Amazing camp! They care about the individuals they serve and love unconditionally! My daughter looks forward to attending every year and enjoys every minute of it!!
This camp, staff & counselors work so very hard & love dearly what they do...the amount of compassion & dedication they have is like none other I've ever seen! They fully give their hearts in all they do to give the campers the best experience they can have every summer! The campers excitedly wait all year for their time to get back there! I've seen the camp in action & it's a gloriously beautiful experience to have the pleasure of witnessing. I have also had the pleasure of having hundreds of wonderful stories shared with me & have come to know allot of the campers by name that attend the camp every summer through these stories. The staff & counselors teach them, instill positivity & praise, & let them experience activities that most people would never think possible of a child with disabilities....they strive to instill confidence in each & every one of them & let them experience the joy of their accomplishments.
This camp, staff, & counselors are the very best...hands down! You can feel the love, care, positivity & so much more, flowing throughout the camp & all that are there....even through videos & pictures! They all deserve so much greatness & recognition for the magical times they give the children that keep them wanting more & coming back every year!
I first heard about camp tatiyee through my roommate Sara Boehme and her mom after they told us about it I wanted my mom to sign me up and that's what she did I had a blast
My son, John, has been attending Camp Tatiyee for the last 12 Years. John looks forward to going each year. It is his one place where he is without family supervision and gets to be free of us 'mothering ' him. The staff at Camp are pleasant and loving. They keep John safe and let him express himself through their activities.
We are blessed to have a place where our special needs children can attend "Summer Camp".
Thank You CAMP TATIYEE!
We are so blessed to have the opportunity for my son to attend camp each year. He looks forward to it long before it's time to go. It is a vacation for him, a place to have social contact with a lot of others just like him. He is comfortable there and doesn't feel threatened. The counselors are loving and kind and all the activities are so doable and fun for him. It's a place where he feels like he belongs. It is well organized and when checking in and out goes very smoothly. We are very grateful to have Camp Tatiyee in our lives.
This camp is the best camp we have ever been blessed with. They are so good to our daughter while at camp and after camp is over. They are caring, compassionate and knowledgeable about all kinds of disabilities. They cater to the disability that you might have. I don't know where we would be without this camp. It gives our daughter a chance to be just like any other typical camper.
My 13 year-old son has been to Camp Tatiyee the past 2 summers. He has Autism and is developmentally delayed. The first year we took him and dropped him off was really hard for me as a mom, but when we picked him up at the end of the week he was so excited to tell us all about it. He had the time of his life, made some friends, and became a little more independent. The second year was easier to leave him, knowing that he would have so much fun and be well taken care of. The staff was wonderful and caring and we hope to bring him back again this summer.
My daughter, Mariah, is 14 and has cerebral palsy. She needs total care and assistance. Mariah cannot walk, sit up, feed herself, or even roll over in bed. She has been going to Camp Tatiyee since she was 10yrs old.
Camp Tatiyee is one week long in the summer. The counselors are amazing and take good care of Mariah. It is the only time that Mariah can go and be away from me and my mom (grandma takes care of Mariah when I'm at work) and be herself and make friends on her own and have new experiences with out us. THE ONLY TIME.
And she loves it! Camp Tatiyee has all the normal camp activities: swimming, flag raising, archery, s'mores, rock climb wall, camp song. Except the activities are adapted for the disabled. The camp is very special in that they are designed specifically for special children with disabilities. Each week is open to children with different Disabilities. For example: one week for blind children, one week for deaf children, one week for children with multiple disabilities. Which is incredible for the children who may think they are alone in their struggles until they meet cabins full of other children facing the same struggles.
I cannot put into words the incredible joy that this camp brings Mariah, and I and our family. It is a magical place filled with incredible huge hearts of the volunteer counselors dedicating their summers each year. Truly magical. Anyone would understand if you could see my daughter's smile when she arrives at Camp Tatiyee.
