2013 Camper Forms
Applications are accepted until all weeks are full.
Applications requesting a scholarship must be received by April 1!
1) A diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder or a
related communication disorder.
2) Manageable behavior and health care needs, to the level of the staffs
3) Guardians must live, be vacationing, or have an emergency contact within 8
hours of camp.
2013 Camp Weeks
||June 16-21 FULL
||Adult Group Home
||June 23-28 FULL
||Ages 11-17 High Functioning*
||June 30-July 5 FULL
||Ages 4-10 High Functioning*|
||Adults 18 & up
* High Functioning Criteria
- Language should be easy to understand and appropriate to age level.
- No disruptive behaviors.
- Can be paired with another camper (1:2).
- Adolescent Campers (age 13-17):
- Able to participate in group activities that require conversation skills, and follow verbal directions
- Independent in all daily living skills (toileting, bathing, dressing)
We offer a unique program approach of therapeutic recreation specifically designed for people with autism using:
Read testimonials about our program from parents, staff, campers, and the media.
- visually structured programming,
- 1:1 and 1:2 positive support from well trained college and graduate students,
- development of independent living skills,
- and opportunities for engaging in social interaction with peers.
Our staff will use a schedule created to fit the unique communicaton needs of your camper. These schedules reduce the stress of being in a new environment.
Furthermore, the schedules promote social and emotional growth, allowing experiences of social success, empowerment to take on leadership roles, and a positive environment in which to successfully try new things. You can view a
camp movie to see a typical day at Camp Lakey Gap.
With the support of your camper's counselor they are encouraged to explore
the camp environment and try activities like arts and crafts, hiking,
outdoor games, swimming, music,
creek games, music and motion, canoeing and lake play. We go canoeing and enjoy the beauty
of Lake Eden at Camp Rockmont a few minutes from camp.
All of our activities are adapted using visual structure so that our campers with autism will understand what is expected
of them, and be able to participate as independently as possible.
Nap and Night Time
Nap time after lunch is an hour and fifteen minutes long. At least three staff are on duty in the cabin during nap time and at night.
At night, at least one staff member is awake until all campers are asleep.
An Activity Director is on duty each evening, responsible for helping until most of the campers are asleep,
on call through the night, and then returning in the morning for support.
If your camper is on a restricted diet, such as a gluten and casein
free diet, peanut allergies, or limited sugar and food dyes, please contact
the camp director at least a week
before your camper attends. You will receive the camp menu so you can designate the items that your camper can
have. You will be asked to send food to supplement those items. The director will work with you to develop a menu for your
On Sunday a nurse will review medical needs,
check in medications, and set up the Medical Administration Record
(MAR). A nurse is on call during the week. All Activity
Directors are trained on Administration of Medication. One staff member is responsible for administering medications throughout
Bullying of other campers will
not be tolerated at Camp Lakey Gap. We define bullying as when a person is
exposed, repeatedly to negative actions on the part of one or more other
persons, and he or she has difficulty defending himself or herself. This can
be done through verbal derogatory comments, social exclusion, physical
bullying, bullying through lies, having things taken or damaged, or being
We understand that some people with autism will have
behaviors that could fit into these categories, but are not bullying. The
behaviors will be considered bullying when there is obvious intention behind
the actions, and/or when it effects a camper or group of campers to the point
that their experience is being effected negatively.
Camp Lakey Gap will make every effort possible to remedy the situation so
that all campers can enjoy their experience, but after reasonable attempts
at a remedy if the situation continues, campers may be sent home.
Parent/Guardian Housing Available
Christmount has reasonably
priced, motel accommodations available.
Call 828-669-8977 to make reservations.