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.
2014 Camp Weeks
||Ages 11-17 High Functioning*
||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:
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.
- 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.
All activities are adapted in a visually structured way
(as pictured) so that campers will understand expectations and be able to participate
as independently as possible.
- song time,
- arts and crafts,
- creek games,
- swimming (3 times/day),
- outdoor activities,
- music and motion,
- daily special events, and
- canoeing and lake play at Camp Rockmont.
Rest and Night Time
At least four staff are on duty in the cabin during rest time and at night with two additional staff on call.
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 directorat least a week before your camper attends.
On Sunday a nurse and the Healthcare Activity Director will review medical needs,
check in medications, and set up the Medical Administration Record
(MAR). A nurse is on call during the week.
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.