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Teaching the Language of Friendship

Camp Yakety Yak is an inclusive social skills day camp supporting friendship development for children with special needs, ages 5-15, & social skills
in the 
workplace instruction for young adults ages 16-22. 

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CYY 2024 Location:

40 McNary Parkway

Lake Oswego

After enrollment you can access your dashboard


Our 2024 Camp Dates

Week 1: July 8-12 - Cosmic Explorers

Mon-Fri, 10am-3pm

Join us as we blast into space for a week of out of this world fun! Throughout the week we will explore what makes us unique, try new things, and learn about each other through space themed activities, experiments, and art! 

Week 2: July 15-19 - Animal Adventures 

Mon-Fri, 10am-3pm

Join us for a week of animal fun! Our super special guests, the alpacas, will be back to visit along with some other mystery guests! Throughout the week we will learn about what makes animals so amazing, and what makes each of us amazing, while we learn about some really cool and unique animal traits and skills and collaborate together on animal themed activities, and art!  

Week 3: July 22-26 - Around the World

Mon-Fri, 10am-3pm

Join us for an around the world adventure! We will start off by making passports to launch into a week of exploring the globe. Throughout the week we will learn about the earth, journey through distant lands, and learn about perspective taking and tolerance while we explore other cultures through fun activities and art projects. 

Week 4: July 29-Aug 2 - We are all Superheroes

Mon-Fri, 10am-3pm

Join us for five days of fun while we explore what makes each of us a superhero! We will explore our "super powers" and become the heroes in our very own stories while we showcase what makes each of us special, collaborate in super fun activities, and use our creative skills to design our super cool costumes. 

Good Things Happening at Camp Yakety Yak

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Thank you to
ASW Global Consulting
for your sponsorship! 

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

Camp Yakety Yak (CYY) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit 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 two-fold:


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 high camper to staff/volunteer ratio and provide 1:1 support to campers that have higher needs.

  • 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, physical 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, sisters, and friends with special needs

  • Weekly "Caregiver Connection" Parent Support Group 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!

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