The Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs, in cooperation with the Akron Area YMCA, offers camping experiences for children and adults with disabilities.   

While we sincerely appreciate everyone’s donations of time, money, and prizes, the children whose summer you help make unforgettable are the ones who are truly grateful!



Presenting Sponsor

Wayne Homes

Corporate Partners

Buckingham, Doolittle and Burroughs

Crystal Clinic

Orthopaedic Center

Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co.

Omnova Solutions Foundation

Willoughby Supply

Vince Naska and Jake Wilhite

Premier Partners

Akron Children’s Hospital

Bravo Cucina Italiana, Summit Mall

Brennan, Manna and Diamond LLC

FirstMerit Foundation

Laura Horning Duryea/ Stouffer Realty, Inc.

Summit DD  


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Thanks to the generosity of everyone who participated in the 2012 Wayne Homes Chili Open, we once again exceeded our goal rand raised $153,000 to to send children  with disabilities to camp!

Congratulations to this year's prize winners:

  • 4th prize winner of the Bridgestone Package - Sally Cook

  • 3rd prize winner of the Sportstime Ohio Package - Susan Flowers

  • 2nd prize winner of the 55 inch TV - Brian Li

  • 1st prize winner of the car - Daniel O’Brien

Check out some of the pictures from the event on our Facebook Fan Page here.


Join Us February 1, 2014!

One of the most unique challenges for either an extreme sports enthusiast or a hobbyist golfer is the arctic golf experience of the Wayne Homes Chili Open.

On Saturday, February 1, 2014, nearly 1,000 polar bear golfers will converge on the scenic Hale Farm and Village in Bath. On that date, the grounds of this historic location will be transformed into seven golf courses with nine holes each. Hole distances will range from 65 to 125 yards. Golfers will be challenged to drive shots across tundra and putt balls laden with ice. Just as in any respectable outing, there will be awards for the closest-to-the pin and the hole-in-one. To see more of what the Chili Open is all about click the link below.

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Warming-up is Half the Fun!

While this may not sound like and event for the faint-of-heart, it is perfect for anyone that enjoys a good time and likes to help a great cause. Included with the registration fee for each golfer is a pass to the Wayne Homes Chili Open warm-up party. Inside the banquet hall of Hale Farm and Village, all golfers will be treated to all-you-can-eat Whitey’s Chili. There will be plenty of space for playing cards and reminiscing about the best shots of the day on the frigid course. There will also be great raffle prizes.

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What to Bring

Dress appropriately for the day's weather conditions. Bring as many clubs as you like, but most Chili Open Golfers prefer irons ranging from seven to wedge and a putter. Extra golf balls are a good idea—we recommend orange! Golf bags are optional.

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Great Fun for A Great Cause

Your participation in the 2013 Wayne Homes Chili Open golf classic will help more than 1,600 children and adults with disabilities attend the Rotary camp next summer! Every summer for more than 88 years, the Rotary Club of Akron has sponsored the Rotary camp. Children with special needs throughout Ohio have been invited to spend a week at camp, where they enjoy many traditional activities including swimming, canoeing, arts and crafts, sports and games, team building and more in our convenient and accessible natural setting. When campers leave Rotary camp at the end of each session, they not only leave with lifelong memories and friends, but they often show more independence as well as a greater understanding of themselves and their abilities. For more information about the Akron Rotary Camp, please call the camp office at 330.644.4512.

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 4460 Rex Lake Drive ~ Akron OH  44319
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