Last year was my son's first year attending summer camp. He just loved camp so much and I cannot wait to head back this next summer! They were incredibly accommodating and having the nurses and camp employees available helped ease my mom fears.
This place will always have a special place in my heart. I worked here for 10 summers and loved every minute of it: it's my home away from home. Camp Tatiyee is a place that brings you quality fun, adventure and a community with a whole lotta heart. There's not a lot of places like this anymore, and did I mention--it's completely free? Yes, go now!
I worked at this camp for three summers. First I will say that this is a tight-knit community. The camp director and program directors ensure everyone is on the same page about how things are run in camp. Second, I will say that the counselors put their heart and soul into this camp and it is near and dear to everyone who has worked here. Third, for the campers I have seen so many campers who have come here that first were in a shell and they didn't want to participate in the activities or socialize with others, but by the end of the week it felt like every camper was chatting with somebody or enjoying themselves in one form or another. The staff at Camp Tatiyee really do care about everybody and they actively seeks ways to engage the campers in every activity. If you decided to come to Camp Tatiyee or bring your family member here I can promise you the staff will be amazing, the programs will be out of this world, and whoever stays at Tatiyee will love it for life!
I always answer the call when they need volunteers. No matter what they want me to do I feel blessed to have helped.
My daughter Lucy has attended Tatiyee for several years now. She has always enjoyed her visits and has made friends there. The staff is amazing, always caring. The camp goes above and beyond and I appreciate all you have done for my daughter and the other campers.
My daughter has gone the last 3 years. She loves everyone there. She really appreciated the online camp this past year, but really wants to head back to the mountains as soon as possible.
When COVID hit, Camp Tatiyee went online! My girls really enjoyed all the activities offered virtually. It was great to see them adjust and still offer great programming for our kiddos!
The leadership and staff at Camp Tatiyee have a passion that surpasses anything I've ever seen. They go above and beyond to give campers experiences that they never thought possible with their disabilities. It's a magical place!
We love Camp Tatiyee! Our son was an older teen when we found out about this gem in the pines. We knew he would have fun with the full calendar of activities and social events. We were excited for him! What we couldn’t have anticipated was the way that it helped with his desire for independence. The week away from us gave him a taste of making his own decisions in a safe environment. He came home wanting to make more choices, do more on his own, and set goals for himself. He has looked forward to camp each summer and we just love the fun and growth that we see in him. When we drop him off each summer for the week, it feels like we are dropping a kid off at college in his dorm room and he feels that way too!
I have 2 children that have been going to camp Tatiyee for a couple summers. They had never been away from me for a week at a time. They both absolutely loved it and can't wait to go back. I will have 3 children go next time for the week. Plus it gives me a break. Would love for parents to have a week at camp. It looks amazing. Kids always have a great time and look forward to seeing friends and meeting new ones. Tatiyee will always be a place the kids look forward to every summer.
I Have known this camp for years on end and they never fail to amaze, such an outgoing and positive environment its like a whole other world.
This past summer was my first time working at Lions Camp Tatiyee and it was an amazing experience! Staff and admin team are wonderful to work with, the campers are a joy! And the place itself is so beautiful and a welcoming environment :) I can’t wait to work there again summer of 2020!
My daughter is a counselor at Camp Tatiyee and it has changed her life in so many positive ways. Her love for the camp and campers is everything. She’s always wanted to be a dentist and now she’s been a caregiver for an autistic boy after school and is learning sign language to have her dental practice be a unique practice focusing on patients with special needs. We are so blessed that she found such wonderful people and inspiration at &camp Tatiyee
I've had the absolute privilege of working here last year. It was my first summer at Camp Tatiyee, and it's changed how I perceive the world around me. I have gained a new perspective working with campers and working alongside other counselors. In a world that can seem a bit crazy at times, it's comforting to know that there will always be this place that emits so much positivity into the world.
