Our Facility

Located in the cool pines of Payson, Arizona, our 45-acre ranch was designed and built from the ground up expressly for those with special needs and can accomodate up to 164 participants per camp session. Features and specially designed equipment such as adapted saddles used with our wheelchair mounting ramp, aquatic wheelchairs and wheelchair swings create an inclusive environment and opportunities for our campers.

Camper Cabins

10 camper cabins with design features such as wheelchair recharging stations, refrigerated locking med storage, climate control for those with difficulty regulating body temperatuve, specially designed restrooms and more

Barn Bunkhouse

The Barn Bunkhouse provides accommodations for 32 campers, staff quarters for four, three restrooms, two kitchenettes, laundry facilities and a large common area.

Wellness Center

The Virginia G. Piper Wellness Center provides overnight accommodations for medical personnel accompanying children to camp and treatment areas to attend to their medical needs.

Dining Ramada

The APS Dining Ramada & Activity Center is a multi-use space with a full commercial kitchen. Drop-down sides and heaters are used on chilly days or to create a cozy setting.

Animal Interaction Center

Situated in our beautiful meadow, The Agnes Varis Center for Animal Interaction is used to facilitate meaningful animal-assisted activities between campers and the gentle animal residents.

Splash Pad

Complete with a large shade canopy and six aquatic wheelchairs for those whose power wheelchairs are not water-friendly, The Agnes Varis Splash Zone gives campers a fun place to cool off on warm summer days.

Enclosed Arena

The Dorrance Family & Geneva Fund Riding Arena utilizes a specially designed mounting ramp to safely transfer campers from their wheelchairs into one of our adapted saddles.

Circle of Hope Campfire

Campers make lasting bonds and memories they will cherish for a lifetime at the Circle of Hope Campfire with evening activities like roasting marshmallows and singing songs under the stars.

Village Green Playfield

The Village Green Playfield is a fenced recreation area with a shade tent, gazebo and artificial turf that is wheelchair friendly. Commercial evaporative coolers keep campers cool to stay in the game.

In collaboration with ASU’s College of Architecture & Environmental Design, we designed a camp facility to meet the highly diverse needs of individuals with a broad spectrum of disabilities while exceeding ADA standards. The completion of Phase 1 construction of the Camp Village in 2005 meant children with special needs no longer had to make do with less-than-ideal facilities, go to an out-of-state camp or forgo camp altogether.