*PLEASE NOTE: As of 2/20, Family Camp Sessions are full. Any applications received will be put on our Wait List.
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Summer Programs at Lions Camp Badger
Lions Camp Badger is located in Spencer, New York, approximately 20 miles south of Ithaca. It is located on more than 200 acres of beautiful hills and pristine surroundings. While New York State residents receive enrollment priority, our camp programs are open to youth and adults from every region of the US on a space-available basis.
Lions Camp Badger offers sessions for campers with functional differences (such as intellectual disability, autism, cerebral palsy, etc.). Campers are grouped by age. We welcome nonverbal campers and encourage the use of communication devices! We also work with families whose campers may need to bring 1:1 support with them. It is recommended these families start the registration process very early, as it takes some time to make arrangements to best meet the needs of their campers.
One of the “perks” of our beautiful location is its close proximity to recreational and respite opportunities for families. We are just 20 minutes from Ithaca, NY https://www.visitithaca.com/ and 35 minutes from Tioga Downs Casino https://www.tiogadowns.com/. Families from further away can “recharge”, knowing that their camper is safe and having a great time with their friends. Take a moment to explore the many summer possibilities that our area offers!
Lions Camp Badger is staffed by certified special education teachers, skilled medical professionals, and dedicated, energetic college students. Prior to camp, they have all undergone extensive training in safety, CPR/first aid, special needs, behavior management, and communication support. Staff and volunteers who work directly with campers undergo extensive security checks per American Camping Association guidelines. Parents may choose to receive frequent updates on their camper throughout the session. We understand how difficult it can be to put your loved one in the hands of others, and we do everything possible to assure they receive exceptional care and attention while they are with us.
We strive to help each camper recognize his or her individual potential, and encourage them to develop their talents and abilities to their fullest extent. The wide variety of activities offered provides the perfect setting for personal growth and exploration. We offer: Swimming Arts & Crafts Hiking Boating Yoga Cooking Life Skills Sports Running Nature Surprise Events Animals Clubs Cookouts Fishing Journaling Social Skills Campfires Gardening Drama Goal-setting Woodworking Music Recreational Reading Nutrition & Wellness Vocational Experiences Communication Support
A Typical Day for Our Campers: Day campers arrive at 9:15 am and leave at 5:15 pm
8:15 am Breakfast in the Lodge
9:00 – 12:00 Periods 1,2,3, 4 (Rotation of Arts, Nature, Cooking, Boating, Fishing, etc.)
12:15 pm Lunch in the Lodge
1:00pm Rest Hour
4:00pm Special Activities (e.g., field hockey, archery, gymnastics, vocational, etc)