Information for Campers

What awaits you at Camp Cavell

Stroke survivors, family members and friends are welcome to participate in and enjoy a "stroke retreat” – a care-free mini-vacation that meets your needs in a structured camp environment.

You’ll appreciate the activities and respite during this fun-filled weekend. Henry Ford volunteers provide assistance with recreational activities and activities of daily living, so that caregivers can get a break, too. Enjoy the handicapped-accessible, relaxing camp setting and camp activities with therapeutic benefits. The program includes two nights lodging in a cabin setting, and meals from Friday dinner to Sunday brunch.

All ages are eligible to attend.

Stroke survivors must attend with at least one caregiver, friend or family member, unless they live independently, without difficulties in caring for themselves.

The camp will be held at Camp Cavell in Lexington, Michigan.

Don't wait until the last minute to register for camp, as the available spots fill up quickly.

How much does camp cost?

The retreat cost is $75 per person, ages 14 and over. Ages 5-14 is $35 per person. Children under age 5 attend free of charge. The cost includes: two nights lodging, meals and activities from Friday evening to Sunday brunch.

The day camp option is $40 per person. Children ages 5-14 is $25 per person.

A limited number of scholarships are available upon application.

Are the camp grounds accessible?

Camp Cavell is accessible for all. There is an excellent ramp to the beach, and the cabins and public areas used are handicapped accessible.

Main buildings are connected by wooden pathways and have accessible bathrooms. Please let us know your special needs and we will be glad to work with you.

  • What to bring

    Campers need to bring the following items:

    • Bed linens for a twin-sized bed, or a sleeping bag (other sizes of linen will work when folded.)
    • Pillow
    • Blanket or sleeping bag
    • Flash light with extra batteries
    • Personal hygiene items (soap, tooth brush, toothpaste, etc.)
    • One or two towels, and a wash cloth
    • Health insurance card
    • Personal ID
    • Medicines
    • Special equipment you need for your care
    • Lunch or snacks for Friday afternoon, if desired

    Please note: Even when days are hot, nights can get cold at camp. Be ready for nighttime temperature changes.

    Suggested items to bring:

    • Umbrella
    • Camera
    • Batteries
    • Fan
    • Radio
    • White t-shirt or other item for painting in the craft workshop
    • Small amount of money
    • Updated medication list (Have you have had a medication change since your application was sent in? Be sure to let us know.)
    • Book or magazines to read
    • Night light
    • Extension cord
    • Costume for talent show
    • Small musical instrument
    • Music for talent show
    • Prayer, poem or music for Sunday worship service
    • Bug spray or repellent

    If you would like to donate any of these items, please bring:

    • Craft items
    • Prizes for Games Night

    All kinds of items accepted. It’s a good way to “recycle” gifts you have received that weren’t right for you. Bring your interesting prizes of small or large value.

    Volunteers, please check with your place of business to see if they have items they could donate. We will acknowledge them as donors if you provide list of items with value, donor information.

    Do not bring:

    • Alcohol
    • Firearms
    • Fireworks
    • Illicit drugs
    • Pets
    • Unregistered guests

    Please note: Leave your valuables at home. The Stroke Retreat Program and Camp Cavell are not responsible for lost or missing valuables.

  • What to wear

    It is a good idea to bring older clothes to camp.

    The weather can change unexpectedly, and nights can get cold, even when days are hot. Be sure to cover up with a long-sleeved shirt and long pants to prevent against sunburn and mosquito bites.

    Suggested clothing:

    • Shorts
    • Long pants
    • T-shirts
    • Long-sleeved shirt
    • Sweater/sweatshirt or light jacket
    • Bathing suit
    • Bathing suit cover up and/or beach towel
    • Underwear
    • Pajamas or sweats to sleep in
    • Sunhat, visor or cap
    • Sun glasses
    • Walking shoes/tennis shoes
    • Water shoes
    • Socks
    • Rain coat or poncho
    • Flip-flops or shower shoes
    • Slippers
  • Kid activities

    There are many activities available for children at camp, including:

    • Yellow crayon contest
    • Work with beads
    • Paint a t-shirt
    • Write a letter from camp
    • Face painting
    • Balloon creations
    • Music by Phil Baker: Active participation
    • Camp treasure hunt
    • Card games
    • DVDs and videos
    • Beach party, with sand castles or sand mummies on the beach, and a balloon toss
  • Talent Show extravaganza

    Saturday night is talent night at Camp Cavell. Get into the act by planning ahead to be a part of the program. Singing, dancing, telling jokes and stories, or even dressing in a funny-looking costume add to the fun and laughter of the night. So, stretch your comfort zone and show off your talent (or lack of it, just for a laugh). Remember to pack your props and join the fun.

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