Residential Summer Enrichment Camping Program

Applications for 2018 will be mailed out in February.

To print application, click here.

2018 Camp Dates

Session 1: June 25-July 3(8-11)
Session 2: July 6- July 15 (11-14)
Session 3: July 18- July 27 (8-11)
Session 4: July 31- August 9 (11-14)
Session 5: August 12- August 18 (8-12)
What is our Summer Enrichment Camping Program?

The Residential Summer Enrichment Camping Program, better known as "Summer Camp" serves the needs of children with special needs and children from low-income families from Western New York and beyond. We provide a healthy environment and organized activities to promote socialization, independence, and decision making in an atmosphere of love and acceptance.

Cradle Beach serves approximately 800 children with special needs and those who come from disadvantaged backgrounds between the ages of 8 and 16 in our summer camping program. Children come to camp for 7-10 days of residential programming focusing on education and training in a recreational setting. Everyone at camp has the same opportunity to get the full camper experience no matter their background. In fact, that's what makes Cradle Beach so unique. We're one of the few camps in the United States to integrate campers with and without disabilities and include kids from low-income backgrounds. Almost no one is turned away from Cradle Beach because of their individual characteristics.

Although boys and girls are separated by cabins during the daytime, everyone plays, eats and attends activities together. Every day, children participate in "play stations." Play stations include basketball, swimming, arts & crafts, computers, drama and dance - the diversity of our program makes a difference!


When campers come to camp, it is a good idea to bring the following personal items: 

To print the clothing list click here.


Our entire program is focused upon the 40 Developmental Assets as recognized by the Search Institute. The Developmental Assets are the building blocks of healthy development that all children need to grow up to be healthy, caring and responsible adults.

Research demonstrates the more assets a child has in his or her life, the greater the likelihood that they will avoid high-risk negative behaviors, while at the same time choose more positive attitudes and behaviors. Specifically, programs devoted to asset development will promote an increase in academic achievement, a value for tolerance and diversity, good health and delayed gratification.

Asset-based programming will also protect youth from harmful behaviors by reducing alcohol use, illicit drug use, sexual activity and violence. For more information on the 40 Developmental Assets, visit:


If you are interesting in joining out staff this summer- please complete and return our summer staff application.  That form can be downloaded here: Summer Staff Employment Application

Cradle Beach - 8038 Old Lakeshore Road - Angola - NY - 14006  

Ph: 716-549-6307   Fax: 716-549-6825