2013 Autism Summer Camps

Summer is just a few months away and now is the time to start applying for summer camps. There are dozens of autism summer camps planned across the nation and I will be keeping this page updated as I receive word of new camps.

ALABAMA
Summer Camp with High Hopes – Elberta, Alabama
Summer Camp with High Hopes is a social camp for children on the Autism Spectrum and their peers ages 5 – 10.

ILLINOIS
Camp Callahan – Quincy, Illinois
Camp Callahan, Incorporated, now in its 54th year of service to people with disabilities, offers a program that provides an exciting, safe, summer camp experience. Camp Callahan Inc., their volunteers, and the facilities of the Mississippi Valley Council of Boy Scouts of America, will combine to make this unique program a success. Camp Callahan is dedicated to serving youth with wide-ranging disabilities through a stimulating, liberating program in an environment that is physically and socially adapted to the personal needs of these very special campers. The camp has the specialized environment, equipment, activities, accessible buildings, and a trained adult staff to overcome the barriers that a person with disabilities would encounter at ordinary summer camps.

MARYLAND
Easter Seals Camp Fairlee Manor – Maryland’s Eastern Shore
Fairlee Manor Recreation and Education Center is a beautiful, residential/recreational and respite camp on 250 sprawling acres on Fairlee Creek which offers campers from age 6 and up the opportunity to experience the joys and challenges of camp in a fully-accessible setting.

From campfire sing-a-long songs to the high ropes course, swimming and boating, nature walks, to arts and crafts, Fairlee Manor provides all the excitement and activity available at mainstream summer camp programs. Camp Fairlee Manor also features the Adventure Camp program.

NEVADA
Achievement Academy Summer Camp – Henderson, Nevada
The Achievement Academy’s 5th Annual Summer Camp offers a fun, summer camp environment for students in grades 1-8 with high functioning autism spectrum disorders and similar social and academic challenges. The camp includes social and life skills classes, core academics, and community outings. Call (702)260-1814 for more information

NEW MEXICO
Camp Rising Sun – Manzano Mountains, New Mexico
Camp Rising Sun was founded in 2006 by a group of parents and professionals who wished for a summer camp experience for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders in the state of New Mexico. In 2009, Camp Rising Sun became a part of The Autism Programs at the University of New Mexico Center for Development and Disability. The programs of Camp Rising Sun are accredited by the American Camping Association (ACA).

NEW YORK
Camp Ramapo – Rhinebeck, New York
Based on our 250-acre campus in Rhinebeck, New York, Camp Ramapo is a residential summer camp that serves children ages 6 to 16 who are affected by social, emotional, or learning challenges, including children affected by autism spectrum disorders.

Camp Ramapo provides a traditional summer camp experience for children who have difficulty building and maintaining healthy relationships with peers and adults and who would struggle in a less supportive setting. The program is carefully structured to help children with special needs learn to live within a group, form healthy friendships, make good choices, develop self-confidence, and experience success.

OHIO
Camp HHC (Helping Hands Center for Special Needs) – Columbus, Ohio
CAMP HHC will take place Mondays – Thursdays, June 17 through August 8, 2013 from 8:45 am – 3:15 pm.

Summer CAMP at HHC is a great way to extend the important learning done throughout the school year in a fun and engaging camp format. Many exciting activities are planned and each group participates in a unique blend of fun-themed related activities. There is a focus on continued academic development blended with socialization, play skills and making friends. Small group Music Therapy is included in the cost and will be scheduled during camp hours as will other regular therapies as the schedule permits.

Helping Hands Center has a limited number of placements available for summer only students in our Pre-School, Kindergarten and School-Age classrooms. We will not enroll students for summer only in our Early Intervention classroom.

Do you know of a group offering an autism summer camp in 2013? If so please fill out my form to have the camp added to my list: Submit an Autism Summer Camp.

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