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Autism Summer Camps
Summer camps are a favorite past-time for children of all ages. Children with an autism spectrum disorder do not have to excluded from this traditional summer activity. Camps across the United States cater towards children with autism, Asperger’s syndrome, and other pervasive developmental disorders.
Surfers Healing – Founded by Israel and Danielle Paskowitz, Surfers Healing is a free surfing autism summer camp. In addition to providing surfing free of charge, the camp also provides snacks, food, and drinks for the campers and their parents. This one-day surf experience is tailored to your child’s comfort level. Registration begins in April and is on a first-come first-serve basis.
Extreme Sports Camp of Aspen – Located in beautiful Aspen, Colorado, the Extreme Sports Camp was founded in 2001 by local parents of an autistic teenager. The focus of each week varies from a water skiing trip to Lake Powell to a session dedicated solely to gymnastics and dance and more.
Camp Caglewood – Offering both camping trips and a day camp experience, Camp Caglewood has been in operation since 2002. Located in Suwanee, Georgia, campers are treated to the very best thanks to generous contributions by the camp’s sponsors. Campers hike to their location, setup traditional tents, and spend a weekend camping with friends and family.
Camp Grace Bentley – Located on the beautiful shores of Lake Huron in Burtchville, Michigan, Camp Grace Bentley has been offering a fantastic summer camp experience for children with special needs for 70 years. With a camper to counselor ratio of 3-1, campers participate in a variety of traditional summer camp activities.
Camp Buckskin – Located in Ely, MN, Camp Buckskin is a summer camp for children with ADD, learning disabilities and Asperger’s Syndrome. There will be two sessions for the summer 2011 camping season: June 12 through July 11 and July 16 to August 14. For more information, contact the camp at 763-208-4805 (winter) or 218-365-2121 (summer).
Kamp Kaleidoscope – Sponsored by Together Enhancing Autism Awareness in Mississippi (TEAAM), Kamp Kaleidoscope is located in Magee, Mississippi. The registration form for the 2009 sessions is now available on the Kamp Kaleidoscope website. For more information, the camp can be reached by phone at (601) 849-2695.
Camp Bridge - Camp Zehnder YMCA in Wall, New Jersey is home to Camp Bridge, a summer camp for children between four and 13 years old on the autism spectrum. One the unique features of Camp Bridge is the ability for campers to spend time with their typically developing peers from X-Camp (just next door). For more information on 2009 camp dates, call Camp Bridge at (732) 580-6212.
Camp Huntington – Located in the beautiful Catskill Mountains, Camp Huntington offers sessions ranging from one week up to six weeks. This camp tailors to children with autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, ADHD, pervasive developmental disorder, and other special needs.
Camp Lee Mar – The Poconos, home to some of the best summer camps in the nation, is also home to a fantastic summer camp for children with an autism spectrum disorder. Located in Lackawaxen, Camp Lee Mar features days filled with traditional camp activities such as swimming, painting, campfires, hikes, drama, and more.
Camp AweSum – Located at Moon Beach Camp in Wisconsin, Camp AweSum is a week-long residential camp for children on the autism spectrum aged nine through 15. The 2009 dates for the camp have been announced; it will run from June 21-26.