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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2014 Announcements and Information

  2014 begins the second decade of Camp Get-A-Way in Western New York. From the furthest end of Long   Island to Niagara Falls, families have enjoyed all camp has offered.
The 2014 Camp Sessions are Session1: August 10-13, Session: 2 August 15-18,
Session 3: August 20-23.

  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 2014 camp application and volunteer application is now available online. 

We look forward to seeing you this summer! 

                                                 Family Scholarship Money for

Community Based Family Support Programs


The following are the guidelines for accessing Scholarship money for at Camp Get-A-Way:

  • A family must be connected to and actively working with a Community Based Family Support Program.
  • A family cannot be  connected to, or receiving services through a Community Based Service, long term care facility, Foster Care or other services that has flex or transitional dollars attached to them.        
  • A family may receive a Scholarship one time only.
  • 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 provider's statement and submit it 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, along with the $20.00 application fee, to Camp Get-A-Way and to the attention of the  Board President (Pamela Brannan) for approval.
  • 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 the responsibility of the Community Based Family Support Program to ensure that the above guidelines are followed.

In the event of numerous applications are received for limited
              Scholarship money, the following guidelines will be used:

  • Completed applications will be reviewed and processed on a first come first served basis.
  • Processed applications will receive Scholarship money first and given out until all money has been used.
  • If a family has received a scholarship in the past, they are disqualified from receiving another one.

If a family is denied a scholarship:

  • The President will contact both the family and the Community Based Family Support Program by phone to inform them of this decision.
  • A formal letter will be mailed to both the familial and the Family Support Program.
  • If either the family or the Community Based Family Support Program disagrees with the decision they may submit their grievance in writing to the Camp Get-A-Way Board.
  • When a decision is made in regards to the grievance, the Board will submit a letter to both the family and the Family Support Program, with their decision.

                               Camp Get-A-Way Menu

                     Day 1:     Dinner: Lasagna  (meat or veggie), Salad bar

                     Day 2:    Breakfast: Breakfast pizza ( bacon and sausage or veggie) ,   

                                            Cereal, Juice, Bagels, Yogurt, Milk, Coffee               

                                    Lunch: Tacos, Salad bar (peanut butter and jelly available )  

                                    Dinner: Chicken and Ribs Barbecue, Roasted potatoes,
                                                        Corn on the Cob, Salad bar 

                   Day 3:     Breakfast:  Pancakes, Turkey and Pork bacon,Cereal,    
                                                              Juice, Bagels, Yogurt, Milk, Coffee   

                                       Lunch:   Wing dingsMac and cheese, Salad bar, Potato bar

                                     Dinner:   Veggie Burgers, Hotdogs and Hamburgers, Potatoes,                                                             Pasta salad, Salad bar

                    Day 4:    Breakfast: Breakfast casserole with bacon, Bagels, Cereal, Milk,

    Evening snack will be available at 8pm in the dining hall each evening. Deserts to
     be determined.

   The menu may offer some additional items based on leftovers from the previous 
   day's meals.   Many of the fresh vegetables are donated by local farms. Those may
   vary depending on the growing season. Tuna/egg salad, PB&J are available. Coffee, tea, hot
   cocoa,   milk and lemonade are available at all meals.

 2014 Family Daily Activities

     Day 1

            12:00 – 4:00 Registration Wyomoco Lodge

            4:00 – 5:00 Family Orientation  (Get to know each other)

               5:00 – 6:00 Family Dinner

            6:00 – 7:00 Family Time

            7:00 – 8:00 Parent Coffee Hour

            7:00 – 8:00 Kids Activity

            8:00 – 9:30 Family Activity     (Movie, Board game)
           Day 2    

                8:00 – 9:00 Family Breakfast

            9:00 – 11:45 Family Selected  Activities    
                                  Staffed Waterfront open

          10:30 – 11:30 Vision Boards

          12:00 – 1:00 Lunch Family Style

          1:45 – 3:00 Family Activity           

          3:00 – 4:30 Staffed Waterfront

          4:00 – 5:00 Family Free Time  (Without staff)

                            Fishing, Canoe/Kayak

            NO child under 18 may be at the water without parent supervision

          4:30 Staffed Waterfront closed

          5:00 – 6:00 Dinner Family Style

           6:00 – 7:00 Family Time

           7:00 – 8:00 Parent Coffee Hour

           7:00 – 8:00 Kids Activity

           8:00 – 10:00 Family Dance Night

   Day 3

        8:00 – 9:00 Family Breakfast

         9:00 – 11:45 Family Selected Activities

                                Staffed Waterfront open

         10:30 – 11:30 Vision Boards

         12:00 – 1:00 Lunch Family Style

         1:30 – 4:00 Family Selected Activities           

         2:00 – 4:00 Staffed Waterfront

         4:00 – 5:30 Family Free Time (Without staff) 

                           Fishing, Canoe/Kayak

                 NO child under 18 may be at the water without parent supervision

          4:00 Staffed Waterfront closed

          5:00 – 6:00 Dinner Family Style

          6:00 – 7:00 Family Time

          7:00 – 8:00 Parent Coffee Hour

          7:00 – 8:00 Kids Activity

           8:00 –9:30 Family Camp Fire



     Hiking   Tie Dye   Canoeing   Fishing    Arts & Crafts   Rockets  

       Swimming  Archery   Wood Burning   Family Game   Dance Night                      

    Tie Dye   Horseback Riding   Copper Embossing   Sewing

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

     Links From Our Reader

A Parent’s Guide to Talking to Teens About Drugs and Alcohol
                                        Provided By Susan



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 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