Camp Get-A-Way

Last year was Camp Get-A-Way’s first year at the festival and after an overwhelming amount of people learned about the camp, they’re thrilled to return for another year. Being able to set up next to other non-profits allows festival goers to get lots of information about agencies that do an immense amount of work for the community.

Their Mission

Camp Get-A-Way is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the mission of strengthening and supporting families of children having an emotional, behavioral, or mental illness.

Their Vision

  • Offer whole family opportunities for recreational and skill building activities while living with a child with an emotional, behavioral, or mental illness disability.
  • Offer families the chance to rediscover the joy of being a family without the worry of discrimination or the stigma associated with mental health issues.
  • Allow parents to connect with and support other parents faced with similar challenges.

About the Camp

Camp Get-A-Way offers families in New York State the opportunity to participate in recreational and skill-building activities in a traditional summer camp environment. These activities help them rediscover the joy of being a family and teach them to better communicate with each other, without worry of discrimination or the stigma of being associated with mental health issues. The concept for camp was developed by parents living in the Western New York area.

Having a family member with a mental health diagnosis can be extremely stressful for an entire family, and going out to public events, dealing with the stigma and misconceptions associated with those who have a mental health diagnosis is overwhelming at times. Camp Get-A-Way offers families with the opportunity to experience the joys of a family bonding camping trip.

A 6-year volunteer for the camp mentions seeing firsthand the significant, noticeable,  and positive change in the families served.  Family activities include swimming, kayaking, fishing, horseback riding, archery, arts and crafts, and family games. Each family stays in their own cabin and all meals are provided. Representatives from the NY State Office of Mental Health are also on hand to provide information and to answer questions family members may have about NY State policies and mental health services in the New York area. It is a positive life changing experience for the families that attend.

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