Special Needs

Entering grades K through 28 years old in Fall 2021. See descriptions below for age ranges & pricing

Children & Young Adults with Special Needs

Special needs counselors receive extensive training and certifications prior to the start of camp including, but not limited to, nonviolent crisis management, CPR/First Aid, epilepsy, behavior management, introduction to autism, inclusion and socialization. JCC Day Camps strive to accommodate campers with special needs who are ready for group camp experiences. For further information, please contact Stephanie Zoltowski at [email protected]

KAT: KIDS ALL TOGETHER

Grades K–9; Weeks 1-8, Pre Camp

KAT is an inclusion program incorporated within the Camp Kehilla program. KAT gives campers the opportunity to feel included and valued, build self-confidence, increase independence and make new friends as they participate in the social, physical and fun activities of traditional camp. Each camper is supported by an inclusion counselor who has been trained to provide support and/or assistance as well as help children develop social connections with peers. KAT campers will participate in activities like fishing, canoeing, arts & crafts, cooking and swimming. Limited spaces available. New campers will require a meeting with the Director of JCC Special Needs Department. KAT is only 4 consecutive weeks, weekly options are not available.

SNAP: SPECIAL NEEDS ADVENTURE PROGRAM

Ages 10–28; S1/S2, Pre Camp

Campers in SNAP are broken into pods based on their level of ability in a 3:1 setting and will participate in a combination of on-site camp fun with the potential of some off-campus field trips (depending on current COVID safety protocols). In a safe environment, campers are encouraged to explore new interests and enjoy new experiences. Additionally, campers will take part in healthy eating workshops and activities surrounding independent living skills, healthy eating and food preparation, and other important life skills throughout the session. A wide variety of vendors will be coming to the JCC to provide entertaining, educational, and health-focused programming.

YAAT: YOUNG ADULTS ALL TOGETHER

Ages 15–28; S1/S2, Pre Camp

Campers in YAAT are broken into pods based on their level of ability in a 3:1 setting and will participate in vocational and life skill programming.  Campers will work with job coaches to learn and develop both vocational and soft skills and will hopefully practice those skills through community outings (depending on current COVID safety protocols).  A wide variety of vendors will be coming to the JCC to provide entertaining, educational, and health-focused programming.

Campers in the YAAT program may be eligible to take part in the Extended School Year (ESY) program during the summer.  Campers will work on their IEP goals under the supervision of ESY-specific staff and your camper’s school district will often pay for one session of camp.