JCFS Camp Firefly Special Needs Camp
Camp Firefly, Firefly Teen Camp, and Firefly Day Camp are three camp experiences designed for children ages 7 to 16 with Social Anxiety Disorder, Asperger's Syndrome, High Functioning Autism and other Social Skills Impairments. "Camp Firefly really lights up my summer!" said Steve, age 12, who has been going to camp since he was 8. "We were always busy having fun, so no time to be homesick," he added.
Typical Camp Firefly activities include arts and crafts, boating, lakefront activities, fishing, music, ropes courses, wall climbing, campfires, cookouts, and special outings. The daily schedule also offers children interactive therapeutic group activities, time for breaks and smooth transitions between activities, all designed to foster friendships and positive social interaction.
At Firefly Teen Camp, teens still get to enjoy the much loved camp activities above, but also have the opportunity to mentor younger campers, participate in a service project and enjoy a special teen-oriented field trip.
At Firefly Day Camp, campers age 7-11 participate in activities like gymnastics, sports, arts and crafts, Tai Kwan Do, swimming and more, all in small groups with a low camper-to-counselor ratio.
"We spend time with your child to support their individual needs, and offer strategies for working toward mastering skill sets that are important life lessons," said Audra Kaplan, Psy.D., Director of Camp Firefly. "At Camp Firefly, kids are accepted and understood by both peers and counselors."
Camp Firefly, Teen Camp, and Day Camp are presented in partnership with JCC. Camp Firefly and Firefly Teen take place at Camp Chi, just outside of the Wisconsin Dells, with Day Camp at Elaine Frank Apachi Day Camp in Lake Zurich, IL.