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Our First Cause

Camp Millhouse

Camp Millhouse is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, residential summer camp for children and adults with varying disabilities. We offer spring and fall camp weekends, multiple one-week-long residential and day camp sessions and additional opportunities throughout the year. Our campers come from all across the country for the unique opportunities that Camp Millhouse provides.

Camp Millhouse All Ages

Camp Millhouse Mission

Inspiring self-discovery in individuals with special needs through a safe, traditional camp experience. Empowerment~Independence~Compassion.

Camp Millhouse Fun

Camp Millhouse Vision

Camp Millhouse envisions a world where individuals with special needs are encouraged to realize their full potential and value to make a difference in their communities.

Camp Millhouse Pool

Swimming

Music 

Arts and crafts

Nature Program

Indoor and outdoor sports

Low Ropes challenge course

Singing around the campfire

All camp evening programs

Trained and qualified counselors

24-hour supervision

American Camp Association Accredited

24-Hour Nursing Staff – special medication and diet supervision

All recreational and living facilities designed for people of all abilities!

Camp Millhouse Lions

Camp Millhouse was founded in 1937 and held at various locations until 1940 when the late Mr. & Mrs. Charles Millhouse donated eleven acres of wooded property in Greene Township of St. Joseph County, ten miles southwest of downtown South Bend, Indiana.

Camp Millhouse for Life

Learn more by visiting the Camp Millhouse website.

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Our Second Cause

Inclusive Playgrounds

The principles of inclusive playground design are methods to ensure play and recreation spaces meet the needs of all children and families. This includes the physical space and accessibility, sensory interaction, cognitive development, inducing communication, and accommodating social and emotional aspects of design.

Principles of Inclusive Play

The 7 Principles of Inclusive Playground Design® as developed by GameTime® (a Playcore company) are be fair, included, smart, independent, safe, active, and comfortable. Truly inclusive playgrounds account for all these principles, which is what the Mishawaka Lions Club wants to ensure is available at all our community playgrounds.

Able-Play Swing

The Utah State University Center for Persons with Disabilities developed a best practice design guide helps communities create inclusive play spaces that address the needs of the whole child, and of every child. These principles also accommodate parents and family members who have accessibility issues.

Accessible Equipment

Play structures which meet and exceed ADA guidelines for accessibility ensure the entire family can interact and play at the park. Wide decks and ramps, as well as a variety of play components, provide fun and developmentally-appropriate activities for all ages and abilities.

Freestanding and ground level play activities can make any playground more inclusive. A full selection of exciting options that provide motion, sensory, social, musical and creative play enhance community parks.

Multi-generational Swing

Learn more about accessible and inclusive playgrounds via this website link.

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