2012 Summer Programs

Finding a summer program for your child or young adult with autism can present a unique challenge. We have found organizations in our area offering supportive programs.

The list below contains a list of summer programs and clubs open to children and young adults with autism.It is for information purposes only. The Autism Society Oakland County does not endorse the programs listed.

If you are aware of a program not listed, please contact us at asocmi@gmail.com .

Belightful Yoga  Fridays 6:30 – 7:15 p.m

1st Session: June 15 – July 20, 2012 (No class on July 6th)

2nd Session: July 27 – August 24, 2012

Belightful Yoga in partnership with the Macomb Intermediate School District will offer Family Yoga Fun on Fridays for all kids with special needs at an extremely low rate.  Hurry and register soon as classes begin on June 15thSee flier for details.

*All children welcome. Inclusive of those with Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADHD, Down Syndrome, learning disabilities and those challenged with anxiety, depression, sensory integration, and more.

Camp FAR Out
  August 6 - 17th

Where: FAR Conservatory, 1669 W. Maple Birmingham, Michigan 48009

Phone 248.646.3347  http://www.farconservatory.org/

CampFAR Out is a two-week onsite performing arts camp. Camp runs from 9-11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday with a public performance the last day. Click 
HERE for the registration form.

Questions? Call the office at 248.646.3347.


Camp for Us
   June 29 – July 2

Where: Camp Skyline 5650 Sandhill Road Almont, MI 48003 (map)

This session is open to all families, including, but not exclusively, to those with family members with special needs. Camp for Us is a new camp welcoming families with special needs children. Lodging in Focus, cabins or tents. Friday evening until Monday monring. Seven meals from Saturday breakfast through Monday breakfast and evening snacks.   Camp for Us   campskyline.org 

Detroit Zoo Summer Safari Camp

Join us for our annual Summer Safari Camp, available June 25-August 17 for full-day experiences. A variety of incredible activities are in store during the summer break at the wildest place in town. Spaces are very limited and will go quickly, so sign up right away! 

Call (248) 541-5717 ext. 3800 to register.

Summer Safari 2012 is online and camps are available for registration!
For a printable version of the camp programs, email education@detroitzoo.org
Summer Safari availability calendar.    Registration form.

Dutton Farm Summer Program

6/6 - 8/31 MWF 9am - 3pm

Where:Dutton Farm, 2270 Dutton Rd, Rochester, MI 48306 (map)

Dutton Farm website: http://www.duttonfarm.org/

Summer Program information Cost: $35/day Dutton Farm is offering a summer camp for individuals with developmental disabilities of all age groups that can participate within a 3:1 ratio.  We are open 4 days a week for a day filled with farm activities geared to people with special needs. Campers will have the opportunity to enjoy being on a tranquil farm setting where they will be able to feed animals, learn about gardening and using our produce, collecting cleaning and packaging eggs from our chicken coop, and making crafts among many other exciting and educational farm activities. Registration is now open and space is limited, so don’t hesitate to sign up! Sign up with the

O.A.T.S. Smiles on Saddles Summer Camp

We've been Offering Alternative Therapy with Smiles since 1997. Our mission: to promote the health, well-being and happiness of handicapped individuals through horseback riding and related activities.  Smiles on Saddles Summer Camp  Registration

Where: 3090 Weidemann Dr., Clarkston, Ml 48348     248-620-0505 • 248-620-1775      www.oatshrh.org

OUCARES Summer Programs

 Where:Oakland University

Oakland University Autism Research, Education and Support (OUCARES) offers a variety of summer day camps for children on the autism spectrum 
ages 3 - 20 years old.

Pee Wee Summer Day Camp for children 3 - 5 year olds.

The Pee Wee Summer Day Camp is for children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, ages 3 - 5 years old. Our Pee Wee Camp activities will be focusing on providing skills to improve quality of life.  All activities are structured and are planned around a weekly theme.  Arts & Crafts, Social Skills, Sports and Fitness, Music, Sensory Fun and so much more!!!

Summer Day Camp for children ages 6 - 13 years old

Each week will be filled with loads of fun including indoor swimming, arts and crafts, sensory time, social skills,  field trips, sports and fitness, nature walks and much more! Camp activities will be recreational with an academic component.  All activities are highly structured and are planned around a weekly theme.

Film Camp for individuals with ASD and a sibiling or peer buddy for ages 10 - 20 years old

Join Joey Travolta and his staff from Hollywood in creating and starring in your own short film.  You don't want to miss this once in a lifetime opportunity!
This camp is for individuals with an Autism Spectrum Disorder 10-20 years of age and a sibling or peer buddy within the same age group

The 2012 Film Camp is Currently Full

We are taking applications for the waiting list


The Optiminds Camp will run five days per week for seven weeks this summer at Addams Elementary School located on Webster Street in Royal Oak. The camp runs from 9:00am -12:00pm. 

