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The Beaver County Times


Matt Weigand/For The Times Kenny Mercer, right, smiles while waiting for a hot-air balloon operated by Nostalgia Ballooning to take off at the Woodlands Foundation on Tuesday morning.

Camp inspires Beaver County teens with disabilities by enabling them with crafts, outdoors

By Kate Malongowski

BRADFORD WOODS — A Camp Inspire counselor described Gabby Tucker as a “chill” girl.

The 14-year-old from New Brighton was one of 20 campers who participated in Camp Inspire at the Woodlands last week, a sleep-away camp specifically for children who have tracheotomies or use ventilators.

It’s among a handful of camps across the country that provide special accommodations for kids like Gabby, who uses a wheelchair and recently had a spinal fusion.


The Woodlands to host free concerts

Pine Creek Journal

The Woodlands in Bradford Woods is playing host to a pair of free concerts performed by participants in this year’s Notes from the Heart music camp.

Bringing Out the Stars, which features campers age 13 to 21, will be held on July 8. Starlight Serenade will be performed by adults attending the camp on July 15.

Both shows begin at 7 p.m.

The Woodlands Foundation, located at 134 Shenot Road, provides educational and recreational programming for children and adults with special needs.