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Summer 2022 Camp Guide

This list is intended to be a general guide to camps appropriate for children on the autism spectrum, based on the recommendations of our xMinds community. This is not an endorsement by xMinds. Parents/guardians and students are expected to review organization(s) and opportunities with due care, to determine if they are appropriate and safe for their children.  For additional camps for students with disabilities, please see the MCPS Summer Camps Guide.pdf, a guide produced by the MCPS Transition Services Unit for summer 2021. When a updated version for 2022 is available we will link it. 

We encourage xMinds members to provide their feedback about their experiences with these camps on our Google Group.  The information below is subject to change, particularly in light of the current health crisis. Please verify actual session dates, requirements, and costs with the individual camps. And check back because we will update the information as camps firm up their plans for summer 2022. 

Updated May 5, 2022

Alliance Pediatrics

Club Alliance Summer Program

Location: Charles E Smith JDS, 1901 E Jefferson St., Rockville, MD 20852

Contact: Bonnie Britton; Club@alliancepediatrics.com; 240-252-4105; Interest form: https://bit.ly/3GObT4B

Website: https://alliancepediatrics.com/summer-program/ 

Ages: 8-12
  June 27 – August 12,  9:00 AM – 3:00 PM;  (aftercare available); 1-week sessions and 3-week sessions available.

Empowering kids to face fears, manage emotions and become social rockstars! This is a summer camp that helps children accept difficult emotions while learning ways to feel calm and become socially confident. We offer an emotional component that includes regulation strategies, identifying and handling unhelpful thoughts and more. Our social component includes conversation skills, dealing with teasing, social problem solving and more. Supplemental lessons teach campers about the different factors that impact our social emotional health, like nutrition, sleep, and daily gratitude.

We want to have FUN in summer!  We are successful when children don't want to leave and they can't wait to come back.  Our #1 goal is for kids to ENJOY THEMSELVES (while learning life skills).  Children learn best when they are engaged!  Once we know our enrolled participants, we like to incorporate THEIR interests into the social enrichment and emotion regulation curriculum. Flyer.


Location: 8401 Connecticut Ave #1230, Chevy Chase, Maryland 20815

Contact: 301-565-4567, info@art-stream.org

Website: https://www.art-stream.org/

Ages: 18 and up

Dates: Programming for 2022 has not been finalized. 

ArtStream classes are geared toward individuals, ages 18 and up, with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including autism, and are designed to fuel each student’s imagination, creativity, and focus. Classes are accessible, empowering, and engaging. Students improve communication and social skills and develop friendships. You do not need acting experience to participate in ArtStream.

The Auburn School

Camp Aristotle
Location: 9115 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910
Contact: Bianca Timpano, camparistotless@gmail.com
Website: https://www.theauburnschool.org/summer-programs/camp-aristotle-silver-spring-campus/
Ages: Kindergarten-Grade 9
 5 weeks; Tuesday, July 5th to Friday, August 5th, 2022

Camp Aristotle at the Silver Spring Campus offers both half-day and full-day options. 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!

Click here for more details and the application form. 

Basic Concepts

Location: St. Elizabeth's School; 917 Montrose Road  Rockville, MD 20852

Contact:  Katy Whidden, M.A. CCC- SLP at katywhidden@gmail.com or 240-447-8013

Website:  https://basicconcepts.org/classes

Ages: 5 sections; Ages 3-4, Pre-K to K, Grades 1-3, Grades 2-4, Grades 4+

Dates: Session 1: June 27- July 8, $1,800 full day ($1300.00 half day); Session 2: July 11- July 29, $2,700 full day ($1950.00 half day)

Basic Concepts offers a variety of classes for children preschool through middle school. We utilize numerous therapeutic interventions (sensory, play, music, social and behavioral) throughout all of our daily activities for maximum achievement. Our Summer programs are intended for children who have mild to moderate deficits in speech, language, play, sensory, and socialization. Children participate in both small and whole group activities to ensure that their individual goals are met. Speech language pathologists and special educators provide services in all our classrooms. All college counselors are intensively trained and have extensive background in working with children with special needs.

Registration is now open! Access the registration form here, and email to katywhidden@gmail.com once completed. Click here for more more information about each class. 

