BAY CLIFF HEALTH CAMP

Big Bay, MI   |  www.baycliff.org

Mission

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.

Ruling year info

1945

Principal Officer

Dr. Clare Lutgen

Main address

PO Box 310

Big Bay, MI 49808 USA

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EIN

38-6000167

NTEE code info

Health - General and Rehabilitative N.E.C. (E99)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Bay Cliff is a year-round health and wellness center for individuals living with disabilities. We offer numerous programs, including a residential, therapy summer camp for children with disabilities. Children with conditions including Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida, Muscular Dystrophy, and more come and live on camp for several weeks alongside licensed, professional therapists and doctors who provide them with individualized physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and hearing & vision instruction. These are actual Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, and Speech-Language Pathologists already practicing in their fields. Compare that to most camps for children with special needs, which are usually one week long, or else may match Bay Cliff's duration but are not staffed by genuine experts, and you'll see we're truly a one-of-a-kind organization.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Children's Therapy Camp

Our flagship program, the Children's Summer Therapy Camp began in 1934, and we've held it every summer since. While there are many wonderful summer camps for children with physical disabilities, ours is the only program where they stay seven full weeks. That's forty-nine days in a row - without going home or receiving visits - at camp! This is because Bay Cliff's mission is to provide much needed therapy from licensed, professional therapists who live on camp alongside the children.

Every summer, we serve approximately 150 children with physical disabilities. Through this intensive, individualized, 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.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of speech therapy sessions performed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Children's Therapy Camp

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

This metric only counts number of individual sessions performed by our Speech-Language Pathologists. This does not account for sessions provided by our Physical Therapists and Occupational Therapists.

Number of volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Children's Therapy Camp

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

We have numerous groups/organizations that choose to make work-bee trips to Bay Cliff to help fix/update/maintain our facilities and help out with our programming.

Number of youth with special health care needs receiving pediatric-to-adult health care transition planning

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Children's Therapy Camp

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Within the Children's Summer Therapy Camp, we have our "Teen Program," which is designed to help campers in high school transition to life after turning 18.

Number of children receiving medical services

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Children's Therapy Camp

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

This is the number of children who attended the summer-long Children's Therapy Camp. This does not account for the nearly 30 other programs we run/host.

Number of therapy hours provided to clients

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Children's Therapy Camp

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

This only accounts for scheduled sessions with PTs, OTs, and SLPs during the Children's Summer Therapy Camp, and does not account for activities/lessons during which a therapy component is included.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our most important mission is to provide individuals living with disabilities greater independence. We do this through programs like our Children's Summer Therapy Camp, Family Camps, Post-Polio Wellness Retreats, and Adaptive Paddling Workshops (a kayaking program which provides certified kayak instructors the training they need to be able to work with individuals with disabilities). At Bay Cliff, our unofficial motto is "Everything is Therapy!" With this spirit, modifications and adaptations to many fun and exciting recreational opportunities are made in order to make them accessible to individuals who would not otherwise be able to participate in them. The Children's Summer Therapy Camp has unlimited goals - as many as we have children who participate! Every year, around 150 children stay for several weeks at a time; they do not go home at night or even on the weekends. These children come with goals of learning how to walk - perhaps with a walker, or crutches, or without any assistance; they come here with goals of better self-care, like developing the hand strength needed to hold a fork and use it to feed themselves; they come here with goals of better communication, whether that be mastering phonetic sounds like "sh," "ch," and "th", or else learning how to use adaptive technology like an iPad to put into language their needs, wants, and concerns. They come with goals as varied and individualized as the children they are, and we provide that varied and individualized therapy to help them achieve those goals.

Our family camps are an incredible resource for families of children with disabilities, as we provide a network of support. Parents/guardians meet other individuals with a child with disabilities, are given the opportunity to participate in learning workshops developed for specific diagnoses, and have time to speak with experts in the health-care field (doctors, therapists, pediatricians) who come to the weekend-long camps to join the families.

