Neurotypical Campers Program


For siblings without special needs and other peer models, age 5-12

I'm SuperYak and I am the camp mascot. I solve problems with my thinking brain and calm body. I am excited for EVERYONE to learn and play together this summer!

My son has learned a lot about patience and empathy and what friendship means by participating in Camp Yakety Yak. He does not have special needs, but learned as much as his brother with autism and is now a "friendship ambassador" at school. Thank you!

- Parent of siblings, one neurotypical, via online survey

Only $75 
Registration Fee per week
to hold your spot!

July 8-12: SuperYak's Got Talent

Step right up and show us your talents! Do you like to sing, dance, draw, build with Legos, know cool facts, do bird calls? Let's share our talents with others to build friendship connections. As we explore what makes us unique and showcase our many talents, campers will enjoy cooking, indoor and outdoor games, hands-on projects and Camp Yakety Yak’s unique friendship promoting curriculum. Get your team ready to share team talents every Friday afternoon during the family party!


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 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, we will 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. As we discover and develop new ideas throughout the week, we’ll support each other in having fun and trying out best at Super Yak and the Science Track!

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! Help us 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.


Be ready to learn something new, share what you know, and work together over the course of the race. Through the rainforest, deserts, or across the ocean, surprises at every turn! Help us explore as we complete the Amazing Yak Race!

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

July 29-August 2: SuperYak and the Tech Trekkers

What will we invent this week? Looking for inventors to explore, build, learn and grow as we develop new creations!


Sometimes the best inventions happen through trial and error. We’re looking for 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.  


Let’s explore technology and develop ideas in the Super Yak inventor’s workshop! 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

Calling all Time Travelers! Let’s get 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!


We will explore reflections and predictions through activities such as cooking, hands-on activities, games and friendship curriculum unique to Camp Yakety Yak. It’s time to get traveling!

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

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Neurotypical Sibling/Peer Role Model Tuition
Special Needs Camper Program Tuition

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

Learn More About the Neurotypical Camper Program
Characteristics of Neurotypical Campers
  • No disability suspected

  • Can be a group leader or role model for other children

  • At or above grade level across all subjects and skills, little assistance needed

  • Expresses their thoughts, wants/needs and feelings as well as peers.

  • Can problem solve situations through talking it out calmly, negotiate

  • Gets along with most people

  • Does not have social anxiety, but can be shy at first in new settings

  • No safety or behavioral concerns, doesn’t get in trouble at school or in neighborhood

  • Can appropriately respond to stressful situations most of the time as well as others their age

  • Comfortable in crowds at places like Chuck E. Cheese, movie theaters and shopping malls

  • Can follow directions, handles authority, wait their turn, share, lose a game gracefully

  • Has lasting friendships with peers

  • Successfully participates in extracurricular activities, such as sports teams, like peers (without special accommodations)

  • Independent participation in classroom, recess, childcare

  • Has successful playdates often, only typical amount of adult supervision required

Camp Yakety is a Family Affair!

All ability levels can participate together.

What Perks Do Neurotypical Campers Receive? 
  • Daily Sibling Snack Meeting to foster connection between neurotypical siblings

  • Enjoy weekly themed activities in cooking, recess stations, science, building, indoor and outdoor games, camp songs, daily talent shows, etc. that are geared to engage neurotypical children.

  • Team leadership, role model opportunities

  • Positive adult/teen attention for strengths and abilities

  • *No individualized support from a master-level professional is provided/needed; participates independently in as a member of a team with other kids their age.

  • 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)

Neurotypical Sibling Snack Support Group

"Sibling Snack" is a daily social gathering of neurotypical campers at CYY that have a sibling with special needs (who may or may not be at camp). The neurotypical sibling must be a registered camper at CYY, but their sibling with special needs might not be a registered camper due to age, level of need, etc.

It’s an open discussion facilitated by one or two adults. The goal of the group is for typical siblings to share experiences, connect with each other and build new friendships. The group meets for approximately 15 minutes each day during our afternoon snack time. Parents receive a daily note highlighting the topic of the day.


Special treats and activities are provided!


Topics that may be covered in the group include:

  • What are some things your sibling with special needs is good at doing?

  • What has your sibling taught you?

  • What do you and your sibling have in common?

  • Are playdates at your house a challenge?

  • Have you ever been to the hospital with your sibling?

  • What do you wish other people knew about you, your sibling and your family?

What if my neurotypical child also has social or behavioral challenges?

Neurotypical children participate at camp for the fun activities, opportunities to connect with other children and leadership potential. Professional Faculty support is reserved for children with special needs. Sometimes masters-level support is needed for a neurotypical sibling. It may be that the sibling with special needs has much more apparent challenges, so that can make the other children in the family appear to be average. This was the case for Miss A's family. She started the camp for her oldest son, thinking that his little sister was neurotypical (she was only 4 years old). Miss A ascribed her daughter's social, emotional and behavioral challenges were ascribed to having a "spirited" personality or older brother's influence, rather than her own eventual diagnoses. Now both kids have received many years of instruction for lagging skills and are now both camp counselors, wearing the coveted blue shirt!


If campers who are registered as "neurotypical" end up needing specialized support from the Professional Faculty, Camp Directors will contact parents to discuss changing the registration and tuition level to a “Special Needs Camper.” Parents can also elect to withdraw their child at that time, but we would love to help all children with lagging skills!


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Camp Cell: 971-303-3901

Fax: 503-200-1095


Mailing Address:

PO Box 161

West Linn, OR  97068​

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Summer Camp Location: 

Mountain Park Church

40 McNary Parkway

Lake Oswego, OR  97035

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