Camp Glen upgrades in the works

A high ropes course under construction at Camp Glen is being designed for “universal accessibility.”

That means it can be used by people with all levels of disability as well as by people without disabilities, said Chris Lewis, Camp Glen director for Camp Fire’s Northwest Ohio Council based in Findlay.

“To our knowledge, it will be the only universally accessible high ropes course in the nation,” Lewis said.

Camp Glen, on TR 131 off CR 6, is a nature camp that runs children’s summer camps, adult workshops and other outdoor activities.

Although wet weather this spring and summer has hindered construction, Lewis said the course is about 25 percent complete. Originally scheduled to open in May – and then August – Lewis hopes the course can be completed this fall.

He said the course is the usual high-ropes course but many changes are being made to allow most stations to be used by people of all ability levels. It is to include 16 or 17 activities, ending in a 500-foot zip line to the ground.

“It’s going to be quite exciting in that regard,” he said. “So far we haven’t encountered any challenges we haven’t been able to overcome.”

He said 80 percent of the course is to be universally accessible.

“Paraplegics will be able to transfer themselves from element to element,” he said.

The idea is to people with disabilities an area where they are capable of navigating by themselves.

He expects Camp Glen will partner with programs from throughout Ohio such as Wounded Warrior projects and programs for the developmentally disabled such as Seneca County Opportunity Center.

“And that’s just the bonus,” he said. “This course is really for everyone.”