This summer, Camp Tatiyee (Tah tee yea) will celebrate its 50th year session of camping for challenged kids and adults in the pines of Pinetop-Lakeside.
Throughout the summer there will be week-long sessions for youngsters and adults with different problems and a chance for them to learn that they too can enjoy living in a log cabin, swimming in an indoor pool, participating in sports, fishing, drama productions and costume parties. Campers come from all over Arizona, and many have returned for several years.
For the most part, counselors are college students learning the skills of helping physically and mentally challenged individuals. Many of them return for two or three years, developing fast friendships with the campers.
This summer, on June 22, there will be a great barbecue where visitors can meet campers and counselors, tour the camp, and enjoy a great meal with raffles and entertainment.
For details, phone George Spears at (928) 474-1541. The camp is supported by the Payson Lions Club.