Summer Camps

Camp Cheerful

Camp Cheerful opened in 1945 by the Society for Crippled Children as the nation’s first camp designed especially for children with disabilities. It is located in Mill Stream Run Reservation near Strongsville. In its early years the camp operated on a segregated basis but eventually integrated its programs.

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  • “Handicapped Youth Find Camp Cheerful, Just That.” Call & Post. August 30, 1958.
  • Morrow, Juanita. “12,982 Negro Children Will Be Idle in Cleveland This Summer As Racial Bans Exist in Camps.” Call & Post. May 19, 1945.
  • “What is Camp Cheerful?” Call & Post. July 31, 1954.
Rocky River Reservation near Strongsville. Exact location unknown.

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