Summer Camp

Aaron's Acres Summer Camp

 
Aaron’s Acres offers summer camps in Berks, Dauphin, and Lancaster counties five days a week.  Our Lancaster camp offers two 2-week sessions and an additional 1-week session in August for new families who choose an abbreviated camp experience.  Our Dauphin camp is comprised of two 2-week sessions, and our Berks camp runs one 2-week session.  The summer camp provides a positive, supportive atmosphere for ALL participants, regardless of their abilities.  Campers experience the same types of recreational activities as those of their peers without special needs.  Structured thematic days include:
 

 

• Music Therapy
• Playground
• Therapeutic Horseback Riding
• Animal Therapy
• Stories/Games
• Arts and Crafts
• Snack Time
• Swimming

 

 
The recreational activities focus on each child's needs in the areas of socialization and communication skills. The staff to child ratio is 1:1 or 1:2. All sessions are supervised by licensed social workers and/or special education teachers. A nurse is present at all programs to address any medical needs. See more information on our wonderful staff.
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The following programs are offered:

(Please make your selection by checking the appropriate box on the registration form.)

Half-Day Morning Program

For campers 5-21, a half-day program exists at all locations from 9:15 a.m.-12:00 noon (8:45 a.m.-11:30 a.m. in Dauphin) during all sessions.  Campers participate in age-appropriate activities with a focus on socialization and communication skills.  For our younger campers, ages 5-12, activities include those listed above. For the older campers, ages 13-21, additional activities may include running a car wash to raise money for a cause, creating a puppet show, making a piñata, or organizing a talent show for the younger campers. (Lancaster Session 3 is for ages 5-12 only)

  • A-Team—Social Skills Group for children ages 13-21 diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome (Lancaster Session 1 only-- In order to register for this program, you must register for both the morning and afternoon sessions.)

For adolescents ages 13-21 who are diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome, the A-Team participates in age-appropriate activities designed to develop their socialization and communication skills.     Running a food drive for the food bank and shopping and baking desserts for the camp’s family barbecue are just a few examples of these activities.  This program is offered from 9:15 a.m.-12:00 noon and then extended into the afternoon. 

Half-Day Afternoon Program

  • Aaron’s Acres Acts of Kindness (AAAOK) program for ages 13-21 (Dauphin Session 1, Lancaster Session 1, and Berks)

For adolescents ages 13-21, the campers participate in the morning activities with the other campers, stay for lunch, and then venture into the community in the afternoon to serve such organizations as the local food bank, a nursing home, Habitat for Humanity, and several therapeutic riding stables.  The goal is to teach these young people about the importance of giving back to the community.  By participating in this program, the adolescents recognize their ability to provide service to others in the community, rather than just to receive services.  This program is offered during Dauphin Session 1 from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and during Lancaster Session 1 and Berks from 12:00 noon until 3:00 p.m.  Note:  In order to register for this program, you must register for both the morning and afternoon sessions.

  • A-Team afternoon– Social Skills Group for children ages 13-21 diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome (Lancaster Session 1 only-- In order to register for this program, you must register for both the morning and afternoon sessions.)

For adolescents ages 13-21 who are diagnosed with Aspergers, the A-Team participates in age-appropriate activities designed to develop their socialization and communication skills.  Running a food drive for the local food bank and shopping and baking desserts for the camp’s family barbecue are just a few examples of these activities.  This program is a continuation of the A-Team morning program; the campers will stay for lunch and continue with their activities in the afternoon.  This program is offered from 12:00 noon until 3:00 p.m.  

  • On-Site Afternoon Program for ages 5-21 (Lancaster Session 2 only)

For campers 5-21, the campers participate in the morning activities with the other campers, stay for lunch, and then extend the fun into the afternoon for additional activities with their friends.  This program is offered during Lancaster Session 2 from 12:00 noon until 3:00 p.m.  Note:  In order to register for this program, you must register for both the morning and afternoon sessions.
 

To register please click here...Participant Registration form.

See more details on parent programs.

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