Bender JCC of Greater Washington

Camp JCC

Location:  6125 Montrose Road, Rockville, MD 20852

Contact: Camp Office at campjcc@benderjccgw.org or 301-348-3883

Website:  https://www.benderjccgw.org/camp-jcc/

Ages:  4-21

Dates:  Aleph: June 20 – June 24; Session 1: June 27 – July 8; Session 2: July 11 – July 22; Session 3: July 25 – August 12; Bet: August 15 – August 19; Gimmel: August 22 – August 26, 2022

We open our doors to everyone, including people of all backgrounds, religions, abilities and sexual orientations. Inclusion is belonging. Built on ruach (spirit) and kehilla (community), Camp JCC builds strong Jewish identities, fosters lasting friendships, and creates memories that last a lifetime! Youth and teens with special needs are embraced in a warm, caring, and supportive environment at the Bender JCC through inclusive, innovative programming that enlightens, educates, and boosts self-esteem.

Brendan Sailing

Summer Sailing Programs

Location: Annapolis, MD​, and St. Mary's City, MD

Contact: (443) 995-6375; info@brendansailng.org

Website: https://www.brendansailing.org/

Ages: 11-18 (Day Camp), 14-18 (Overnight Camp)

Dates: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM, June 20 - July 1, 2022, and July 5 - July 15, 2022 (Annapolis Program). July 20-29, 2022 (Overnight Camp, St. Mary's Program), and 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM, July 21-29, 2022 (Day Camp, St. Mary's Program).

Since 2005, Brendan Sailing has been helping children with learning differences to realize success. Our programs are led by US Sailing certified instructors who work with individual students to discover their individual learning style. The Brendan Sailing Curriculum covers an introduction to the sport of sailing including the parts of the boat, maneuvers, navigation, and the Rules of the Road that follows the National On-Water Standards. Our instructors use a hands-on approach to teach sailing and seamanship, with emphasis on building confidence and developing basic sailing skills. 

Overnight session campers will have the opportunity to stay on-site in St. Mary's College student housing, take meals in the dining hall, and build confidence through the independence they experience while staying on campus. No sailing or boating experience is necessary for either the Day or Overnight Sessions. 

BSC Buddy Camp

A Free Soccer Camp for children with physical and developmental disabilities

Location:  Thomas S. Wootton High School in Rockville, MD

Contact: Hale Lieberman; halelieberman@gmail.com

Website: BSCBuddyCamp.org

Dates:  9:00 AM – 11:00 AM, Monday-Friday, June 20th - June 24th 2022

At BSC Buddy Camp, children of all skill levels take advantage of expert coaching and guidance to advance their soccer abilities.  With travel soccer players from Bethesda Soccer Club as their "buddies," our campers navigate drills and games designed to provide exposure to the sport of soccer while simultaneously encouraging teamwork and social connection. Our stress-free environment emphasizes a strong 1:1 staff-to-camper ratio and permits us to accommodate children of all ability levels.

Center for Communication and Learning (CCL) and Fitness for Health

B–Social Therapeutic Summer Program
Location: 11140 Rockville Pike, Suite 303, Rockville, MD 20852
Contact: (301) 231-7138; amanda@fitnessforhealth.org
Website: http://fitnessforhealth.org/summer-programs/
Ages: 4-10
Dates:  Week 1: August 8-12;  Week 2: August 15-19;  Week 3: August 22-26, 2022; Times: 9:00 – 12:00pm with after care available.

Fitness for Health and the Center for Communication and Learning are offering a summer therapeutic program for students with ADHD, Social Communication Disorder, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. The B-Social Therapeutic Summer Program integrates social cognitive thinking with motor activities and introduces social concepts in a fun and motivating way to encourage participants to explore and improve both their Social Thinking® skills and motor development. A 4:1 Student to Professional Staff (speech-language pathologist and fitness specialists) ratio makes the B-Social program especially beneficial for students with social challenges. Our specially trained staff guide children with social communication challenges to develop connections and assist them in navigating their social world. 

