Camp Cheerful


Outdoor Recreation for Children with Disabilities & Autism

In 1947, the Achievement Centers’ Camp Cheerful, located in Strongsville, Ohio, opened as Ohio’s first camp with recreation programs for children with disabilities. Today, more than 60 years later, children and adults with physical, developmental, medical and sensory disabilities continue to enjoy and benefit from typical camp activities in a barrier-free environment. At Camp Cheerful, children and adults with disabilities participate in a variety of recreational activities that encourage confidence and independence, and create opportunities for lifelong friendships while having fun and improving their quality of life.

Camp Cheerful Camp Programs & Services

At the Achievement Centers' Camp Cheerful, campers enjoy all the traditional camp activities including: hiking, swimming, fishing, canoeing, arts and crafts, nature study activities, games, campfire activities, music and sports. We maintain an effective 1:4 staff to camper ratio for all summer camp programs. We also offer year-round Therapeutic Horsemanship sessions and a new state-of-the-art, fully handicap-accessible High Ropes challenge course during camp sessions. Our camp programs include:

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Achievement Centers for Children is an authorized licensee of the Cleveland Metropolitan Park District. Inquiries regarding the cooperative relationship may be directed to the Chief Executive Officer, Cleveland Metroparks, 4101 Fulton Parkway, Cleveland, Ohio 44144; 216-635-3200.