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

Camper Eligibility Criteria

Camp You Be You is specifically designed for children with autism (diagnoses may include Autism Spectrum Disorder, Autistic Disorder, Asperger’s Disorder, Pervasive Developmental Disorder) who are verbally fluent and complete self-care skills independently. As we are primarily staffed by volunteers, we are not able to support all children with autism. Children at camp must be 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.

General Camp

  • Campers must be 8 to 15 years old.
  • Camper 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 the daily activities, etc.).
  • Campers must meet the physical demands of camp (walking between activities which may be a long distance, remaining outdoors for most of the day).
  • Campers must be willing and able to participate in a group setting (able to transition among activities with a group, follow instructions from counselors and older campers, remain with the group, take turns, ask for help when needed, etc.).
  • Campers must be able to sleep in a group setting.
  • 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.
  • Records review may include requests for documentation of a diagnosis, an IEP, or a teacher form. In addition to screening calls, virtual interviews may be conducted with children.

Leader in Training (LIT)

  • LIT specialty campers must be 15-17 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. LITs have a greater level of independence at camp and we have increased expectations for their behavior. LITs are expected to assist counselors, assist younger campers, complete service projects and extra duties around camp, participate in daily trainings, and serve as role models for younger campers.
  • 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, supporting materials, and payments must be submitted by due dates.
  • A MANDATORY informational session is offered at Marcus and virtually prior to camp.