CREATE Arts Center


Location: 914 Silver Spring AvenueSilver Spring, MD 20910

Contact: (301) 588-2787; lisa@createartscenter.org

Website: https://createartscenter.org/programs/camp-create/

Ages: 8-12

Dates: Monday-Friday, July 11-15 and July 18-22, 9:00am-3:00pm. Campers are strongly encouraged to attend both weeks.

CAMP CREATE! is an onsite summer camp designed for youth ages 8-12 years with minor to moderate behavioral, emotional and functioning differences who will benefit from extra attention and support. Campers who have anxiety, learning delays, minor behavioral concerns or social and emotional difficulties are welcome.

CAMP CREATE! is designed to teach campers everyday life skills, such as mindfulness techniques, flexible thinking habits, healthy expression of emotions, improved social interactions, and positive self-image through artistic expression.

We strive to create a camp environment where your child is understood and properly supported by our art therapists and teaching artists. We want your child to be happy at pick up time, telling you “I had a great day today!”

Diener School

Diener Summer Camp: Owl Program and Owlett Program

Location: 11701 Danville Drive, North Bethesda, MD 20852 (on the Green Acres School campus)

Contact:  camp@thedienerschool.org; (301) 299-4602

Website:  https://thedienerschool.org/summer-camp/

Ages: Owlett Program for Elementary School (entering grades K-5); Owl Program for Middle School (entering grades 5-8)

Dates:  5 weeks: June 27 – July 29, 2022; M–Th 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM, F 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM 

Both elementary and middle school age groups have thematic weeks with multi-sensory activities and field trips; speech therapy and occupational therapy are integrated into the program along with academic skills review, musical and visual art activities for the Owls and gross motor activities for the Owletts. Programming is provided by Diener School staff, with the aim of fostering a greater sense of independence and self-esteem. Sharing campus with the Green Acres School Camp means spaces are very limited. UPDATE: Spaces are filled for Summer 2022, but in future years camp will likely be expanded.

Edlavich DC Jewish Community Center

Summer of Service

Location: Bender JCC, 6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville, MD 20852

Contact:  Shanna Sorrells; ssorrells@edcjcc.org202-777-3276

Website: DC JCC Registration

Ages: Middle and high schoolers of all abilities
  Week 1: June 27, 2022-July 1, 2022; Week 2: July 5, 2022-July 8, 2022 (no camp on July 4th); Week 3: July 11, 2022-July 15, 2022; Week 4: July 18, 2022-July 22, 2022 

Spend your summer making the world a better place with our inclusive Summer of Service Camps. Teens of all abilities work directly with community non-profits, learning and reflecting on social responsibility. Join us again on the grounds of the Bender JCC in Rockville. This summer, middle and high school teens will split their week between earning SSL hours through activities like packaging kits for the Ronald McDonald house and assisting the men and women who volunteer at A Wider Circle, and much more. We will follow a hybrid approach: some activities will be done on campus, and others will take place at various sites. Combine that with all the fun of a typical camp day and you have a recipe for a rewarding summer.

Great and Small

Location: 17320 Moore Road, Boyds, MD 20841

Contact: Paige Clark at pclark@greatandsmallride.org; (301) 349-0075

Website:  https://www.greatandsmallride.org/programs 

Military Kids Camp

Ages: 4th to 7th grade

Dates:  Monday July 18th - Friday July 22nd from 9am - 3pm

Register: https://greatandsmall.wufoo.com/forms/kzyumx30yj5cot/

This camp is targeted towards 4th - 7th graders, who come from a military family. This camp will focus on beginning riding skills both on the ground and in the saddle. Military Kids Camp will give participants the opportunity to connect with their team (volunteers, horse) and peers alike. This will be an inclusive camp open to participants of all abilities as well as siblings.

Youth Horsemanship Camp

Ages: 5th to 12th grade

Dates:  Monday August 8th - Friday, August 12th 9am - 3pm

Register:  https://greatandsmall.wufoo.com/forms/k1h2ditk1mvc6s0/

Youth Horsemanship Camp at Great and Small is designed to foster self confidence, communication and social skills for students with learning differences. This fun camp incorporates therapeutic riding lessons, unmounted equine assisted learning and peer interaction alongside qualified Great and Small staff and volunteers. ​

Learning Essentials

Brain Camp

Location: Online

Contact:  Info@LearningEssentialsEDU.com; 240-249-8492

Website: https://learningessentialsedu.com/brain-camp/

Ages: 7th through 12th grade
  Schedule Brain Camp during a time that works for you.

