The Kelberman Center began offering a unique summer option for school age children back in 2007. During this time, Awesome Summer Days was designed to support children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Now, our camp accepts children of all abilities. Camp runs for five weeks during the July and August months, Monday through Thursday, 9 am-2 pm. Full and part-time options are available, as well as extended care hours from 2-5 pm.
All campers must possess some communication skills and be able to function in a 3:1 group setting with limited supports.
Campers are placed in a group of 5-6 children based on age and abilities. Groups are supervised by 2-3 trained counselors and overseen by a Camp Director and Assistant Directors. A nurse is also on site during camp.
For campers requiring any specialized behavioral intervention or health care services, notification on the camp application is required. Decisions regarding acceptance will be made by the Camp Director in consultation with other professionals. Additional information may be requested in some cases to determine acceptance to the program or group placement to provide the best camp experience while ensuring the health and safety of all campers and staff. Those without summer school eligibility will be given priority acceptance.
Activities & Skill Building
Camp recreational activities are designed to teach a variety of skills in a fun and engaging way. Activities include arts and crafts, games, music and dance, swimming, horseback riding, cooking, sports, and field trips to various locations in Central New York.
Activities are designed to develop skills in:
- Self Regulation
- Self Awareness
- Understanding Others
- Emotional Development
- Conflict Resolution
- Assertion and Self–Advocacy
- Making and Maintaining Friendships
Location & Dates
Awesome Summer Days home location will be at Clinton Elementary School, 75 Chenango Avenue Clinton, NY 13323-1395
Tuition & Fees
The tuition for Awesome Summer Days is $281.25 for week 1 and $375 per week for weeks 2-5. The entire 5-week program is $1,781.25. There are a limited number of income-based scholarships available. The Kelberman Center will award scholarships as funding permits, which may cover part or all of tuition. Eligible participants may also utilize Medicaid respite funding to cover the cost of tuition.
Extended care is available Monday through Thursday, 2-5 PM for a fee of $20 per hour. Advanced notification is required.
For siblings and friends not participating in the camp program, limited spots are available for them to join us on field trips on Thursdays for an additional fee.