Special Needs Programs Camp
CAMPS & ENRICHMENT PROGRAMS
When school is out, kids come in!
Campers may come for a day or the entire break camp to meet up with friends from summer and enjoy camp favorites like sports, swimming, and arts and crafts.
• 9:00am – 3:30pm
• 1:3 staff-to-camper ratio
• Bring your own lunch
• AM/PM care available
2019-2020 Break Camp Dates
• December 26-27, 30-31, January 2-3
• February 17-21
• March 30 – April 3, 6-7
Ages 2 1/2 - 4
With two, three, and five-day options, campers in K’TonTon may participate in swimming, bunk activities and in one field trip per session with the staff of the Sarah and Irving Pitt Child Development Center.
Kids All Together (KAT)
KAT gives children with special needs the opportunity to participate in typical activities at summer camp. With support from an inclusion counselor, every child has the chance to swim, enjoy arts and crafts, and play sports alongside typically developing peers.
Space is limited for this program.
Special Needs Adventure Program (SNAP)
Grades 5-12 & Ages 18-26
SNAP is for kids and young adults who do not require one-on-one support; SNAP combines typical camp fun with off-campus adventures. Campers in this program are encouraged to explore new places and socialize with their peers in a safe environment.
The YAAT program provides young adults with the chance to participate in summer activities and explore their community while learning 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. They also take part in several community-based instruction (CBI) activities throughout the session to learn and develop essential life and vocational skills.
Grades 2-7 & Ages 10-26
With both an inclusion (Yachad) and job coaching program (Avodah), campers at Tamarack can spend mini or full sessions overnight at Camp Tamarack in Ortonville, MI. Campers in Yachad are integrated into villages with same-aged peers and participate in bunk and village activities. Those in the Avodah program receive instruction in job and life skills and have the opportunity to participate in specialty areas with the support of a job coach.
To support the JCC’s mission of inclusion, the Sarah and Irving Pitt Child Development Center seeks to accommodate preschool age children with special needs. A set number of openings exist for children who would benefit by being accompanied by a dedicated inclusion advocate so that they may participate in our preschool program.
Thursday Night Social Group (TNSG)
The Thursday Night Social Group (TNSG) is a social and recreational program for individuals 16 and older with special needs. Events are held twice each month at the Jewish Community Center as well as some off-site events within close proximity to the JCC. Participants at these events enjoy socializing with their peers, take part in games, arts and crafts, and exercise events, each event averaging approximately 25-30 participants.
Focus on Health
We are dedicated to promoting a healthy lifestyle for all of our campers. During weekly exercise classes, a heavy emphasis is placed on nutrition, healthy cooking, and good mental health in addition to physical health.
Special Needs Swim Classes At the J
AQUA Club and JCC’s Department of Special Needs take pride in offering swim lessons to families with children with special needs. Our unique partnership will teach aspiring young swimmers the fundamentals of water safety and help them make real progress towards their individualized aquatics goals.
Summer Health Classes
- Drums Alive
- Yoga/Meditation Fuse Force
- Healthy Cooking
- Basic Nutrition
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Center for Special Needs