Adventure Skills Workshop

Shepherd Center's annual Adventure Skills Workshop (ASW) is a fun-filled spring weekend designed for people with spinal cord injury or disease, acquired brain injury, multiple sclerosis, spina bifida, post-polio syndrome, Guillain-Barré syndrome, transverse myelitis or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Participants get hands-on practice in activities they have always loved, as well as those they have always wanted to try.

Whether you are newly injured and attending for the first time, or an Adventure Skills Workshop veteran coming back for more, be assured that you’ll have the opportunity to explore new activities, learn new skills, meet new people and have fun. We believe you’ll leave with a new outlook on life – seeing every day as an adventure.

Due to COVID-19, ASW 2021 will look different so we are able to accommodate participation this year. Below are the guidelines for the process we are putting into place to ensure everyone’s safety, which is our #1 priority!

Two Mini ASWs for the following dates:

  • Friday, May 14 – Sunday, May 16
  • Friday, May 21 – Sunday, May 23
  • All participants can ONLY sign up for one weekend.
  • Please note: Sunday is breakfast and checkout by 9:30am.

Participation is limited!

  • ASW 2021 is for individuals with a spinal cord injury, C-6 or below, and other neurological disabilities.
  • Each participant will have a private room.
  • Each participant may have one caregiver/attendant.

Each weekend the focus will be more on outdoor and aquatic activities. Adaptive equipment is provided, or participants may bring their own equipment. These activities could change at any time.

  • Confidence Course/Zip Line-Mask
  • Jet Ski-No Mask
  • Waterski-No Mask
  • Kayak-Masked
  • Tubing-No Mask
  • Scuba-No Mask
  • Swim-No Mask
  • Target shooting-Mask
  • Skeet Shooting-Mask
  • Mini Golf-Mask
  • Art-Mask

Everyone must pass the swim test to participate in any water activities.

COVID-19 Precautions and Rules

  • Limited number of participants, caregivers/attendants and volunteers.
  • Each participant and one caregiver/attendant must have completed a COVID-19 test five days from day one of camp. Documentation is required at registration. This can be a PCR test or rapid test. Blood antibody tests will not be accepted. No exceptions
    • Example: Camp arrival Friday, May 14 or May 21 you must have your test taken on:
      • May 10, 2021- Week One
      • May 17, 2021- Week Two
  • All persons must wear a KN95 mask, which will be given to you at camp.  
  • At the time of arrival, you will be given specific requirements for mask-wearing.
    • Example: no mask required if you are alone in a private room with a caregiver, or at certain events mask might not be worn due to safety.
    • Mask requirements will be monitored and evaluated till the day of camp.
  • Time will be built in the schedule to clean equipment by a Shepherd Center staff between sessions. 
  • Camp ASCCA has made several changes that will also allow the camp to run smoothly and keep us COVID-19 safe.
    • Dining will take place spaced out with assigned seats. You may also take your meal to your room or to an outside location.
    • Outside hand-washing places will be stationed around camp.
    • There will be places to fill up your water bottles or cold bottles of water to keep you hydrated.
    • We have added touchless hand sanitizers in lodges and the dining hall, but it is recommended that persons bring their own hand sanitizers as well.

ASW is held every year in May at Camp ASCCA, an accessible facility located on Lake Martin near Jackson’s Gap, Alabama, about two and a half hours from Atlanta. Participants receive directions and a detailed information packet after submitting an application to attend. Housing is in air-conditioned group cabins with a limited number of private rooms for couples. If you need assistance with self-care, transfers, mobility, following maps or directions, feeding or anything else, you must bring a friend or family member to assist you.

The registration price for ASW this year is $230 for each participant and $205 for each family member/caregiver. Financial scholarship is available if needed

Register for Camp ASW

For more information, email Kelly Edens or call 404-350-7793.

We are continuing to monitor the COVID-19 situation. Shepherd Center reserves the right to cancel one or both clinics at any time for circumstances beyond our control. In the event of cancellation, Shepherd Center shall refund clinic registration fees, but shall not be held responsible for additional personal expenses incurred.