My granddaughter has cerebral palsy and has been to Lions Camp Tatiyee for six years. She has made friends with fellow campers and counselors. Mariah is a homebody, she doesn't like to go anywhere, but when you mention CAMP TATIYEE she lights up and want to know if her bags are packed yet.
It's a great place that shows Mariah she is not alone in her disability, that there are others just like her, so she has become more social and helps new campers adjust to their new adventure.
Her favorite things to do at Camp Tatiyee are #1 go carts, of course, swimming, talent show and naturally Thursday night dance. There are many more activities, those mentioned were just a few of the fun things to do, they even have rock climbing among other things. But I think the best part are the counselors,volunteers let's face it the entire staff that keep this camp going.
Camp Tatiyee is an amazing place to be, according to veteran camper Mariah, and I would have to agree.
Awesome camp for my deaf and coda daughters! They have learned so much and definitely helped with their self esteem;) they cannot wait to return next summer!
Great place for special need kids to be able to enjoy life learn new things and have so much fun. Counselors and staff there are wonderful. The kids are able to be kids and not worry about their disabilities and enjoy things. Pam and her staff of counselors are fabulous.
Camp Tatiyee is my daughter's favorite summer activity! She talks about it all year long and then has such a great time when she finally gets to go. It is the only sleep away from home activity that we really feel comfortable with due to the high level of competency and compassion / understanding of the staff and camp counselors. I hope that Camp Tatiyee will be around for a long time because I know it really benefits so many people in Arizona.
Our daughter loves Camp Tatiyee and has been going for three summers in a row now. She talks about camp constantly and looks forward to it for the entire year; then she has the time of her life when the day arrives that she finally gets to go! The camp staff and counselors are excellent mentors and caretakers. The camp programs and activities are very engaging and memorable. She loves it so much and comes home with a fresh outlook on life and a real sense of independence. Thank you Camp Tatiyee!
I love going to this camp you get to meet so many people and you get to do so many cool activities with your friends in the mountains
My daughter who has DS; has attended the camp for the past four years. She has grown so much after each week stay at camp. She has come back with the most fascinating stories about her time at camp. She has a place that she thinks of as her second home. I am so grateful for all of the hard work Pam and the staff put forth when working with the camp participants.
This has been by far the most rewarding community service experience I have had in my 35 years as a Lions International member.
Lions Camp Tatiyee is there for the special needs population of Arizona, to provide a week where the campers can be accepted for just being themselves. The camp has, for over 50 years, never charged a fee to campers, and relied totally on community support. The camp provides a highly professional, yet crazily fun camp experience. They have recently re-certified their ACA accreditation. I have watched the young counselors train, and work. My faith in the youth of the 21st century is restored !
Lion Hans Groot
Phoenix Valley of the Sun Lions Club
My son is Downs Syndrome and had an opportunity to attend Camp Tatiyee. I was the type of parent that could not be away from him and always guarded this special angel. With heart problems, wheelchair bond, scoliosis and little ability to communicate it was hard to trust someone with his care. The staff was outstanding and he loved every moment at Camp Tatiyee. The change to be excepted with his peers and not stand out in the "normal" world could never be replaced. Children like my son, require 24/7 care and would you not believe as a parent, how much the respite time means to have a place where you can trust professional, trained staff with your child. His heart condition took his life but his experience meant so much to me, I became a board member in hopes to provide more opportunities for persons of special needs to attend this one of a kind camp.
As a Lion when I first moved to AZ. and heard of Camp Tatiyee I went to visit and was so impressed that I ran for the Board of Directors. I was a board member for 12 years. I was so impressed with the staff and all the other people that worked there. I would visit with the campers and see how happy they were and afteer meeting them in the Phoenix area they would recognize me and talk about camp and how they couldn't wait for next years session. To see the impact the Camp has on these individuals brings a lump to my throat.
