Summer camp for children on the autism spectrum and their families
Camp AweSum Mission Statement
We are transforming lives by providing a respect-based culture of acceptance, support, and understanding for those who are touched by autism, through community building and education.
Welcome to Camp AweSum!
Camp AweSum Family Camp at Moon Beach is an opportunity to vacation with other families who ‘understand your story.’ Camp AweSum Family Camp will fill your heart and provide you with much-needed rest, relaxation, and play. Experience the hospitality and acceptance of our staff with other families. Share a week in a community like no other for this exceptional opportunity in the beauty of the Northwoods of Wisconsin.
Respite is provided daily between breakfast and lunch by trained volunteers. During your respite time, campers age five and older, regardless of neurodiversity, will participate in activities such as archery, boating, and drumming. This gives parents/caregivers time to rejuvenate while enjoying activities on their own. Some families bring bicycles and enjoy the miles of paved trails in the area. Others go kayaking, fishing, hiking, participate in yoga, or guided arts and crafts sessions.
Everyone will enjoy traditional camping activities such as swimming, games, and campfires.
Camp AweSum is a not-for-profit charitable organization, 501(c)3, dedicated to providing summer camp opportunities for those touched by autism. Camps are supported by experienced professionals and trained volunteers.
Camp AweSum Mission Statement: We are transforming lives by providing a respect-based culture of acceptance, support, and understanding for those who are touched by autism, through community building and education.
In 2023, there will be three weeks of CA Family Camp, two in June and one in August. We have condensed the family camps to three weeks to best fill our weeks with campers and volunteers.
CAF 1 June 11-17, 2023
CAF 2 June 18-24, 2023
CAF 3 August 6-12, 2023
As of March 31, 2023 all Camp AweSum weeks are full to capacity and the waitlist is also full.
There will be no youth camp in 2023. We are still discussing the best way to offer youth camp in terms of location and staffing. Youth camp is the most expensive endeavor for Camp AweSum because of staffing. To support youth camp, we will be increasing our fundraising efforts with the goal of having it back on the calendar for 2024.
If you are interested in working with children on the autism spectrum and their families, please consider volunteering for Camp AweSum Family Camp at Moon Beach.
“It is one of the most rewarding, life-changing, impactful experiences you will ever have. There are so many things to learn and experience, so many ways to grow and change, and so many friends that you will make along the way”
“I use the knowledge I learned from camp every single day! Neurodiversity is everywhere, and it is important to understand that no matter where you go, you do not know what someone is going through”
Volunteer counselors support all the children of the families (those on the spectrum and those not on the spectrum) for three hours each morning, one hour in the afternoon, and one evening during the week of camp. Campers have all meals with their families. Volunteer counselors will have various afternoon hours. Volunteer counselor’s duties are finished after families leave and camp is packed up. Youth volunteers under 18 are welcome, but must be accompanied by a group chaperone or guardian.
When not providing respite or supporting camp activities, volunteers may enjoy the many amenities and natural beauty of Moon Beach. Volunteers will receive training and will complete a background check after signing up.
Lodging and meals are provided for volunteers; if you would like to offset this cost, please consider making a donation.
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