Why Send Your Child To Special Needs Summer Camps Like Camp Lee Mar?
Choosing to send your child to a private special needs camp is the same as choosing to send a child to a private mainstream camp. There may be cheaper day programs in your area, or there may be free school programs that your child may be eligible for, but a private camp (regular or special needs) usually has an area of specialty. Think mainstream sports camps, academic camps or art and theater camps.
Choosing to send your child to a private special needs camp like Camp Lee Mar is a financial commitment, but you are providing your child with a specialized camp experience. Our camp provides traditional camp activates alongside a full academics program, career and vocational training program, daily living skills and social skills program.
So what are the benefits of summer camps for children with special needs?
- Our campers don’t need to feel anxious about “fitting in” to make friends. Our staff are there to guide our campers in making those lifelong camp friendships just like those experienced in a traditional camp setting. As a summer camp for children with special needs we are very aware that many of our campers have been left out of social gatherings such as birthday parties or really struggled to maintain friendships in a mainstream inclusive setting. At Camp Lee Mar our children are genuinely included in everything and appreciated for their strengths and talents.
- All of our summer camp special needs programs are tailored to be accessible to all of our campers. At Camp Lee Mar every group does every sport and activity a traditional camp offers.
- Summer camps for children with special needs not only allow our campers the opportunity to be independent and have their own growth-producing experience, but they also allow parents to regroup. Our parents get to relax and reset while their child is having a great time at a summer camp special needs program.
- Special needs summer camps not only serve our campers, but their siblings also. While a camper is at camp we can work on social skills that will carry over into the home environment. This often helps improve sibling relationships. A summer camp for children with special needs can be just as beneficial to our campers’ siblings, as it allows them the time to decompress and relax as well.
We would love to discuss the benefits of our special needs summer camps with you.
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!