Anchors Away for
Akron Rotary Campers!
Since 1924, Akron Rotary Camp has become a cherished and trusted resource, where children and adults with special needs develop relationships, life skills and memories that last a lifetime. Their trust invokes a duty to provide facilities that are responsive to modern needs. Welcoming more than 1,200 children and adults each year into day, overnight and respite camping programs, the Rotary Club of Akron has committed to the rejuvenation of this American Camp Association accredited camp to continue providing enriching camp programs where abilities shine.
Embarked Upon a Journey
Akron Rotary Camp has aspired to provide facilities and year-round programs that are responsive to an ever-growing range of special needs; residences have transitioned from tents to wooden cabins to concrete block cabins. However, facilities that were adequate 50 years ago, do not meet the demands of today's children with disabilities, a large percentage that have autism as well as many who use wheel chairs. The camp's aging facilities were not meeting the standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
In April 2010, Akron Rotary Camp embarked on a $3,500,000 Capital Campaign to transform the Rex Lake campus. The camp's aging facilities were not meeting the standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Also, cabins built in the 1950's were not suitable for today's children with disabilities, a large percentage who have autism as well as many who use wheel chairs. Today, recreation has a whole new meaning for developmental disabilities and each child's challenge often requires a different set of tools. It was imperative to their safety and to the Rotary Camp's continuing existence and mission for the facilities to meet modern standards.
The transformation of camp included the renovation of seven cabins, a new bath house, major improvements to accessibility, a new heating, ventilation and air conditioning system, and a new 10,000 square foot recreation and resource center, a focal point of the campus overlooking Rex Lake.
The former recreation center was razed and relocated, freeing green space for outdoor activities, sports, and developmental opportunities. The new recreation center offers campers a large recreation area, conference space, elevator for accessibility, health lodge, multi-sensory room and nature center. It also serves as a centralized location for staff offices.