It’s that time of year again. The kids are on summer vacation, and after the initial excitement, they are bored after being home for just a week. How do you focus all that energy? If you haven’t already lined up their summer vacation plans, one idea for a fun and educational break is to send them out of your hair and off to camp.
There are a variety of options all over the country, with just under 1,100 camps in 48 states and DC. Even if there isn’t one in your state (Wyoming and West Virginia), there are plenty elsewhere, and even a few “destination” camps in Hawaii and Alaska.
What follows are descriptions of five camps from across the country. Many of them allow for the siblings of your child with ASD to attend camp as well—perfect for developing a better understanding of each other and a closer relationship.
Camp Kaleidoscope: June 27-30, Common Ground Center, Starksboro, VT. What do catching frogs, campfires, and wishing on stars have to do with autism? Traditionally not much. However, at Camp Kaleidoscope amazing and unexpected things have happened. Camp Kaleidoscope is a summer camp-style retreat for families living with autism. Click here for more information.
Apex Summer Camp: July 6-August 7, through UW Autism Center, Seattle, WA. This summer day camp program focuses on building children’s social skills and self-esteem within the context of structured recreational and learning activities. Organizers partner with parents to provide education and training, as well as daily reports, so that new skills can be practiced, coached, and reinforced during everyday activities at home. Click here for more information.
Camp Yofi: August 5-9, Camp Ramah Darom, Clayton, GA. Meeting other families with children with special needs, building new friendships and creating a life-long Jewish community are among the many things families love about Camp Yofi. During your time at Camp Yofi you and your family will also get a chance to enjoy swimming, climbing, arts and crafts, sports and more. Click here for more information.
Camp You B You: Spring/summer/fall sessions, Camp Twin Lakes, Will-A-Way, Winder, GA. Several camps are offered throughout the year, ranging from family camp weekends to week-long sleepaway camp to summer social skills camp. Find out which camp option is best for your child. Click here for more information.
Meramec Ranch: Monday through Friday during the summer (new sessions each week), Meramec Adventure Learning Ranch, Steelville, MO. This camp was created to give your child the opportunity to break away from day-to-day living and spend a week in a supportive, exciting, safe adventure program growing in awareness and self-efficacy. Click here for more information.
For a full list of summer camps in your area, go to www.autismspeaks.org, then click the tab Families and Adults, then click Resource Guide. From here, you can find your state, which will populate a list of all resources in your area. When you select Camps, it will ask for your ZIP code and let your know what camps are closest to you.
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