Day in the Life of a Tatiyee Camper
The day begins by waking up at 7 am, when everyone gets dressed and ready for the day. All campers are assigned a counselor in their dorm who is responsible for assisting the camper as needed with dressing, bathing, toileting, and teethbrushing. Each dorm has 1 Lead Counselor and 5 Counselors. The Lead Counselor is in charge of ensuring that all campers receive excellent care. Most often they have worked for Camp Taityee for several years, are experienced, and plan on working in the healthcare or education fields.
At 8 am we head to breakfast in the dining hall. Typically, each table is assigned a male and female counselor, and the food is served family style. Counselors take turns feeding or assisting campers as needed. The nurses are always present at meal times to assist as needed and dispense medications. After breakfast, we gather around the flag pole to say the Pledge of Allegiance, sing the camp song, and offer words of encouragement for the day.
All campers and counselors then go back to the dorms so that counselors can clean while campers get ready to go to programs. From 10 am – 12 pm, campers go to morning programs with their program group, which includes campers and counselors from other dorms. In program groups, campers have the opportunity to interact with campers and counselors outside of their dorm to allow for a more well rounded experience. Typically there are four program groups, each with a Lead Counselor, Program Counselor who directs the activity, and 4 Counselors for support.
At noon, all campers and counselors go to the dining hall for a hearty lunch. After lunch, everyone has rest hour back in the dorm until 2 pm to rest and regain strength for afternoon programs. Afternoon programs are from 2 – 4 pm. Then campers head back to the dorms for shower time. Campers are expected to shower everyday unless specified on their applications. After shower time, we go back to the dining hall for dinner. Together, campers and counselors then go to night program. Finally, everyone goes back to the dorm to get ready for bed. Lights out is between 9-10 pm depending on the age group.
During rest hour and throughout the night, a counselor in each dorm is assigned to stay out in the campers’ quarters with all of the campers. That counselor has a walkie talkie and is the designated person to assist campers as needed and handle anything that arises.
Who We Serve
We offer 8 weeks of camper sessions. The weeks are designated based on the age and challenges of campers. We start accepting campers at age 7, and they can attend throughout adulthood with no age limit. Our sessions include: Mentally Challenged School-Aged (ages 7-12), Physically Challenged School Aged (7-12), Multi challenged School Aged (7-12), Physically Challenged Teens (13-17), Mentally Challenged Adults (18 and up), Physically Challenged Adults (18 and up), Multi Challenged Adults (18 and up) and Deaf/Hard of Hearing (7-17). Camper sessions have been arranged according to feedback on our camper evaluations. Campers are placed in sessions based on their camper applications and medical form. Diagnoses have included but are not limited to: spinal injury, traumatic brain injury, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, amputees, hearing impairment, sight impairment, mentally challenged, down syndrome, epilepsy, diabetes, cancer, and asthma. We also accept individuals needing G-tubes and catheters.
Limitations – We are able to serve individuals with Autism and technologically dependent persons on a case by case basis. We are working to expand these services and will review these applicants on a case by case basis. Due to the fragility of the campers we serve, we are unable to serve individuals with psychiatric, emotional or conduct disorders, and those that exhibit aggressive tendencies.