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Who We Serve
We offer eight (8) weeks of camper sessions. The weeks are designated based on the age and challenges of campers. We start accepting campers at age seven (7), and they can attend throughout adulthood with no age limit. Our sessions include multi-challenged and intellectually-challenged adults (21 and up), intellectually-challenged school age (ages seven to21), orthopedically-challenged school age and blind school age (ages seven to 21), deaf/hard of hearing and CODA (children of deaf adults) (ages seven to 21), multi-challenged school age (ages seven to 21), learning disabled/Asperger school age (ages seven to 21), orthopedically-challenged adults and blind adults (ages 21 and up), and intellectually-challenged adults (ages 21 and up).
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.
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.
A Day in the Life of a Tatiyee Camper
The day begins by waking up at 7 a.m., 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 teeth brushing. Each dorm has one (1) lead counselor and five to seven total 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 a.m. 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 flagpole 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 a.m. – 12 p.m., 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 four to six 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 p.m. to rest and regain strength for afternoon programs. Afternoon programs are from 2 – 4 p.m. Then campers head back to the dorms for shower time. Campers are expected to shower every day unless specified on their applications. After shower time, we go back to the dining hall for dinner. Together, campers and counselors then go to the night program. Finally,
everyone goes back to the dorm to get ready for bed. Lights are typically out between 9-10 p.m., 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.