In the 1940’s, parents of special needs children in New York State formed what is known today as Arc of Seneca Cayuga. Their main goal is to lead a more inclusive lifestyle to those with mental and physical challenges as well as foster a network for parents. Now serving over 1,200 individuals and their families, Arc of Seneca Cayuga is the largest service provider for those with disabilities in the Finger Lakes region.


Arc of Seneca Cayuga bought Camp Columbus in the 1970’s from the Catholic Church and continued to run it as an overnight summer camp for those intellectually, physically, and developmentally challenged. Today, Camp Columbus is a 6-acre site, open for 5 consecutive weeks throughout the summer, and operates as the only day camp in Central New York equip to service a wide range of disabilities. It no longer runs overnight programs and is extremely outdated, which leaves ample opportunity for improvement and expansion.


Design Connect with primarily focus on reimagining the sports fields and play equipment. The plan will consider local flora, fauna, trails/pathways, ADA regulations, and cost. The team also has the opportunity to assist on landscape design as well as building renovation. If the team decides to pursue these additional projects, a recommended plan of action and design considerations will be drafted.