In 1934, Bay Cliff Health Camp opened the gates to welcome Upper Peninsula (UP) children for the first time. Our original goal was to serve malnourished children during the Great Depression. The goal shifted in 1940 when UP children were impacted by the Polio epidemic. Hospitals were overwhelmed and children and families were not receiving the care they needed. Bay Cliff Health Camp housed and cared for a number of children with Polio over the course of that winter, resulting in the addition of Polio treatment as part of the summer program. From there, our therapeutic programming grew quickly! Through it all, Bay Cliff has continued our original mission to serve children in growth and development through summer camp.
We are proud to serve children (called campers while at Bay Cliff) from all of Michigan, Wisconsin and beyond! Our typical summer therapy camp program provides seven continuous weeks of individualized therapy and camp activities. Campers are referred to Bay Cliff based on their need for therapy (Occupational, Physical or Speech & Language). They spend the summer working towards their therapy goals while having traditional summer camp fun! Our staff includes professionals and pre-professionals who spend their summer here – living alongside and supporting Bay Cliff campers.
In 2021, Bay Cliff was able to offer a hybrid version of camp to children and their families. We offered virtual therapy (PT, OT, SLP) sessions for our campers and their families, as well as in person sessions for those who could make the trip up to Bay Cliff. Our camp staff provided programming to allow our campers to connect with us and each other for the summer. As we head into 2022, Bay Cliff remains committed to our mission while prioritizing the health and safety of our campers and staff. We are planning for a typical in person Children’s Summer Therapy Camp, and are excited to have campers back on camp this summer!