In my opinion this is one of THE BEST camps around. My son, Seth Ross, would tell you that if he could he would live at camp. It is one of the things he looked forward too more than almost anything. This camp continually amazed me with their love, kindness, and ability to simply think outside the box and make things work for each camper (adjusting and transitioning as needed.) There was never the idea that something could not be done, rather it was more of a, "How can we make this happen" and then taking the steps to make it happen. I NEVER worried about my son when he was at camp. There are no true words that can convey the amazing experience of this camp and the people that make this camp the awesome place it is for campers, counselors and families. This camp continually had my son doing things that I did not think were possible. They were able to empower Seth to encourage him to be independent. Camp was the BEST place on earth and I can never Thank you all enough for the many years in which you embraced, encouraged and challenged my Seth.
This is a very unique camp that is designed for and to assist those who have challenges. The camp focuses on a different age and different challenge offering 6 day sessions designed for that specific group attending. They have a 85% return on counselors. Many of those counselors and volunteers continue forward and on into the medical fields becoming doctors, nurses, advocates and educators. Furthermore, this is the only camp that a person cannot age out. So when someone with special needs enters the adult world and many resources disappear, this is on that remains. This was my sons favorite place in all the world...if he could, he would have lived here. That says so very much to me.
My son has been going to camp since he was 7 years old (1982). That first year, he had never been away from home except while in the hospital after our car accident the year before. We picked him up on Saturday after a week at camp. He was so happy to see us. Twenty or so miles down the road, he was ready to go back to camp. He was able to participate a couple of times when they had the two week long camp for adults. he really enjoyed that. (So did I.) He looks forward to going every year. He enjoys the counselors and the other campers. He enjoys the activities they have for him. Pam's husband was his counselor the year Pam met her husband. If we could figure out a way for him to stay all summer, he would stay in a heart beat. Thank you to Pam and the rest of the counselors.
Camp Tatiyee is a place of inclusion and empowerment. All summer, campers and staff alike are accepted, supported, and enabled to reach their fullest potentials. At camp, we never ask "Can / if so-and-so can do xyz task or accomplish xyz goal?" ...Instead, we say "How can we work as a team to support the individual so that they can accomplish the goal?". That's the power of Tatiyee. There are no limitations that hold our campers back. Everyone has a voice, everyone has a choice, and everyone is capable- no matter the labels placed on them by society. Working at Tatiyee has changed my life forever and I am so thankful for it.
This place changes lives and improves the emotional health of those it serves, as well as its staff.
Our son is deaf and utilizes bilateral cochlear implants. He has attended Camp Tatiyee two years is a row, and can't wait for next summer! At camp, he is surrounded by kids he can relate to. He loves the opportunity to make new friends each summer. Since first attending camp, he has a group of friends he regularly communicates with, they all support eachother so well. In addition to the support system he has established, our son has gained confidence and independence. He loves the programs and activities at camp, and is very fond of the counselors, who are amazing with the kids. He aspires to be a counselor one day!! The experience our son has received from Camp Tatiyee is priceless! We are so very thankful to have the opportunity to send our son to CAMP TATIYEE!!
My daughter has attended Camp Tatyee for many years. It is the one thing she looks forward to year after year. The day after camp ends she starts asking how long it will be until camp starts again. The volunteers are wonderful. The camp engenders friend making. The activities are varied, there is something for everyone. God bless the Lions for working so hard to make this happen. The volunteers and staff work overtime so that the participants have a great experience.
My daughter, Chrissy, has attended Lions Camp Tatiyee for four years. The camp is all she talks about from the time she leaves camp until she attends the following year. The activities are varied from archery to fishing to campfire sing-alongs. What really makes the camp special is the caring people that work all summer long to give these special needs people the best possible experience. I don't know how they service such a wide range of disabilities. All I know,is that they do it in a very professional and caring manner. The highest compliment that we can pay the camp is that we can not find anything to offer to improve the experience for our daughter.
Our son, who is now 18, has been going since he was about 8 or 9. It's something we all look forward to every year. The friends he makes, the energy and compassion of the camp councelors and the various activities make every year a memorable one. This gives him opportunities that he'd never have otherwise. We LOVE Camp Tatiyee.
Amazing place. Heaven on earth for people with disabilities and their amazing staff.
Lions Camp Tatiyee is Christmas in the summer for so many campers. I worked as a counselor there for 10 years and learned something new everyday. The camp is FREE to children and adults with disabilities. It has an amazing staff year after year...well trained and fun! The camp is absolutely wonderful! I have continued to be involved with the camp as a donor.
Lions Camp Tatiyee has been a part of my life for over 20 years it's my home and Pam is the best camp director I've ever had she is the kindest sweetest person I know I feel so grateful for camp and Pam she let's me be myself and forget all of my worries