Dear Camp Tatiyee Supporters, Families, and Community,
I hope this message finds you well and filled with the same sense of happiness and joy that we're experiencing as we reflect on our completed 2023 summer season. This year, we had the honor of serving hundreds of campers from all around Arizona. Each and every one of these campers received a truly life-changing summer camp experience - and that’s pretty awesome!
In this newsletter, you'll read about one camper, Allie, who joined us during the Deaf and Hard of Hearing session. Her time here was marked by her kindness, genuine spirit, and active participation in various camp activities. Allie's youthful spirit reminded us of the transformative power of the Camp Tatiyee experience.
We also want to highlight one of our standout programs from this summer – the mud pit! This simple yet incredibly joyful activity has a way of bringing out the inner child in all of us, and it's a favorite among our campers. Many campers using wheelchairs, colostomy bags, or other medically necessary equipment would never dream of getting so dirty. But we believe every child has a right to get a little messy every now and then.
Additionally, we'd like to express our gratitude to our community partner, Desert Diamond Casinos, for their unwavering support over the years. Their commitment to our mission plays a crucial role in making Camp Tatiyee accessible and impactful for all our campers.
As we continue our journey of creating meaningful and memorable experiences for special needs youth, we invite you to consider contributing to our cause. Your support directly enables us to provide life-changing opportunities, essential services, and an environment where campers can thrive and connect.
Thank you for being a part of the Lions Camp Tatiyee family. Your support, whether through donations or simply spreading the word about our mission, means the world to us. Together, we're making a positive difference in the lives of those we serve.
allie's camp story!
Allie's time at Camp Tatiyee during the Deaf and Hard of Hearing session was a powerful and joy-filled experience that left a lasting impact on both her and the staff. From the moment she arrived, Allie's sweet and caring nature shone through in every interaction. In a heartwarming gesture, she surprised the counselors by getting fidget toys for each of them as a thank you for their exceptional care throughout the week. It was a thoughtful and generous act that demonstrated Allie's gratitude and appreciation.
Not only did Allie brighten everyone's day with her kindness, but she also brought along her beloved Polaroid camera. Her most cherished accessory, she captured moments of laughter, friendship, and adventure, ensuring that every memory was forever preserved. Allie's infectious enthusiasm was evident in the countless pictures she took, showcasing her active participation in every program and activity at camp.
There was no program at Camp Tatiyee that Allie didn't embrace. From arts and crafts to sports and outdoor adventures, she eagerly immersed herself in every opportunity. Allie embodied the spirit of Camp Tatiyee, engaging wholeheartedly in each experience and embracing the joy that came with it.
One of the standout moments at camp was Allie's work on her derby car, the legendary #8 car. Over the course of a week, campers like Allie carefully constructed homemade derby cars that raced at the end of the week. Allie created a long and detailed story of how her car came to be, a tale that captivated everyone's attention. Everyone was so impressed, she won the award for the best derby car story!
Allie's contagious joy and genuine warmth made her an instant favorite among campers and staff alike. Her openness and willingness to share created a welcoming space where friendships blossomed. Allie's ability to connect with others, regardless of their backgrounds or abilities, was a testament to her genuine nature and the inclusive spirit of Camp Tatiyee.
Allie's journey at Camp Tatiyee stands as a powerful testament to the transformative impact of the camp experience. Through her active engagement, genuine connections, and youthful spirit, she exemplified the camp's mission of helping campers to embrace their true selves, try new things, and form lasting friendships with peers.
why mud pit is the best program
Picture this: a giant mud pit, calling out to you like a playground of pure joy. Imagine squishing your toes in the squelchy mud, feeling it ooze between your fingers, and letting out laughter that echoes through the campgrounds. This activity is our campers’ chance to unleash their inner child, get gloriously dirty, and create memories that will last a lifetime.
Mud pit is not just an activity; it's a celebration of being carefree, embracing the messiness of life, and taking a moment to just be a normal kid. In this muddy wonderland, there are no rules for our campers except to have an absolute blast. It's a place where they can be their true, authentic self, free from expectations and judgment. Here, they are encouraged to play, laugh, and connect with their fellow campers on a level that goes beyond words.
The memories made in the mud pit are usually some of the simplest, but they end up etched on our camper’s hearts forever. When they look back on their camp days, they'll remember the laughter shared, the mud fights waged, and the friendships forged in the muddiest of moments.
Our campers don't worry about getting dirty; in fact, they embrace it! The mud becomes their canvas as they paint their faces, create sculptures, or simply revel in the sensory delight of the squishy goodness beneath their feet. While not the most elegant program in the world, it is certainly one of the most memorable for children who often never get a chance to be as free as they are in the mud pit.
desert diamond casinos gives back
We extend our deepest gratitude to Desert Diamond Casinos for their unwavering support as a consistent partner of Camp Tatiyee over the past several years.
The support of Desert Diamond Casinos directly contributes to keeping Camp Tatiyee accessible and free for all campers. Their commitment to our mission allows us to continue offering a life-changing and inclusive camp environment without financial barriers. This means that special needs youth and their families can experience the joy and benefits of camp, no matter their circumstances.
The support of Desert Diamond Casinos resonates beyond the camp experience itself. Their commitment to keeping Camp Tatiyee free paves the way for lifelong memories, meaningful connections, and a positive impact on the overall well-being of our special needs community. The ripple effect of their support extends far beyond the campgrounds, leaving a lasting impression on the lives of countless campers and their families.
Their generosity helps us create a brighter future for our campers, empowering them to thrive, build self-confidence, and create lifelong memories. Together, we are making a meaningful difference in the lives of special needs individuals, and we are honored to have Desert Diamond Casinos as a valuable partner in our mission.
donate and make camp possible
Your generous support directly provides life-changing summer camp experiences that empower campers like Allie to embrace their unique abilities, build self-confidence, and form lifelong friendships at camp.
Your contribution helps provide essential services, such as nutritious meals, quality medical care, accessible programming, and professional staff trained to meet the unique needs of each individual. By making a gift, you will be sending a powerful message of love, acceptance, and opportunity to children like Allie, showing them that they are valued and deserving of all the joys life has to offer.
We ask you to consider making a donation to Camp Tatiyee and be part of a movement that brings smiles, laughter, and growth to the faces of those who need it most. Your contribution, no matter the size, will directly impact the lives of special needs individuals, providing them with experiences that nurture their spirit, expand their horizons, and improve their mental health.
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!