My dream is to inspire kids to achieve what they want out of life.
One of the first things you’ll notice about Stephen visually is that he is in a wheelchair, because Stephen J. Wampler has Cerebral Palsy (CP). Then you’ll get to know Stephen as a person and you’ll see how little CP defines him. Over the years he has learned not to only live with his disability, but to thrive in life with his condition. He wants to ensure that others with physical disabilities have the same opportunity as he has had so they can live a fulfilling life.
Steve and his wife Elizabeth started the Stephen J Wampler Foundation in 2002, encouraging children with disabilities to become active participants in programs and activities centered around the great outdoors. The Foundation has since inspired and enabled thousands of kids with physical disabilities, including those with economic limitations. Kids experience the joys and camaraderie of camp life. Their experiences push each one to discover how capable they really are with Steve as their inspiration. Steve’s story is all about “what you can you CAN do!”
Operating since 2004, Camp Wamp’s goal is to help kids lead full and ambitious lives despite physical obstacles. In order to expand their youth programs nationwide and internationally Steve knew he needed to take action and became a role
model to others with disabilities, to show the world what he could do as a person with CP. Steve followed his favorite US Navy Seals motto “Failure is not an option” and cimbed the biggest granite rock face in the world, El Capitan mountain in Yosemite National Park. He did over 20,000 pull-ups, over 5 nights and 6 days on the sheer face of El Capitan mountain. Because of this amazing adventure his idea helped bring attention to the funding needs for Camp Wamp. He wanted to show the world that no matter what obstacles are put in your way, stay positive and continue forward you can climb mountains no matter how disabled you might be.
“Failure is not an option”
Wampler’s Ascent is a documentary about Stephen Wampler and his amazing accomplishment of being the first person with Cerebral Palsy to climb El Capitan mountain. As a demonstration of the mission of the foundation and an opportunity to bring international awareness in sending children with disabilities to a similar summer camp Stephen attended when he was an adolescent. The Wampler’s documented, “Wampler’s Ascent” and his heroic climb. The film has received national and international acclaim with 35 laurel leafs and 20 film festival awards to date