Camper eligibility criteria 
Learn more about our Camp You B You sleepaway camp camper eligibility criteria

Sponsored by Marcus Autism Center, Camp You B You is a six-day sleepaway summer camp for children who have autism. Learn more about our camper eligibility criteria below.

Camp You B You is specifically designed for children with autism (diagnoses may include Autism Spectrum Disorder, Autistic Disorder, Asperger’s Disorder, Pervasive Developmental Disorder) who are able to function in a group setting with a 5-to-1 camper to counselor ratio. Our staff will review all applications which may include a review of additional records. Requirements include:

General Camp

  • Campers must be 8 to 14 years old.
  • Campers must be able to attend the full week and function with a 5-to-1 camper-to-counselor ratio.
  • Campers must meet personal hygiene needs independently (getting dressed, grooming, bathing, getting ready for bed, getting ready for daily activities, etc.).
  • Campers must meet the physical demands of camp (walking long distances between activities, remaining outdoors for most of the day, etc.).
  • Campers must be willing and able to participate in a group setting (able to transition among activities, follow instructions from counselors and older campers, remain with the group, take turns, ask for help when needed, etc.).
  • Campers must be able to communicate with counselors and peers. Successful campers speak in full sentences and have emerging conversation skills.
  • Campers cannot have current occurrences of elopement (running away), aggressive behavior or disruptive behavior. The camp is located in a wooded area with several trails and easy access to a lake. Campers must follow directions from staff.
  • Fourteen-year-old campers may be asked to participate in a phone interview.
  • Records review may include requests for documentation of a diagnosis or a child’s IEP. 

Leader in Training (LIT)

  • LIT specialty campers must be 15 or 16 years old at the time of camp.
  • LIT campers must meet all of the expectations for general campers and be ready to work in a leadership role. This includes assisting counselors, assisting younger campers, completing service projects and extra duties around camp, participating in additional trainings, and serving as a role model for others.
  • Previous camp experience is preferred.
  • Prior to acceptance, campers will be asked to participate in an in-person or web-based video conference interview.

Parent Expectations

  • Applications must be submitted by scheduled due dates to be considered.
  • We may request additional materials for review.
  • An informational session at Marcus Autism Center will be offered to interested families approximately one month before the start of camp with an option to join via a web-based platform. Attendance is MANDATORY.
  • Payments must be received by due dates for campers to attend.