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In the light of present circumstances and based on the information provided by the government, Blesma has cancelled this event.

About the event

This Multi-activity expedition is hosted by Challenge Aspen Military Opportunities in Colorado. It includes ten days of activities in the famous Rocky Mountains. In the past the event has included white water rafting on the Colorado River as well as archery, horse riding, climbing, hill-walking, fishing, exploring old silver mines, downhill biking and much more. There will also be plenty of time to enjoy the great outdoors, socialize and understand just how much you are capable of.

Please note the dates for this event have changed slightly and are now the 31st of August- 8th of September. The application deadline for this event has also been extended to 1st July.

What's Involved?

        A range of exciting outdoor activities including; archery, horse riding, climbing, hill-walking, fishing, exploring old silver mines, downhill biking, white water rafting and much more
    Discover what you're capable of in the famous Rocky Mountains
          You must be able to enter the USA (ESTA)
        Your passport must have at least six months validity during the time of travel.

Will it cost me to attend?

Blesma activities are free to all Members – the only expense is getting yourself to and from the initial meeting point. If funding your travel costs could be a problem, speak to your BSO.

What is the selection Process?

The activities selection process is done on a needs basis. Those who will benefit the most from attending an activity will be given priority. This is done on the recommendation of their BSO. Those Members who have not attended any activities before, or who have not attended that particular type of activity before are considered next. Once the initial list is selected, all other applicants go on the reserve list. Should someone drop out, the same process is applied to select someone from the reserve list.

How much notice will I be given?

Currently, Members who are selected to take part in an activity are given three months’ notice. If this notice period is increased, it is highly likely that the drop-out rate will also increase.  If you are selected from the reserve list, your notification will depend on when the person whose place you are taking dropped out. This is why we ask Members to contact the Activities Team as soon as they become aware that they will not be able to attend an activity. In doing so. That way, we have the best opportunity to offer the place to another Member.

How does the reserve list work?

Being on the reserve list does not automatically mean you will not get to attend the activity. In 2017, 54 per cent of people selected for an activity dropped out, meaning that almost half of attendees for all activities were selected from the reserve list. In 2017, 97 per cent of slots were filled despite the high drop-out rate. The remaining three per cent were mostly last-minute cancellations that were too late notice to fill (i.e. the day before).

I have never been on a Blesma Activity?

Currently, only 4.3 per cent of Members apply for activities. If you are one of the 95.7 per cent who hasn’t been on an activity before, perhaps because you have concerns about how you will cope, or you don’t know what to expect, please get in touch with either your BSO or the Activities Team directly on 020 8548 3519. They can advise on what might be suitable for you.

Who will lead the activity?

Blesma Support Officers and Outreach Officers lead the events. In addition, of around 50 activities run in 2017, 22 were led by Members. We rely on Members volunteering to lead an activity, so if you are interested in doing that – please let us know! Do note that you will need to be qualified for some events.

Am I deserving of a Blesma activity? What if others are more in need?

We do not discriminate! Activities are there for all Members and Widows to enjoy.

 

It was the best therapeutic and cultural experience I've had thus far, after being hit by a roadside bomb in 2007. Effectively ending my Army Special Operations career. I've never felt so much pride and honour, as I did that week to represent not only the United States, but to also be a pioneer for Challenge Aspen."

Hunter (American Blesma C.A.M.O participant)

 

Contact Us

For more information please contact the Activities Team
Tel: 0208 548 7094
Email: meo@blesma.org

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