Date of Defense


Date of Graduation



Interdisciplinary Health Programs

First Advisor

Ben Atchison

Second Advisor

Michelle Suarez


Children with cerebral palsy and their families may have needs that make camping difficult or seemingly inaccessible. Through an explanation of the research backing the benefits of camping, this paper makes it clear that camping is a worthwhile activity that can be optimized through modifications. Understanding cerebral palsy and the steps of basic camping activities, it is possible to create modifications to increase family and child wellness while camping. Through a hypothetical case study, a specific look can be had at the ways to prepare for an optimal camping experience- from adapted equipment, to modified preparatory strategies. Through a review of the literature and analysis of a specific child with cerebral palsy and his family, this paper aims to educate readers on camping, cerebral palsy, and modifications, while serving as a resource for children and families planning to camp.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Open Access