We have truly incredible times at camp, enjoying happy, fun and nurturing days in our great outdoor setting. Campers experience beneficial programs that encourage progress-making. A series of little miracles unfolds each day. Staff members provide sensitive and caring approaches while working with campers, guiding them each day with attentive and safe care, which is an inspiring process to be involved in.
Campers experience life in an independent way, meeting new people, making new friends, adapting to the challenges of a new environment with positive outcomes. This type of setting with these elements helps evolve a child’s sense of self and others, and to develop social and life skills that improve their overall quality of life.
A Public News Service broadcast on summer camps for children with autism children featured Camp Huntington Owner Daniel Falk’s take on the benefits of such camps and how parents can get needed financial assistance to allow their children to attend.
Falk explained that private residential camps like Camp Huntington encourage communication and socialization skills children with autism while providing them a true summer camp experience. “Fun and games are certainly a basis … having fun in the summer similar to a vacation or time away from your normal routine in the year. And, in that relaxed mode, we’re able to layer in therapeutic goals into daily activities,” Falk said. The camp also provides parents and siblings a needed break from caring for their child or sibling with autism. However, tough economic times are making it harder for families to send their kids to Camp Huntington.
To remedy that, some school districts provide tuition assistance, and Falk encourages families to check diligently, assertively with your school district, since our program can manage summer IEP goals with licensed special education teachers and behavior therapists.
Camp Huntington can help refer financial aid applicants to it’s sister not-for-profit organization, High Falls Center (HFC) (www.highfallscenter.org), where families can complete a scholarship application, then rally their network to support their child and contribute to their summer tuition by a donation to the HFC, using also the help of various online fundraising sites: Kickstarter, Fundly, GoFundMe, IndieGoGo, CrowdFunder, check online for more. The HFC has limited funds for donations each year it makes, and considers applications in the order received.