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ARIZONA LIONS CAMP TATIYEE INC
July 22, 2013

I have been able to enjoy many roles in regards to the Lion's Camp Tatiyee. However, one of my favorite roles (other than volunteering my time) at the Lion's Camp Tatiyee is one of observer. My son has been able to garner the exquisite experience available only at Tatiyee as a camper. Each and every single year, my son has looked forward to attending the Lion's Camp Tatiyee with gleeful joy and explosive excitement. All year long you can hear him ask me (at least once a week), when is camp mom. He will drill me when the applications come out on whether he is all set...did I turn in everything that was needed...does he have a space. As time draws closer to summer, the excitement builds as does the frequency of, "is it almost time for camp mom?" When the day arrives for us to head to Show Low, Arizona to check into camp, my son does little sleep the night before. We double, triple check that we have everything that he will need. In the morning, it is the ever cry of. "is it time to leave mom....is it time to leave?" Of course on our drive up, my son will tell me all the things he plans to do (this year, it was...I want to find a girlfriend,) especially his favorite moment of kicking me out of camp. He will tell me, or rather remind me of that continually with a giant smile on his face. The week of course blazes by in fun and adventurous ways. For my son, camp is never long enough. When I arrive to pick him up and head home after his fun filled week with friends and counselors, it is the disappointment of seeing mom. The best way for me to fully get across how important camp is for my son all I can do is repeat his yearly phrase, "Mom, why do you have to pick me up...can't I live here?"

This camp is home for every person who attends. When I send a friend or someone up to check it out (someone who does not always know about it) they are drawn in to the warmth and love that just seems to be a part of camp. As a mother of a special needs child, one who has attended other camp programs; this is the one camp that I never worry about. I know my son is receiving the same precious care that I give to him every single day. I trust these folks like I do my very special family and friends (I hold high standards.) How many camps have counselors that return in the percentage rate of 85%? How many camps have counselors that marry, have families of their own and still come back to be counselors (including their families in the process?) This is THE CAMP and one of those places that reminds you the world is really not as bad as we sometimes believe...there is HOPE.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Provides more funds in order for the camp to fully purchase the land to ensure the camp remains for other generations to enjoy and experience.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

MY ROLE:
General Member of the Public

ARIZONA LIONS CAMP TATIYEE INC
November 14, 2012

My son has attended the Lion's Camp Tatiyee since he was 6.5 years of age. There are so many wonderful things to say about this camp. Here are just a few things that truly make this one of the most amazing places for my son in the whole word. 1) He can never outgrow the camp unless he chooses he no longer wants to attend. 2) He is away from mom and gets to be a typical kid for a week in which he hangs out with peers who struggle like he does. 3) The return rate on councilors is higher than any other camp my son has attended. 4) This is the one place that my son waits to visit all year around. 5) The camp and staff are so amazing that my son would rather live there than at home. 6) The camp provides my son with independence and assist with skills he is capable of, but hides from others. 7) I never, ever worry about my son when he is at camp. I know that he is safe and is being cared for by people who love him and want him to have an amazing time. Camp Tatiyee has given my son something that I personally could never give him and that is a place he calls his own. I will never be able to pay back or truly say thank you enough to all that make Camp Tatiyee a reality. My son's life would be vastly different without this safe haven. THANK YOU.

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Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

MY ROLE:
General Member of the Public

ARIZONA LIONS CAMP TATIYEE INC
June 14, 2012

The Lion's Camp Tatiyee is one of the most amazing places I have ever seen. I have never heard of a camp that works with so many diverse folks while meeting their individual needs. Who hears of a camp where the same director has been there for over 20 years and the return rate on counselors is above 80%. My son has attended the Lion's Camp Tatiyee for years. If asked, he would tell you that the Lion's Camp is his favorite place in the whole world. He would also tell you that if he could live there all year around he would. As soon as January hits, he starts asking about camp and when he can go. He starts planning things to do with his friends and of course what he will do for the annual talent show. My son has attended several special need camps and the Lion's Camp is the only one that I have truly felt comfortable leaving my son at for an entire week (longer if he had his way.) They do almost the same job that I do working with my son. But they have been able to get him to do things that not even I can get him to do. We LOVE YOU.

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Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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