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Special Needs Campers Program


For children with disabilities, on an IEP or 504 Plan

ages 5-12

Make new connections in our Reverse Inclusion setting! 

I'm SuperYak and I am the camp mascot. I solve problems with my thinking brain and calm body. I am excited all campers to make new connections!

[CYY has a] highly trained staff, before/after care for working parents so we can take our child to camp, special projects and themes each week that are really interesting and push my son's skills a bit, and cooking class - always a favorite!

Parent Testimonial, Online Survey, 2018

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

Why do Campers with Special Needs have a 2-Week Minimum?

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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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 Special Needs Camper Program
Characteristics of Campers with
Special Needs
  • 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 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

Special Needs Program Features
  • 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.

  • Sensory strategies to support camper attention and emotional regulation designed by occupational therapist

  • 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)

Daily Schedule

Our campers come from every city in the tri-county area as well as a greater distance including Salem, Gresham, and Camas, WA.


We appreciate the effort families invest to participate in camp each day.

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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