Kids for Camp Kick-Off Meeting
6 p.m. January 21, 2014, Pollak Training Center, Arc Gateway.
Come find out what’s new at Kids for Camp and how your family can be a part of this one-of-a-kind experience! Childcare will be provided, but you must fill out the childcare reservation form by January 17.
Kids for Camp 2014 will run from June 23 through July 24, Monday through Thursday, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The application period for camp will begin at this meeting and ends February 21. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Jessica Lapen at (850) 434-7171.
Watch the short video below to see the smiles on the faces of our campers, staff and volunteers!!
Autism Pensacola has partnered with the National Inclusion Project to implement Let's All Play - Inclusion in Recreational Programs. This partnership will make summer inclusion opportunities available in our two-county area.
API is working with two "typical" summer programs - the University of West Florida’s EXPLORE Camps and the Pullum Family YMCA in Navarre. Through training from the National Inclusion Project, as well as inclusion support for the two sites, API hopes to show parents new avenues of summer fun for their children with special needs. API will also offer financial aid for its members to apply to the supported summer programs. For more information about this program, email email@example.com.
Kids for Camp is a summer learning lab for children, teens, and young adults on the autism spectrum. This program provides fun and intensive learning experiences for children with autism, as well as training for educators from our area.
Kids for Camp was created in 2003 by Mrs. Judy Burns. At that time she was looking for summer programs for both of her sons. While there were many options for her neuro-typical son, she found that nothing was available for her son with autism. So she took matters into her own hands, partnered with Autism Pensacola, and with help from Gulf Breeze Presbyterian Church and Gulf Breeze Rotary Club, created Kids for Camp.
In 2007, Kids for Camp expanded from being simply a summer camp to a summer learning lab. API began providing educators with training on best practices for teaching children with autism, and providing children on the spectrum with a high-quality educational program during the summer. Kids for Camp became nationally recognized that year as a program doing “what works” for children with autism.
Since then, Kids for Camp has continued to provide a high-quality program for individuals with autism, ages 3 through 22. To date we have provided training to more than 100 educators in our two-county area and served more than 150 individuals on the autism spectrum.
To create this high-quality, structured, summer program, Autism Pensacola partners with many agencies in our area including the Sacred Heart Autism Resource Center, Escambia County School District, Santa Rosa County School District, the University of West Florida, the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities, Florida Inclusion Network, and Family Network on Disabilities.
Currently, the majority of funds for Kids for Camp come from the annual “Connecting the Pieces” Dinner and Auction. In addition, camp families can participate in our informal "Friends and Family Campaign", an email campaign that allows contributors to donate to a specific child to help offset the family’s cost for the program. Private grants and donations to help us continue this important program are always welcome. Please consider a donation today and help us make a difference in the lives of these children and their families!
Kids for Camp 2011 Summary Report