Shepherd Center Adventure Skills Workshop 2023
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 everyday as an adventure.
Participants in ASW can choose from a number of sports and activities, including tubing, jet skiing, water skiing, scuba diving, swimming, water polo, fishing, rugby, scaling a climbing wall, canoeing/kayaking, riflery/skeet, art and an animal encounter. Adaptive equipment is provided, or participants may bring their own equipment.
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.