Accessible Activities - Children with Autism
In partnership with the Autism Foundation of the Carolinas and the Autism Society of North Carolina, the YMCA of Greater Charlotte engages children with autism in inclusive after-school and day camp programs. We provide fun activities and services that improve socialization, communication and life skills. We give parents more ways to help their children grow and thrive.
At the Y, we provide children with autism a balance of educational support and recreational activities while providing a safe, nurturing and enriching environment to meet each child's unique needs. A ratio of one counselor to every three children enables our afterschool program to offer a tailored curriculum and specialized childcare for each child. The focus of the program is to enhance independent functional living skills and self-management skills by presenting opportunities for socialization, communication and self-directed choice.
YMCA CAMP BOOMERANG™
Camp Boomerang™ immerses children with autism (ages 5-15) into the conventional summer day camp experience at Brace Family YMCA. All campers participate side by side in age appropriate activities that include nature, parachute, field sports, low ropes, tower, fishing, swimming, devotions plus arts and crafts. In addition, campers take part in specialized enrichment activities several times per week.
We provide support staff (peer buddies, two-on-one staffing and one-on-one staffing) to kids receiving autism childcare. Camp leadership determines the individual staffing model. Our staff and volunteers are not equipped to handle significant behavioral challenges. We encourage parents to discuss specific circumstances with the Program Director prior to enrollment to check if Camp Boomerang™ is able to appropriately meet your family and camper needs.
We accept a maximum of 30 campers with autism or other special needs per week. In accordance with YMCA camping guidelines, campers must be fully toilet trained (not in pull-ups or diapers) to participate in Camp Boomerang™ and must not have any significant aggressive behavior issues.
Complete Brace YMCA Day Camp Registration and Camp Boomerang™ Camper Application required.
First come, first serve. Financial assistance is available.