Working at Camp Tatiyee the past 2 years has really had an influence on how I perceive the world. Working here really changes you as a person and I will be forever grateful for my experiences at camp!
My first year at Camp Tatiyee was a blast! The staff are incredibly assistful and caring. They devote more than 100% of their time to every camper that comes through and I'm so incredibly proud to have worked with all of them.
I've worked with Camp Tatiyee for about two years now, and it quite honestly changed my life for the better. I've been given the chance to assist campers with special needs and make sure they have as much fun as possible. This experience has opened my eyes to another world and taught me valuable skills and advice for my future. The environment presented is very welcoming and includes many different activities that campers don't always have to opportunity to partake in, such as the dance and baking. Campers always enjoy themselves and it's a pleasure to see them interacting with others and having a great time. I truly don't believe that I'd be the person I am today if it weren't for this camp.
This is the most amazing camp in that they service so many different types of children and adults with challenges you can not find this type of camp just anywhere. The staff and people involved are the very best at what they do and are like family and treat the children like family members. You can feel the the way they do things and the level of kindness as soon as you meet them they will go beyond to help and once your child gets home they can not stop talking about how camp is so awesome. I can not say a nuff goods things about this camp.
I have been a board member since 2005. The experience provided to campers is an amazing adventure in a truly magical place. It is so heartwarming to provide this opportunity for over sixty years.
Camp Tatiyee has truly changed my life and shaped me into the person I am today. I have worked at camp for the last 2 summers and plan on working at camp for the summers to come. It has taught me patience, love and trust. I am so thankful for camp!
I am so incredibly thankful for this camp! It has taught me how to deeply trust, love, and care for others. Tatiyee is a beautiful place filled with beautiful people who inspire me to be the best version of myself. I can not thank Camp Tatiyee enough for changing my life.
Tatiyee is the most influential experience of my life and has helped me become the person i am today. It is the highlight of my year each summer and I cannot imagine where i would be without it.
Oh where do I start....I worked as a counselor and water safety instructor at Camp Tatiyee for 10 years. I remember how cool it was to see 10+ wheelchairs lined up next to the pool while the campers had total freedom of movement in the water. I was thrilled to walk with a camper in the pool, he felt taller and full of joy. I had so many wonderful days and weeks there. I moved so that I could live closer to camp for a few years. I now live far away but Camp Tatiyee is always close to my heart. I wish I had photos and videos to post, but I was at camp before digital was big and phones did not take pictures.
Wish I could give 10 stars! This is an amazing camp that provides for a great time for campers of all ages and disabilities. I was lucky enough to work here for 10 years.
Hi My Name is Angela Thomas and I have been going to Camp Tatiyee for 20 + years it has been a blessing it teaches me self confidence and not to take myself to seriously I Love it and highly recommend it
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
This is one of the best nonprofits in the state of Arizona, providing life-changing experience to those with disabilities.
AMAZING nonprofit doing Mitch needed work for the special needs community of Arizona! Could not recommend them more highly.
I grew up going to the tatiyee camp every year, it brings me joy when I see all of my deaf/hoh friends for an entire week, incorporating lots of activities, crafts and so much more that is deaf friendly. It’s truly an amazing camp. I am still friends with all of them!
Max loves Camp Tatiyee! Pam Swanson and the whole organization embody the ideals of selfless loving service. Special needs people & their families love & need Camp Tatiyee.
My son, Max, loves Camp Tatiyee! Last year they even noticed he was not his cheery self & we found his medication was way too much. Thanks Staff!
I work at Camp Tatiyee and this camp is magic. For the week that campers attend they are so well loved and taken care of. The staff is extensively trained and working here has been the best experience in my life.
Our son has attended Camp Tatiyee for about 6 years now. He loves it! And he looks foward to it every summer. It is an amazing program! It has given our son opportunities and experiences other wise he could never have. We are truly thankful!
