Basic Organization Information
BAY CLIFF HEALTH CAMP
- Physical Address:
Big Bay, MI
- Web URL:
- NTEE Category:
E Health—General & Rehabilitative
E99 Health - General and Rehabilitative N.E.C.
O Youth Development
P Human Services
- Ruling Year:
Bay Cliff Health Camp is a therapy and wellness center where children and adults with physical disabilities are provided specialized treatment and learn to believe in themselves, strive for fuller lives, and realize their dreams.
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Tim Bennett is the Executive Director of Bay Cliff Health Camp and has served as the Camp Director since 1992. Tim joined the Bay Cliff staff in 1988 as the Assistant Director and Educational Coordinator. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Northern Michigan University in Social Work, Psychology and Business Administration and has worked in the not-for-profit sector, primarily serving children and adults with disabilities, for over 30 years. Prior to coming to Bay Cliff, Tim was the Executive Director of Combined Health Services of the Upper Peninsula, a federation of eight State & National not-for-profit health agencies. Over the years, Tim has served on numerous local and state Boards. Tim is currently a member and chairman of the Diocese of Marquette Board for the Protection of Children and is a member of the Upper Peninsula Children's Coalition and the St. Peter Cathedral Pre-marriage Ministry for engaged couples. He also has a professional membership with the American Camping Association. Tim and his wife Dianne have four daughters: Kelly, Katie, Anna & Molly
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Children's Therapy Camp
- Population Served:
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Physically Disabled nec
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General
Children’s Therapy Camp…
Bay Cliff is a therapy and wellness center serving approximately 180 children each summer with orthopedic, speech, hearing, and visual disability. We have been serving children with physical disabilities for over 50 years. Through an intensive seven-week program of daily therapy and traditional camp activities, children learn to become more independent and are inspired to believe in themselves and their full potential.
Program Long-Term Success:
Over 1,200 children have attended Bay Cliff Health Camp's summer camp since 1934.
Program Short-Term Success:
Each year, Bay Cliff serves approximately 180 children with every kind of orthopedic, speech, hearing, and visual disabiliy.
Program Success Monitored by:
Therapists and camp staff monitor the children's progress as they work towards therapy goals set at the beginning of the summer. At the end of the summer progress reports are sent out to the children's parents, schools, and healthcare providers.
Program Success Examples:
DREAMS COME TRUE . . . One Step at a Time
Toni Wilson has no time for the words “you can’t.” She’s too busy doing everything she can to make her dreams come true. Attending college, living independently and working in a career are her goals. Before she turns those dreams into reality, this Kingsford High School senior with cerebral palsy first has the dream to walk across the stage to receive her diploma. It is a dream that became real through her experience at Bay Cliff in 2009, where she discovered she could leave her wheelchair behind for good and walk again.
Her parents, Renee & Chris, heard about Bay Cliff as Toni was growing up, but had not felt compelled to send her to camdespite impaired muscle tone. “We knew it was a therapy camp and heard it was a wonderful place,” says Toni’s mother, Renee. “We just didn’t know everything it could do. I wish we would have realized it sooner. It was after Toni had hip surgery and wasn’t walking two years later that we thought of Bay Cliff. We expected that she would receive intensive therapy, but we never expected the increase in her independence and self-confidence. The experiences she had and the friendships she made exceeded our expectations.”
Toni explains why she came to camp for her first time last summer. “I needed a place where everyone believed in me. My family believed in me. I knew at camp there would be therapists who believed in me.” Prior to coming to camp, Toni had been told she would not walk again. “They had tried so many things in out-patient therapy, but she still was not walking,” says Renee. The prevailing tone was that if she wasn’t walking by now, chances are she wouldn’t. Yet, deep in her heart, Toni felt she could. She set off to Bay Cliff with that dream.
Evaluated by the therapy team at camp, Toni was encouraged to let nothing stand in her way. Armed with a daily treatment plan and support from staff and fellow campers, this determined young lady set goals. “I wanted to walk without a walker, and I wanted to become more independent.” Her parents will tell you that 7 weeks is a long time. “The results are well worth it,” adds Renee. “She walked to us at the end of camI realized I wasn’t alone. I met others like myself all working hard to be independent. It was a whole new world for me. No one looked at your disabilities, only your abilities.” Toni is ready to seek her purpose in life. She is poised to take a great steand I have so much to be thankful for. I am 18 years old, and I have been coming to Bay Cliff Health Camp for 11 years. I have Spinal Muscular Atrophy Type 2, which is a degenerative disease. When I was younger I was able to walk; now I am in a power chair. Having graduated last spring from Negaunee High School, I am now attending Northern Michigan University with an interest in social work. With some assistance, I am able to live in the dorms on my own.
This past summer at Bay Cliff, my goals included learning how to live independently and advocate for myself. I worked on performing more of my own personal care, as well as hand strengthening. Bay Cliff has meant a lot to me because it has given me the support to achieve all these things. Bay Cliff is a lot like my family. We work together to achieve personal and community goals. I feel loved by staff and peers, and I feel like part of something bigger than myself. I’m given the support and confidence needed to achieve my goals.
Bay Cliff is a community. Everyone here is similar and accepting of each other. No one is treated differently because of their disability. Here, I can be more straightforward about my struggles and challenges, whereas back home and in school, it feels more awkward.
Bay Cliff is also a place for learning and growing. Throughout my years here, I’ve gained confidence about who I am, and who I want to be. I know I want to help people. Bay Cliff has played a major role in helping me decide what I want to do in my future, and has given me the confidence to know I can reach my goals. Over the years, I’ve learned how to swim, how to cook, how to behave maturely, how to contribute to a group, and so much more.
Bay Cliff has played a significant role in my life by offering many therapy sessions, fun opportunities, and chances to learn life skills. I am grateful for this camp, and all that it has provided me. I have been blessed by my experiences here. I hope this place can continue to bless and to touch the lives of many children with disabilities in the years to come.
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Impact Summary from the Nonprofit
Approximately 180 children receive treatment each summer at Bay Cliff's Children's Summer Therapy Program. To date over 1200 children have benefited from their time at this summer therapy session.
In addition to our children's summer program, Bay Cliff runs 9 other programs to benefit people with disabilities including a week-long recreation camp for adults with physical disabilities, an adaptive paddling workshop, a health & wellness retreat for polio survivors, winter recreation weekends for the kids & adults who attend our summer programs, family programs for kids with spina bifida, cerebral palsy and obesity, and a professional development workshop for pediatric therapists.
Bay Cliff also partners with other nonprofit organization to provide them a venue to hold their programs. Partnerships have included Camp REACT (a camp for children with autism) and Camp Independence (a program for children with prosthetic limbs).