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Camp RAD helps youths aim high
Kyler Aubrey is all smiles while getting a lift in climbing from Southern Adventures staff while Joshua Hood, background, scrambles up the wall during Camp RAD, held at Georgia Southern's Recreation Activity Center.

 Now in its sixth year, Camp RAD (Recreation for Adolescents with Disabilities) is still helping local youth with disabilities reach high and gain the skills that allow them to become more indenpendent.

Camp director Gavin Colquitt, adapted physical education professor at Georgia Southern, and Dr. Katy Gregg, GSU child and family development professor, are the founders of the camp, which was held this year for the first time at GSU's Recreation Activity Center, and featured rock climbing. 

"We're always looking for ways to expand opportunities for our campers, and the RAC presented many of those opportunities," Colquitt said.

This year's camp also featured a full-time registered dietician to help campers better manage their own dietary needs.

The camp is funded by the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, so there is no cost to the participants.  Camp RAD works with Pineland Mental Health Services, Easter Seals and B and B Care Services.

Camp RAD camp coordinator Taylor Forney, far right, campers, staff and volunteers document and cheer on the efforts of Emmy Hayes, 14, top, while she tackles the rock climbing wall at Georgia Southern's RAC.
Camp RAD director and founder Gavin Colquitt, right, and Georgia Southern student Abbey Greer, left, give and excited Tristan Prewitt, 18, lots of encouragement to overcome his fear of heights.