Great friends, exciting activities, and an atmosphere that lets our young people be themselves are just three of the reasons why camp is so much fun! Research has shown that camp offers the kinds of experiences that are critical to adolescents eventually becoming successful, productive adults.
Camp Free2BMe is a unique summer day camp offering social skills programming combined with recreational opportunities to children ages 13 and up. Each week is focused on a specific skill and is learned through outings, art, music, themed activities, individual and group projects. Our senior camp practices their skills out in the community three to four days per week. RAIN uses an evidence based peer to peer model in all of our programs. Peer to peer support programs and inclusion of students with ASD not only contributes to positive outcomes for the campers with ASD, but can also impact a number of outcomes for peers.
It was at the end of Camp Free2BMe in 2014 that one of our campers asked us, now what? Good question! It occurred to us that the need to continue working on social relationships, understanding emotions and learning life skills were not just a summer thing, it needed to be year round. We wanted to keep building on what we had been working on over the summer and our campers wanted to keep learning.
In 2015 we launched our first Social Saturday program. We chose curriculum that focused on specific skills and we used multiple modalities of learning (after all, no two people are exactly alike!). By incorporating art, drama, cooking and game-based learning, our students were excited to be able take what they learned back to their homes and schools and practice. Imagine our excitement when they came back Saturday after Saturday with success stories of how they used what they had learned and how it really worked for them!
We now offer several classes on Saturday and we will continue to build on them each new session. Currently, we are utilizing ACCESS (Adolescent Curriculum for Communication and Effective Social Skills) that is specifically designed for middle and high school. The information is presented in a fun way that is easy to apply to everyday situations. We cover skills related to: self-care, respect, organization and relating appropriately to adults.
If you want to enroll in a program, fill out our Registration form. If you are having a financial hardship you may fill out our Scholarship form and submit it with the required supporting documents. If you are interested in volunteering, fill out our Volunteer Application. All forms may be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each year, campers pay a $25 Registration Fee prior to attending any of our programs.
Your student will particpate in a fun filled week of summer camp full of adventure and learning!
Your child will participate in a full 5 week Social Saturday session.
Your child will participate in one Social Saturday class.