At Camp Onseyawa our emphasis is on making sure each camper is enabled to participate in any kind of camping activity regardless of the type of impairment. Each day at camp is divided into activity periods during which, campers can visit program areas. Our program activities are the same as you might find at any regular summer camp.


Campers can choose from program areas such as Archery, Riflery, Nature, Frontier Living, Swimming, Canoeing, Fishing, Handicrafts, Ceramics, Sensory, Drama and Athletics.

After dinner each evening there is an activity organized for everyone to participate in. Each year our evening activities follow a theme. Themes from past years have included; Time Travel, Hooray for Hollywood, Around the World, Holidays at Camp and "Back to Nature". The theme we have chosen for Onseyawa 2021 is Sailors and Scally Wag's. Regardless of our theme, the emphasis is on participation and fun for all the campers.


We have a full sized swimming pool in camp that is staffed by fully certified lifeguards. Campers enjoy cooling off on a hot day and learn valuable water safety lessons!

Frontier Living

At the frontier living area, campers learn outdoor and camping skills. They learn to cook outdoors, tie knots and much more!


Campers age 12 and older have the opportunity to shoot at the rifle range. There is also a shotgun range at camp that campers can use.


The Waterfront

At the waterfront, campers enjoy boating and fishing activities. Camp Babcock Hovey has a marvelous location right on the shore of beautiful Seneca Lake. 




This has long been one of our most popular activities at camp. Campers make arts and crafts projetcs and are encouraged to use their creativity.


Many of our campers benefit by the availability of sensory therapy and stimulation activities. Think of it as physical therapy disguised as fun!


Campers design, mold and glaze their own creations in clay. 



Using digital cameras, campers get photos of camp life and the camp environment.



Campers participate in creating video projects that are posted online.


BB Gun ​

Campers of all ages learn safety rules and have the opportunity shoot at the BB Gun range.  



This is where our campers can express their creativity through music.

Bouldering Wall


Campers learn how to climb and safely maneuver across the wall! 

2022's Program: Onseyawa Heads WEST

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