• Cradle Beach was founded in 1888 as The Fresh Air Mission with the sole purpose of serving underprivileged children from the city of Buffalo.
  • In 1946, after many years of serving only underprivileged children, the summer camp program took its first group of children with special needs, financed by the Buffalo Rotary Club.
  • As the needs of the children served by Cradle Beach Camp expanded, the need for a larger, more easily accessible camp was realized. In 1996 the camp was moved to its current location, 8038 Old Lakeshore Rd.
  • For 10 years Cradle Beach served children from underserved communities in the city of Buffalo through our Project S.O.A.R. Program.
  • Our Project S.O.A.R. Program provided support to students in a variety of Buffalo Public schools through in-school and after-school programs.
  • AmeriCorps members, staff and volunteers ensured the safety and success of students in our Project S.O.A.R. Program through accountability, transportation assistance, constant communication and check-ins.
  • Students in the Project S.O.A.R. Program were encouraged to attend our Summer Camp Program.
  • Cradle Beach also provided support to Project S.O.A.R. students through our Summer in the City Program which provided both recreational and educational activities for students over the summer.
  • Our Project S.O.A.R. Program provided new opportunities and life changing experiences to the students in our Project S.O.A.R. Program through both education and recreational field trips, after-school programming and family nights.
Summer Camp
  • The move to a larger year-round facility enabled Cradle Beach to expand the programs it offers to children with disabilities and children from low-income families.
  • Our Summer Camp Program is for everyone! We specialize in working with children with disabilities and children from disadvantaged backgrounds, but all children are welcome!
  • The cost to send your child to Summer Camp is based on a sliding fee scale, which means enrollment fees will be based upon income, household size and other factors! We do offer financial assistance.
  • Children ages 8-16 may attend Summer Camp at Cradle Beach.
Fun Facts
  • The Cradle Beach Campus is a year-round facility.
    • During the fall and spring we offer Respite Weekends for individuals with disabilities whose family member is their primary care-taker.
    • During the winter months we open our facilities to rental groups such as Canisius High School and College as well as other school, church and community groups.
  • Looking for a way to get involved? We have a variety of opportunities!
    • Participate in one of Cradle Beach’s yearly events.
    • Host your own event to benefit Cradle Beach- dress down day, chicken BBQ, basket raffle, etc.
    • Volunteer! We are always looking for individuals to volunteer at events as well as at our campus in Angola.
  • Are you a past or current staff member that is looking to be more involved? Join our Cradle Beach Staff Alumni Association by clicking here.

Cowboys’ Spring Ball

Date: Cancelled

We would like to thank everyone who has been involved in the planning process and regret not being able to see it come to life this year. We appreciate all of the hard work and time you’ve put into The Cowboys’ Spring Ball. Our hope is that ticket holders and sponsors will consider donating their purchased ticket or sponsorship back to Cradle Beach. Your donation will make a huge difference in our efforts of serving children throughout WNY. We look forward to seeing everyone at next year’s event.

For more information please contact Dave Galuszka, Event Director at 716-903-6992

Thank You.

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