Respite Weekends

A chance to see a movie or go on a weekend getaway is a special treat for those caring for a loved one with a developmental disability.

The Cradle Beach Respite program offers just that - a reprieve from the daily tasks associated with caring for a loved one who needs special attention. Each year Cradle Beach offers weekend respites in the spring and fall season.

Our camper-to-counselor ratio of less than two-to-one enables our staff to serve a variety of people with special needs. All Respite Program staff has worked as Cradle Beach summer camp counselors, which means that they are fully trained, background checked and fingerprinted, as well as experienced, skilled, and trained in working with individuals with disabilities. Their warmth and spirit assure a safe, fun weekend for all.

Respite attendees arrive at Camp on Friday by 7:00 p.m. and depart on Sunday and are driven to and from camp by their families.

The weekend agenda is based upon our camp program, offering arts and crafts, culinary arts, music, dance and a general good time for all. The program is a relaxed combination of indoor and outdoor activities including music, arts and crafts, and a campfire on the beach. All meals are provided in our dining room.


To qualify for Cradle Beach Respite, applicants must:

○ be 8 years old or older, 
○ have a documented developmental disability,
○ live at home with family - not in a group home or other situation, and
○ live in one of the seven counties of Western New York: Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, or Orleans County.

2019 Respite Dates

Spring:
February 15th - 17th 
March 8th - 10th   
March 22nd - 24th
April 5th - 7th
May 3rd-5th- Caregivers Weekend
May 17th - May 19th 
 
Fall:
September 20th -22nd
October 4th - 6th 
October 18th - 20th
November 1st - 3rd
November 15th - 17th 
December 6th - December 8th