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Buddies Intensive Services Program


For children with greater special needs, ages 5-12

It's only $75 
 per week
to reserve your spot!

I'm SuperYak and I am the camp mascot. I solve problems with my thinking brain and calm body. I am excited for Buddies to join me for many adventures this summer!

My son is 6 with limited verbal skills and I was anxious about the level of support he would receive. I was so impressed that all staff were so responsive and assessed his level of need on a day to day basis. His 1:1 Assistant was outstanding and this was her first year Camp YY as well. I am thrilled and he will definitely come back next year. I could write another paragraph about all the wonderful activities! 

--Rebecca T., parent survey


July 8-12: SuperYak's Got Talent

Buddies got talent!! Every camper has a special talent and it’s our mission to uncover them!  Buddies campers will engage in various activities such as learning about and playing different musical instruments, creating their own photos and videos using the green screen, dancing and movement activities as well as exploring the wonderful world of shaving cream paint murals.


Buddies campers will also enjoy cooking, indoor and outdoor games, as well as practice fun social interactions,  sharing, taking turns, waiting, and how to be part of a group!


Please come join us for Super Yak’s Got Talent!

Hours: 10:00-3:00, Monday-Friday

July 15-19: SuperYak on the Science Track

Attention Buddies Campers!  Please come join us as we head into the Camp Yakety Yak laboratories to conduct fascinating experiments. Buddies campers will explore the world around them with the magic of inquiry.  


Throughout the week, we will engage in group experiments where we learn about how slime is made, make our very own volcanoes, observe and explore the plant life around us, and most of all have fun!  Buddies campers will also enjoy cooking, indoor and outdoor games, as well as practice fun social interactions, sharing, taking turns, waiting, and how to be part of a group!


Please come join us for ALL of the science fun!

Hours: 10:00-3:00, Monday-Friday

July 22-29: The Amazing Yak Race

Where in the world are our Buddies Campers!?!? It’s time for the Amazing Yak Race! Help us work together through obstacle courses, using maps and clues to discover new places, and fun adventures to new places around the world.


Buddies campers will explore through hands-on projects, such as making maps, treasure hunting, exploring new places, cooking and maybe even trying delicious foods from different cultures.  Buddies campers will also enjoy cooking, indoor and outdoor games, as well as practice fun social interactions, sharing, taking turns, waiting, and how to be part of a group!


Through the rainforest, deserts, or across the ocean, there will be surprises at every turn!


Please join us for The Amazing Yak Race!

Hours: 10:00-3:00, Monday-Friday

July 29-August 2: SuperYak and the Tech Trekkers

Who loves technology?  Buddies campers do!!! What will we invent this week? Looking for inventors to explore, build, learn and grow as we develop new creations!


Buddies campers will use their creativity and recycled household items to make their own robots, fizzy rainbows, and our very own pool noodle engineering wall!  Buddies campers will also enjoy cooking, indoor and outdoor games, as well as practice fun social interactions, sharing, taking turns, waiting, and how to be part of a group!


Please join us for a week of Super Yak and the Tech Trekkers!

Hours: 10:00-3:00, Monday-Friday

August 5-9: SuperYak and the Time Travelers

Buddies campers!  Are you ready to go back to the future? Let’s get ready to explore our past, present and future selves with SuperYak and the Time Travelers!


Buddies campers will explore the pioneer days by making corn husk dolls, learn about transportation through time, and even make our own futuristic space boots!

Buddies campers will also enjoy cooking, indoor and outdoor games, as well as practice fun social interactions, sharing, taking turns, waiting, and how to be part of a group!


Please join us for our time travel adventures!

Hours: 10:00-3:00, Monday-Friday

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Buddies Intensive Services Program Tuition

The Registration fee of $75 per week applies to the participant's total tuition, but is non-refundable.

Learn More About the Buddies Intensive Services Program

The Buddies Intensive Services Program caters to children with more significant communication, intellectual or physical challenges requiring a dedicated one-to-one assistant. The program is instructed by two dynamic instructors: a special education teacher and a speech-language pathologist, with the support of graduate students to provide a communication-rich learning environment. The Buddies Staff focus on AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication) whethet that be a partner assisted scanning picture vocabulary book (PODD) or speech-generating device such as an iPad with Proloquo2Go app. The camp nurse, behavioral staff, and occupational therapist consult with this program as well to provide wraparound support.


There are three Buddies Program classrooms where social interaction is at the heart of all activities including arts & crafts, sensory exploration, books, technology and music. Large motor skills are targeted at recess and during the sensorimotor PLAY class in the gym. The Buddies Program will follow the themes of the general camp creating engaging activities with a focus on mindful inclusion, sharing, taking turns, friendship skills, and being part of the group.

