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Teaching the Language of Friendship

Camp Yakety Yak is an inclusive social skills day camp supporting friendship development in children with special needs, ages 5-15, and social skills in the work place instruction for young adults age 16-21. 

CAMP LOCATION (June-August Only):

Mountain Park Church, 40 McNary Parkway, Lake Oswego, Oregon 



2020 Camp Themes


Summer 2019 was a MAJOR SUCCESS!

Thanks for joining us.

July 8-12

July 15-19

July 22-26

July 29-Aug 2

Aug 5-9

See the documentary made


Camp Yakety Yak


Patrick Daniels.


It is now being submitted to various documentary film festivals. Fingers crossed, Patrick!

Camp Yakety Yak is Unlike Any Other Camp in the State of Oregon!

Social and Emotional skills instruction to Children with special needs and their Siblings.

Thank You Donors!!  Thank You Donors!!  Thank You Donors!!

It was a beautiful backdrop in late September!!  Thank you for your generosity and participation at our Evening on the Water on Oswego Lake.
Thanks everyone for your support in celebrating our commitment to inclusive social learning for local children.

Camp Yakety Yak is Unlike Any Other Camp in the State of Oregon!

Camp Yakety Yak (CYY) is a 501c3 organization whose mission is to help children with special needs (e.g., Autism, ADHD, Intellectual Disability) grow socially and emotionally by improving their communication skills. The camp's educational mission is twofold:


1) provide instruction in social & emotional skills to children with special needs & their siblings to support friendship development in a day camp setting;

2) provide an opportunity for future professionals in educational and therapeutic fields to gain knowledge and hands-on experience in working with children with special needs.


Eighty percent of our staff members are students from local universities and high schools who receive 10-30 hours of training and ongoing supervision by our professional faculty.

  • We offer a nearly 1:1 camper to staff/volunteer ratio!

  • Intensive practice in social skills (5 hours a day, 5 days a week) with an emphasis on school, home and community success.

  • Multi-disciplinary team of professional supervisors and consultants from general & special education, speech pathology, occupational therapy, behavior analysis, counseling, and nursing

  • Highly trained college-level staff with university partnerships for speech pathology and occupational therapy. We are a "teaching camp" similar to a "teaching hospital." Mature teen volunteers round out our staff and bring the fun element. 

  • Service to the whole family in our "Reverse Inclusion" model featuring support of neurotypical siblings who attend right along with their brothers and sisters with special needs

  • Daily Sibling Snack Support Group facilitated by our school counselor  for neurotypical siblings to connect with each other

  • Weekly Coffee, Tea and Empathy Parent Support Meetings facilitated by CYY Parent Advisory Board Members, with an active Facebook page fostering parent connection throughout the year!

Supporting Camp Yakety Yak is Easy!



Step 1: Click the "Go to smile.amazon.com" box to the left and sign in using your Amazon Login and Password the first time.


Step 2: Bookmark the page and use it every time you shop. A portion of the proceeds automatically goes to CYY!




Go to smile.amazon.com and select Camp Yakety Yak as your benefiting charity.

Thank you for your support!

Email: office@campyaketyyak.org​

Camp Cell: 971-303-3901

Fax: 503-200-1095


Mailing Address:

PO Box 161

West Linn, OR  97068​

Nonprofit TAX ID: 45-4197236

Summer Camp Location: 

Mountain Park Church

40 McNary Parkway

Lake Oswego, OR  97035

(June-August Only)

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