Lions Camp Tatiyee gives individuals with special needs the opportunity to spend a week away from home in the White Mountains of Arizona enjoying activities and meeting new friends. Through this experience, many campers tell us that they gain independence and confidence by trying new activities and challenging their personal limits.
Campers attend for one week in the summer, arriving on Sunday afternoon and staying until Friday afternoon.
Located in Pinetop-Lakeside, Arizona at about 7,000 feet, Lions Camp Tatiyee sits on 88 acres in a beautiful Ponderosa Pine forest on the Mogollon Rim. Campers have the opportunity to participate in a wide array of programs including: hiking, fishing, swimming, go-karting, art, archery, recreation, nature exploration, cooking, mudpit, talent show, dances, and campfires.
History – Legacy of Service
In 1950, Lion Jim Busey had a vision to build a camp for individuals with physical and mental challenges. He traveled around the state of Arizona enlisting the support of all the Arizona Lions to construct and maintain a camp for kids and adults with special needs. Through his efforts and the Lions of Arizona, Lions Camp Tatiyee was established in 1958.
In 1960, the camp opened with a solitary cabin and 12 children. Over the last 52 years, the camp facilities have expanded significantly. Today, when the camp is operating at full capacity which is 72 campers per week, we can serve close to 600 campers per season. Camp facilities consist of 4 dormitories that can sleep up to 125 people in bunks, a dining hall with fully equipped kitchen, recreation hall with theatrical stage, indoor heated pool, art room, outdoor ramada, three staff cabins, nature trails, fishing pond, infirmary, baseball field, basketball court, and a sensory therapy room.
The steadfast support of the Lions of Arizona made this dream come true, not only through generous and consistent financial support, but also through hands-on contributions including building cabins, donating supplies, cleaning the grounds, and planning and hosting events. Camp Tatiyee is truly built of heart and soul.
And, most remarkably, throughout these 52 years of service, the Lions of Arizona have NEVER CHARGED A FEE to attend. The camp is a 501(c) 3 non profit operating on donations from Lions, individuals, businesses, corporate sponsors and grants. Even in these difficult economic times, Lions Camp Tatiyee remains committed to providing an incredible camp experience free of charge to families.