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Review for Lions Camp Tatiyee Inc, Mesa, AZ, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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!

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

Change nothing there but would increase the funds given to camp to allow more campers to attend and to be able to spend another week at this wonderful place.

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