Meaningful inclusion at CYY means that each child in the Buddies Program is on an individual schedule. The Director of Special Programs and the Buddies Program Instructors work with the child's one to one assistant to design a schedule with as much inclusion into general camp as possible. CYY's goal is social interaction while being emotionally comfortable. It may be that a large group setting is not comfortable for certain campers. Instructors from general camp lead special activities in the Buddies classrooms for campers who are not yet ready for full-inclusion. It may be that campers derive joy from being in the large group setting. in which case, our staff works to find ways for the child to meaningfully participate. The beauty of the Buddies Program is that it has the flexibility to create a day or week at camp that optimizes the child's interests but also allows for regulation needs. For example, some Buddies Program participants may do the cooking class activity in a Buddies Program classroom or the kitchen with a team. If a child needs a break in a less stimulating space we have that, too. We are child-focused at Camp Yakety Yak.


Buddies will receive intensive support on increasing their social interactions, communication, and student skills which will continue to support their social and emotional growth and prepare them for the transition back to school.  

Characteristics of Campers in the Buddies Intensive Services Program
  • Had delayed developmental milestones

  • On an IEP at school

  • Participates mostly in a self-contained classroom at school, or one-to-one assistance provided in gen ed

  • Always needs extra adult assistance/ supervision at home & school

  • Attention span about 2 min or less before becoming distracted and moving on

  • Safety concerns- may run, put things in mouth, fall, hurt self or others if frustrated/cannot communicate

  • Nonverbal or limited communication skills, may use AAC such as picture exchange, iPad

  • Feeding and toileting assistance may be needed

  • May have a physical disability - physical assistance may be needed for walking, stairs, getting up/down from floor and may use wheelchair/walker or other adaptive equipment

  • Medical condition that may need to be monitored by nurse

  • Boundary/personal space issues (personal safety concerns)

  • Struggles in group participation/sharing

  • Sensory sensitivities to noise, taste, smells, textures, etc., may be a sensory seeker or sensory avoider

Buddies Intensive Services Program Features List
  • Individualized camper goal targeted on daily basis

  • Dedicated team of Masters-Level program staff that are not shared with rest of the camp including a special education teacher, speech pathologist, occupational & physical therapist and nurse

  • Each child in the Buddies Program receives a specially-trained and supervised one-to-one assistant to support safety and engagement in all camp activities

  • Dedicated sensory space for calming and hands-on interaction

  • Individualized, flexible schedule to meet camper needs and interests. Participate in paired and small group activities that promote social interaction, and communication

  • PLAY class - designed and supported by occupational and physical therapist targeting sensorimotor play with social interaction

  • Fun, weekly camp theme incorporated into hands-on activities, art, science experiments, cooking and games

  • Mainstreaming into whole group camp activities such as Camper Lunch, Recess, Assemblies and other classes as much as possible for each camper

  • Visual supports in form of visual schedule, weekly themed vocabulary visuals for communication

  • Feeding, changing/transferring, and toileting assistance, if needed

  • 25 to 125 Hours of Therapy-Inspired Instruction (depending on session length)

  • Consultation & support from an occupational therapist, behavior therapist, special education teacher, physical therapist and counselor, if additional support is needed

  • Written Camper Progress Note at the end of camp describing the social-emotional skills & strategies camper was taught at camp

  • Dedicated and consistent One-to-One Assistant assigned to any camper who needs additional support, at no additional charge (we make every effort to use consistent staffing, but may need to reassign staff due to level of staff's experience and camper needs)

  • Parent Training on the use of camp curriculum at home

  • Daily Feedback from camp staff about child's day

  • Camp Yakety Yak T-Shirt

  • Commemorative camp photos and links to view camp photos, end-of-camp slideshow

  • All Camp curriculum, visual Supports and items created for and by the Camper

  • All specialty materials and supplies to complete camp projects, Including Ingredients for our cooking class

  • Camp Cookbook of recipes created at camp (digital)

  • Coffee, Tea & Empathy Parent Support Meetings each Monday after drop off

  • Child Care Connections list specially trained respite and child care providers

  • Resource list of local services, referrals for assistance during school year (upon request)

The Buddies Program features specialized curriculum taught by two special education teachers, communication instruction by a speech-language pathologist and a dedicated one-to-one assistant for every child. That's 5 hours a day of intensive instruction!

Not sure which program

is right for your child?

Take CYY's Program Placement Quiz for our recommendation.

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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