Connect with Community summer camp is designed to help summer campers with autism feel more comfortable with their community. Campers will have the opportunity to meet and interact with people from different community professions such as firemen, police officers and people from the medical field. Many of the professional visitors will bring materials to provide the summer campers with a hands-on learning experience.
The summer camp also includes role playing sessions that show campers with autism what it is like to be a veterinarian, banker or other fun occupation. Connect with Community summer campers get to dress up and play in areas designed to promote pretend play.
Daily activities include both indoor and outdoor play. Connect with Community summer camp attendees are encouraged to practice their skills riding bikes, playing basketball or swinging outside on the accessible sensory playground. Inflatables will be used for outside water play or for large muscle activities.
Connect with Community summer camp will get to swim in the indoor heated swimming pool. Staff encourages summer campers to feel comfortable and independent in the water or use floating devices as needed. The camper-to-staff ratio leads to a safe and secure environment.
Hattie Larlham asks that children attending summer camp bring a lunch, change of clothes and swimsuit each day. Summer campers must be signed in and out by a parent, guardian or designated adult.
Hattie Larlham requires camp attendees complete and return a registration form (PDF). Hattie Larlham staff encourages parents to bring interested campers in for a tour and interview.
The cost to attend Connect with Community summer camp is $200 per camp week. Daily rates are available.