I went to Camp Tatiyee as a camper from 1988 until 1998. I became staff and worked there as a counselor in 1999 and 2001. In 2008 and 2012, I was a volunteer for the deaf week. The place is just an amazing one to be as both a camper and staff. When I was a kid, I would spend all year looking forward to the week deaf children went there. I have made so many friends over the years there. The day camp was over and we all had to go home was the worst. We had to say bye to friends, the staff, and the camp itself. The place itself is so full of life that it is alive itself. We can see the trees get bigger over the years and the place evolving to accommodate every camper. Pam, the director, is an amazing person with the biggest heart and the most patience I have ever seen. Not even the most difficult camper (me) could break her. I really wish I could have gone this past summer but due to a stupid decision I made, I could not, which broke my heart. I hope I will be able to volunteer next summer and contribute to the camp for all the experience I had there as a kid and as an adult. This camp needs all the donations it can get so that it can touch more hearts and inspire the uninspired.
Lions Camp Tatiyee is there for the special needs population of Arizona, to provide a week where the campers can be accepted for just being themselves. The camp has, for over 50 years, never charged a fee to campers, and relied totally on community support.
This summer was my first year working at Camp Tatiyee as a counselor and I absolutely fell in love with everything. My life changed so much within those eight weeks and being their for all the campers was incredible. The campers and staff taught me so much about life; they are so accepting, so loving,and so real. Camp Tatiyee holds a special place in my heart and I can't wait to go back next summer and see all those bright smiling campers performing at the talent show, dancing the night away at the dance, and sharing stories that truly have impacted my life. I am so blessed for Camp Tatiyee it is truly a gift.
Arizona Lions Camp Tatiyee is an incredible place where lives are changed on a daily basis. It is fully accredited by the American Camping Association and continues to pass that test with flying colors! The camp serves children and adults with disabilities from the age of seven on up. The disabliities covered are everything except aggressive behavior. Fully staffed every year with two nurses and a counselor pool that continues to return year after year (each is trained in dealing with some aspect of special needs) tells you immediately that is in an awesome place that meets the needs of all involved and then some. The families are given a respite week with the rest of the family while their handicapped member is in the best hands possible. The campers are never ready to leave when the week is over because they have been so engaged with activities that stretch them to attain new skills and confidence ranging from swimming in a heated handicapped accessible pool to archery, acting, arts and crafts, science adventures, nature walks, fishing in the "ole fishing hole", Go Kart racing (as a passenger of course), baseball, basketball, acting, arts & crafts, dances for the older groups, to even rock climbing that they go home much more self-assured and confident than when they arrived. All of the weeks at camp are by age groups and by disability groups as well. For instance, there is a spina bifida week for school age, then young adults and then older adults.
As an observer, the deaf week is the most exciting because everything can be very quiet until a loud and raucous laugh explodes as they all enjoy a joke or a funny story. Hands are constantly flying as they converse with each other and the counselors. Our counselor ratio there is one to one with wheelchairs and two to one with most other disablities. Believe me, there is no better place to be than at our Camp Tatiyee! If you have the opportunity to do so , come to camp to see for yourselves!
As a counselor for a couple of years and a guest nurse for a short time one summer this camp is very dear to my heart. It is a camp that changes the lives of campers, staff, volunteers, and families of people with special needs! For some of the campers this may be the most exciting event of the year, time they get to focus on their abilities as individuals and not worry about their disability. For some of the families it may be one of the few times of the year they can get "me" time because they get a much needed break from caring for their loved one.
This camp is truly one of the most amazing places for so many people! Much needed donations touch the lives of hundreds if not thousands of people every year.
Words fall very short when describing the life long impact and joy that Tatiyee brings to the lives of all involved. i work at Tatiyee and the level of selflessness in the staff blows me away. They truly put campers first in everything, and it is beautiful to see. We do it all for the campers because they change us and push us to be better at our jobs and better human beings. Lion's Camp Tatiyee is important because it provides a safe place for people to find themselves.
