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 248.432.5457 


Grades K–9; S1/S2

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.


Ages 10–28; S1/S2

SNAP is for campers who do not require 1:1 support. Campers are divided by age group and particpiate in a combination of on-site camp fun with off-campus field trips. In a safe environment, campers are encouraged to explore new places 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.


Ages 15–28; S1/S2

This program provides young adults with the chance to participate in summer activities and explore our community while learning vocational and life skills. Campers volunteer at local organizations with trained staff who serve as job coaches as they develop soft skills like communication, teamwork and leadership, as well as practice technical skills through community based instruction (CBI). Potential Job Sites include: MSU Tollgate, Maybury Farm, Hazon, JCC Departments and JCC Car Wash.

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.