Is your child ready to level up with study skills? This innovative, experiential program is proven to help students achieve their full learning potential through a series of 10, one-hour appointments. Brain Camp is offered online only. By the end of Brain Camp your student will gain:  an easy-to-implement system for studying, a step-by-step approach to better academic achievement , proven strategies to organize time and assignments , the know-how to study and prepare for tests and other assignments , and newfound confidence! Everyone on the team at Learning Essentials holds either a masters or doctorate in special education and is state-certified as a special educator; some additionally have certification as reading specialists and one as an educational therapist. 


Camp Accomplish

Location:  9035 Ironsides Rd, Nanjemoy, MD 20662

Contact:  301-870-3226 or email: RecreationCenter@melwood.org

Website: https://melwood.org/recreation-programs/camp/

Ages:  5-18

Dates:  M – F  8:00 AM to 5:00 PM;  1-week sessions from June 20 to August 26, 2022

Camp Accomplish provides quality inclusive camping experiences for campers of all ability levels. Browse the brochure here. Camp Accomplish offers options for day and overnight camps, as well as several new specialty camps. Campers enjoy a variety of different activities including swimming, wall climbing, ropes course, archery, creative arts, canoeing, horseback riding, campfires, talent shows and much more. Each camper will have the opportunity to try everything, and for campers who know exactly what they like, Camp Accomplish offers the opportunity to choose and focus on specific programs! Camp Accomplish is a great place for campers to gain independence, make lasting friendships, and explore new opportunities. Breakfast and lunch are provided each day, along with snacks. Transportation is offered on a limited basis from: La Plata, National Harbor, Waldorf, Bryans Road, Upper Marlboro, Arlington, Prince Frederick, and Leonardtown for no additional fee!

Montgomery County Public Schools

MCPS Summer School Programs
Location: In all local schools/clusters; all-virtual and in-person options
Website: https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/coronavirus/summer-programs.aspx

MCPS is planning a range of summer programs for elementary, middle, and high school students in summer 2022. Most programs are tentatively planned to span the month of July, with the exception of high school credit courses and the Extended Learning Opportunities (ELO) program in Title I elementary schools, which run slightly longer. Generally, in-person programs will take place in the morning, through lunchtime. Afternoon programs sponsored by county and municipal agencies and outside providers will be available in selected schools. For most summer school programs, registration will launch in early April and be open until May 27, 2022. Students will register in ParentVUE.

Montgomery Parks

Program Access
Location: Varies depending on particular Montgomery Parks Camp your child attends
Contact: 301-495-2581; ProgramAccess@MontgomeryParks.org
Website: https://montgomeryparks.org/about/parks/accessibility/program-access/

Montgomery Parks offers a variety of summer camps, which are listed in their 2022 Summer Camp Guide.  Program Access, also referred to as “Inclusion,” within the Montgomery County Department of Parks welcomes individuals with all abilities to participate in recreational programs and activities of their choice. Reasonable modifications are provided, as needed. Some minimum eligibility requirements (age, level of participation) must be met in order to participate. Don’t forget to request support when registering your child for each program. Registration for Montgomery Parks summer camps begins on February 22, 2022.

Montgomery County Department of Recreation

Therapeutic Recreation Camps and General Recreation Camps
Location: Varies depending on particular Montgomery County Recreation Camp your child attends
Contact: For questions about supporting a camper with a disability: 240-777-6870 or rec.inclusion@montgomerycountymd.gov
Website: https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/rec/activitiesandprograms/camps/

The Montgomery County Department of Recreation offers a variety of summer camps for a wide range of interests and ages, including therapeutic summer camps. A child with a disability may attend a therapeutic camp or request support for inclusion in a general summer camp. Check out the Guide to 2022 Summer CampsRegistration for Montgomery County Dept. of Recreation summer camps begins on February 22, 2022.

Reach Every Voice

Summer Institute
Location: Summer Institute will take place in a classroom in Montgomery County. Exact location to be determined.

