About Anderson Woods
Anderson Woods was founded in 1978, and is a private, not-for-profit corporation chartered to provide summer camp experiences for children and adults with physical and mental disabilities, as well as permanent residences for adults with disabilities. The founders of Anderson Woods, Judy and David Colby, shared a vision of providing an experience that would foster self-esteem and empower these Special Ones to fulfill the potential within. From 3 campers sleeping in tents the first summer, our camp which spans 175 acres in rural Southern Indiana, now welcomes hundreds of campers of all ages and disabilities who sleep in four cabins each summer. In 1995 we opened Owl House in Jasper, Indiana. Our aim is to provide self-confidence, dignity, and choices to persons with disabilities who, too often, are given none. It is with much humility and hope that we walk forward to serve these Special Ones.
Thank you Masterbrand!
We are very grateful to have had the help of our friends from Masterbrand Cabinets, Inc. who spent the day working to clean up camp in preparation for Anderson Woods Summer Camp's 36th summer welcoming campers. For the third year in a row, employees from Masterbrand spent a Saturday cleaning the cabins, bathrooms, and dining hall from top to bottom. They did not seem to mind that it rained nearly the entire day! Their hard work was greatly appreciated, and goes a long way toward helping us provide a wonderful camp experience for our special campers. If you are part of a local area service group interested in helping us prepare our facilities for summer, please contact us.
The 6th Annual Taster's Fest, a fundraiser for Anderson Woods, took place September 22, 2012 at the Riverwalk in Jasper, IN and was a big success! Many enjoyed wine tasting in the authentic log barn, food sampling offered by area restaurants in the Dave Buehler Plaza, live music, and kayak rides on the Patoka River. The weather was beautiful, and it was a memorable event for everyone involved. All the money (100%) raised benefits Anderson Woods. We appreciate the support of all our sponsors, vendors, and visitors, and we look forward to another successful Taster's Fest next year! Check out our Taster's Fest page to learn more about this year's event and its sponsors.
Campers and staff from our 3rd week of camp 2012.
We are eagerly anticipating the start of our 36th summer of camp at Anderson Woods! Our camp, located in rural Perry County, Indiana, near Bristow, consists of eight weeks of four day/three night sessions for both children and adults with special needs. For more information on coming as a camper or joining us as a staff member, please visit our camp page.
Thank you Cub Scout Pack 102!
We would like to thank the Cub Scouts of Pack 102 from Spencer County, Indiana and their families for their hard work in helping us prepare our camp facilities for the upcoming summer camp season. They spent their Saturday on April 27 cleaning and mulching hiking trails, clearing out a storage building, and painting. They also found some time to enjoy our barnyard friends, including the horses, our new chickens, and everyone's favorite, Larry the Turkey.
A Special Place For Special People
It is our mission at Anderson Woods to provide summer camp and safe, dignified, permanent residences for persons with mental and/or physical disabilities.
Our goal is to teach residents (to the maximum extent possible) to be fully functioning members of the local community.