Our son is 20 yrs old. He has attended Camp Tatiyee for about 6 years now. He looks foward every year to go back again. What an amaizing opportunity is this for our son and other kids like him. It's a great program! They are so well organized, full of activities for the kids, amazing staff and volunteers. We are forever thankful to everybody who makes Camp Tatiyee posible!
Our 21 yr old daughter was bornmissing her left arm just below the elbow and has cerebral palsy, leaving her in a wheelchair and is total care. She had stranger anxiety for the first decade of her life due to doctors and therapists, who were doing their best to help her grow and learn in the healthiest way possible. Camp Tatiyee is an enormous help and strength to her and she is able to mix and mingle and has great memories of Camp. She will return next year for the 7th time and she’s excited every year to go. Great job Camp Tatiyee and super kudos to the loving, caring, fun staff.
My Special Needs child looks forward to Camp Tatiyee, beginning the day she comes home from the camp she just attended. This place is WONDERFUL ! Staff treats campers like the special people they are. The wide variety of activities is amazing. Cook out-Pool-skits-dance-Crafts-Archery-and hikes keep the days hopping, and that's just the few I know about. Please contribute to this camp. It's the only camp I know of in Arizona and it's FREE, so all Special Needs children and adults can go. I love that place and so does Tomacina.
Camp Tatiyee is the best camp in the whole wide world. The staff there is so professional and fabulous with all the kids. This is a wonderful special needs camp, where the kids get to enjoy themselves with other special needs campers and get to do so many fun activities, like archery, swimming, riding go-carts, etc. Pam , the camp director, is so exceptional at her job, taking care of all the kids and running the camp with a great staff. My son looks forward every year to coming to this camp. Great Camp! 5 plus ********
I have visited this camp three times now, and have been consistently impressed with the Director and staff who are so caring and professional too. The unique opportunities they provide for each camper enhance their quality of life immensely.
My boys attended for the first time this past summer. It was a dream come true, to find an inclusive place where they could both attend camp together and each have their unique needs met. Camp Tatiyee is truly one of a kind. We are all so grateful.
Excellent place to learn about yourself and how to work effectively with others.
Our son Drew's first year. He had such a good time and looking forward to attending again next yearv
Wonderful camp. My son has been going for years. Love you guys!
My name is Kimberly I have gone to camp for two years and I hope that i will go next year. I have Cerebral palsy and i also know Sign Language. I found out about camp from Berlin. My first time at camp i was scared because I had never been to a camp in my entire life. The counselor are great.
AZ lion's camp has givin me independence.
Camp tatiyee is the best camp ever. The staff is fabulous and cares so much about the kids. Even though the kids have a disability you would never know it as this camp. All the kids get to enjoy so many fun activities and games. Best camp ever.
Pam, the director is so caring and wonderful.
My daughter had a fantastic first summer camp experience this past summer at Arizona Lions Camp Tatiyee! We had never allowed her to go before but reconsidered after hearing great things about it from a former camper who attended for years in the past. She would love to go again next summer and have another wonderful time with fellow campers, awesome camp staff, and fun activities.
I can't thank you enough for camp soar. After my children lost their dad in August, it was a blessing for them to be invited out to this camp for grieving children. They had a good day and we appreciate it. Thank you to all the sponsors who made this possible as well as all those who volunteered their time and kindness. God bless you. Karen Howell
I've been going for 14 years and it is awesome most awesomest place in the world I love it so much
Our daughter with multiple disabilities goes to Camp Tatiyee....absolutely LOVES it!!! She's not only gained new friends but her independence has increased a ton. ❤️
Our son, Harry, has been a camper for three years at Camp Tatiyee, and started this experience at age 8. Not only does the camp enable a child to experience a world beyond the confines of his hometown, it enables the parents to have time away from the 24/7 vigilance you must have with a special needs child. The camp staff is comprised of leaders in the field, as well as young adults whose passion is to pursue careers serving the community of special needs. The camp's setting is ideal, and amongst the pines and accessible cabins, children have an adventure in nature pursuing activities that can range from archery to swimming to cooking to science....unlimited organized opportunities to make friends and grow your self-esteem and independence. Camp Tatiyee, quite simply, is a blessing.
