Camp Happiness day camp

Camp Happiness of Niagara County is a traditional one-week day camp experience for people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities from Niagara County, aged 12 to 90. It is offered at Camp Kenan on Lake Ontario through a collaborative effort of the Lockport Elks Lodge #41, the Lockport Family YMCA and Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara. Additional Elks Lodges are supporting the endeavor by providing volunteers, philanthropy and recruiting new campers. Participants from across the County, regardless from whom they receives supports and services, are invited to attend each year.
 



 

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A $10,000 grant from the Elks National Foundation provided the impetus for this unique project. Locally, the Lockport Elks Lodge #41 has been a longstanding supporter of both Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara and the Lockport Family YMCA. Their interest in the welfare of people with developmental disabilities caused them to pursue this grant establishing this cooperative inter-agency effort for Niagara County’s first and only day camp for people with developmental disabilities. The Local Club raises funds for the camp all year-long through bottle donations, individual gifts, a “Chile Cook-off” and the “Handful of Happiness” annual raffle.

The recreational activities available as part of this week-long experience offer people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities numerous health and social benefits, as well as a needed respite for their caregivers. For most attendees, this will be their first experience at camp.

The Elks National Foundation has funded Camp Happiness since 2008, in part, with in-kind services provided by the Lockport Family YMCA and Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara. Sponsorship and leadership donor opportunities are available to businesses, corporations, organizations and individuals interested in helping people ages 10 to 91 with developmental disabilities realize their potential while experiencing five fun-filled days at Camp Happiness. Securing new funding each year is vital to the program.

Families and interested campers should contact Charlotte Baker-Cunningham, Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara at (716) 434-4050.

Special thanks to all corporate and community benefactors for their generous donations to Camp Happiness.





During the five days of camp, participants will experience activities such as hiking, archery, basketball, soccer, fishing, volleyball, music, a rock climbing wall, horticulture projects, campfire time and arts and crafts. Additionally, a swimming pool and Lake Ontario waterfront will enable campers to enjoy swimming, boating and other aquatic activities. Lunch, snacks, prizes and transportation to and from central locations across Niagara County will also be provided.
 
Camp activities will be available and accessible to all participants, and campers will be divided into age and/or ability-appropriate groups. Programming will be conducted by specially-trained YMCA staff and experienced Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara employees. Trained Elks Lodge #41 and community volunteers will also be on hand to assist with camp operations and activities.

 
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