Camp Spectacular

Camp Spectacular is a day camp program for children with autism spectrum disorders including those with high functioning autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, and PDD-NOS.


Quick Facts Regarding Camp Spectacular

  • The total operating cost for Camp Spectacular is exceeds $700 per camper per session.  The Albany Chapter of The Autism Society of America generously underwrites 50% of each camper’s tuition.
  • All sessions are co-ed
  • Campers may enroll in multiple sessions
  • We accept campers entering 4th grade thru recent high school graduates
  • Campers must have average or above average language skills
  • Campers must have demonstrated self-management skills in school and community settings

Application & Additional Documents


2017 Fees and Session Dates

  Session Dates  
Cost per session $350
Session 1 July 31- August 4 Coed
Session 2 August 7-11 Coed
Session 3 August 14-18 Coed

Program Details

  • The program is led by certified special education teachers and supported by experienced counselors
  • Programming consists of structured activities including team building, outdoor activities, athletic activities, swimming, arts & crafts and music & drama
  • A licensed social worker, who specializes in working with children on the spectrum, will be on site to lead daily programming
  • Enrollment is contingent upon completion and approval of the Camp Spectacular application
  • Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until the roster is full
  • Non-Refundable Deposit – A $75 non-refundable deposit per session per camper must be submitted with each application.  The deposit will be applied toward the total camp fee. The application will not be reviewed until the deposit is received.  Payment in full may be submitted with the application however, this does not guarantee admission or a spot on the roster.
  • Cancellation Policy – If an enrolled camper cancels prior to the beginning of the session, payments, less the $75 deposit, are refundable.  If a camper is sent home due to medical reasons determined by the camp health director, the camp fee will be prorated and refunded contingent upon the vacancy being filled.  If the camper does not wish to remain at camp, or if the camper is sent home due to behavioral issues, a refund will not be granted.
  • Waitlist Policy – If the camper’s application is received after capacity has been reached, the child will be placed on the waitlist.  If space becomes available, campers will be moved off the waitlist in order of acceptance with preference given to campers not already enrolled in multiple sessions.  The deposit is fully refundable at any time while the camper is on the waitlist.  In order to provide a camping experience for as many children as possible, campers wishing to attend multiple sessions will be first enrolled in one session, pending availability.  The camper will then be placed on a waitlist for additional sessions.  On June 15th, if space is available campers will be moved off the waitlist in order of acceptance.

A very special thank you goes to the Albany chapter of the Autism Society of America for their generous financial support of the program. Special thanks also go to the Christopher Dailey Foundation for their continued generous support. ­ It is greatly appreciated.


Counselor-In-Training Program

A Counselor-In-Training (CIT) is a camper enrolled in a specialized camp leadership program.  Through practical experience CITs learn about behavior management, risk management, safety awareness, communication, decision making, and team building.  The CIT program is an opportunity for campers to enhance and develop self-confidence, self-awareness, communication skills, tolerance for adversity, and personal leadership.  The CIT program is meant to develop future leaders for camp and all other areas of life.  Our goal is to give CITs the opportunity to gain confidence, pride and a sense of community and accomplishment.

Please note.  We accept only 6 applicants per session.  Not all applicants may be accepted and prior acceptance into the program does not guarantee placement.

It has been a huge focus for the year round team at Camp to continue to better this program so that we are not only creating a highly skilled applicant pool for future staff, but we are also sending CITs home who are better prepared for school, college, the workforce and beyond.


Junior Counselor Program

The Junior Counselor program is offered to the strongest graduates of our Counselor-In-Training (CIT) Program.  The overall goal of the Junior Counselor program is to create a bridge from youth to the world of full-time employment.  Teaching work, life and social skills to young adults on the spectrum, and facilitating opportunities for hands-on work experience, is vital in preparing him or her for the future.