I volunteered at camp Tatiyee and it was one of the most incredible experiences of my life! I had the privilege of taking part in fire drills during safty week, and I was blown away by the compassion, professionalism and love demonstrated by the councilors and staff. The campers look forward to their one week of camp all year, they feel loved, respected and free at camp Tatiyee. This camp nestled among the trees in Pinetop, AZ is a beautiful place where heaven touches earth one week at a time.
The benefits to the campers is life changing but you do not realize the impact on the family and the staff. Just one day will change your life too.
I have been working at Lions Camp Tatiyee for 3 years now and adore everything about it. It not only changes the lives of people with disabilities but the lives of everyone else involved. This includes families, friends, donors, caretakers, and those who live around the camp. Lions Camp Tatiyee is what I call "A Slice of What Life Should Be Like."
Words are inadequate to describe the meaning of this Camp to those that attend. You must visit to feel the full impact on the lives of the campers and their families. It is a privilege to assist in supporting Camp Tatiyee.
My daughter has attended Camp Tatiyee the last two years. It was her first time away from home last year and she and I were both nervous as could be. She had a seizure after my husband and I left and the nurse contacted me right away and reassured me that she was fine. I knew after that, that she was in great hands! She couldn't wait to go back the second year and is already talking about next year.
Arizona Lions Camp Tatiyee is the most amazing place I have ever been. I spent seven summers there as a camp counselor, and now volunteer interpret every chance I get. The experiences that Lions Camp provides for the physically and mentally challenged populations are incredible. This place has taught me more about compassion and humility than any other place or person on earth! Just thinking about the wonderful things that happen there puts a smile on my face. Please take a moment to check it out.
I started working at Lions Camp Tatiyee in the kitchen when I was 15. When I thought of working at a camp, of course it sounded like fun but I had NO idea how much the people who attended the camp and the staff I would work with would impact my life. After serving in positions as counselor and a leadership position for five years, I continue to return to the camp to volunteer to see the returning campers enjoy the best week out of the year. This is a place for individuals with disabilities to try new things, be independent, begin/maintain friendships and experience life in a safe and loving environment. My early years at camp confirmed my career path of working with people with disabilities and I am now a special education teacher. I thank God for Camp Tatiyee and for all the people it brings happiness to.
My name is Jon and I am currently work as a counselor for Lions Camp Tatiyee. I started working at camp during the summer of 2009. If you met me back in 2009 before I started working at camp, you would have met someone who lacked self-confidence. I'll admit that before camp my life had no direction. Back then I felt that my life lacked purpose. Flash forward to today, I am currently attending Grand Canyon University studying pre-medicine. One day I hope to become a pediatrician. My passion in life is helping serve the needs of others. Camp helped me discover that passion. Words cannot describe how grateful I am for my experience here. It has seriously changed my life. My favorite thing about camp is seeing campers come back year after year. Each year they come back more vibrant and over the years I see the campers grow in confidence. Today I like to thank the director of Lions Camp Tatiyee for giving me this opportunity and the self-confidence to know that anything is possible.
I have been a camper at Camp Tatiyee for going on 7 years. It is truly a gift from god. I know I would not be the person I am today without this wonderful place. My first summer I was thirteen,I had never really been to an overnight camp,let alone one designed just for kids and teens just like me. I was nervous. The counselors were immediately so welcoming and made me feel at ease. I am going again in two days and I am beyond excited. I've been counting down the days. Please don't let this wonderful place be shut down,if you give to anything,give to Tatiyee,truly the happiest place on earth?
There is literally no other organization that cares as deeply and passionately about the individuals and community it serves than Lion's camp Tatiyee. I have never met a camper who was not excited to be at camp! The impact that it has on both campers and its staff is incredible. Not only does it provide an amazingly fun and safe camping experience for individuals with disabilities to enjoy, but it also nurtures personal growth and provides lifechanging opportunities. Having been to both Disneyland and Camp Tatiyee, I would have to say Camp Tatiyee is truly THE happiest place on earth!
