Considering the current data and recommendation that physical distancing and precautions remain in place until June, we have determined that it is in the best interest of our patients, families, volunteers, and staff to cancel Children’s camps for May and early June. As a result, Camp You B You, will be cancelled for the week of June 7-12, 2020. At this time, a decision has not been made about camps scheduled to take place later in June or July. Our teams will continue to monitor the situation and plan accordingly. To learn more and see up to date information about the virus, please visit choa.org/covid19.
Please contact Jamie Ekstrom, Partner Support and Hospital Program Manager for additional information.
You B You Sleepaway Camp is a week-long camp for children ages 8-16 with autism who present with high functioning skills. Camp allows for children with autism to participate in traditional camp activities in an accepting and supported environment. Camp is run in collaboration with Camp Twin Lakes and occurs at one of their locations. Camp Twin Lakes is a network of camps providing life changing programs to Georgia’s children with illnesses, disabilities, and other challenges. There are two programs:
General Camp (ages 8-14)
General camp is for children ages 8-14 who are able to function with a 5-to-1 camper to adult ratio. Daily activities include archery, swimming, rock climbing, boating, etc. with an evening program every night (talent show, magician). Children indicate their activity preference for the morning discovery program and are paired with other children accordingly. In the afternoon, children rotate between traditional camp activities in assigned groups. Children are assigned to girls and boys cabins (four to five campers and one counselor per cabin) based on age and the age range of campers available (so the age range in any cabin varies yearly).
Review our frequently asked questions and camper eligibility criteria to learn more about campers who will be the most successful in this setting.
Specialty Camp: Leader in Training (LIT) (ages 15-16)
The Leaders in Training (LIT) specialty camp offers a unique opportunity designed to teach beginning leadership skills. LITs serve as role models during regular camp activities, assisting counselors and younger campers, and participate in their own specialized programming and leadership training. Potential LITs must interview for this position.
Expectations over the course of the week will include but not be limited to:
- Assisting camp counselors with group management of younger campers
- Facilitating beginning social skills among other campers
- Assisting younger campers with participation in challenging activities
- Acting as a role model for younger campers
- Participation in specialized evening programming focused on leadership
Review our frequently asked questions and camper eligibility criteria to learn more about what it takes to become a LIT camper.
Information about next year’s sleepaway camp will be available in early 2021. The application review process may include a caregiver phone screen. Caregivers will be notified if their child is offered a spot by Friday, April 10. Follow the links below to complete the registration process.
General Camper Application