Amica Camp gives children with social challenges the many benefits of a traditional summer camp experience and the skills to connect with their peers in camp and community settings. Guided by supportive counselors, trained and experienced in serving children and teens with High Functioning Autism, AMICA campers learn to make friends and interact with each other and mainstream peers while enjoying all that an exceptional day camp has to offer. After the camp season, AMICA kids can practice socializing with their camp friends year-round in a variety of field trips, social skills groups, and fun community activities.
Fabulous Camp Activities
|-Instructional & Free Swim||-Arts & Crafts|
|-Boating & Fishing||-Nature & Science|
Clean, Safe Campgrounds
AMICA CAMP is independently owned and operated on the grounds of Cherokee Day Camp. AMICA campers have dedicated staff and separate schedules, and are supervised by highly experienced AMICA leadership at all times. AMICA campers enjoy access to Cherokee Day Camp facilities and participate in lunch, snacks, and activities with Cherokee campers as appropriate, allowing AMICA campers additional opportunities to practice socializing in a safe camp setting. All AMICA and Cherokee counselors and staff are screened prior to hiring in accordance with American Camp Association and state guidelines. *Additional fees for after-camp care and transportation.
Unique Social Skills Based Programming
- Daily skill-building activities carefully designed to teach interpersonal communication and the fundamentals of friendship, customized to meet individual camper needs and to further growth and emotional development while providing opportunities for creative and socially appropriate personal expression. Campers are given the tools and time to make and nurture friendships with peers and counselors.
- Field trips to community destinations to practice social skills and special programming to develop proficiencies in individuals who struggle socially.
- Small camper groups within a two-year age range to facilitate friendships and engagement in appropriate camp activities.
- High counselor to camper ratio in all groups.
- Experienced, trained counselors who model successful socializing behaviors.
- Counselor supervision throughout the camp day in all groups, including integrated AMICA/Cherokee lunch period and Cherokee Day Camp activities with mainstream peers.
- AMICA TEENS also learn and practice high school-focused social skills and independence in trips and activities such as bowling, dances, movies, shopping, and restaurant excursions.
Amica is the Latin word for FRIEND
Camp is a place for making friends, learning new skills, trying new activities, and connecting with nature. Research by the American Camp Association and youth development organizations shows that summer camps help children learn valuable life skills including: