Posted by Dan Reynolds
June 10, 1924 - Rotarians, Hez Simmons and Walter Hoyt rented a YMCA camp for 10 days to provide a summer camp to meet the specific needs of children with disabilities and Rotary Camp for Crippled Children was born. During the early days the campers had mostly polio and cerebral palsy. When campers would get homesick during their stay at camp, Hez would say: “Sure, we’ll take you home, but first I need a new lanyard.” He and the camper will talk and work on the lanyard until homesickness was overcome. Thank you Hez and Walter, for founding Rotary Camp, where we, for the last 97 years, Create a world where there are only abilities!
Dan Reynolds
Director of Endless Possibilities
Akron Rotary Camp