Established in 1981


The Lion Max Simms Memorial Camp is to be known, as the place where all challenged individuals will receive an enriching and rewarding camping experience.
Nestled in the valley at the Great Rattling depot on the mighty Exploits River is the Lion Max Simms memorial Camp. The location offers a diversity of functions in the spring fall and winter for business meetings, retreats, educational student and teacher development days or church rentals. Social gatherings such as snowmobiling groups or weddings and reunions have utilized the camp to avail of a complete package for accommodations, meals and privacy on the spacious 25 acres surrounding the picturesque facility. The camp offers 38 rooms and can accommodate 96 people at capacity.
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   Lion Max Simms Memorial Camp

Truly a Special Place...For Special People, the Lion Max Simms Memorial Camp is dedicated to offering all special needs individuals and groups an enriching and rewarding camping experience. Providing a camp for special needs individuals is so much more than providing a facility...its providing freedom, acceptance and opportunity that so many campers may never experience in their everyday environments. There are no pointing fingers or gazing stares if an individual acts or looks differently than others. The camp, not only in structure but in the hearts of so many children and parents of our province, represents a safe haven from the daily struggles which so many families deal with in society. 

The Lion Max Simms Memorial Camp will celebrate its 35th Anniversary in 2016, boasting a renowned heritage of providing inspiring accessible camping to the special needs community of Newfoundland and Labrador. Throughout the summer months we host camps for a number of special needs groups, including the Canadian Hemophilia Association, the NL Autism Society – Eastern, South Central Chapters, Special Olympics, CNIB Family Camp and the Canadian Council for the Blind Adult Camp. There are also Open Camps which are provided by the Lion Max Simms Memorial Camp staff whereby any special needs individual or group may attend.