Visit Camp Get-A-Way in our Community Cause-Way to learn more about their organization and to compete against others in a paddle ball activity!
“I volunteered 6 years ago and have been hooked ever since. I am amazed at the transformation I have seen in families in only a few short days at camp. It can be a life changing event, one that will not only strengthen the bonds in a family, but improve family communication and relieve a great deal of stress, allowing for your family to grow and flourish as never thought possible before.” – Volunteer James Thibert
What is Camp Get-A-Way?
They are a non-profit organization that provides an educational and supported camping experience for families who have a child with a Mental Health diagnosis. Over the past 12 years, hundreds of families across New York State have attended Camp Get-A-Way and felt that their families were more connected and stronger from the experience. Each family stays in their own family cabin, and participates in camp activities as a family.
Camp activities include:
- Horseback riding
- Canoe and kayaking
- Arts and crafts
When is Camp Get-A-Way?
Camp Get-A-Way offers three camp sessions (up to 19 families are accepted per session) at the end of August every year:
- Aug 14-17
- Aug 19-22
- Aug 24-27
- Open House on Aug 13th and Aug 18th
What makes Camp Get-A-Way so special?
They’re changing lives one family at a time. Camp Get-A-Way is a very unique camp in that it is extremely relaxing and educational. This camp also provides a unique opportunity to network with other parents who are struggling with similar issues with their children. Each camp session also has a representative from the New York State Office of Mental Health that can answer questions you may have about services for your child. If you are connected to a service provider that has access to flex funds, they may be able to assist in payment for this camp.
How did Camp Get-A-Way get started?
Camp Get-A-Way was formed by a group of parents who all had children with a mental health diagnosis. These parents wanted to offer 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.
How do I get more involved with Camp Get-A-Way?
Visit their website (www.cgaw.org) for more information and to access camp applications and volunteer applications. As a not-for-profit, they gladly accept donations of food, arts and craft supplies, and (tax deductible) monetary donations.
“Thank you to all those who have made donations and continue to assist and support our camp.” – James Thibert