Over 50 Years of Camp for Children with Disabilities!
June 17 - July 26, 2019
Staff were asked to describe what they thought Camp meant…This was their answer!
Camp Happiness began over 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 their 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, one-week sessions – there is no camp on July 4th.
- Wickliffe – 28700 Euclid Avenue
- 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.
- Parma – 3434 George Avenue
- This site is located at St. Francis de Sales at the corner of State and Snow – enter off of George Ave.
Cost & Financial Assistance
The cost for Camp Happiness is $350 each week. Financial assistance may be available through various funding sources.
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).
**Please note that Waiver does not include transportation and if you choose to use our transportation, you will be invoiced $115 per week.
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 studying special education or similar field, 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 those who really need it. Please consider providing your own transportation if you can. This will really help us with our cost of camp. Because of a decrease in funding from the Cuyahoga County Board of DD, we will no longer offer a transportation discount. If transportation is provided by Disability Services, campers will be sent to the closest camp site.
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.
Integrated Camps serving persons with and without disabilities in Catholic Charities, Diocese of Cleveland
Click here to learn more about camping & recreation at Catholic Charities in Summit County, which includes Camp Christopher and SumFun.
Call 216-781-5530 to learn more about summer day camp for kids ages 5-13 with and without disabilities at Augustine Rainbow Camp in Cleveland.
Last Update to the website was February 13, 2019