Camp Happiness Day Camp #wny #disabilities

CHEER: The eighth annual Camp Happiness day camp experience for disabled Niagara County residents unfolded this week at Camp Kenan in Barker and it’s ending today on a high note: bigger and better than ever, as the program gained a new partner and more campers. The program, established by Lockport Elks Lodge 41, Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara and Lockport Family YMCA, provides disabled residents of all ages (12 to 90 years) with a bona fide summer camp experience — studded with nature walks, paddle boating, individual and team sports, crafts and music making, making s’mores and more — at minimal cost to them. It’s a major undertaking by the Elks and non-profit service agencies now including Niagara Cerebral Palsy, and it always seems to go off without a hitch. That is due, in no small part, to the support the camp enjoys from local donors who underwrite the expenses and dozens of volunteers who’ll spend a day, or five, assisting and encouraging the campers. After eight years, the story of Camp Happiness still inspires and warms the heart. As stories go, this one never gets old.

via OUR VIEW: Cheers & Jeers – Lockport Union-Sun & Journal: Opinion.

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