Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Patriot Resilient Leadership Institute?
The Patriot Resilient Leadership Institute (PRLI) is a group of New Hampshire veterans and concerned citizens that runs Camp Resilience to provide sustained, comprehensive programs to help wounded warriors recover their physical, mental and emotional well-being.
What is Camp Resilience?
Camp Resilience, using the scenic beauty of the Lakes Region of New Hampshire as its backdrop and home base, provides sports, adventure activities and life skills training for its participants. The program is targeted towards individuals with serious injuries or conditions to include limb amputation, traumatic brain injuries and post-traumatic stress. In addition to the sports and life skills activities, Camp Resilience will also have an ongoing, sustained networking and follow-up program to provide continued support. The goal is to help the participants to succeed in life and to become leaders in their communities through their example of overcoming adversity.
Do I have to pay for Camp Resilience?
The Patriot Resilient Leader Institute (PRLI) covers all the expenses for Camp Resilience to include the participants’ lodging, meals and the sports and life skills activities. Currently, transportation to and from Gilford, NH is the responsibility of the attendee. In the future, the PRLI hopes to be able to cover transportation costs also.
Does Camp Resilience have rules of conduct?
There are some rules of conduct for Camp Resilience participants that you are expected to adhere to. Failure to do so will result in you being sent home immediately. The rules are as follow:
1. There will be no consumption of alcohol or illicit drugs.
2. Do not bring weapons of any type to Camp Resilience.
3. We are not a health care facility so you are responsible for taking any prescribed medications as necessary. If a medical emergency occurs, we will assist you in getting care from local medical facilities, at your expense.
4. The program is based on facilitated peer-to-peer counseling so you are expected to be a team player and participate in all the group activities.
5. Communication is critical. If you are having problems of any kind during the session that may interfere with the program, we expect you to discuss them with us so we can help resolve them.
6. Have fun, help yourself and help the other participants!
Where am I staying?
In most cases, you will be staying at the Gunstock Inn, a historic country inn in Gilford, NH. Sometimes, participants will stay at Fireside Inn which is also in Gilford and has fully ADA compliant rooms.
Where will I be eating?
Most meals will be in the restaurant in the Gunstock Inn. We may have some meals at other restaurants in the area and/or have some outdoor BBQs if the weather permits.
What should I wear?
Dress comfortably in shorts and other clothing suitable for strenuous activity. Bring layers for warmth because it can get cool year round in New Hampshire and we will be spending a lot of time outside. You should also bring a rain jacket because we will still do our outdoor sports activities unless it is raining very hard. Appropriate footwear is required for the sports activities. We recommend that you wear sneakers or comfortable boots, such as hiking boots. To participate, you cannot wear sandals, flip flops, crocs, open toed or open backed shoes. The Gunstock Inn has an indoor swimming pool and workout facility. Bring a swimsuit and workout clothes as some activities may be in the pool and/or gym.
For winter sessions, you should bring a ski jacket and pants for skiing and snowshoeing if you have them. If not, other types of waterproof or water resistant jacket and pants will work. At a minimum, you should bring a warm jacket, blue jeans or other warm pants and some form of long underwear for the skiing and snowshoeing and warm winter boots for the snowshoe hike.
What else should I bring?
You should bring the personal hygiene items you require for the time you are with us. We will be providing all meals, but if you need between meal snacks, you should bring them with you. If you require specific food or drink items, you may also want to supplement what we provide. Please let us know ahead of time if you have a food allergy.
Are there scheduled breaks?
Yes, there are planned breaks during the day. If you need to take a break at an unscheduled time or a longer break than the scheduled time, please ask a staff member to direct you to an area where you may sit and relax.
Who is leading the Camp Resilience activities?
There will be trained and experienced instructors/facilitators for all sports activities. There will also be licensed counselors, facilitators and occupational therapists for the life skills programs.
Is smoking allowed?
Smoking is allowed in the designated outdoor smoking areas during breaks.
What happens after the session is over?
Please complete the evaluation form candidly. Your participation and feedback will help us know if this is a valuable experience for you. If you are interested in receiving information about future programs, please note such on the evaluation form. We will also create a private Facebook group for the session’s participants. It is a secret group which means that only members can see the group and see any messages posted. The only members will be the participants and selected Camp Resilience staff. The purpose of the group is to give the participants of a Camp Resilience session the ability to easily continue to communicate and support each other. It also gives the Camp Resilience staff the opportunity to monitor the participants’ progress to evaluate the effectiveness of our program.
Are there any medical restrictions?
To get the full benefit from the Camp Resilience session, you should be physically capable of participating in the planned sports activities. Typically, we will try to structure the sports activities to accommodate participants with varying degrees of physical ability. However, for some sessions, there will be certain minimum levels of physical ability required.
Why is there a Public Relations Release?
The Public Relations Release is optional. We take photos and request comments from you in order to promote and raise funds for Camp Resilience and to show the need for and the success of the program.