the  Children in a Family are like Flowers in a bouquet: There's always one determined
      to face in an opposite direction from the way The Arranger  Desires.                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Marcelene cox

A Place Where Families Can Be Families

Since 2002, New York State families of children with mental health, emotional and behavioral disorders have had the opportunity to enjoy a safe, supportive and nurturing environment in which they can practice parenting skills while learning from each other without ridicule. Parents can also connect with and support other parents faced with similar challenges. Kids can enjoy the freedom of being themselves, and being with other kids just like them. At Camp Get-A-Way, it’s all about having fun…learning new skills…and spending quality time as a family. It lets kids be kids!


                Our Mission

   Camp Get-A-Way is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the mission of strengthening and supporting families of children having an emotional, behavioral, or mental illness.  The concept for the camp was developed by parents living in the WNY area.
The founding vision of Camp Get-A-Way is clear and simple:
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2016 Announcements and Information

            The 2016 Camp Sessions are Session1: August 14-17, Session: 2 August 19-22.
                                                              Session3: 24-27

                                  Flex Payment Plan

                        If you you interested in pre-paying for 2016 camp contact
                                                     Wendy at 585-469-2937

  If you would like to share your fondest memories of Camp, please send us an email and/or pictures for camp to post on the website.

The 2016 camp application and volunteer application is now available online. 

We look forward to seeing you this summer! 


A child with mental health and behavior challenges is never easy. The meltdowns, swearing, yelling, and tantrums tend to wear parents, family friends, schools, and communities down sometimes to the point of isolation.  That is what happened to our family; we locked ourselves into our home, those four walls thinking we could wait out the shame of having a child with mental illness. That given enough time, medication and therapy life we get back to “normal”. A normal where summer baseball, picnics, family events, and yes, even vacations were part of our family’s normal.  Our family had always taken ten-day vacation in the mountains to camp along a beautiful tranquil lake. Our children would swim, fish, canoe, roast hotdogs and marshmallows.  We would hike, make new friends, and have campfires, sign camp songs and return home excited with plans for the next year’s fun and adventure.  All that stopped with the diagnosis….            

Fast forward to 2003 and a conversation about a dream, a dream to offer others the chance for a few days to build memories, to feel safe, strong, supported, and just for those few days to leave the diagnosis at home locked in the four walls!

Have you ever had a dream? Not a dream like winning the lottery, or inventing something that changes the course of the world, but a simple dream of what was lost to your individual family. Well, I had a dream and this is the story of how that dream became a reality with five other family advocates living a life like mine and an innovative forward thinking man; Dr. Michael Zuber the then Deputy Commissioner for children and families of the Office of Mental Health.
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Camp Get -A-Way

 Camp is an all volunteer organization.  Although we do charge for attending camp, we rely heavily on fund raisers and donations. We accept a variety of donations, please click on Logo for more information


Camp Get- A-Way

 Policy:Family Scholarship Request

 Guidelines for accessing Scholarship money  for attendance at Camp Get-A-Way:


  • A family must be connected to and actively working with    a Community Based Family Support Program
  • A family may receive a Scholarship one time only. This must be a family first time to camp.
  • The family must complete a Camp Get-A-Way application in its entirety and submit all required documentation before attending camp
  • The Community Based Family Support Program  will complete the Providers Statement and submit it with the application
  • The Manager/ Director will sign off on the Providers Statement before it is submitted with the application
  • The Manager/ Director will write across the top of the application that the family is applying for a Scholarship
  • The application should be mailed or e-mailed, along with sending $20.00 application fee, to Camp Get-A-Way and to Wendy DeRouen @  
  • It is an expectation of Camp- Get-A-Way that all families pay the $20.00 application fee themselves, as their investment in attending camp
  • It is responsibility of the Community Based Family Support Program to ensure that the above guidelines are followed.


If you have any questions please call,  Wendy DeRouen (585)- 350-9482

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             Camp Office             Camp Get-A-Way
                 Mailing Address             18 W. Buffalo St
                                                           Warsaw, NY 14569
                                               Camp WYOMOCO
       Camp Location         Camp Get-A-Way
                                                2780 Buffalo Road
                                                Varysburg, NY 14167