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.

2019-2020 Respite Dates 

February 21st - 23rd

May 29th - May 31st

November 6th - 8th

March 27th - 29th

September 25th -27th

November 13th - 15th

April 17th - April 19th

October 9th - 11th

December 4th - December 6th

May 1st - 3rd

October 23rd - 25th

December 11th - December 13th