HISTORY OF BIAC
The Brain Injury Adventure Camp, Inc. was formed in August 2009. The organization formed a Board of Directors in February 2010 and received 501C3 non-profit status in July 2010.
The inspiration for the Brain Injury Adventure Camp in this part of the United States came from Tim Johns after his son, T.K., suffered a traumatic brain injury while snowboarding in Breckenridge, Colorado in November 2003 at the age of 25. T.K. was in a coma for three months. His father never left his side. His dedication to helping his son go beyond the expectations of the doctors was seen daily. After the therapists were finished, Tim continued. He challenged and encouraged his son each day. He would not settle for the common thought of his son remaining in a bed with no chance for an active life again.
T.K. continued to improve and although his journey has been long, rocky and full of challenges, he has exceeded the expectations set forth by others. He will always have difficulties with his speech and vision and will never go far without his wheelchair but he still has memories of his active lifestyle prior to the accident. T.K. was an aspiring professional skateboarder and snowboarder. He was independent and enjoyed adventure.
Tim explored opportunities for T.K. to grow physically and mentally and discovered an adventure camp in Colorado. After volunteering at this camp several times, Tim was convinced that such a camp was much needed and would be utilized in this area of the United States. He took his dream to his pastor at the Presbyterian Church of Henderson and the dream began to be a reality. The Presbyterian Church has leased 42 acres of land in Robards, Kentucky to the Brain Injury Adventure Camp, Inc. for 50 years for $1. The land was overgrown and the blockhouse on the property was in disrepair, but the outdoor pavilion on the property was in good shape. Tim saw the possibilities and with the help of family and friends, the land was cleared. The two ponds were brought back to usable status. A mile long trail has been created through the woods to someday be paved for the use of wheelchairs and adaptive trikes. The concrete blockhouse has a new roof, plumbing, electricity and windows. A low ropes and high ropes course has been added and a lodge is currently under construction to be able to support overnight camping events. Anticipated date of completion is Spring 2016.
LOW ROPES TEAM BUILDING
HIGH ROPES COURSE
1 + MILES OF WALKING TRAILS
CREATIVE ARTS AND MUSIC
BIAC is a non-profit organization that began in 2009 to support adults with traumatic brain injuries. It has since realized the need for a camp in this area to provide activities for those of all abilities and special needs. The mission of the Brain Injury Adventure Camp is to believe in and to assist each person in setting and accomplishing one’s individual goals beyond the expectations of self and others. Our organization is supported by grants and donations. All staff are volunteer and all funds raised go directly to benefit the camp and campers.
The camp is open for therapeutic camps, outdoor education, and team building retreats.
The Lodge is a 7800 square for space with four (4) bunk rooms the sleep 30 people. The large kitchen and common area is perfect for large events including overnight retreats and weddings. The lodge is handicap accessible and is located along the edge of a creek and woods. The wrap around porch and large indoor fireplace makes the setting beautiful year round.
The Brain Injury Adventure Camp, Inc. (BIAC) will partner with organizations and hospitals to provide unique, hands-on outdoor day camps that are directed by a volunteer staff of medical professionals.
Our work is focused on providing safe and rewarding activities for youth and adults. Ultimately, BIAC strives to integrate disability with ability, providing outdoor experiences for all.
The goal of these programs is to create a customizable, safe environment to enhance relationships with those persons in similar situations.
Robards, Kentucky is in Henderson County and is located approximately 25 miles south of Evansville, Indiana, 140 miles west of Louisville, Kentucky, 200 miles east of St. Louis, Missouri and 130 miles north of Nashville, Tennessee. The population of Robards, Kentucky is 564 and the population of Henderson County is 45,940.