Enhancing Inclusion for Campers with Sensory-Processing Concerns through Camp Counselor Training

Summer camps provide children an opportunity for goal achievement, a sense of community, and development of self-concept. Toward that end, goal-directed camp activities revolve around teamwork, as well as improving coping skills and fostering intimate relationships (Carlson & Cook, 2007). However, campers may have cognitive-behavioral concerns — an inability to attend to activities, for example, or impulsiveness, decreased ability to cope with environmental demands such as sound, light, and tactile sensations, and decreased social awareness.

The Evolution of Neurodiversity: An Interview with Steve Silberman

Camping Magazine recently spoke with Steve Silberman, New York Times best-selling author of NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity, to discuss old attitudes, the changing definition of autism, and the beginning of a social movement aimed at ensuring that neurodivergent people have a seat at society’s the proverbial table.

Capturing the Inclusive Camp Experiences of Teens with and without Disabilities through Photography and Dialogue

Across the country, summer camps are an integral part of children’s traditional summer experiences. Unfortunately, the same may not be true for children with disabilities. Representing only 3 percent of campers in one study of overnight summer camps across the United States (Laszlo Strategies, 2013), children with disabilities, just like their peers, should have opportunities to gain positive physical, emotional, and social outcomes from an inclusive camp experience (Schleien, Miller, Walton, Roth, & Tobin, 2017).

Best Practices in Inclusive Camping: A Roundtable Discussion on Programming

Learn how to have an inclusive summer camp by providing physical inclusion, functional inclusion, and social inclusion.

Supporting Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) In the Camp Environment

Camping and leisure activities are important for all of us, including individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This webinar will begin to identify the benefits of having children with ASD and their peers in an inclusive camp setting. We will explore how a camper with ASD might think and introduce a practical peer program called “PAWSS” to support the social interactions at camp. Strengths and challenges of serving campers with ASD will be problem solved and myths will be discarded.

Through this webinar, participants will learn:

Inclusive Camp: Making Summer Camp a Joyful Place for Everyone

Summer camp is a sacred community which, as a rule, has always been willing to find common ground in respecting and accommodating individual values and needs. The values and needs of campers with disabilities should not be an exception. The 24/7, joyous environment of summer camp builds identity, strengthens the community, and fosters leadership.

Summer Fun for Youth of All Abilities

With summer approaching, parents and camps alike are making plans for terrific, fun opportunities for young campers to learn new skills and grow in their confidence and abilities. The United States Attorney’s Office wants to take the opportunity to increase the understanding of camp organizers and parents about the law that pertains to camps which ensures that all children are welcome, including those with disabilities, and has been sharing the following information in many states.  

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