Camp a ‘worthy’ cause

Published 11:17 pm Tuesday, August 4, 2009

One could imagine it isn’t easy to grow up with no arms or legs.

Allison Wetherbee doesn’t have to imagine.

Wetherbee, director of public relations for Alabama’s Special Camp for Children and Adults, addressed the Troy Rotary Tuesday about not just her own story, but that of thousands of others like her.

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“My story and Camp ASCAA’s story intertwine so much,” Wetherbee told the room of supporters Tuesday.

Thought Wetherbee was born without arms and legs, that didn’t keep her from doing what “normal” kids were doing.

At the age of 7, that hard -headed little girl wanted to go to Girl Scout camp along with the rest of her friends.

Being disabled though, Wetherbee was told she wouldn’t be able to go to camp without her mom, something even at the age of 7 she would refuse to have happen.

“Even at that time, I did not want to go to camp with my mom,” Wetherbee said.

And so the search for a new camp began, and that’s what led Wetherbee to Camp ASCAA, located on Lake Martin.

The camp, made for adults and children with disabilities, gave young Wetherbee a chance to go to camp like the rest of her friends — and without her mom.

And, she continued the tradition for the next 10 years.

It was where Wetherbee had all her “firsts” in life — things like swimming and riding on a water course.

Now, Wetherbee travels across the state promoting the camp in hopes that others with any physical or mental disability can share that same story.

And as the Troy Rotary Club sponsors ASCAA, Wetherbee came to tell a little about what the camp has to offer.

“There are a lot of organizations we give to, but I can’t think of one more deserving than Camp ASCAA,” said President Robert Hawkins, as he presented a $500 check to Wetherbee for the organization.

For more information about the camp, visit or call 256-825-9226.