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Service members who incur injury, illness or disability are provided access to all National Ability Center sports and recreation programs at little or no cost. Scholarship is available by request for their accompanying family members. 

The National Ability Center stands with national and local community partners, as well as government agencies in the support of U.S. service members and their families. We also believe successful long-term care of our nation’s active duty military and veterans must include strong community and governmental partnerships. We welcome every station of duty, branches of service, active duty or veteran service members to engage in our programs and strive to make a positive difference in their lives and the lives of others.

From individual activities to multi-day retreats, the National Ability Center offers a number of individual and group programs for servicemen,  servicewomen and their families. These programs are designed to develop and encourage independence and general health and wellness consistent with a balanced and physically active lifestyle, as well as smooth the transition from military to civilian life. Military programs include:

  • individual, family and group recreation opportunities
  • advanced adaptive recreation camps
  • respite retreats, health & wellness retreats and military family retreats.

National Ability Center Military Programs are supported through partnerships with the VA Adaptive Sports Grant, Salt Lake City VA, University of Utah National Center for Veterans Studies, Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP), Brother’s Keepers, Edwards Lifesciences, Boeing, US Olympic Committee/US Paralympics, Disabled Sports USA, and many other government, community and private partners.

For more information, please contact our Groups and Military Department, at 435.649.3991 or email info@discovernac.org.


Military Program Opportunities & Retreats

Join us for a variety of  day programs and overnight military retreats. These are activities with other veterans, military and their families:

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Upcoming Day Programs

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NAC Intro- Archery & Challenge Course

May 5 | 12:30-4:00pm| National Ability Center | $10

Funding available for Military Members &  their family/friends.

Never heard of the National Ability Center? Come with your family and enjoy a sampling of Archery and the High Ropes Challenge course at the National Ability Center. Overcome fears, build trust and have a blast!

 

Yurt, Orienteering and Lunch

June 2  | 10AM–4PM  | Uinta Mountains | $10 

Funding available for Vietnam Era Military Members & family/friends

Hike to our yurt up in the Uintas, have lunch and participate in our orienteering

skills. What is orienteering you may ask? Orienteering is a navigation race (often held in unfamiliar terrain) using a map and compass. It is easy to learn and a fun way to exercise your body and mind as you enjoy the outdoors.

 

Reign in PTSD

June 30  |  10AM–12PM  | NAC Equestrian Center | $10

Funding available for Military Members & family/friends

Come experience an environment of learning and self-discovery through our unmounted equine assisted learning program. No prior horse experience required.

 

Military Family Crag Classic- Outdoor Rock Climbing

September 2 | 10am-3pm | Big Cottonwood Canyon| $10

Funding available for Military Members & Family/Friends.

Join us for an afternoon of outdoor rock climbing. No prior climbing experience needed. Lunch will be provided along with all equipment needed to rock climb. Bring your family or a friend and enjoy some sunshine and fresh air!

 

Upcoming Overnight Retreats

Veteran’s Advanced Cycling Camp

May 23 – 27 | 4 PM Check-In/10 AM Check-Out | NAC Ranch

Travel Cost Not Included

Get ready for a week of road biking with fellow veterans. This retreat is for veterans who have prior experience road biking and want to be on a bike for extended period of times. During the retreat you will not only road bike but also have a variety of other NAC programs! This retreat will have no cost for the Veteran however you will be responsible for getting yourself to the National Ability Center.

Military in the Mountains – Family Retreat

June 29- July 2 | 4 PM Check-In /10 AM Check-Out | NAC Ranch

Travel Cost Not Included

When a service member is wounded, ill, or injured, these changes can trickle down into all aspects of family life. Both service members and their families may find themselves in new roles, and successful recovery depends on working together as a family. NAC’s Military in the Mountains Retreat provide the families of our service men and women an opportunity to gather as a unit for a transformational bonding experience. Set apart by inclusive, adaptive recreation in a pristine mountain landscape. This retreat will have no cost for the Veteran and their family however you will be responsible for getting yourself to the National Ability Center.

Female Veteran’s Recreation Retreat

July 20 – 24 | 4 PM Check-In/10 AM Check-Out | NAC Ranch

Travel Cost Not Included

Our 2018 Female Vets Recreation Retreat welcomes female veterans from all eras, backgrounds and branches of service.  This women’s only retreat seeks to redefine what is means to be an “outdoorsman” and challenge each woman to become “A force of Nature.” This retreat will have no cost for the Veteran and their family however you will be responsible for getting yourself to the National Ability Center.

Veterans Cycling Camp (Summit Challenge)

Aug. 22 – 26 | 4 PM Check In/10 AM Check Out | NAC Ranch

 

Travel Cost Not Included

This cycling camp is for all ability levels of road cyclists. If you want to refresh your skills or learn new ones join us for a cycling camp that will culminate with participation in our annual ride, Summit Challenge! This retreat will have no cost for the Veteran however you will be responsible for getting yourself to the National Ability Center.  

Female Veteran’s Adventure Retreat

Sept. 2 – 7 | 4 PM Check In/10 AM Check Out | NAC Ranch

Travel Cost Not Included

Have you ever wanted to learn the skills to become independent venturing into the outdoors and surround yourself by similarly motivated women in the process? This camp introduces female veterans to the basics of camping, outdoor rock climbing, yoga and mindfulness practices. This retreat will have no cost for the Veteran and their family however you will be responsible for getting yourself to the National Ability Center.

 

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Seasonal Activities
Explore all of the adaptive recreation and outdoor adventure programming available to military groups and individuals at the National Ability Center!

 

Wounded Veteran Adaptive Skiing  Military support group  Wounded Warrior activity

For more information, please contact our Groups and Military Program Manager at 435-649-3991 or email info@discovernac.org.