Scottsdale ARS offers three-day retreat to Payson

Join Adapted Recreation Services for a three-day, two-night retreat to Whispering Hope Ranch.

Nestled amongst the tall pine trees in the cool forests of Payson, the ranch features first class accommodations in a picturesque setting, according to a press release.

A variety of planned activities will include accessible naturewalks, interactive experiences with the ranch’s animals, adapted horseback riding, nature craft projects and campfires at night with talent shows, S’mores, ghost stories and Cowboy Charlie, stated the release.

Cost is $150 for Scottsdale resident or $225 for non-Scottsdale resident. This retreat is for ages 16 and older. Spots are limited. Pre-registration and payment is required and is on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Cost includes chartered bus transportation, all meals and snacks, accommodations and all activities, according to the release.

There will be a mandatory Camper Orientation night on Monday, July 27 at 6:30 p.m. at the Adapted Recreation Services Center, stated the release.

A personal aide may attend at no charge for participants requiring personal/intrusive services.  Personal aides will be required to register but will not be charged a registration fee, stated the release. Participants should have no serious medical issues, have current health insurance, and must be able to successfully participate in a 1:4 ratio.

If you use a wheelchair, other ambulatory equipment, require interpretive services, or will be bringing a personal aide for self-help and personal care needs, call Deanna Zuppan at 480-312-2204.

All participants must have an Adapted Recreation Services Form and completed informational packet on file with ARS prior to departure.  Informational packets will be emailed to program registrants, stated the release.

Sign up online at or by calling Adapted Recreation Services at 480-312-2234. The course code is: 115225, according to the release.


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