I grew up knowing a man that had a disability and he was sheltered from the world. I later met a boy with a disability whose mother brought him everywhere and anywhere and nothing was feared or avoided. I remember feeling envious of all of the cool things that boy had accomplished!
Many of us without disabilities may be nervous to try rock climbing, river rafting, paddling, cross country skiing or snowshoeing. I was on my detective search and I stumbled on Splore’s website. They work with all ages over five, special needs, disabilities and veterans. I saw this page first and it immediately hit my heart. Splore proudly displays on their website – Dignity of Risk.
At Splore, we believe that there is dignity in risk-taking and that it is an inherent part of living a full and robust life. We manage the risk of our adventures, so that every Splore participant feels empowered and dignified. On every Splore trip, you will experience the joy of being a part of a loving community of clients, volunteers, and guides. We value every member of our community and the unique contribution they bring to the outdoor experience. We hope you feel like family.
I would love to go. My son is very scared of bugs and has never been camping. Since we live near the Poconos, Michael and I decided that we are going to go rafting this summer and camping overnight. We are going to build up their comfort level with the outdoors and we are definitely going to visit the people of Splore. I have already ordered my catalog from their website. I can’t wait!
Splore has been providing outdoor adventures for people of any age and ability since 1977. We build the best possible experience for each of our guests. Our activities are led by specially trained wilderness guides and designed by managers with years of experience working with people of all ability levels, ages, and backgrounds. You don’t have to be an experienced climber, or a hardcore river runner; in fact, you don’t need any experience at all. For many, their first Splore adventure trip is often their first time whitewater rafting, rock climbing, cross country skiing, camping outdoors, and many other outdoor adventures. We’ll find the trip that is perfect for you!
Important Note: The Essential Eligibility Criteria (EEC) are applicable for all Splore participants. A qualified person is one who can meet the EEC for participation in the trip activity. If an applicant is unable to meet certain criteria, we may be able to assist him or her with reasonable accommodation unless it alters the fundamental nature of the trip or compromises the health and safety of participants or guides. http://splore.org/eec/
Splore is located in Salt Lake City, Utah and operate in various locations throughout Colorado, Idaho and Utah.
Timeframes are dependent on the type of trip and activity.
Headquarters: 4029 South Main Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84107
Costs vary on the duration and activity of the trip. It also varies on the amount of people in your party. Because the trips are customized, they do not offer online reservations. You let them know a little bit about yourself and your group, dates, and what kind of adventure you wish to take. The Reservation Team will then work with you to schedule a trip of a lifetime.
Financial Aid is Available!
One of our goals is to serve everyone wishing to participate on a trip regardless of their financial situation. To that end, we receive donations and grants each year for the specific purpose of providing financial aid for participants who demonstrate a need. Through generous donors and foundations, we are able to provide over $100,000 in financial aid each year. You can apply as an individual or as a group. If you have any questions, please contact us at 801-484-4128.
Splore’s Financial Aid Goals:
- To remove financial barriers for those who need assistance affording our adventures and experiencing the outdoors
- To prioritize people with disabilities
- To help as many people as possible to experience the outdoors for the first time
Financial Aid Awards are based on the following:
- Availability of funds
- Assistance amount being requested
- Financial need