Client: my Son DEVIN Willard went to the camp for several years he could have lived there too! That’s where he met some of his best friends and I met a Mom that’s has been like sister to me through the camp!! It’s the best
My daughter Lucy has been going to Tatiyee for several years. She is excited to go back every summer and see her camp friends. Every year when we arrive she rushes to hug the returning camp staff. She always has a great time and looks forward to returning. The camp itself is a beautiful facility. This place is truly awesome and makes a huge difference in my daughter's life and of the others who attend.
All I know is the huge, beaming smile on the lovely face of my camper friend when her family posted photos of her at Camp Tatiyee, plus their testimony of the joy she ecperienced. Thank you for providing this wonderful place for such deserving kids to have the time of their lives.
My son is 10, and is hard of hearing. We just found out about the camp. He attended his first year this past summer (June 2017) and he had such a great time. He made new friends and learned so many new things. He can't wait to go again next summer.
Our son Taylor has been going to Camp Tatiyee for years. When we asked him what he'd like to tell people about camp he said:
"C'mon down and meet your camp family. It's my favorite week all year. Everything is so fun, I love to do the talent show! The food is so delicious my mom says my belly gets bigger. Everybody should go to Camp!"
Tatiyee has been a godsend to my daughter, it allows her to play, socialize, interact with peers and adults without me-mommy, looking over her shoulder. She is allowed to 'camp' in safety and security. One of the best things about Tatiyee is that they have never charged for the 'kids' to go, and many parents/caregivers cannot afford this treat/excursion without this. Looked at other places, but Lucy loves this place and starts bothering me every spring now on when she gets to go to Lion King camp. I truly wish there were more places like this out there.
I ❤️ Camp Tatiyee! My son, Ben, is 11 and has spina bifida and has gone for four years now. He was so scared to go the first time, but when I picked him up at the end of the week, he had had such a good time and had developed so much confidence. Ever since then, he is so excited to go to camp every summer.
The staff are amazing. It’s so clear that they love what they do and loves the individuals they are serving. In the world, it feels like there is so much he is excluded from because of his disability, but at Camp Tatiyee, he is just one of the kids and gets to have experienced that would otherwise be unobtainable.
My son loved going this year! It was his first year and I was hesitant dropping him off but he had a blast, made friends and felt comfortable . He doesn't make friends easily and wanted to be with other kids that were "like him" . It was a great experience and he's already looking forward to next year!
Lion camp is probably the best camp I've ever been to in my life , best childhood memories , I even meet and make friends at the camp, the staffs are very friendly and supportive. I went there every year for 6 years
I was a camper
It is the worth drive. Worth it.
I will never forget this camp ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
One of the best camps around! I went here growing up and I have so many great memories of all the summers I spent here! I got to experience things that I normally wouldn't have been able to do. The staff is amazing and dedicated to each and every camper! Thank you Camp Tatiyee!
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.
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.
I have a disable and never got to do nomal things that my sisters did like go to camp until i found out about camp tatiyee and it means the world to me to get the privalge to go. The staff are real nice and treat us with respect and i feel loved for who i am.
I heard about this wonderful camp from my dad. He worked there as a counselor way back in the eighties, and it has become a family thing with my two older sisters and I coming here as counselors, and four younger siblings attending as campers. Camp Tatiyee is a place for campers and counselors alike to grow as a person in a safe, fun environment!
When my dad was in college, he worked at Camp Tatiyee for one summer. After growing up hearing stories of how Tatiyee changed his life, I am now a special education teacher, a counselor for 5+ summers, and a sister of returning campers (including my brother with DS). This camp is a beautiful place that teaches everyone--campers and counselors alike--to live and love to the fullest potential.
My brother has attended Camp Tatiyee for 32 years and looks forward to going every summer
This camp is awesome!