Bay Cliff’s Summer Therapy Program


For more than 85 years, Bay Cliff has provided an intensive summer therapy camp program for children with physical impairments.  The program combines clinical services with camp activities.  Children ages 3-17, who meet our eligibility requirements, can be referred for physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech-language therapy, and for instructional programs for the visually impaired and hearing impaired.  The seven week long (3 1/2 weeks for preschoolers) residential camp session gives children opportunities to work towards therapy goals and participate in summer camp fun to increase their abilities, independence and self-confidence.

  • Do you know a child who may be eligible for our summer therapy program?

    Our camper referral process for Summer 2019 will officially begin in January.  We don’t want any child who might be eligible to be missed!  Please take the time to review the eligibility & referral information on this website, consider the children on your caseload and call Bay Cliff with any questions.  We’re glad to talk about the Bay Cliff opportunity for a child at any time of the year, so please don’t hesitate to call us.
  • Would you like to join us at Bay Cliff this summer as a staff member, volunteer or visitor?

    Are you a therapist or a nurse that is available Summer 2019?  Consider joining our staff for the summer.  Additional information is provided on our employment page, including “Why I am a Bay Cliff Therapist” testimonials.  If you know a therapist that may be interested, please take a minute to tell them about our program by sharing the attached flyer with them.
  • Do you have some time to volunteer this summer?

    Professionals with great skills are useful at various times during the summer.Health care professionals that work with our camper(s) outside of camp are welcome to visit Bay Cliff.  It’s a wonderful opportunity to have a tour and see camp in action, join us for lunch, and collaborate with the professionals who are working with your patient/student in the camp setting.

Professional Development Opportunities

As Bay Cliff grows into a year-round program, we are offering professional development opportunities for therapists and could be a site for the professional development of other health care professionals.

Bay Cliff has started this endeavor through the development of “The U.P. Pediatric Therapy Workshop,” which was offered in April 2007, July 2008, April 2010 and March 2012.  If you are interested in attending or presenting at a future workshop, please let us know.

A variety of in-services are provided during the summer for Bay Cliff’s therapy staff.  Area therapists are welcome to join us for an in-service, and can even come early, have lunch with our campers and see camp in action.  If you are interested in joining us for any in-service, please contact us.

Bring Your Program to Bay Cliff!

Bay Cliff Health Camp is also a wonderful year-round site to hold a health & wellness program that you have a part in developing.  Great examples of possibilities, that have become reality, include a camp for kids with prosthetic limbs, a family camp for kids with hemophilia and a training camp for Special Olympic athletes.  Bay Cliff developed a health & wellness retreat for polio survivors, which can be used as a great model for any chronic condition.  If you have an idea for a health & wellness program that you would be interested in offering, contact us today!