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Kamp Kaleidoscope is an inclusive summer camp program for campers ages 7 to 17. Kamp Kaleidoscope was founded by Dr. Mark H. Yeager in 2001 and was developed to meet the summer program needs of children with ASD who were not accepted to other camps due to their diagnosis or space was not being available.
The basis for the camp is steeped deep in the concept of socialization with neuro-typical peers. The opportunity to develop these skills is found at the center of all activities conducted during the camps.Though labor intensive, the camp is the hottest event within the autism community in Mississippi and interest from volunteers and college campuses continue to grow. In past years, the counselor staff has included volunteers from 6 different countries and students from 8 different colleges and universities. Camp staff includes full time members who are autism specialists. Campers have an assigned counselor who is under the guidance of a lead counselor trained in the “Kamp Kaleidoscope Method”.
The Kamp Kaleidoscope format includes sessions that are designed with some providing one-on-one supervision and others with campers working in small groups of 3 to 4 with a counselor. Parents should be sure which level of supervision their camper requires.
Camp Walapei are summer camp sessions for adults 18 and older, and are designed to be fun in an age appropriate environment. This Camp is open to a limited number of participants and includes a strong emphasis on outdoor adventure and fun. Camp Walapei offers a similar experience that Kamp Kaleidoscope provides but with less rigorous demands and with adults in mind. Participants of Camp Walapei are often “graduates” of Kamp Kaleidoscope and enjoy participating with an older group of peers.Click Here to Apply To Camp
Summer Camp Requirements for Attendance
- Campers must meet age requirement for the camp they attend (7-17 for Kamp Kaleidoscope, 18+ for Camp Walapei)
- Campers with a diagnosis of an Autism Spectrum Disorder, Asperger Syndrome, or a Related Developmental Disability are given acceptance priority.
- Camp Walapei involves a great deal of walking, including trails and hills. This should be considered when applying.
- Campers are encouraged to participate in the daily activities and programs at camp. Consideration is given in helping each camper participate. A camper can opt out of an activity if necessary.
2018 Changes to Summer Camp Programs Schedule
2018 is bringing some changes to our summer camp schedule! Typically in the past, we have had 3 weeks of camp, and then have taken a 1 week break during the 4th of July week. Starting in 2018, we will be doing 5 weeks of camp back to back, and will no longer be taking a break during the 4th of July week.
Another important change happening in 2018 is that our summer camp programs will now run from Monday through Friday. Campers who are staying the full week will arrive Monday morning and leave Friday evening. Campers who are staying for half week sessions will either arrive Monday morning and leave Wednesday morning or arrive Wednesday afternoon and leave Friday evening.
If you have any quetions or concerns regarding these schedule changes, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We appreciate everyone's understanding about these schedule changes and look forward to an awesome camp experience in 2018!
Cost To Attend Our Summer Camp Programs
One Session (2 Nights, 3 Days) - $300
One Week (4 Nights, 5 Days) - $600
A deposit of $100 per session (or $200 per week) is required in order to reserve your camper's spot.
Running a summer camp for 5 weeks in the summer is very expensive! The actual cost (that is, what it costs us, not you!) for a week-long stay at one of our summer camp programs is much more than what we charge. We hold many fundraisers in the Fall, Winter, and Spring in order to raise money to keep our summer camp programs costs as low as possible.
The national average for the cost of a week stay at a specialty camp as of 2017 was $1200. We are proud that the fees for attending our summer camp programs are only half of that.
Volunteer for our Summer Camp Programs
Our summer camp programs would not be possible without our volunteers. It is truly thanks to these gracious people that these programs are possible at all.
TEAAM Volunteers are trained by experienced individuals that understand what it takes to support individuals with autism in various settings under many circumstances. All volunteers must complete a training program developed by Dr. Mark H. Yeager and Dr. Suzie Lassiter.
Requirements of Summer Camp Volunteers:
- Must be atleast 16 years of age
- Is PATIENT, enthusiastic, and reliable
- Enjoys working with kids
- Has ability to work with others and follow directions
- Participate in all areas of the event that you are selected to attend, and encourage camper(s) to participate
- Supervise camper(s)
- Identify and meet the needs of camper(s) including: assisting with bathing, eating, and dressing; insuring medications are taken at scheduled times; etc.
- Keeping track of camper(s) belongings
- Model cleanliness, punctuality, manners and appropriate language
Fundraising For A Camper
Want to raise money for a camper to attend camp? Whether you're a parent, family member, or friend, we offer a t-shirt fundraising program to help campers get to camp.
Click Here To Go To Our Camp Fundraising Page
Camper Waiver - Must be completed and returned upon attendance confirmation
Volunteer Waiver - Must be completed and returned upon attendance confirmation.
Medication Sheet - To be completed if medications have changed prior to attending camp.
Packing List - What to bring and what not to bring.
Please note that while the rest of a camper's camp fees are refundable should your camper be unable to attend camp, the deposit to reserve a camp spot is non-refundable.
We typically have waiting lists for most of the sessions of our summer camp programs. When a camper reserves a spot for camp, but then does not attend, this generally means that a camper who would have loved to come (and now could have) will not get to attend camp and we will instead have an empty spot for that session. Requiring non-refundable deposits helps us ensure that all camp spots are filled by campers who will attend camp.