Summer camp for children with special needs-The top 10 reasons to choose Camp Lee Mar!
- Our campers are AMAZING!
We have the best campers! Camp Lee Mar campers are from diverse ethnic, socioeconomic, and religious backgrounds. They come from all over the United States, and many different countries.
- We are seven weeks of awesome!
While Camp Lee Mar takes pride in our academic-related programs, we also want to make sure our campers are enjoying traditional camp activities and all the adapted special needs summer programs we have to offer. Days at Camp Lee Mar are filled with smiles, laughs, and fun! Whether our campers are in the pool, playing kickball, fishing, painting, dancing, or participating in one of the many other activities at camp, we make sure our campers are having the time of their lives! Our goal is to give the campers an amazing summer experience while working on all areas of independent living skills. Our teachers and therapists are not only found in the classrooms but also at activities, helping to generalize IEP goals during the day-to-day activities at camp. Our campers learn to fold their clothing, make their beds, shower independently, and work on dining-room skills. A seven week summer camp for children with special needs is the perfect length of time to have great fun while learning and mastering new skills.
The priorities and overall structure of a camp starts at the top. Camp Lee Mar’s directors not only have extensive camping experience, but also have a wealth of experience working with special needs individuals. Additionally, Ari and myself both have children with special needs.
- We are… an extension of the school year – Education and Fun in one great camp experience!
Camp Lee Mar provides a very structured program with six periods in each day. The program encompasses all the traditional camp activities but, in addition, includes strong speech, social skills, academics, daily living, physical therapy, and occupational therapy programs. These programs are headed by professionals in their fields, and run by current teachers, speech therapists, and students studying each subject. As our campers move into the senior program, we begin working on skills that will assist them in transitioning into their adult life. Our older campers take part in vocational training and job skills activities, with many senior campers holding a job at camp, or moving onto the L.I.F.E. Program. Due to these programs, many of our campers are at Camp Lee Mar as part of their Extended School Year(ESY).
- Our OUTSTANDING staff!
Camp Lee Mar’s counselors come to camp specifically to be with special needs campers. They are motivated to work at a summer camp for children with special needs and are the best individuals to be working with the campers. Many of our counselors are pursuing careers in the field of special needs.
- Special events!
Our campers love structure – but we also like to shake things up at least once or twice a week with some scheduled special events. Some of our summer special events include; Fourth of July celebrations, crazy hair day, pirate day, the fishing derby, international day, trips off camp, western day, carnival day, prom, and of course, special Olympics! There is never a dull day at Camp Lee Mar.
- Our parents love Camp Lee Mar too!
“You cannot imagine the positive impact that you have had not only on our son, but our entire family. He now loves to read and isn’t satisfied unless he gets all his spelling words correct. His participation in sports, social programs and his academics has all improved. It is hard to believe that the 7 weeks that he spent at camp could really affect so many things. Our only regret is that we did not find out about Camp Lee Mar sooner.”
- The Food!
The food at Camp Lee Mar is delicious! We have an amazing chef and kitchenstaff who assure all dietary restrictions are accommodated and our campers enjoy a healthy balanced menu. Our staff and campers LOVE the food at Camp Lee Mar.
- The Camp Facilities!
Our cabins are air-conditioned and carpeted, our Junior Olympic sized swimming pool is heated and our meals are served by wait staff family style.
- Home away from home!
We have a very high percentage of returning campers and staff every year! Camp Lee Mar truly becomes a “home away from home” for our campers and our staff. We love our Camp Lee Mar family.
Written by Lynsey Trohoske
My name is Lynsey Trohoske, I am the assistant director at Camp Lee Mar. I have three amazing children, my middle child happens to be on the autism spectrum and is a camper at Lee Mar. I joined camp as a counselor in 1998 and loved the campers and their families so much that Camp Lee Mar became my second home!