Review from JustGive
LIONS CAMP TATIYEE is a gift form god to us camper's
I have been a camper for 7 years and i love it. The staff is always wonderful everytime i have gone to camp and they have changed me into the person i have become today and it would be sad knowing that myself as well as other would not be able to attend one year because of the camp having to close down.
Camp Tatiyee has become my favorite place in the world. I have been going there since i was 10 and it has changed my life completely. the staff there is amazing every year and i couldnt imagine a world without camp tatiyee!!
I had heard about Camp Tatiyee from the amazing family that currently heads the program, as well as from past counselors, and decided at the end of 2011 to apply for a counselor position. What I thought would be a small blip in the entire series of my life's events has turned out to be the most rewarding experience of my life. Everything about Tatiyee is amazing-- being a first year counselor, it was so relieving to be able to work with a staff of former counselors that are so determined and willing to help out in every possible way they can. Working with other first-year counselors has given me (what I can tell to be already) friendships that will last my entire life, and then some. Every single camper that has come under the Tatiyee archway has impacted my life to an extreme extent. Forgive the cliche, but because of Camp Tatiyee and all the wonderful campers, counselors, and directors behind it, I have become a better human being. Believe me when I say that Camp Tatiyee is the closest thing to a heaven that this world has to offer.
Lions Camp Tatiyee is truly a unique place. The staff training and preparedness is above and beyond anything I have ever seen or experienced, even in working at several hospitals. The level of commitment and heart from staff is outstanding. Being involved with Lions Camp Tatiyee has truly changed my life in a positive manner. As someone very involved with the special needs population, I recognize just how important it is to promote independence while still maintaining safety. Camp Tatiyee is an amazing place that offers an opportunity for campers that cannot be surpassed. The complete level of acceptance and openness creates a beautiful atmosphere for individual growth. Lions Camp Tatiyee touches the lives of all who visit, from casual visitors who are touched by the pictures on the walls to those who anxiously await it's start every year.
Six years working in the kitchen and now as head cook, I have an opportunity to objectively admire what the counselors give to the campers here. It may seem trivial, but watching counselors feed their campers is an extremely beautiful thing to see. They only ever seem to be entirely focused on their camper. They make eye contact. They make them laugh. They make them happy. And I can only assume this is a fraction of the passion focused towards our campers. Camp gives our campers the things they need most, attententive understanding, patience, and most of all love.
I feel as though lion's camp is doing something to change the lives of many people with special needs both young and old. Camp Tatiyee is nothing but a group of people willing to serve and befriend anyone that can. The efforts and love shown through all the workers here is overwhelming in such a joyous way it is quite nearly impossible for campers and workers to not feel loved there. I would certainly say that with what Camp Tatiyee does they deserve so much so that they can keep giving to people with special needs, and what's so wonderful about it is that all the help they get will go to nothing but giving and that is guaranteed. Lion's Camp Tatiyee is absolutely astounding and these children and adults with special needs really deserve all that Camp Tatiyee can offer because it is a place where people with special needs can be 100% themselves and be 100% comfortable the entire time while having 100% enjoyable moments. There's no place quite like Camp Tatiyee.
Lions Camp Tatiyee holds a very special place in my heart. My grandparents, aunt, and mom were all involved with the camp when they were younger, and a few years ago I came across it and thought I could benefit from the experience. I had no idea how beneficial this place would be. I went there not knowing a single person, but within the first week I felt like the rest of the staff was my family. I gained so many special bonds with other staff and campers. It is such an amazing thing to view people who often struggle in life come to camp and open up. They gain self confidence, friends, and independence. Camp Tatiyee gave me the most rewarding summers I will probably ever have.
