Camp American Legion
FAMILY SUPPORT CAMARADERIE
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On the shores of Big Carr Lake, in the heart of The Northwoods, there is a haven with a Mission to provide rest, relaxation, recuperation and rehabilitation to Wisconsin veterans of all ages, active duty military service members and their families. Camp serves those who have a physical or psychological medical condition, any and all types of service and non-service related illnesses, injuries or disabilities. A few 'physical' examples are blindness/vision loss, deafness/hearing loss, fatal/incurable disease, loss of limb/amputees, paralysis/spinal cord injury, permanent disfigurement, severe burns, traumatic brain injury, cancer, stroke, ALS and Parkinson's disease. To help with 'psychological' conditions, Camp assists those with Post Traumatic Stress (PTS), Traumatic Blast Injuries (TBI), Combat Operational Stress (COS), Dementia and Bipolar conditions along with many other related emotional and cultural issues to get them back on the road to health.
Camp is also a place for family reintegration and support following a service member's deployment. Families and children are welcome, as our goal is to help families get back together, reconnect and bond. Camp will help the whole family heal. Camp also welcomes survivor families of the fallen, to assist them with their grief, remembrance and healing. Family is defined as a service member's spouse and their minor age, dependent children.
Eligibility is any Wisconsin veteran or active duty service member with a physician documented, physical or psychological illness, injury or disability, Active duty military recently (within the last 9 months) returned from a deployment and any survivor family-of-a-fallen who has recently (over the past year) lost a service member.
Camp American Legion serves over 1500 veterans and active duty military each summer and reaches out and helps more every year. If you are eligible we encourage you, and your family to investigate a peaceful, fun stay here at camp. The American Legion, Department of Wisconsin provides the money to operate Camp American Legion, but you do not need to be an American Legion member to qualify. Your stay at camp is Totally FREE to you and your family.
A Caregiver, spouse, adult-age family member, friend or comrade is required to come only if the qualified service member is unable to take care of themselves in some area of their basic personal care and actions. Some examples of basic care are eating, clothing, walking, transporting, transferring, personal hygiene, reaching/grabbing and taking medication. The camp does not have medical staff, but in the case of an emergency, a local EMT rescue unit is available.
More of a Resort than a Camp! No one sits around motionless, hurting or sleeping at this camp. It is a place of Recreation in the heart of "vacation land" in Wisconsin's beautiful north woods. It is a place to fish, boat, swim, craft, hike, play games and so much more. Having Fun is your only care at Camp.
Camp American Legion opens Memorial Day and closes the Sunday after Labor Day. Veterans are eligible for a week stay. All weeks start on Monday (10:00 am) and go through Sunday (10:00 am). Reservations are based on availability of cabins and beds.