2017 Therapeutic Summer Day Camp:
Sponsored by Auburn Parks and Recreation &
The Exceptional Outreach Organization
**If you are interested in becoming a
2017 Summer Camp Counselor,
please scroll to the bottom of the page!**
Camp Dates: June 5-30, *NO CAMP the week of July 3-7. Camp resumes July 10-July 28, (Camp runs Monday-Friday)
Camp Hours: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. (Campers can be dropped off beginning at 7:45 a.m. Early drop-offs will NOT be allowed. A late fee of $1 per minute will be charged after the first warning has been issued.)
Location: Drake Middle School gymnasium and pool
Age Group: Camp is geared towards high functioning, citizens with an intellectual disability who are 15 years and older.
Fees*: $150.00 (Approx. $21.00 per week), each additional sibling $100.00. Make checks payable to the City of Auburn. Refunds will not be given after June 1, 2017 for missed days/weeks during the Summer Camp program.
*Fees include the following: Healthy snacks, most camp supplies and some field trips. Extra costs might include field trips or special activities. Some financial scholarships are available through the Exceptional Outreach Organization. Scholarship Application Forms are available at the Harris Center or you can download one here starting March 27, 2017. All scholarship requests must be postmarked by May 5, 2017.
This is a seven week summer day camp designed for young adults with various disabilities (e.g., autism, cerebral palsy, down syndrome, intellectual disabilities, hearing impairments, vision impairments). The Summer Camp is a joint project created and sponsored by Auburn Parks and Recreation and the Exceptional Outreach Organization. The Therapeutic Summer Camp's curriculum program includes life skills training, instructional training, team work, social skills, aerobic line dancing, swimming, and other physical recreation activities (e.g., basketball, bowling, volleyball, soccer). The campers also participate in cultural experiences, such as attending the Harriott II Educational Lunch Cruise in Montgomery, the Animal Safari at Pine Mountain and the Blue Bell Creamery.
Campers must be high functioning, mentally disabled citizens who are 15 years and older. Campers must be toilet trained. Campers must dress appropriately - wear closed toe shoes even if not participating in some activities. Pool shoes and/or flip flops are only for swimming. All campers will be expected to have a positive attitude and be positive about themselves and others. This is a camp to show off their abilities, not their disabilities. Campers will be evaluated on an individual basis.
Application Information & Deadline:
Applications will be available on Monday, March 27, 2017 and the application deadline is Friday, May 5, 2017 at 5 p.m. Applications can be downloaded here beginning March 27, 2017. All applications and registration fees must be turned in to the Harris Center by this date. If you have any questions, please contact Alison Hall, Community and Special Programs Director, at 334-501-2930.
Counselors are expected to supervise campers and participate in daily camp activities. Duties include preparing snacks, supervising all campers, interacting with campers during all activities, planning activities, such as arts and crafts and sports games, etc... All camp counselors must be punctual and reliable. Full-time counselors are preferred (40 hours a week), but part-time counselors (20 hours a week) will also be hired. Prior child care, camp counselor, or special education experience is a plus. Persons with or working toward a degree in Education, Rehabilitation and Special Education, Kinesiology or a related field are encouraged to apply. Persons with CPR, First Aid and/or Lifeguard Certification are also encouraged to apply.
To Apply: Applicants should apply through the City of Auburn's website. If you do not have Internet access or you need assistance with this process, please contact the Alabama Career Center, 2300 Frederick Road, Opelika, Alabama, 36801. Their number is (334) 749-5065. Applicants should apply for the position of "Recreation Leader-Camp Counselor for Summer Therapeutic Camp." Once you have completed your online application via the City's website, please send an e-mail to Alison Hall stating your interest and that you have completed your online application.