Summer Camp Guide

This list is intended to be a working draft and we are happy to include your input or corrections. We encourage xMinds members to provide their feedback about their expeiences with these camps or others under the Summer Camp topic in our Members-only Discussion Forum. This list is intended to be a general guide to camps appropriate for children on the autism spectrum. Please verify actual session dates, requirements, and costs with the individual camps.
Upated June 2018
*Denotes activities by xMinds Professional Members

xMinds Professional Member Summer Camps

Alliance Pediatrics*

Secret Agent Academy Summer Program
Location: Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School, 1901 E. Jefferson St., Rockville, MD 20852
Contact: sas@alliancepediatrics.com
Website: http://alliancepediatrics.com/training-for-the-future.html

The Secret Agent Academy Summer Program is based on the curriculum of the Secret Agent Society (SAS), an evidence-based intervention for children ages 8-12 with social & emotional challenges. Each day, the cadets will be exposed to exciting spy-themed games and skill-building activities. Licensed Behavior Analysts and Licensed Psychologists will provide specialized lessons daily.

The Auburn School

Camp Aristotle
Location: 9545 Georgia Avenue Silver Spring, MD 20910
Contact: (301) 588-8048; info.silverspring@camparistotle.org
Website: https://www.theauburnschool.org/site/Default.aspx?PageID=307

Camp Aristotle at the Silver Spring Campus will run for 6 weeks again in summer 2016. Weekly sessions begin July 5 and run through August 12. We serve campers who are rising Kindergarten through 9th graders. We have both half day and full day options available. Our summer program is designed with engaging and exciting activities, projects and visitors relating to a weekly theme. Our model integrates social thinking and learning support throughout the day so campers can build friendships, explore, and most importantly, have fun!

Center for Communication & Learning and Fitness for Health*

B Social Therapeutic Program
Location: 11140 Rockville Pike, Suite 303, Rockville, MD 20852
Contact: (301) 231-7138; info@fitnessforhealth.org
Website: http://fitnessforhealth.org/b-social-therapeutic-summer-program/

The B Social Camp targets children ages 4–10. Fitness for Health pediatric fitness specialists in collaboration with the Center for Communication and Learning speech and language therapists will provide an integrated movement and social cognitive thinking program for your children. This program will integrate Michelle Garcia Winner’s Social ThinkingĀ® concepts with motor activities. These will be introduced in a fun and motivating way encouraging participants to explore and improve their social cognition and motor development. Activities will focus on developing your child’s abilities in the areas of Cooperation, Problem Solving, Being a Part of a Group, Fitness Fun, and Conversational Skills.


B Social Therapeutic Teen Program
Location: 11140 Rockville Pike, Suite 303, Rockville, MD 20852
Contact: (301) 231-7138; info@fitnessforhealth.org
Website: http://fitnessforhealth.org/b-social-therapeutic-summer-program/
The B Social Teen Camp targets children ages 11–16.

The Ivymount School

Take2
Location: Edmund Burke School, 4101 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008
Contact: Callie Stezar; 240-676-4955; take2campdc@gmail.com
Website: http://www.take2camp.org/

Take2 is a therapeutic summer camp for children approximately 7-14 years old who have difficulty making and keeping friends because of brain-based differences that impede their functioning in the social world. Our children want to be social; we offer them the tools and support they require to understand the complexities of social interaction.

Take2 Middle School
Location: Edmund Burke School, 4101 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008
Contact: Callie Stezar; 240-676-4955; take2campdc@gmail.com
Website: http://www.take2camp.org/msc.html

The Take2 Middle School provides kids between the ages of 11-14 the opportunity to interact with a small group of peers to develop social learning and problem solving skills, flexibility and new friendships. This fun and engaging camp sets up campers for success by planning for and working through group projects and outings in the DC-metro area, where campers become comfortable applying and generalizing new skills.

Kids Being Kids*

Kids Being Kids Summer Camp
Location: Carl Sandburg Elementary School, 451 Meadow Hall Dr., Rockville, MD
Contact: 301-473-1535; projectexploration@gmail.com
Website: http://www.kidsbeingkids.org/summer-camp.html

Kids Being Kids Summer Camp is designed for children with special needs ages 5–12. Kids Being Kids has a low staff to camper ratio to ensure the needs of campers are being met. The camp’s play-based model engages children and caters to their strengths. Activities include:

  • Neo-traditional sports
  • Arts and crafts
  • Dramatic play
  • Music and movement
  • Water play
  • Experiential learning
  • Sensory integration activities
  • Social skills development
  • Independence building

MoCo Movement Center*

Summer Adventure
Location: 5268-A Nicholson Lane, Kensington, MD 20895
Contact: 301-770-KIDS (5437); Info@mocomc.com
Website: https://www.mocomc.com/camp

Our Summer Adventure Camp offers a dynamic curriculum that keeps every child moving and learning in a non-competitive and motivating environment. We have highly trained staff, including expert athletes, medical, and educational specialists that will provide your child with activities specifically designed to target areas like physical coordination, strength, balance, speed, endurance, self-confidence, and self-regulation in a state of the art athletic facility. With low child-to-instructor ratios, we can customize your child's camp experience to their strengths and interests, including ice skating, rock climbing, obstacle courses, sports and music.


