Summer Recreation for Kids with Autism

Aug 1, 2013

Summer Camp Is In Full Swing!

Camp has been full of nonstop activity this summer! Coordinating more than forty children on a daily basis is an impressive task, but the Children's Services team is always up to the challenge. 

On a typical day the camp gathers in the CSS gymnasium. Students attending the Extended School Year program are dropped off by school buses and staff will meet campers at the curb to help everyone get off the bus safely. Camp staff keep the individuals arriving early busy on the playground and in the gym. By not idling, campers do not even realize they're waiting for others to check in and for their group to get organized. The individuals are split up into closely supervised groups that rotate activities throughout the week. Efforts are made to keep groups small, so no one feels crowded and each child is given the attention they need and deserve.

The camp schedule varies depending on school schedules, and the Children’s Services team works closely with each individual to accommodate any special planning needs. Children from more than 15 different schools attend the camp throughout the summer, and the schedules must be coordinated to accommodate everyone.  

Summer camp is a mix of play and structured activities. On any given day campers might do one of more than a dozen planned pursuits such as hiking, swimming, miniature golf, or classes at the CSS resource center such as art, dance or drumming.  These are mixed in with special community outings like boat trips at Lake Needwood or a visit to Brookside Gardens. The children are highly engaged in age appropriate activities to suit individual interests. 

When camp concludes for the day everyone goes home in a good mood, ready to relax after an afternoon of fun!



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Ashley Chatneuff

Communications Coordinator
Gaithersburg, MD United States

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