This is my first year working at Camp Tatiyee, but my life has been positively impacted just in the past couple of weeks. All the administrative staff and counselors care so much about the campers, and the campers just blossom as a result. One specific example I can give is last week, when we went to ride go karts with the campers--many of these people don't get to experience thrills like that very often. Some are in wheelchairs, etc., but last week, it was just such an awesome experience to see their smiles in that moment. Lions' Camp Tatiyee is definitely the organization to support!
This is my second year working at Camp Tatiyee. I was completely in love with this job after working here for just one week. Of all of the experiences that I have had in my life this is definitely one of the most impacting. There are very few things that I think could ever be more amazing or more life impacting.
Camp Tatiyee is a place that is like no other, a place that truly becomes home, even after just one week. Here at Camp Tatiyee we aspire to provide a place where special need individuals can gain confidence, independence and lasting friendships. Along with that, in Camp Tatiyee's 54 years of operation, it has never had to charge a fee. As an Admin member, we take pride in that and feel this place gives campers, families and staff a little piece of heaven on earth. My Camp Tatiyee journey began when I was just 16 years old, from then on I have grown up with some of the most joyous and selfless people I have ever met. I have learned to enjoy the little things in life, genuine kindness and that the world is a great place when you come across places like Camp Tatiyee. Today, many of the people around Tatiyee have become my family, and as an Admin member of Camp Tatiyee I have been able to witness the life changing moments that come about here; not only to campers but to the staff as well. This place is home to many and is an extraordinary non-profit that needs to be shared.
I have been a counselor at Camp Tatiyee for 3 years and I can honestly say those three summers have taught me life lessons that I wouldn't have learned anywhere else and that I have taken with me to shape my life outside of camp as well. Camp, the campers, and staff work their way into your heart in a big way if you have the privileged to be a part of this amazing experience. Even though I haven't been at camp yet this year I know the same level of dedication and excellence is there as it has been in years past and still my thoughts and love continually go out to the people there. Camp provides the opportunity for campers to experience a week enjoying life as it should be, carefree, safe, and fun. And while they enjoy hopefully the best week of their year they inspire myself and other staff to bring a positive outlook to life despite the challenges they may face.
Lions Camp Tatiyee provides the best camp experience possible for anybody and everybody. For years the camp has worked to establish the safest place in a rapidly expanding hostile and apathetic world. There is not enough praise or gratitude for the individual's who support camp in any way. Every supporter makes a difference in the lives of campers, counselors, and even for themselves.
I have been involved with Lions Camp Tatiyee since 1984. The standards they hold themselves too are beyond measure. They truly attempt to individualize and meet each child at their ability level. This organization has truly changed my life. They have operated for 54 years serving special needs children and adults all over Arizona at no cost to the families. The experience of camp with the standards of the American Camp Association make this place above all others.
Camp Tatiyee has hands down been the biggest positive influence in my life. I have had the wonderful opportunity of helping at this camp for 5 summers and it is the one place that feels more like home than my own home. The campers served here, as well as the staff working, are the most amazing people I have ever met. It is a non-profit camp that has never charged a camper a single fee and has always been able to provide the campers the best week of their life. Each and every camper comes to camp with the expectation that they are going to have the time of their lives and the staff at Camp Tatiyee works really hard to ensure this happens. This camp deserves every opportunity and every ounce of support it can get! I love this camp and all those who are involved.
I have worked at camp for the past six years and it has changed the direction of my life. For years I had to work as selflessly as possible, always putting campers first, and I felt good about myself, what I didn't understand is I wasn't changing people nearly as much as they were changing me. The campers at camp Tatiyee made me want to be a better man. We have a rule at camp to put campers first, whats funny is campers serve the staff first. After becoming an administrator for camp Tatiyee I moved to putting the staff first and enable them to serve the campers and go through the powerful experiences I continue to go through. This staff is amazing and the campers are incredible, it is a place of safety, independence, selflessness and love. This will forever be the most pivotal point in my life.