The Treatment and Learning Centers*

Little Friends Language and Learning Camp
Location: The Katherine Thomas School, 9975 Medical Center Dr., Rockville, MD 20850
Contact: Lisa Torvik (301) 424-5200, ext. 6923
Website: http://ttlc.org/summer_programs/programs/speechand-ot/

Little Friends Language & Learning Camp is geared toward preschool aged children to enhance early literacy skills while developing communication, social interaction and play skills. A Speech-Language Pathologist and Special Educator create hands-on, exploratory learning based on your child’s individual needs. Early learning concepts include language, pre-reading and math skills. Fun camp activities with weekly themes, arts & crafts, water play, playground, music, drama and much more! Bonus – handwriting and fine motor activities led by an Occupational Therapist.

Friends Together
Location: The Katherine Thomas School, 9975 Medical Center Dr., Rockville, MD 20850
Contact: Lisa Torvik (301) 424-5200, ext. 6923
Website: http://ttlc.org/summer_programs/programs/speechand-ot/

Combining the best of our speech-language and occupational therapy programs, this year’s summer camp program focuses on building skills in communication and social-pragmatic language while addressing areas of sensory processing and motor planning through play. Groups are led each day by both a Speech-Language Pathologist and an Occupational Therapist. Daily fun with our three sensory gyms, playground, water play, arts & crafts, music and more make for an exciting summer! Attend either the morning or afternoon session or pack a lunch and stay for a full day with our daily lunch bunch.

Friends Interacting Group
Location: 2092 Gaither Rd. , Suite 100, Rockville, MD 20850
Contact: Lisa Torvik (301) 424-5200, ext. 6923
Website: http://ttlc.org/summer_programs/programs/speechand-ot/

The Summer Interaction Groups are based on a developmental model and the focus is on helping children ages 2 Ā½ through 5 develop and improve communication, social interaction, motor and sensory processing skills. Through our multidisciplinary approach, Occupational Therapists, Speech-Language Pathologists and Psychologists work to improve your child’s interaction, communication and peer play skills.

Extended Summer Session
Location: 2092 Gaither Rd. , Suite 100, Rockville, MD 20850
Contact: Lisa Torvik (301) 424-5200, ext. 6923
Website: http://ttlc.org/summer_programs/programs/speechand-ot/

The Extended Summer Session is for friends who are already registered in at least three weeks of one of the TLC camps listed above (from 6/27–8/12). The extended weeks are 8/15–8/18 and 8/22–8/25. The adventure continues with our Speech-Language and Occupational Therapy staff leading the way. Held at our Gaither Road location, Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Limited spots available.

Camps Recommended by xMinds Parents

Bar T Kid’s Camps
Location: Various locations throughout the county.
Contact: Joe Richardson; 301-948-3172; jrichardson@bar-t.com
Website: http://www.bar-t.com

Camp Greentop (The League for People with Disabilties)
Location: 15001 Park Central Road, Sabillasville, MD 21780
Contact: Emily Ozuunlu; 410.323.0500 x319; eozuunlu@leagueforpeople.org
Website: http://www.leagueforpeople.org/programs-services/camping-recreation

Camp JCC
Location: 6125 Montrose Road, Rockville, MD 20852
Contact: (301) 881-0100
Website: http://www.jccgw.org/camp-youth-teens/camp-jcc/

Camp Sonshine
Location: Silver Spring and Germantown
Contact: (301) 989-2267; info@campsonshine.org
Website:
http://campsonshine.org/

Croydon Creek Nature Camps (City of Rockville)
Location: 852 Avery Road, Rockville, MD 20851
Contact: (240) 314-8620
Website: http://www.rockvillemd.gov/index.aspx?NID=380

Montgomery Parks Program Access
Location:Varies depending on particular Montgomery Parks Camp your child attends
Contact:Genevieve Jennai; 301-495-2477; ProgramAccess@MontgomeryParks.org Website:http://www.montgomeryparks.org/about/program_access.shtm

Program Access, also referred to as “Inclusion”, within the Montgomery County Department of Parks is the means by which individuals with disabilities are welcome to participate in recreational programs and activities of their choice. Reasonable accommodations are provided to enable an individual’s successful participation in a program. Some minimum eligibility requirements (age, level of participation) must be met in order to participate.

JumpStart Summer Camp
Organization: National Speech/Language Therapy Center
Location:Bethesda, MD
Contact:(301) 493-0023
Website:http://www.nationalspeech.com/summer-camp-clinics.html


Way Off Broadway (City of Rockville)
Location:F. Scott Fitzgerald Theater, 603 Edmonston Dr., Rockville, MD 20851
Contact:240-314-8620; camps@rockvillemd.gov
Website:https://rockenroll.rockvillemd.gov/econnect/Activities/ActivitiesDetails.asp?ProcessWait=N&aid=27


Summit Camp
Location:Honesdale, PA
Contact:973-732-3230; info@summitcamp.com
Website: http://www.summitcamp.com/
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