rotaryclubofbrighton | A Long History of Enabling Disabled Kids

A Long History of Enabling Disabled Kids


Clowns perform at Brighton Rotary Night at Camp Haccamo.


Summer camps for disabled kids. It’s a tradition that runs deep in Rotary District 7120. Camp Onseyawa (serving Ontario, Seneca, Yates, and Wayne Counties). Camp Star (serving the counties of the Southern Tier). Genesee Valley Rotary Camp. And here in Monroe County, Rochester Rotary Sunshine Camp and Camp Haccamo, operated by the 20 other Monroe County Clubs.

Camp Haccamo has been woven into the fabric of the Greater Upstate New York community since 1957. Offering a free, safe, and most importantly,

Club members take an evening ride on the Haccamo Railroad with kids.

Club members take an evening ride on the Haccamo Railroad with kids.

fun weeklong social camping opportunity for the disabled. Not to mention a weeklong respite for family caregivers.

One of the founding Clubs, the Rotary Club of Brighton has been part of virtually every major Camp milestone. Starting in 1962, when the land for the Camp, behind Panorama Plaza, was donated by Emil Muller, and the facilities were designed by Don Hershey. The swimming pool was dedicated in the memory

Club members do maintenance on the Ken Anderson cabin.

of Dave Bayse in 1967. Club members built the Covered “Bridge” to house the gas-powered miniature train in 1972. And in 1985 built the Ken Anderson cabin, followed by a new roof and bath/storage extension in 1989, a handicapped access ramp in 1992, new beds and paneling in 1997, not to mention all the little yearly maintenance jobs.

The Club has also been instrumental in fundraising over the years, raising tens of thousands from events like Rotary Horse Shows to Holiday Auctions to Gas Days to Barn Sales and Brighton Rotary Annual Sales. Not to mention the substantial yearly commitment to volunteering in many areas at the LPGA, the Camp’s primary fundraiser for nearly four decades, most recently manning the critical concessions food distribution operation.

Fact is, Camp Haccamo is by far the longest-running Club project. And one of the most successful.