About Camp AweSum
Camp AweSum is a Not-For-Profit charitable organization, 501(c)3, dedicated to providing summer camp opportunities for children (ages 9-15) on the autism spectrum as well as four Family Camps for children on the autism spectrum along with their siblings, parents, and grandparents. All camps are supported by experienced professionals, including autism specialists, speech pathologists, special education teachers, and occupational therapists.
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.
Family Camp – at Moon Beach
Family camp is an opportunity to vacation with other families who ‘understand your story.’ All families with a member on the spectrum are welcome, as there are no age or support needs requirements! This is an opportunity for families to relax and rejuvenate in an idyllic Northwoods setting, while connecting with other families and being supported by trained staff that embrace differences. You will have opportunities for respite, try new outdoor activities, and share stories that only families such as yours could know and appreciate.
Family Camp is held at Moon Beach, nestled in the Northwoods of Wisconsin between Eagle River and St. Germain on the shores of Moon Lake and Little St. Germain Lake. Camp facilities include modern, clean cabins found amongst the native pine, oak, and birch trees. Meals are enjoyed in a family-like atmosphere. Camp AweSum is a typical camping experience: swimming, boating, hiking, arts & crafts, fishing, and campfires. Less typical events include karaoke, variety show, and dance night.
Volunteers at Camp AweSum Family Camp provide much-needed respite to parents and caregivers. Observe, learn and work alongside experienced professionals in the field of autism to provide respite care each morning, various afternoon hours, and one evening during the week of camp. Volunteers will increase their understanding of individuals on the autism spectrum and gain information to use in their own school, career, or community. Volunteers may also enjoy the opportunities that our camp environment offers such as swimming, boating, hiking, archery, and more. Ages 14 and up. “Camp AweSum has a flexible, uplifting, unique dynamic that creates a safe and welcoming environment for anyone who enters. I can honestly say that being a member of this camp for just one week has had a lasting effect on my entire life.” – K.W. CA Volunteer
NEW: & Me | June 28-July 1, 2022 at Daycholah Center (previously known as Pilgrim Center)
& Me (Camp AweSum) is designed for young autistic campers, ages 5-8, and an adult they love to experience Camp AweSum together. & Me is held at Daycholah Center on the shores of Green Lake near Ripon, Wisconsin. Campers participate in camp favorites like boating, swimming, workshop, s’mores, and tie-dying. Campers receive proactive and reactive sensory support from our occupational therapist. Campers and their adult form friendships with others who share a similar journey.
Youth Camp | June 26-July 1, 2022 – NEW in 2022 – at Daycholah Center (previously known as Pilgrim Center)
Youth Camp is held at Daycholah Center found on the shores of Green Lake near Ripon, Wisconsin. Camp AweSum Youth is for campers ages 9-15. It will look a little different because of the location change. Campers will continue to be supported in a respect-based manner by counselors and staff. Click here for more information on becoming a Camp AweSum Counselor and Support Staff.
Women’s Retreat: Care for the Caregiver | November 11-13, 2022
This is a weekend designed to give rest and renewal to women who care for children with special needs and will include time for relaxed recreation, community building and conversation as well as opportunities for sharing information and resources. Grab your gals and enjoy a rejuvenating and relaxing weekend away just for you! This retreat is hosted by Camp AweSum leadership and will share Moon Beach with our Gluten-Free Gourmet Weekend so be prepared for a delicious gluten-free menu!
Looking for a fun way to support Camp AweSum? Join us on June 2nd at the
Golf Fore Kids 26th Annual benefit Golf event! Funds raised at this wonderful event directly support Camp AweSum!