Camp Registration Deadline has been extended to Friday, June 3, 2016
You can drop off your application at 7911 Detroit Ave., Cleveland 44102 – but if we are not here, please be sure all paperwork is in an envelope marked Camp Happiness/Marilyn Scott
You can scan/email to email@example.com or you can fax it to our secure line at 216-334-2905
50 Years of Camp for Children with Disabilities!
June 20 – July 29, 2016
Staff were asked to describe what they thought Camp was…This was their answer!
Camp Happiness began 50 years ago, in 1966! Camp Happiness welcomes children and young adults ages 5-21 with cognitive and other developmental disabilities, regardless of race, religion, culture or economic background. Campers are individually assessed to determine the appropriateness of the program offered. Campers who would not benefit from this program will not be accepted. Staff ratio is 1 staff for every 4 campers as appropriate.
We strive to fulfill our mission by extending and complementing the educational experiences provided to participants throughout their school year and serving as a resource offering a period of respite for the primary care giver. We develop activity plans to assist participants in their social, educational and physical development. We provide a safe, enjoyable recreational and educational group experience and create an awareness of community and spirituality among campers, volunteers, and staff.
Programming is based on parent input and the individual needs of the campers as stated in that person’s IEP. Recreational, social and educational activities are planned accordingly. Efforts to build community integration and socialization skills involve weekly special events and interesting field trips to a variety of settings. Program activities are designed to allow individuals a chance to participate to the best of their ability as they develop skills learned in school.
Dates and Times
Camp Happiness runs Monday to Friday from 9:30 am to 3 pm. Camp Happiness is six weeks from Monday, June 20th to Friday, July 29th. There is no camp on Monday, July 4th.
- Lakewood – 1212 Bunts Avenue in Lakewood
This site is in the school building at St. Luke’s Catholic Church at the corner of Bunts & Clifton in Lakewood.
- Wickliffe – 28700 Euclid Avenue in Wickliffe
This site is located at the Center for Pastoral Leadership (Borromeo Seminary) at the corner of Euclid and Bishop Roads. The site features ball fields, woods and a pool.
- Old Brooklyn – 4900 Broadview Rd. in Old Brooklyn
This site is located in the school building at St. Leo the Great Church on Broadview just north of Brookpark.
Cost & Financial Assistance
The cost for Camp Happiness is $1,656 for all 6 weeks or $276 each week. Financial assistance may be available through various funding sources. If you provide your own transportation or live in Cuyahoga County, a transportation discount may be available.
Camp Happiness is an approved Waiver Provider. You must contact your Support Administrator prior to camp beginning in order to add Camp Happiness as a Waiver Service (Certification area is Community Respite).
There is a non-refundable $50 registration fee. This fee must be sent with your registration form and will be applied toward the cost of camp.
Camp Happiness welcomes children ages 5 to 21 with cognitive and other developmental disabilities. Staff ratio is 1 staff for every 4 campers as appropriate. Click the following to see the criteria for admission.
Our camp staff consists of teachers, college students going into education, high school seniors and individuals with & without disabilities. Staff is trained according to standards required by the American Camp Association (ACA) and the Ohio Department of DD. Ratio is 1 staff for every 4 campers as appropriate.
We do provide transportation to participants. If transportation is provided by Disability Services, campers will be sent to the closest camp site. Funding for transportation may be available for Cuyahoga County residents ONLY. A discount is available if you provide your own transportation.
It is very important that the designated person is at the pick-up address when the camper is being dropped off. The transportation company cannot wait for someone to come home – this just delays the other campers from getting home in a timely manner.
Please read this procedure:
The transportation company will attempt to drop the camper off, if no one is home, all other campers will be dropped off. The Transportation Company will make every effort to contact the parents and emergency contacts during this time. If at the end of the route no one can be contacted, the camper will be taken to the local police station.
Accredited by the American Camp Association
Camp Happiness is proud to be accredited by the American Camp Association. Please visit their website to learn more.
Other Camps serving persons with disabilities in Catholic Charities, Diocese of Cleveland
Click here to learn more about camping & recreation for persons with disabilities at Catholic Charities in Summit County, which includes Camp Christopher and SumFun.
Last Update to the website was January 29, 2016