IN Grants Awarded ($126,781) Project Wolf Program award through the
(August 2016). Department of Children Services. This
$24,373 (Dawson, S. 11/1/16-7/15/17) program is a 20 week therapeutic family
Wills, M. Association for Challenge Course Morgan County Community Foundation: program to support families from Indiana
Technology Annual International Confer- N.O.A.H. Network Funding for a Physical that are involved in DCS or the Probation
ence and Exhibition - Preconference on Activity and Nutrition Pilot Program for Departments in south central Indiana.
Interactive Universal Design. Austin, Texas Area Youth.
(February 2016). $4,470.48 grant from the Indiana Univer-
$58,225.09 Dawson, S. (9/30/16- sity School of Public Health Committee on
Dawson, S. American Camp Association 9/30/17) N.O.A.H. Network Pilot Study: Centers and Institutes to support a gradu-
Child Protection Curriculum Consultant Nutrition, Outdoor Activity, and Health Pro- ate student coordinator for a new Adapted
(2016). Consultant that reviewed an on- gram for Youth. Year-long pilot program to Scuba Diving Program. This is a partnership
line presentation, worksheet, and exam that develop and test a program that addresses between the Bradford Woods, Underwater
will be provided to Texas youth develop- obesity and diabetes in adolescents from Science, Academic Diving Program, and
ment workers on child abuse protection Morgan County, Indiana. the Pediatric Health Institute.
within youth programming.
$30,000 Dawson, S. & Jamieson, L. (2016) Publications
Wills, M. Association for Experiential Educa- to start a Pediatric Health Institute through
tion – Heartland Student Symposium. Univer- the School of Public Health-Bloomington Dawson, S. (in review) International Classi-
sal zip line workshop (October 2015). and Indiana University. The aim of this fication of Disability, Health, and Function.
In Perspectives of Recreational Thearpy.
We're happy to partner with faculty and doctoral students on research. Eds. Austin, D. & McCormick, B. Sagamore
Two ongoing IU research projects at Bradford Woods include "Residential Publishing, IL.

Environmental Education and Teacher Perspectives: A Literature Review Dawson, S., Gilbert, K., Gilbert, R., Beck-
and Pilot Study," being conducted by doctoral student Jenna Gatzke, and meyer, J., & McCormick, B. (2016). Family
a search for new species of Cicadillidae (leafhoppers) on Redbud trees by Battle Buddies Program: A Therapeutic
Program for Reintegrating National Guard
Randy Hunt, Professor of Biology at IU Southeast. Families. American Journal of Recreation
Therapy, 15, (2).

Knapp, D., Dawson, S., Piatt, J., & Devine, v W136: Coastal Kayaking (Tim Professional boards and
M.A. (in progress). The Comfort Derived Street) committees:
from Social Comparisons at a Camp for
Youth with Neuromuscular Disease. IU courses hosted at Bradford v Environmental Education
Woods: Association of Indiana (Sheryl McGlory)
Dawson, S., McCormick, B., Li, Jing (in v American Therapeutic Recreation
progress). Examining the Important Matters v R241: Wildflowers and Wild Edibles Association Mission-Vision-Values
Discussant Group and Reciprocal Relation- v R272: IU CORE Task Force (Shay Dawson)
ships Characteristics of Youth With Physical v O279: Therapeutic Outdoor v Association of Challenge Course
Disabilities Attending a Therapeutic Camp. Programming Class Technology Membership Committee
(Melanie Wills)
Dawson, S.D., & Mowat, R., (in progress). Other University Service:
An Analytic Autoethnography On Cancer: Certifications
Implications for Recreation Therapy Sup- v Y378: Recreation Therapy
port Programming. Assessment and Planning: Class v Wilderness EMT and SOLO
Presentations (Rec Therapy staff) Wilderness Medicine Instructor
IU courses taught: v IU CORE Advisory Board (Melanie (Melanie Wills)
Wills) v Facility Management Certification
v Y225: Disability, Health, and v Therapeutic Outdoor Programming from Eppley Institute for Parks and
Function (Shay Dawson) Academic Certification and Minor Public Lands (Tim Street)
v Y250: International Comparative Committee (Shay Dawson) v American Heart Association BLS
Exchange: Services for Children with v School of Public Health-Bloomin- Instructor (Melanie Wills and Tim
Disabilities (Shay Dawson) ton Centers and Institutes Street)
v Y561: Advanced Processes in RT Committee Co-Chair (Shay Dawson) v USA Archery Level 1 Instructor
Practice (Shay Dawson) v Associate Editor, Therapeutic (Amran Ahmad)
v W305: Intro to Wilderness Recreation Journal (Shay Dawson)
Leadership (Tim Street) v Associate Editor, American Journal
of Recreation Therapy (Shay Dawson)

Exchange program connects

students from Indiana & Serbia

In May, Shay Dawson (director of Bradford Woods) and
Bryan McCormick (professor in the School of Public
Health) co-instructed a summer intensive course: SPH-R
250: International Comparative Exchange: Services
for Children with Disabilities. As part of the course, six
recreational therapy students from IU traveled to Serbia
to work with the University of Belgrade. While there, these
students observed non-profit and NGO programs focused
on serving youth with disabilities and chronic illnesses.
Afterwards, eight University of Belgrade students studying
special education and rehabilitation returned with the IU
group to spend two weeks observing and volunteering
in pediatric camps at Bradford Woods. The entire three-
week course was a great success, and we look forward to
hosting Serbian students again in 2017.

"The best way to find yourself is to
lose yourself in the service of others."

- Gandhi

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