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Stories of Achievement

Rachel and Nick

Rachel loves horseback riding at Camp Cheerful! She started her lessons eleven years ago when she was 16 years old, and has been riding ever since. When Rachel first began, she needed to use the wheelchair lift to mount her horse. “When Rachel first started riding, she had no trunk control, and needed a side […] Read more


Ella's mother, Kari, shares a speech she made about Ella's experiences at Camp Cheerful. Read more

Shooting for the Stars

Isaiah Johnson was born with an abundance of motivation and attitude. At 12 years old, he is an aspiring Olympian in Wheelchair Basketball. He is an athlete whose focus is clear. Isaiah, born prematurely, and weighing only 2 lb. 8 oz. spent the first two months of his life in the NICU at Akron Children’s […] Read more


Camp Cheerful is like a second home to Jenna, who started attending day camp when she was only seven years old. As a child, she looked forward to day camp every summer. Now 22 years old, Jenna continues to enjoy all that camp has offered throughout the years. Today, her favorite activities are singing around […] Read more

Nature and Nurturing at Camp Cheerful

What would you look for in a day camp for your child? You might consider an outdoor environment where your child could run and play, swim, create arts and crafts, make new friends, try new activities with enthusiastic counselors, and return home at the end of the day with smiles and stories. If you have […] Read more

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