Contact: info@reacheveryvoice.org
 High School age
Dates:  Session 1:  June 20–July 8 (no session July 4). Session 2: July 11–July 29.  Monday to Friday, 9:00 AM – 12:00 

Summer Institute is a six-week student-driven learning experience for students who spell and type to communicate. The three-hour session is broken into three 45-minute chunks with 15-minute breaks in between:  group game, a lesson (themes chosen by students), and structured social hour.

Rockville Recreation and Parks

City of Rockville Camps
Location: Various locations
Contact: (240) 314-8620; camps@rockvillemd.gov
Website: https://www.rockvillemd.gov/359/Summer-Camps
Ages: Various ages 5-16, depending on the camp

The City of Rockville encourages individuals with disabilities to register and participate in Rockville recreation programs. To adequately plan for a successful and rewarding experience, contact the office at the above number to secure auxiliary services and aides. More than 60 camps are available, including single-week and multi-week camps. Favorites with xMinds families include Croydon Creek Nature Center Camps and Way Off Broadway Camp. The City of Rockville 2022 Camp guide will be available to view on Monday, March 7, 2022. Registration begins Thursday, March 10 at 8:30 a.m.

Social Grace

Get Out of the House Camp

Location: 3100 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201

Contact: hello@socialgracellc.com; (703) 829-6394

Website: socialgracellc.com/camp

Ages: Middle and high school students

This camp combines social learning with team-building adventures. Activities include hiking, kayaking, museum visits, art projects, and community service projects. Campers develop skills in social competence, communication, compromise, flexibility, perspective taking, self-advocacy, teamwork, and trying new things.

The Treatment and Learning Centers

Morning Friends Camp
Location: The Katherine Thomas School, 9975 Medical Center Dr., Rockville, MD 20850
Contact: Lisa Torvik (301) 424-5200, ext. 306LTorvik@ttlc.org
June 27 – August 12, 2022, Monday to Friday, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Explore three sensory motor gyms with obstacle courses and movement stations to improve strength, balance, coordination, visual spatial, and motor planning skills.

Little Friends Camp
Location: The Katherine Thomas School, 9975 Medical Center Dr., Rockville, MD 20850
Contact: Lisa Torvik (301) 424-5200, ext. 306LTorvik@ttlc.org
Website: https://www.ttlc.org/summer-programs/sp-programs/sp-ot-camps/   
Ages: 3–5

 June 27-August 12, 2022, Monday to Friday, 12:30 PM – 3:30 PM

The focus of Little Friends is on building communication and social-pragmatic language skills as well as addressing areas of sensory processing and motor planning through interactive summer themes, active play, and use of three sensory gyms. Groups are led each day by both a speech-language pathologist and an occupational therapist.

Friends Together Camp
Location: The Katherine Thomas School, 9975 Medical Center Dr., Rockville, MD 20850
Contact: Lisa Torvik (301) 424-5200, ext. 306LTorvik@ttlc.org
Website: https://www.ttlc.org/summer-programs/sp-programs/sp-ot-camps/  
Ages: 5-7

June 27-August 12, 2022, Monday to Friday, 12:30 PM – 3:30 PM

This camp focuses on building communication and social-pragmatic language skills as well as addressing areas of sensory processing and motor planning. Campers enjoy interactive summer themes, active play, and the use of three sensory gyms. Groups are led each day by both a speech-language pathologist and an occupational therapist.

Friends Interaction Group
Location: The Katherine Thomas School, 9975 Medical Center Dr., Rockville, MD 20850
Ages: 2.5-5
Contact: Julie Bobrow at 301-424-5200×147; jbobrow@ttlc.org
Website: https://www.ttlc.org/summer-programs/sp-programs/sp-ot-camps/

Dates:  June 27-August 12, 2022, Monday to Friday.

In this multidisciplinary approach, children will work with two professional staff, which may include Occupational Therapists, Psychologists and/or Counselors to improve your child’s communication, sensory motor, and peer play skills. Contact Julie Bobrow at 301-424-5200×147 or jbobrow@ttlc.org for more information and to schedule a required play visit.

Camps you've seen in previous years that are not hosting a summer camp in 2022:  Sports Plus, Take-2 Camp.  If you have a question or suggestion about this guide, please email info@xminds.org.

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