you're looking for a summer camp experience for your
child we hope that the following information is useful.
A good idea is to check out camps the summer before,
if possible paying a visit to the camps while they're
TO FIND A CAMP
Camping Association for a list of camps
serving special needs - 1-(800)-777-CAMP or (212)
674-4841. The New York Times Magazine Section and
other major newspapers have a section listing camps
in the back.
for Children With Special Needs publishes
a Camp Guide. Each year they hold a Camp Fair. Visitors
to the Fair will receive a free copy of the Current Year's Camp Guide.
The Camp Guide is also available by sending a check for $25 plus $8.00 postage and handling to Resources for Children with Special Needs, Inc., Dept. PR1, 116 E. 16th St., 5th Floor, New York, NY 10003, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fair 2012 is scheduled for Saturday, January
Admission is free
Location: Church of St. Paul the Apostle - 405 West
(Entrance to Fair on Columbus Avenue near West 60th
& Camp Placements Service
Contact: Madeline Seldon
Contact: Lori & Norm Barrie
Contact: Marla Leader e-mail: email@example.com
the following sites:
following are sleepaway or travel camps for children
with special needs.
Northwood, Remsen. NY
(up to 17 years old). Experienced staff works on building
self-esteem through individualized and group camping
activities while continuing educational remediation
Contact: Gordon Felt at (315) 831-3621
Camp Summit, Honesdale,
Phone: (800) 323-9908, (973) 732-3230
Eugene Bell, Senior Director
Summit Camp is a summer sleepaway camp for boys and girls, ages 8-19 with issues including Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD and/or ADHD), Aspergers syndrome, awkward social skills, verbal or non-verbal learning disabilities (NVLD), and/or mild social or emotional concerns. Summit Camp is based on a traditional camp program, in a setting in which recreational, social, and educational activities have, as a primary goal, the establishment or reinforcement of feelings of success, confidence, enthusiasm, and self-worth. It offers full season or partial season.
Travel Program - Trips for older teens (15-19) with similar issues. Each summer there are trips planned to various locations.
Pa-Qua-Tuck-Center Moriches (all ages up
Gary Nagle, Director
Call: (516) 878-1070
8/9 day sessions. Sleep over for ages 5-14 or 15-20
in early July. Scholarships available.
Ramapo, Rhinebeck, NY
Serves children with:
- Autism and Similar Pervasive Developmental Delays
- Learning Disabilities
- Emotional and Behavioral Problems
- Attention Deficit Disorder
This summer camp is ideal for youth who benefit from
increased structure and supervision. The program is
focused on the development of positive social and
self-help skills, forming productive relationships,
and having fun in a safe and well cared for environment.
There is a 1:1 camper to counselor ratio within 3
summer programs, each designed for a different age
group: Early Adventures (4 to 6 years old), Summer
Adventure (6 to 13 years old), and a Teen Leadership
Program (14 years old and above). We enroll campers
on a rolling basis and currently have openings. Fees
are set on a sliding scale.
and applications are available at www.ramapoforchildren.org
or by calling 845-876-8403. Mike Kunin, Camp Director
Kehilla provides an educational, socially and emotionally
safe environment for children wiht special needs not
able to meet the socialization demands of regular
day camps, but are too high-functioning for traditional
special education camps. Summer Day and Sleep-away
Camp for Children and Teens with:
One week day camp experiences in July for ages 9-13
and ages 14-17. Visit beautiful Vermont and attend
a fun day camp that focuses on social skills and leisure
skills development for children and adolescents diagnosed
with Nonverbal Learning Disabilities, Asperger's Syndrome,
High Functioning Autism or PDD-NOS. Camp Maple Leaf
offers opportunities for campers to expand their social
skills while having fun, learning new leisure activities,
and taking social risks. Trained peer counselors and
highly qualified staff dedicated to a kind and professional
The Devereux Glenholme School Summer Program
Washington, CT, www.theglenholmeschool.org, 860-868-7377
The Glenholme Summer Program provides a rich menu of fun and engaging activities designed to strengthen social skills and boost academic proficiency for ages 10-18. Residential and Day Programs run in July and August.
of some daycamps where our members have found sensitivity
and success for their youngsters with ASD are available
at AHA support meetings, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
or by speaking to AHA office staff at 888.918.9198
a Camp or Summer Program for your
Special Needs Child
(Questions to ask when interviewing a
What are the primary
goals of the Camp program?
How many campers
and counselors are assigned per cabin?
What percentage of
campers and staff return?
How many international
counselors are on staff?
What are some typical
backgrounds and ages of the staff? Minimum requirements?
Does the camp do
criminal background checks on staff members?
What is a typical
day's schedule, how structured is it, and how
How would the camp
approach the specific needs of my child?
What types of medical
services are available on the campgrounds? What
type of emergency medical facilities is in the
area of camp?
How is medication
distributed, and by whom?
How competitive is
the sports program? (ex. Is there a Color War?)
What are some typical
meals? Are there snacks? Can parents send snacks?
Has the camp dealt
with learning challenged children on a regular
basis? What modifications are made?
Is it possible to
speak with the parents of children attending camp
my child's age?
Is academic assistance
available for my child? How many campers participate
in the academics program and what activities would
my child miss?
To whom does my child
see if s/he has a problem with a counselor?
Was any child sent
home the previous summer and why?
How does the camp
deal with campers that misbehave?
What type of parent/camper
communication is encouraged/allowed/care packages?
Are there end of
the summer evaluations?
What other camps
might serve the same population?
Are there any hidden
costs? (ex. Laundry, transportation, insurance,
activity fees, uniforms, etc?)
by permission of Camp Northwood