Peak Adventures


Peak Adventures is designed to address the lack of accessibility to outdoor recreation available for children and young adults living with disabilities in Southern Vermont. Peak Adventures provides individuals with ongoing safe and educational access to parks, wilderness recreation activities and experiences. These services will promote self-esteem, healthy living, and a positive reception of the outdoors, while teaching skills of independence and group cooperation.


Families First has been able to offer four summer camps over the last two years and we are in the process of planning two more for the coming season.  In that time, those attending camp has nearly doubled and we’ve been able to keep the cost at a bare minimum.  This is only possible because of the sincere generosity of a Connecticut man who has provided us with the boundless use of his beloved property on Lake Sadawga in Whitingham, Vermont.  Believing in the mission of Peak Adventures, he has trusted us to care for this camp and the many acres it rests on.  Over the last few years, with concerted efforts, we have been able to shape the land in a way that better accomodates those with special needs.  The picnic tables, dock, and sleeping quarters have all been structured with the hope that those utilizing wheelchairs will still find the property comfortable and accessible.  We continue to mold camp with these intentions.  It’s been a joy to watch Peak Adventures evolve and to witness the many memories made as a result.
Additionally, it’s worth noting that the majority of Peak Adventures outdoor gear was acquired through Families First’s neighbors and friends.  Donations have included; sleeping bags, life jackets, a canoe, camp stoves, tents, building materials, and much more.  We could not be more grateful for these gifts.