During camp, the Optiminds team work from students IEPs and the parents input to determine what the student will work on. Most students need their IEPs adjusted in the fall after spending the summer with us. Each camper is on his/her own schedule. Two hours are devoted to reading, math, reading, and english. 

Optiminds, Inc. can offer DSG members a daily price of $25.00 per day per camper. Siblings are welcome to attend the camp at the same rate. Optiminds Summer Camp flyer     Application.

Parks & Recreation
Many of the local communities offer summer programs through their local parks.
Though these programs are often not centered on individuals with special needs, adaptive programs can be available.

R.A.R.A. SCAMP is a special summer camp for students with special needs, ranging from developmental delays to severe mental and physical disabilities.

The campers meet Monday - Thursday from 9:30 - 2:30 at North Hill Elementary School for six weeks during summer vacation. Campers enjoy the kind of recreational activities that are routinely available to children without special needs. Participants are primarily from Rochester and Rochester Hills. SCAMP is staffed by certified teachers, parapros, students and volunteers.  R.A.R.A. SCAMP

Adaptive Summer Softball This is RARA’s 13th year for our adaptive softball team, which is in conjunction with the Oakland County Parks & Recreation League. This softball league is designed for highfunctioning persons with developmental disabilities, ages 14 & up.

The team will practice on Tuesdays and play games once a week on Thursdays at 6:30pm. The RARA team will play against teams from neighboring cities. Four of the games will be at our home field, which is still to be determined, and the other 4-5 games will be at neighboring city fields. The format will consist of regular
slow-pitch softball rules, low impact/injury balls and a tee, if necessary.

Players are responsible for their own transportation to and from practices and games. Players will receive a shirt and hat. The season will conclude with a team picnic.    RARA Summer Softball

Movie Night Out For persons with developmental disabilities
Come and hang out with your friends and enjoy a movie at the theatre one Friday each month. Each participant will bring money for his or her movie ticket and for any concessions.

Movie selection will be decided the Tuesday before and will include G, PG and PG-13. Time may be variable based on the movie times. Please pre-register. Movie Night Out registration!

Special Olympics of South East MI

2012 State Summer Games!  May 31- June 2 Somi.org

Where: Central Michigan University, Kelly/Shorts Stadium, 2300 East Campus DriveMount Pleasant, MI (map

Together, our movement believes in creating a world where every person, regardless of ability, is accepted and welcomed, and where every individual contributes to the strength and vibrancy of the whole. Sports is a universal  language which unites people on and off the playing field, and its lessons are relevant to all of us – families, youth, educators, medical professionals, and governments leaders. As millions of individuals are touched by the Special Olympics movement, traditional barriers of race, ethnicity, education level, social status, religion, and economic background disappear and the human race as a whole prevails.

2012 Summer Games information.

Upland Hills Farm

Where: 481 Lake George Road, Oxford, Michigan 48370  248-628-1611 http://uplandhillsfarm.com/

Upland Hills Farm offers a Summer Day Camp which strives to provide your child with a vacation from the stresses of the school year.  During the school year most every minute is scheduled with a specific task.  At the Farm children choose their own activities.  During the school year academic achievement and testing is stressed.  At the Farm, fun is the priority and the learning just happens.   The most important thing is creating a noncompetitive environment where children of all ages  play together.  This is an environment that fosters creativity, self understanding, life-long friendships, and empathy for others.

Willoway Day Camp 

The Willoway Ranch provides our campers, boys and girls ages 5 to 14, with a wonderful environment for the best in camping.

From the "state of the art" swimming pools, built especially for children; pond, animal farm, nature trail, fishing, low ropes-initiative challenge course, "ga-ga-ga" courts, athletic fields, tennis courts, go-kart track, basketball courts, baseball diamonds, archery range, performing arts pavilions, golf and so much more.


At camp, where kids become a community as they learn both how to be more independent and how to contribute to a group.  YMCA Summer Programs

North Oakland YMCA offers Day Camps which are focused on learning skills, developing character and making friends.  

South Oakland YMCA offers Day Camps and other programs for all ages.

YMCA of Greater Birmingham offers Specialty day camps which will provide opportunities to teach your child specific skills. Each camp focuses on a specific activity and helps your child learn and develop skills related to that activity. Part of each day will consist of activities that relate to a specific theme while other times will be spent doing traditional camp activities like swimming, games, art, and more.   

YMCA Birmingham Camp Info    Specialty Camps


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