SUMMER CAMPS

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CAMP I AM is a co-ed residential camp program designed specifically for children ages 9-12 with a primary diagnosis of autism or other intellectual and/or developmental disability. Camp I AM’s curriculum emphasizes personal growth, structure, small group dynamics all in a private setting where the campers enjoy typical outdoor camp activities.

 

*All camp programs are filled on a first come, first serve basis.

Camp I AM Dates 2020: CANCELLED

CAMP TLC is a co-ed residential camp program designed specifically for teens ages 13 - 17 with a primary diagnosis of autism or other intellectual and/or developmental disability. The primary goals of Camp TLC are to help campers build self-esteem, develop social skills, self-expression, and to make and maintain friendships.

 

*All camp programs are filled on a first come, first serve basis.

Camp TLC Dates 2020: CANCELLED

CAMP SHINE is the first of its kind co-ed residential camp designed for young adults with a primary diagnosis of autism or other intellectual and/or developmental disability who have transitioned out of most support services and systems. The purpose of this camp is to provide a social camp experience for young adults who don’t have access to the social services or experiences they once had prior to turning 18. Oftentimes young adults with special needs find it difficult to make and maintain friendships due to the limited social opportunities offered to them. Camp Shine’s focus is on positive socializing and building long-lasting friendships.

 

*All camp programs are filled on a first come, first serve basis.

Camp Shine Dates 2020: CANCELLED

Eligibility

Camp I AM welcomes children ages 9–12 who have been diagnosed with an intellectual and/or developmental disability. 

Camp TLC welcomes teens ages 13-17 who have been diagnosed with an intellectual and/or developmental disability. 

Camp Shine welcomes young adults ages 18–26 who have been diagnosed with an intellectual and/or developmental disability. 

*None of our camp programs offer a clinical setting and therefore, cannot accept teens who have a history of aggressive, abusive or violent behaviors.

“They created this camp special for kids like me. Whoever “they” are, they are the best people alive.”  Connor, age 14

Program Features

A unique feature of Camp I AM and Camp TLC is the Camper Passport. The majority of our parents are most interested in helping their child/teen improve their social skills, learn new activities, develop a better sense of self, and to take greater responsibility for themselves. The Camper Passport is a tool that Counselors use while at camp, to keep written record in a non-intrusive way, of each camper’s personal experience while staying with us at camp. It’s nice to know that your quiet, softly spoken child/teen was front and center on the stage during the camp talent show singing their heart out.   Although the campers learn many new “camp” skills from participating in activities, it’s the skills that are less visible that are the most recognized when returning home. The campers feel very empowered to share new things with their family.

Our one-to-one adult counselor to camper ratio allows us to work closely with each camper to provide individualized attention to their special needs. Our counselors are adults who are experienced in working with children/teens with Autism or are pursuing a degree in special education or a related field.  Camp I AM, Camp TLC and Camp Shine are run by a group of highly skilled, experienced and caring professionals who work in collaboration with our community affiliates to provide the highest quality of service to each camper.

All campers participate in a daily rotation of non-competitive camp activities with their cabin groups.  Campers attend two – three activities in the morning and two – three activities in the afternoon. Evening activities serve as opportunities for the entire camp to come together for structured entertainment such as campfires, dances, movies, talent shows and music. Picture schedules are used throughout the day to support communication between campers and staff if needed.

Our Staff

Sunshine Nevada’s camp program staff consists of dozens of individuals who are experienced with our programs and facility, many of which have been working with us for over ten years.

Our Volunteer counselors and Activity staff undergo intensive training to ensure they are fully equipped to meet our campers’ needs and provide them with the most enriching experiences possible.

Medical Staff stay at camp during the entire duration of the program to ensure each camper has consistency in a supportive environment

"I met my best friend at camp. I’ve never had a best friend before." 

Aiden, age 9

FEES 

Due to the generous support of many individuals, corporations, and foundations, we are able to provide life-changing programs, at a very low cost (only $100 application fee per camper) to Nevada’s most seriously in-need children, and their families.

 

The cost of operating Sunshine Nevada’s camp programs is higher than others for two reasons:
1. Our enrollment capacity is lower than most, yet we require a high staff/camper ratio.
2. Our campers have unique needs that require a bit more investment to ensure their experience is rewarding.

Actual costs to host one camper is $214 per camper per day. That makes participation out-of-reach for many of the camper families.  However, we aim to keep our camp programs accessible to as many participants as possible and we do this by fundraising year-round.