Bay Cliff is unique in the services it provides, but to be successful, staff must work with referral agencies in every county of the Upper Peninsula and beyond. Bay Cliff collaborates with school health personnel, county health departments, doctors, therapists, and health agencies throughout Michigan and Wisconsin to offer services to the children who will most benefit from the therapy and programs that Bay Cliff offers. Bay Cliff is licensed by the State of Michigan as a childcare facility.

In regards to the summer program, we are able to make greater independence happen through the therapy plans we provide: therapists evaluate the children, set therapy goals, treat the children, and write summary therapy reports in which progress towards goals is documented. Cabin Counselors also set social/behavioral/daily living goals with their campers in addition to focusing on a carryover of the therapy goals. Counselors write progress reports at the end of camp and make notes on goal progress & the child's level of confidence and self-esteem. The Therapy Director & the Children's Services Director review the reports of therapists and counselors and tally the percentage of campers who achieved their goals and the percentage of campers who demonstrated an increase in confidence and self-esteem. A follow-up survey of the overall satisfaction and efficacy of the program will be sent after the session has ended. The Counselor and Therapy reports are shared with the professionals who referred the child to Bay Cliff to help with carry-over.

In our other areas of programming, we utilize a team approach with our Therapy Director, Children's Services Director, Executive Director, and Activity Coordinator when creating program content. We also partner with other area organizations, particularly those in the healthcare and disability advocacy fields, in order to create and execute meaningful, enriching, and rewarding experiences.

Bay Cliff's campus is on 180 acres of pristine Upper Michigan wilderness overlooking the bay of Lake Superior. We have complete facilities, including a kitchen & dining hall, an auditorium, two gyms (a therapy gym as well as a recreational gym which includes an indoor basketball court and outdoor tennis court), an indoor swimming pool, five building complexes of dormitory-style living quarters with the capacity to house over 300 individuals, as well as several buildings for staff housing and therapy sessions (in all, we have over 50 buildings!)

Because our facilities are so extensive and well suited for our purposes, Bay Cliff also hosts numerous week-long educational camps for neighboring schools. Marquette Area Public Schools makes Bay Cliff the home for their 5th and 7th grade camps, as do other public and private schools (we even host cross country running camps for several schools, including Macomb County, which is in the Greater Detroit Metro area and a seven and a half hour drive away!)

Our full-time administrative staff includes our Executive Director, Dr. Clare Lutgen (EdD); our Therapy Director, Theresa Campana (MS,OTRL); our Children's Services Director, Martha Smith-Process (LBSW); our Media and Grants Coordinator, Ben Talarico (MFA); and our Activities Director, John Webb.

Full time staff also includes head cook Carol Luft, Head of Housekeeping Gayle McGeorge, Maintenance Supervisor Keith Campbell, Maintenance Assistant Supervisor Jason Bush, and Maintenance Employee Karl

What began as a simple summer camp in 1934 to feed Upper Michigan's malnourished children of the Great Depression has since grown into a year-long health and wellness center providing nearly 30 programs throughout the year. Our Children's Summer Therapy Camp is still the cornerstone of all that we do. In the past five years alone, we've had children from 18 different states come to camp and spend a summer conquering goals! When the COVID-19 pandemic hit in 2020, rather than completely cancel what would have been our 87th consecutive summer camp, we pivoted to an online, virtual camp - thus keeping our children connected with each other, with their therapists, and with Bay Cliff! Like the individuals we serve, we don't let obstacles get in our way!

Financials

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BAY CLIFF HEALTH CAMP

Board of directors
as of 06/18/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Robert Berube

No Affiliation

Tami Seavoy

Bill Hetrick

Marc Blom

Michael Coyne

Andy Elmhirst

Carl Eiben

Leslie Luke

Dave Martin

Richard Peura

John Prince

Kathy Richards

Bill Short

Fred Taccolini

Michael Vonck