Awesome Summer Days Camp

campgroupSummer Employment Application – click here to apply for summer employment

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.

Camper Profile

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
  • Anti-bullying
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Assertion and Self–Advocacy
  • Conversation
  • Cooperation
  • 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.

Applications

2017 APPLICATION

Teen Camp

About

The Kelberman Center’s Teen Camp is an educational summer program for teens designed to develop social skills in a highly structured, fun and supportive environment. It is designed in cooperation with MVCC to provide supports for teens to learn new skills, experience a college campus, and enrich their education through a variety of programs.
Teens will be integrated into the classes in small groups. Each group will be coordinated by trained counselors and the program will be supervised by an assistant director with expertise in Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Camper Profile

The camp is designed for teens 13 to 18 years of age with Autism Spectrum Disorder or related challenges. All campers must possess some communication skills and be able to function in a 3:1 group setting with limited supports.

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. To maximize skill development, teens should attend this program as scheduled.

Activities & Skill Building

Educational activities are designed to teach social and interaction skills in a fun and engaging way for our teens. Supports are designed to develop social skills while maximizing participation in an exciting teen curriculum.

Week one of teen camp will feature two classes. Each teen will be given the choice of which class they would like to participate in, 3-D Designs or Digital Animation and Game Art.

3-D Designs: Ready to try your hand at manufactoring design, technology and engineering? The MVCC FABlab is an advanced fabrication workshop where you can dream up, design, and make items from practical to whimsical, using cutting edge software and equipment. Bring in a design idea or just see where inspiration takes you-then create it in our FABLab. Explore the latest printing technology and take home a custom 3D object!

Digital Animation and Game Art: Discover how 3D animated films and video games, such as Toy Story and Super Smash Bros. are made. Learn the basic elements of 3D graphics such as modeling objects, giving models color and texture, lighting scenes, and animation. Bring a flash drive to save your work.

Week two of teen camp will feature multiple skill-based lessons taught by Kelberman Center counselors designed to teach important life skills. Lessons will touch on: money management, cooking, laundry, health and wellness, and more.

Please note that week one will be limited to 7 teens. Week two is unlimited.

Location & Dates

Teen Camp will be at Mohawk Valley Community College in Utica, NY.

Tuition & Fees

The tuition for Teen Camp is $400 per week. 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.

Applications

2017 APPLICATIONS COMING SOON

Overnight Camp

About

Overnight Camp is an integrated recreational summer camp designed to develop social skills in a highly structured, fun and supportive environment. The camp pairs social skill instruction and development with a typical summer overnight camp experience. The program is designed for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Aspergers Syndrome or related learning challenges.

In a special partnership with Catholic Charities, campers will be integrated into the typical camp program at Camp Nazareth in the Adirondack mountains with the support of trained counselors and supervised by a director with expertise in Autism Spectrum Disorders and social skill development. The program is available for 3 weeklong sessions and runs Sunday-Friday. Recreational activities are designed to teach social and interaction skills in a fun and engaging way for our campers.

Camper Profile

The camp is designed for children 12 to 18 years of age with Autism Spectrum Disorders related learning challenges. In order to maximize skill development, campers must possess adequate communication skills and be able to function in a 3:1 group setting with limited supports. In addition, campers should possess the ability to independently engage in activities of daily living (showering, etc.) and be capable of sleeping away from home with limited support staff.
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 to provide the best camp experience while ensuring the health and safety of all campers and staff. To maximize skill development, campers should attend camp as scheduled. However, we are willing to work with each child/family as needed to ensure that the camp is an enjoyable experience.

Camp activities include:

  • Arts and Crafts
  • Archery
  • Swimming
  • Boating
  • Sports
  • Social Skills
  • High & Low Ropes Course
  • Adirondack Wilderness Experience

Activities are designed to develop skills in:

  • Self Regulation
  • Self Awareness
  • Understanding Others
  • Emotional Development
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Assertion and Self-Advocacy
  • Conversation
  • Cooperation
  • Making and Maintaining Friendships, and more!

Each week will highlight a different theme. Week one is mystery, week two is superhero, and week three is world explorer.

Location & Dates

Overnight Camp will be at Camp Nazareth in Woodgate, NY.

Tuition & Fees

Overnight Camp tuition is $700 per camper per week. Each week, $10 of the tuition will be deposited in the camper’s Canteen Account, which will allow them to make purchases at the trading post. 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.

Applications

2017 APPLICATIONS COMING SOON