Camp that Brings Kids Together

June 3, 2013 Updated Jun 3, 2013 at 8:07 AM EDT

By Jaclyn Asztalos

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June 3, 2013 Updated Jun 3, 2013 at 8:07 AM EDT

Angola, N.Y. (WKBW) - It sits right on Lake Erie in Angola. It is called Cradle Beach Camp.

"Our program is extremely important for children during the summer because a lot of kids come here with economic disadvantages and special needs children a place where they can feel like any other child. We adapt and modify activities," Director of Youth Services Bonnie Brusk said.

It is a camp where these two groups of kids can come together as one, accepting people for who they are.

"It's a mini United Nations here at Cradle beach. We have an extremely diverse group of children," Brusk said.

Mom Gloria Tilley has three kids who have the camp.

"Justin and Kyle are twins they are turning 17. Justin has Autism, Kyle has Down Syndrome. Lauren is 14 and she has arthritis, Celiac Disease and ADHD," Tilley said.

She said this camp is a blessing to her family and a lot of fun for the kids.

"There's a completely handicap accessible tree house. The kids can go up there," Tilley said.

The kids also swim, play sports, explore the beach and much more. Some children can even attend this camp for a very low cost.

"Our parents pay on a sliding fee scale. It goes by household income and number of people in the household. Our admissions office determines that. Some children receive what we call scholarships through Variety Club if they are low income and can't afford a camping experience for their children," Brusk said.

They have a few new cabins and other exciting activities this year. They even have a swing that holds a wheel chair. More than 3,000 kids attend the camp each year.

"We have five sessions, a ten day, a nine day and then at the end of the summer we have a shorter session which is seven days,"

Tilley said it's a much-needed break, not just for the kids, but the entire family.

"This is just gives us a breath. We don't have to cook or chase them around. We send them to camp go home and relax," Tilley said.