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Autism Society announces return & expansion of Summer Camp


Trained staff and student-to-counselor ratio make this a unique opportunity for Mahoning Valley families

The Autism Society of Mahoning Valley is excited to announce that it is bringing back AND tripling its summer day camp options for children with special needs and their neurotypical friends. Three weeks of two styles of camp will be offered. Dates include June 18 -22 (Integrated Camp/ Ages 6-13), July 30 - August 3 (Full Camp Integrated Camp/ Ages 3-22) and August 13-17 (Integrated Camp/ Ages 6-13). Hours for each Camp Week will be 8:30am-2:30pm.

A unique feature of Camp Friend is the student-to-counselor ratio is extremely low and unmatched because of the intense needs of children and teens on the autism spectrum. As a result, every year interested applicants had to be turned away. The addition of Integrated Camp will allow higher-functioning individuals to attend a traditional day camp with our counselors there to assist as needed. This will allow ASMV to serve more families and provide the opportunity for kids to strengthen their social skills.

Launched in 2014, Camp F.R.I.E.N.D. { Finding Rewards In Every New Day} was the first program of its kind in the Mahoning Valley. The camp is dedicated to offering an inclusive day camp experience for students with autism and their friends. During the YMCA’s extensive renovations, Autism Society changed the format to a week-long, family-together activity program at a variety of locations in the region.

Camp F.R.I.E.N.D.'s Full Camp will bring back a model of daily activities structured around social skill building themes to provide evidence based instructional opportunities in a fun setting. This, plus traditional summer camp activities like swimming, sports and crafts supported by an autism-qualified staff, provide a supported environment while ensuring an equitable experience.

Camp costs $150 per student per week and numerous scholarships are available. Registration forms are available for download HERE and can be mailed by request by clicking HERE or by calling 330-333-9607.


For more information or media inquiries, call Camp Coordinator Tracy Marciano at 330-333-9609 or camp@autismmv.org