“Handi-Camp” is a pun on “handicap”, and it is a place for people with physical disabilities to meet each other and find support, and it is for able-bodied people who want to help them. Elderly people are also welcome here.

It appears in the parking area of every annual gathering, and sometimes there is a satellite camp inside the gathering. Some years it has been in a parking place where there is a shorter walk to the main meadow than the bulk of the parking, as in Montana in 2013, but some years such a place has been unavailable and the walk in is a long and steep one, like in Pennsylvania in 2010. Whatever the nature of the walk in, people can be found there to wheel, carry, help walk or otherwise help you get into the gathering and back, and carry your gear.

In the late 1990s and early 2000s a brother named NZane focalized a kitchen there, moving around between the pots and the grill in a wheelchair and putting on an impressive show of efficiency. He died in 2008, and since then some of the especially strong workers have been Old Tom and Water, Singing-on-the Rocks.

September 14th, 2016 by John Anderson