Welcome back to Camp Promise Spotlight series! This month we are taking a look at one of our first time campers from this past year, Justice McNeeley. Justice took part in Camp Promise Connect this year, and we couldn’t be any happier to have him as a part of the Camp Promise family!
Name: Justice McNeeley
Camper or Volunteer: Camper
Camps Attended: Connect
Years in Attendance: 1 year
Cabin(s): Not Applicable
Favorite TV Show: Boy Meets World
Favorite Song: Diamond in my pocket/Tailgate town
Favorite Game: For Honor
Talk or Text: Talk
Favorite Color: Camouflage
What are some cool hobbies you have that you would like to share with people?
I’m into hunting, fishing, RC racing, gaming, and 3D printing
How long have you been hunting?
I was about 5 years old when I was introduced and I’m 22 now.
How did you get into hunting?
I’ve gone with my dad on a few of his hunts and most of all of my peers around me growing up were into the outdoorsman lifestyle.
Do you have any advice for others with disabilities who want to hunt?
I’ve always been an avid hunter for the disability community and the one line I always live by is “I may not be able to do things one way just means I do it a little differently” and in context means that no matter what challenge you have that lives in front of you get smart and creative. One situation I have with hunting is, it’s very hard to get in and out of a vehicle and I have a track chair so we use quad ramps to get me in the back of the truck to hunt which in the end solved two problems physically pulling me out of the vehicle and putting me in my chair which is a pain to do, and having the ability to conserve more time to being outdoors.
Are you currently in school?
Currently I’m in my first year at University of Advancing Technology in Tempe Arizona. I am studying Digital Maker & Fabrication. Not too sure on my plans exactly yet for after college but possibly, 3D printing homes, making adaptive equipment for people with disabilities, or creating adaptive equipment for the disability sportsmen’s community.
How is college going for you? What is your college experience like?
College is going great so far. I’m enrolled at a tech school called “University of Advancing Technology.” I’m studying the Digital Maker & Fabrication degree in computer sciences. Short term 3d modeling and fabrication.
You talked about wanting to make adaptive equipment for people with disabilities, what do you see a need for?
I’ve noticed that although there are quite a few people out there that do create products to help people with disabilities but if somebody means something fully customized they have to reach out to somebody else to help create this product and by making a machine shop that would be fully set up to be able to help people with or without disabilities to create any custom parts and attachments someone may need and by offering this I feel will help a lot more people within the disability community get outdoors and live life to the fullest and who knows it might spark the interest in somebody else to do something great in life.
What was your camp experience like, having only attended virtual camp?
I’ve gone to MDA camp for about 13 years and unfortunately you graduate at 17. So by having the chance to be an adult and go back to camp even though this year was online it was still a great way to get back into being social and connect with others across the country.
Last question, how would you describe camp in one phrase? What does camp mean to you?
Welcome. Doesn’t matter who you are, what your background is, what you believe in: none of that matters. All that matters is you’re a true honest person and that’s what all you guys have offered.