Children camp dates for this year are: Monday, Wednesday, & Friday, June 14th through July 2nd and Transition Camp dates are July 12 through July 25. To enroll in either program, email [email protected] or call the office at 239-430-3934.
Each year we hold an annual two-week Children’s summer camp for our clients ages 6 – 13. The summer camp offers an opportunity for the children to apply the skills they have practiced and learned throughout the school year. Activities throughout the camp address the following areas of the Expanded Core Curriculum: Independent Living Skills, Assistive Technology, Communication skills, Social Interaction skills, Recreation and Leisure Skills, Orientation and Mobility skills, Career Education/Job Readiness, Sensory Efficiency Skills, and Self-Advocacy and Self -Determination Skills. During each day of camp, the students are tasked with preparing their own lunches and cleaning up after themselves; creating various crafts and/or participating in adapted sports; and taking part in career presentations from different community leaders. Additionally, they are prompted to make their own choices and speak up for themselves independently throughout each day. During each week of the camp, the students take part in at least one outing, providing them with opportunities to integrate within the community and practice independent travel techniques. The two weeks then culminate with a final “closing ceremony” where family members are all invited and students can present everything they’ve learned throughout the camp.
The Transition Summer Program is comprised of a two-week camp and month long work experience. The two-week camp is heavily focused on pre-employment skills. The students participate in daily outings to potential job sites and campus tours, as well as opportunities for community integration. Additionally, they practice daily living skills through prepping meals, dining out, and engaging in money management activities. Furthermore, each student participates in a month long work experience. Each student is given a job placement within the community and is able to work up to 100 hours within that month. This provides the students with a chance to utilize, and build upon, all of the skills they’ve worked on throughout the program such as: making their own lunches, choosing appropriate work attire, arranging their own transportation to and from work, appropriately requesting assistance and/or appropriate accommodations, and engaging in appropriate social skills, while in a real world work experience.