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My interesting journey to working at a special needs camp

Summer camp for special kids with down syndrome

I grew up surrounded by persons with special needs, as my father, and hero, Irv Segal, started the first supervised vacation program for adults with special needs. During each summer my dad would run a special needs camp called The Guided Tour’s Adult Resort which still takes place every August. During the summer Camp Lee Continue Reading…

Overseas Staff And The Positive Impact They Have On Our Special Needs Summer Camp

Special Needs Overnight Summer Camps PA

The recent Presidential proclamation suspended the entry of J-1 Exchange Visitors from June 24 to December 31, 2020. This has negatively impacted American seasonal businesses including summer camps. Over the years we have had staff from England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Poland, The Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Mexico, South Africa, Australia, The Netherlands and New Zealand. Continue Reading…

The Fight For Services – Summer Programs For Special Needs Children

Right program for special needs children

Any parent who has a child that learns differently knows these struggles: The struggle of sitting in an IEP meeting and advocating for the educational services your child needs. The struggle of getting people (educators, therapists and doctors) to understand who your child is and their capabilities. Staying up at night after your child is Continue Reading…

Summer Camps for Kids with Asperger’s
or High Functioning Autism

Overnight special need summer camps for kids with Asperger’s

Summer programs for kids with Asperger’s or High Functioning Autism provide a functional setting for children to practice social skills and social thinking skills in a natural environment. Summer camps for kids with Asperger’s or HFA can cater to a wide range of children. The term Asperger’s, or as it is now medically termed High Continue Reading…

Homesickness and Special Needs Summer Programs

overnight summer camp for special needs kids

My name is Ari Segal, I am the director at Camp Lee Mar. I am married, and we have three incredible children. My oldest child happens to be developmentally challenged and was a camper at Lee Mar (He aged out at 21 and is now 22.) I have been with Camp Lee Mar since 1993. Continue Reading…

Camp For Special Needs Children
– Why Our Parents Love Camp Lee Mar!

A Special Camp for Special Needs Children

During our 2018 visiting day we asked our parents to give prospective parents some information and feedback about Camp Lee Mar. The full video can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Dy0GpN-I8M Our parents talk about their experience at Camp Lee Mar, their concerns as a first time parent, and all the wonderful benefits Camp Lee Mar provided Continue Reading…

Summer camp for children with special needs – Come take a tour!

Summer Camps for children with special needs

Summer Camps for children with special needs are an amazing experience for children! It is a great way for children to experience independence away from home, learn new skills and make amazing friends in a supported environment. We understand that looking into a residential Summer Camp for children with special needs can be overwhelming for Continue Reading…

Summer camp for children with Autism

Camp for Autistic kids

Although Camp Lee Mar is not solely a summer camp for children with Autism, many of our campers do have an Autism Spectrum diagnosis, or may have a diagnosis of Asperger’s Syndrome, Atypical Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorder – Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS) or Sensory Processing Disorder. Some of our new campers may have taken part in summer Continue Reading…

What is the meaning of L.I.F.E.?

Camp Lee Mar Educational L.I.F.E. Program

Not an easy question to answer . . . unless you are a part of this great program at Camp Lee Mar! So what is the meaning of L.I.F.E.? Living Independently Functional Education At Camp Lee Mar we are constantly developing our programming so we can offer the most effective, well rounded, fun, and educational Continue Reading…

But you are a Special Needs Camp – Shouldn’t I send my child to an Inclusive Camp Program?

specialized camp program for special kids

Inclusion can be a very touchy topic for parents and educators alike. Some parents of children on the autism spectrum want their child to be in a mainstream setting with support if needed.Other parents of children on the autism spectrum know their child needs a tailored program that cannot be delivered in an inclusion or Continue Reading…