“My child loved Camp O. She made more friends there than at any previous camp, and more than she made in six years at her school. She was excited to
go to camp every morning.”
Camp O thoughtfully embeds social and emotional learning into camp activities.
A low staff to camper ratio (1:4) allows for increased interaction and supervision with highly qualified and trained staff members.
With counselor support, campers will experience activities, such as:
- Water Day
- Team Sports
- Dance + Music
- Talent Show
- Camp Olympics
- Arts + Crafts
Campers will partake in joy and silliness, discover new interests, make friends, build confidence, and help create a dynamic Camp O community!
"My child loved Camp O. She made more friends there than at any previous camp, and more than she made in six years at her school. She was excited to go to camp every morning."
Camp O campers are young people between the ages of 6 - 15. They are both interested (they have lots of passions and a desire to engage socially) and interesting (they are bright, kind, funny and unique). In addition to their strengths, Camp O campers sometimes struggle to exhibit flexibility, try something new, respond to change, solve social problems or form healthy friendships.
Camp O campers have a lot to give but need help navigating the complexities of a new social setting — like summer camp!
Camp O campers may have formal diagnoses such as:
- Autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
- Social communication disorder
- Anxiety disorders
- Learning disabilities
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Attention-deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD)
- Those without a formal diagnosis may exhibit characteristics consistent with these diagnoses
Campers must be able to maintain safe behavior and remain in their groups without continuous 1:1 supervision.
"We appreciate the love and support (my child) was given."
Camp O was thoughtfully developed by a team of staff members at the Sonia Shankman Orthogenic School (the O-School).
The O-School is a therapeutic day school with more than a century of experience serving students with significant mental health and emotional challenges and those on the autism spectrum.
The Camp O Leadership Team has a combined experience of 25 years at the O-School and is trained in Therapeutic Crisis Intervention.
“Camp O’s approach has allowed their kids to access a kind of experience they’ve never been able to access before.”
"Really supportive. Loved the way they celebrate each and every camper.”
“We love Camp O. I wish my child could come all summer.”