We currently have a waiting list for Camp FRIEND. If you wanted to register your child or teen please fill out this quick form and we will notify families if a space opens up. Also we will make sure to let you know early next year when applications are being accepted.

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 expanding registration for children and teens with special needs and their neurotypical friends. Our July week will be July 15th and our August week will be August 12th. Camp will run Monday through Friday Hours from 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.

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 two years ago, 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 was brought back in 2018 with 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 330-333-9609.

Camp FRIEND 2019 is staffed through ABA Therapy Solutions to provide autism experienced care for our campers.

For more information or media inquiries, call Autism Society of Mahoning Valley at 330-333-9609 or email camp@autismmv.org