It may look like your average summer camp. But the Bay Cliff Health Camp in Big Bay hosts more than 160 campers with physical disabilities.
"The goal is not to see how many kids we can pack into the place; the goal is to really make a difference in their life." said Camp Director Tim Bennett.
They participate in traditional camp activities such as swimming, arts and crafts, and games, but there is a big difference compared to other camps. Here one of the most important parts of camp is therapy, where campers work towards achieving a physical goal.
Campers attend therapy based on their personal needs, whether it be vision, hearing, or physical. And campers must be willing to work to succeed.
"And that's one thing that's hard for many other people, too, is reaching their goal and trying new things. Because you can't be stuck with the same old thing all the time, you have to move on," said Cole Anderson, a camper from Brimley.
Not only do the campers work physically, but they strive to become more independent. Attending Bay Cliff has made it easier to learn the skills they will use.
"Like I couldn't cook very well, so I learned to cook. I couldn't use my hands very well, so working on my hand skills to get them stronger, and music; I'm learning how to play the piano," said Emberly Contois, a camper from Negaunee.
For the staff, it's always a rewarding summer.
"When you go to work everyday, you look forward to each and every day, seeing all the kids and seeing all their faces and watching them accomplish their goals. For me that's probably the best thing that could ever happen in the world," said Program Director Mary Leopold.
The camp will be holding an open house this Saturday for visitors to see what a great place the camp is.