What We Do
We host recreational programs for people with special needs. Our programs allow participants to experience the adventure of camp and the great outdoors while working towards specific developmental achievements. Programming melds a progressive curriculum with an exciting recreational environment to inspire participants to increase their independence, develop meaningful relationships, improve their physical health, and expand their quality of life.
Camp Lotsafun features all of the activities one would expect from a traditional camp such as: swimming, archery, sports, nature hikes, campfires, and arts & crafts. We also incorporate activities to improve physical health, develop social skills, and build confidence, through music, dance, drama, pet therapy, team building, and challenge courses. While each of these activities is inherently fun, there are specific educational benefits woven into everything we do. Camp sessions vary by season, lasting three days to one week in duration.
Day Tripper one-day or over-night mini-programs are purposefully designed to create one-of-a-kind social and educational opportunities for our campers, and allow families to grab frequent breaks between seasonal camps.
Who We Serve
Our programs benefit any child, teen, or adult with an intellectual, developmental, learning, communication, and/or emotional disability. Diagnoses may include but are not limited to: Asperger’s syndrome, autism, down syndrome, attention deficit/hyperactivity, processing disorders, bipolar disorder, depression, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, and various intellectual disabilities.
Participants are 7 years old to 70+ years young. Fun and adventure is a rite-of-passage, and for this reason, we never age people out of our programs.
Families and caregivers benefit through valuable respite. Short term, temporary care provided to individuals with disabilities can help prevent abuse and neglect, while supporting the family. Our programs allow families and caregivers to take a break from the daily routine of care giving, to focus on their own emotional and physical welfare.
Each year we recruit and train dozens of people who share our core values. Our counselors go through a rigorous training process that includes CPR and first aide certification. We perform criminal background checks and drug test everyone we employ. We have a strong retention rate among counselors who return season after season to work with us.
Education of our staff is paramount to our culture. We create influencers who go out into their schools and communities and educate others about people with special needs through their experience.
Maintaining a 1:4 counselor to camper ratio ensures we can adequately manage the needs of all entrusted to our care.
Fee schedules vary by program. We take special care to keep registration costs affordable. We achieve this in part by subsidizing 100 percent of participants and absorbing a portion of the costs associated with running programs.
Scholarships are available to families who qualify for financial assistance and meet the income guidelines. We are also approved vendors with many regional centers who may assist with the cost of program registration or respite.