Ben’s Story

We are proud to share Ben’s story at Camp K. He is an example of the “Can Do” attitude that our campers have. Ben has Spina Bifida, and is paralyzed from the waist down – yet he doesn’t let his challenges stop him.

Ben McKennaOne of our staff members shared her experience of working with Ben on the ropes course. He had already climbed to the top of the rock wall, using only his arms. His next challenge amazed everyone. Ben told our staff that he wanted to do the “Triangle” on the ropes course. The staff helped him get up to the first element of the Triangle – the Zap-line. He pulled himself up onto the pole, and hooked into the line. He was hesitant at first, because he could only use his arms. Eventually, he decided to go, and absolutely loved it! He completed the zap-line, grape vine, and Burma bridge with minimal assistance from staff. As he finished the last element, he said, “I have accomplished my dream here at Camp K! I have wanted to do the triangle ever since I first came to camp.” But, Ben wasn’t finished yet – he made it to the top of the rock wall again, and ended his experience by climbing another pole in the course.

Ben is a perfect example of why Camp K’s benefit to both our campers and our staff. Watching someone accomplish their goals and dreams, even when they seem impossible, positively changes the lives of everyone around them.