Dear Camp Tatiyee Supporters, Families, and Community,
As our summer comes to an end, I want to thank each of you so very much for making this magical place possible. Hundreds of campers have come through our doors and left with life-changing summer camp memories! It’s a gift that you make possible through your donations, your volunteer time, and your endless dedication to Camp Tatiyee.
Just a few weeks ago I reached out and asked for some folks to make a donation, and over SIXTY of you responded. Thanks to YOU we’re already off to a strong start in getting prepared for the 2024 summer season, and I could not be more impressed with your willingness to help.
As a thank you, we wanted to share Levi’s story. He’s an incredible young man who is attending camp for the second time this year, and he is simply THRIVING now! Without your support, Levi would never be able to shoot a bow and arrow, go swimming in the mud pit, or make friends at camp. His life has completely changed thanks to you.
In this month’s newsletter, you can also see an inside look at our recreation programs, one of our favorite supporters, and more! Please keep an eye out for the next couple of weeks - we will be sending you some exciting updates about our successful summer! Get ready for tons of photos, programs, and all the fun stuff that comes from another year of the greatest summer camp on Earth!
levi's camp story!
Before Camp Tatiyee, Levi had never seen a hammock in real life, let alone been in a hammock before. It seems like such a simple thing, but for a kid like Levi, he may never have had a chance to experience the simple joy of swinging in a hammock without camp. There are many experiences he would never have had without Camp Tatiyee.
During the week, Levi's counselor noticed his curiosity towards a hammock in the grassy circle outside their dormitory. Recognizing his interest, the counselor, along with the help of another counselor, decided to make it an extraordinary experience for Levi. They gently placed him in the hammock, capturing a photo of Levi laughing and swinging joyfully.
Levi's positive attitude is truly inspiring. He approaches each day with enthusiasm and an eagerness to participate in all the camp has to offer. His love for trying new things is evident, and his willingness to embrace every opportunity sets an example for others. Whether it's engaging in programs, sharing jokes, or embarking on secret ninja missions with his counselors, Levi's enthusiasm and positive energy leave a lasting impression.
During his stay, Levi even built his own derby car for a campwide race and won! He received a trophy that he keeps in his room to this day. Many of the memories that Levi has made at camp have remained with him as some of the most important of his childhood.
Camp Tatiyee has given Levi the opportunity to grow, explore, and create meaningful childhood memories. It has become a place where he feels empowered, supported, and celebrated for who he is. We count ourselves lucky to have been part of Levi’s journey, he is an incredible young man.
recreation programs at camp tatiyee!
Are you ready to embark on a whirlwind of thrilling activities and exciting adventures? At Camp Tatiyee, we've got a lineup of recreation programs that will make your heart race, your laughter echo through the mountains, and your spirit soar to new heights!
From simple games like dodgeball, to karate, yoga, hiking, and even trips to local lakes - Camp Tatiyee offers a wide variety of fun and engaging recreational experiences. Our campers are constantly exposed to new activities that allow them to showcase their skills, test their limits, and participate in healthy competition!
We believe in the transformative power of recreation, and that's why we create an inclusive environment where everyone can participate. Every activity is created to be accessible for every camper, no matter their circumstances.
But recreation at Camp Tatiyee is not just about the activities themselves; it's about the joy, growth, and empowerment that come with them. Through our recreation programs, campers get the opportunity to build resilience, learn the value of teamwork, and discover the incredible strength within themselves. They get to push their boundaries, overcome challenges, and realize that they are capable of achieving amazing things!
thank you summer youth program fund!
We are immensely grateful for the steadfast support of the Summer Youth Program Fund. Their unwavering commitment to youth from Maricopa County has been instrumental in ensuring that Camp Tatiyee continues to make a lasting impact on the lives of special needs individuals in this community.
This funding provides life-changing summer camp experiences that address the unique needs of our campers. For special needs youth, who often face unique challenges and may have limited access to quality of life services, Camp Tatiyee is a sanctuary of support, acceptance, and personal growth. Our programs are designed to foster self-confidence, resilience, and a sense of belonging, allowing our campers to thrive in an inclusive and empowering environment.
From therapeutic activities, to engaging recreational programs, to one-on-one support from trained staff, every aspect of our camp experience is intentionally designed to promote positive mental and emotional well-being. Camp Tatiyee serves as a refuge where our campers can build resilience, develop coping skills, and forge meaningful connections with their peers. By investing in our programming, the Summer Youth Program Fund is investing in the overall well-being and quality of life of the campers we serve.
We are incredibly grateful to the Summer Youth Program Fund for their vision, partnership, and their commitment to making a tangible difference in the lives of special needs youth in Maricopa County. Together, we are creating a brighter future for special needs youth, fostering their well-being, and empowering them to embrace their full potential.
let us know what why you give to camp!
Your support means the world to us, and we value your commitment to our mission of providing life-changing summer camp experiences to special needs individuals. As part of our ongoing efforts to better understand our supporters and ensure that your voices are heard, we kindly request a few minutes of your time to participate in our Donor Survey.
We genuinely value your feedback and believe that your perspective is essential in shaping the future of Camp Tatiyee. Your participation in the Donor Survey ensures that your voice is heard and allows us to better understand why you choose to support our cause.
Thank you in advance for taking the time to complete the survey. Your input will guide us in our ongoing efforts to provide the best possible experiences for our campers and strengthen our connection with our incredible supporters like you.
Change a camper's life today by making a donation of any size. Your support brings life-changing summer camp experiences to children with special needs!