Most every vacation is supervised by our owner, Don Douglas, and/or our Tour Leader, Kim Doll. Before establishing Able Trek Tours in 1992, Don was the Executive Director of Wisconsin Badger Camp, an organization that offers recreational camping/outdoor experiences to people with developmental disabilities. Kim is a registered nurse, specializing in Critical Care. Kim’s relationship with Able Trek Tours dates back to 2006 as a volunteer chaperon. All other staff members/chaperones are carefully screened and selected volunteers. Many of our staff are social workers, teachers, group home staffers, medical professionals, and other qualified and experienced people.
Typical staff to Traveler ratio is 1:3 or 1:4. If a Traveler requires more assistance and/or supervision we MUST be informed of this need ahead of time. Please be aware that care/supervision on vacations is typically more intensive or demanding than in the home setting. We will do our best to accommodate a Traveler’s needs in excess of our normal staff supervision. If a Traveler requires 1:2 or 1:1 supervision an extra fee will be required. In some instances we will require that Travelers bring their own staff. As stated previously, this is the policy with Travelers who use a wheelchair to ambulate and/or require physical assistance to transfer.
At times Travelers and caregivers simply do not feel comfortable attending a vacation without a familiar face along. This situation has been common for Travelers who may need more assistance than our normal 1:3/4 ratios and for Travelers who use wheelchairs.
We welcome, encourage, and will at times require that personal caregivers join us. The cost for such an arrangement (for BOTH participants) is typically 150% or 1 ½ times the cost of the indicated rate. For example, the Branson Music Fest trip (April 20-25, 2022) would cost $2,242.50 ($1,495 X 1.5). This would include a standard hotel room with two beds. Please call for guaranteed prices.
FREE WORKING VACATION OPPORTUNITY – Group home staff, caregivers, case managers, etc. if you sign three or more people up for a trip you can go for free as a chaperone. Contact Able Trek Tours for more information.