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Junior Camp Counselor Program


For Adolescents with Special Needs, Ages 12-15

JCC Program 

Full All Weeks

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 JCCs to try new things this summer!

I believe the camp allowed her to stretch her leadership skills and build confidence. Her communication skills and desire to learn has increased. [The camp] really let her just be who she is.
-Parent of Junior Camp Counselor, 2018

July 8-12: SuperYak's Got Talent

Our JCC’s definitely got talent and now is their time to show it!  During this week of our campers showing off what makes them special, our JCC’s will step into leadership roles and help our campers find their talent!


As we explore what makes us unique and showcase our many talents, not only will JCC’s enjoy cooking, indoor and outdoor games, hands-on projects and Camp Yakety Yak’s unique friendship promoting curriculum, but they will grow their leadership and social skills by hosting recess stations, MCing talent shows, and by creating and sharing the JCC blog.


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

Calling all JCC scientists! Join us as we head into the Camp Yakety Yak laboratories to conduct experiments. Let’s ask questions, make predictions, explore new ideas, and share our findings throughout a fun week and shared love of science!


Throughout the week, JCC’s will mentor campers in classrooms  while they focus on various fields of science such as biology, culinary science, chemistry, engineering, and more! We will also explore indoor and outdoor games, hands-on projects, as well as important friendship promoting curriculum unique to Camp Yakety Yak!


Part of being a great scientist involves flexible thinking, perseverance, and working with others to develop great ideas, which JCC’s will practice modeling throughout the camp by supporting lunch and recess stations, modeling prosocial behaviors, and engaging younger campers in having fun and trying out best at Super Yak and the Science Track!


Please come join us for ALL of the science fun!

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

July 22-29: The Amazing Yak Race

Ready, Set, Go! It’s time for the Amazing Yak Race! JCC’s will work together through challenges, detours, and fun adventures to new places around the world.


Through hands-on projects inspired by art from around the world, cooking and trying delicious foods from different cultures, as well as learning new indoor and outdoor games, join us as we develop friendship skills over an amazing week.


JCC”s will demonstrate leadership skills by learning something new and sharing with others what you know, and work together over the course of the race.  JCC”s will also support campers during lunch, recess, and classrooms throughout camp by mentoring as well capturing what campers are learning and sharing on the JCC blog.  Through the rainforest, deserts, or across the ocean, surprises at every turn! Help us explore as we complete the Amazing Yak Race!


Please join us on our Amazing Race!

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

July 29-August 2: SuperYak and the Tech Trekkers

Looking for JCC inventors willing to explore, build, learn and grow as we develop new creations!


Sometimes the best inventions happen through trial and error. We’re looking for JCC inventors who are ready to turn mistakes into creations and support fellow inventors along the way!

Join us in putting your tech skills and inventor minds to work through hands-on projects, cooking experiments, and indoor and outdoor games, all while developing fantastic friendship skills with fellow inventors.  


JCC”s will also support campers during lunch, recess, and classrooms throughout camp by mentoring, as well as capturing what campers are learning and sharing on the JCC blog.  


Please join us on our tech trek!

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

August 5-9: SuperYak and the Time Travelers

Calling all JCC Time Travelers! Are you ready to explore our past, present and future selves with Super Yak and the Time Travelers!


When we stop to reflect on what makes us super special, we must look back at where we came from, who we are now, and where we see ourselves going in the future. Join us in creating time capsules and predictions about the future while we explore activities from across the ages!


JCC’s will practice being in front of the group by sharing their personal journey with their peers and how far they’ve come.  


JCC's will also support campers during lunch, recess, and classrooms throughout camp by mentoring as well capturing what campers are learning and sharing on the JCC blog.


Please come travel with us!

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

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Junior Camp Counselor Tuition

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

Learn More About the Junior Camp Counselor Program

JCCs help the camp community, receive direct social instruction and attend many fun classes like younger campers, such as Cooking and Games. This program is the best of both worlds - developing strengths and independence of adolescents with adult support and teen mentors while building group camaraderie. 

The JCC program will follow the themes of the general camp while creating engaging activities where our JCC’s can learn strategies and practice self-advocacy, emotional regulation, increased independence, problem solving, growth mindset, social filter, and leadership.   JCC’s will provide extra supports to the general camp by demonstrating mentorship to younger campers as well as community service projects that support the day to day operations of camp.

Pre-teen mentors participate alongside of Junior Camp Counselors to create a reverse inclusion setting rich with

modeling and fun connection! Often our JCC Teen Mentors are older siblings of campers with special needs and their volunteer experience continues for many years to come. We find that neurotypical siblings are engaging and supportive interaction partners for Junior Camp Counselors who may also have the goal of being a "blue shirt staff member" in future years.

Common Characteristics of Individuals
in the Junior Camp Counselor Program
  • Age 12-15

  • On an IEP (if in public school) or disability is  suspected

  • Special Education provided in general education class

  • May have boundary/ personal space issues (personal safety concerns)

  • May struggle with group participation/sharing/ collaborating/learning in a classroom or extracurricular environments without support

  • May have sensory sensitivities to noise, taste, smells, textures, etc.

  • May have average or high academics, but delays in social, emotional, or behavioral skills compared to peers

  • Tends to “overreact” to situations that are relatively small

  • Some difficulty making or keeping friendships

  • May have trouble following directions or handling authority

  • Difficulty meeting expectations at home, school, socially

  • Difficulty expressing thoughts and feelings as well as peers

  • Some compliance with adult direction/participation challenges at school/home

  • Needs adult assistance or supervision for many activities, including playdates, not at independence level of peers

The Junior Camp Counselor Program features the following:
  • Individualized camper goal targeted on daily basis

  • Professional Faculty of Masters-Level therapists and educators design and supervise camp curriculum focused on improving social interaction skills in fun, weekly-themed activities including: cooking, science, art and games.

  • Multisensory instruction, hands-on learning activities that is designed  to engage neurotypical children, with support provided for individual campers with special needs.

  • Visual supports in form of visual schedule and reminders of what is expected designed and supervised by speech pathologist

  • Positive adult/teen attention for strengths and abilities

  • A one-to-one assistant assigned to children, if needed, for safety/full participation (about 20% of special needs campers)

  • Individual behavioral incentive plans, for children with mild-to-moderate compliance, attention, participation challenges (about 15% of campers with special needs)

  • 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)

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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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