Disease, Disorders, Medical Disciplines

Camp Encourage

Kansas City, MO

Mission

The mission of Camp Encourage is to provide youth with autism spectrum disorder meaningful experiences in which they build the knowledge, courage, and skills to be empowered participants in the community.

Ruling Year

2008

Principal Officer

Mrs. Kelly Nicole Lee

Main Address

4025 Central Street

Kansas City, MO 64111 USA

Keywords

autism, autism spectrum disorder, overnight camp, youth, outdoor recreation, camp, socialization, emotional wellness, mental health

EIN

26-0797076

 Number

1444911334

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Autism (G84)

Recreational and Sporting Camps (Day, Overnight, etc.) (N20)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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Summer camp overnight programs for youth with autism spectrum disorder

Overnight weekend camp programs for youth with autism spectrum disorder

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Studies show the benefits of overnight camp opportunities include: creating a greater sense of independence as youth learn to do more things on their own without the help of their parents or caretaker, connecting with individuals who have similar interests, having a sense of belonging, feeling free to “be who you truly are,” increasing social skills, and trying new things. For youth with ASD who require additional supports and structured activities, opportunities for overnight camp experiences are sparse. A lack of recreational services and overnight camp opportunities for these youth puts a greater strain on families who often already feel the stress of their situations. Many campers come to Camp Encourage having never spent the night away from home; many parents have never had the opportunity to have an evening out, let alone a night or three of respite away from a child who requires additional attention. This has a tendency to affect not only the parents and siblings, but also their larger families, peers, co-workers, and surrounding community. We have a goal to meet that need—to support families with quality care, to empower youth with ASD and to give those served the support and confidence needed long after camp has ended. It is our goal that campers with ASD: Increase skills of independenceIncrease one’s own personal self-esteem, self-understanding and awarenessIncrease social abilities and connectionsIncrease awareness of recreation opportunities and skills of recreationThese goals are broken down in detail with measurable objectives and evaluation methods. We strive to provide a place where each camper: feels proud about who he or she is, can shine by exhibiting his or her talents, is able to share positive experiences with others with similar interests and abilities, can connect and keep in touch with new friends, and knows that there is a place where judgments and teasing are absent. Being able to extend this opportunity to additional families and children is needed and would be great growth toward the continuation of extending the services of Camp Encourage.

After each camp session, Camp Encourage measures the effectiveness of its programming and its mission through an online survey. Through the years, professionals have assisted Camp Encourage in strengthening the survey to yield relevant and telling results. Parents, campers, peer model campers, and volunteers provide input against each goal and regarding general details we believe are important when providing a quality service for youth with ASD. We are hoping the results reveal that each camper gains increased confidence, skills of independence, and self-acceptance. Further, it is our intention to create successful social connections, build relationships, and introduce campers to recreational activities they may not otherwise be exposed to. Through the experience, we also hope to provide parents with much needed respite.The surveys are qualitative (getting valuable heart-tugging remarks) but also quantitative in that a 4 point Likert Scale is used. Results are evaluated to ensure quality.

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

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