Camp Boomerang for Children with Autism
AN INCLUSION-BASED CAMP FOR TYPICAL CHILDREN AND CHILDREN WITH AUTISM.
Camp Boomerang™ immerses children with autism (ages 5 - 15) into the conventional summer day camp experience at the Brace Family YMCA. All campers participate side by side in age appropriate activities, sports and fitness. These activities include nature, parachutes 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 children with autism. 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.
Completing the Brace Family YMCA Day Camp Registration and Camp Boomerang™ Camper Registration Form is required.
First come, first serve. Financial assistance is available.
Volunteers will assist our Camp Boomerang staff as a buddy for a child with autism or other special needs that attend our program. ***PLEASE NOTE - This program takes place at the Hemby Program Center