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As we come to the end of the 2020 journey and look forward to the new year, we are so excited to re-engage with our Camp Yakety Yak community, and welcome new campers and families to the camp experience. When planning your donations to close out 2020 or to kick off 2021, please consider supporting this special program to make Camp possible for summer 2021.


Camp Yakety Yak’s mission is to provide experiences and services that help children with special needs grow socially and emotionally by improving their friendship and communication skills. We do this through an active, fun, and vibrant summer camp experience uniquely designed to provide research-based programs and interventions by trained staff and professionals, graduate program interns, and volunteers. 


We are also eager to re-engage with and provide opportunities for future professionals in educational and therapeutic fields to gain knowledge and practical experience working with children with special needs.


The Board and Directors are actively redesigning Camp and will open registration in March of 2021. The redesign is guided by our mission, informed by both established and new programs and services, and evaluated and adjusted based on local, state, and CDC guidelines to ensure health and safety.


A safe, supportive, and engaging experience that fosters growth and friendship will be possible with your support. While Camp might look a little different to keep everyone healthy, it will have the same spirit and focus on impact! 


As a parent of three Camp Yakety Yak campers who experience special needs, I know how important in-person connection and opportunities to practice communication and friend making skills are. I have seen my children’s progress in those critical areas significantly disrupted with school and activity  closures.  My family is excited to return to camp to refresh and renew their skills and most importantly to have fun again!

You can also donate through our Facebook page at or support us year-round when you shop on Amazon. Go to and select Camp Yakety Yak as your benefiting charity.


What Your Donation Supports


This year, there will be additional costs for protective equipment, facilities, sanitization, and other resources to safeguard health and safety. Your donation will help offset those additional costs, continue to subsidize the total cost of camp for families, and provide opportunities for need-based scholarships. 


Our end of year goal is $15,000. Any amount is greatly appreciated!


Here are examples of what your donation helps cover:

  • $50 provides face shields for 20 staff members

  • $100 provides one full day of one-to-one assistance for one special needs child

  • $150 provides one full day of camp medical care with an on-site registered nurse

  • $300 provides an individual supply box for each camper in a week-long session to prevent sharing of craft and other supplies

  • $500 provides face masks for staff, professionals, and volunteers with clear mouth visibility to support communication skills

  • $750 pays for one week of the over 15 licensed Speech Language Pathologists or Occupational Therapists that staff camp

  • $1499 will help us purchase one custom Camp Yakety mask + lanyard for each camper during the four weeks of sessions


Thank you for your support and generosity on behalf of the Camp Yakety Yak Staff and Board of Directors.


Cynthia Stinson

Board President




FOR 2021 WILL OPEN March 1, 2021

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Teaching the Language of Friendship

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

CAMP LOCATION (June - July Only):

Mountain Park Church, 40 McNary Parkway, Lake Oswego, Oregon 

Partial Scholarships Available

1 per camper per summer,

Applications Due May 9,

Notifications Emailed May 26

Please see each Program for more information about pricing

Special Needs Camper Tuition (ages 5-11)


"Buddies" Special Needs Camper Tuition (ages 5-11)


Junior Camp Counselor Special Needs Camper (JCC) Tuition (ages 12-15)


Yak Apprentice Special Needs Program (ages 16-21, 4 weeks) Course Fee

$1695 ($200 returned to YA in form of 4/$50 weekly paychecks)

Neurotypical Camper Tuition (ages 5-15)




Join us for Another Great Year!

Check out our New 2021 Themes:

2021 Camp Themes

Important Notice!

In an effort to keep the integrity and effectiveness of our special programs such as Buddies Intensive (12), Junior Camp Counselors (14) and Yak Apprentice (14) there will be a cap for participants, noted in parentheses.  Once the cap is reached, a wait list will be generated.  Please don’t wait to register because these programs fill up fast.

See the documentary made


Camp Yakety Yak


Patrick Daniels.


It is now being submitted to various documentary film festivals. Fingers crossed, Patrick!

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, 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 and sisters with special needs

  • Daily Sibling Snack Support Group facilitated by our school counselor  for neurotypical siblings to connect with each other

  • Weekly Coffee,  Tea & Empathy Parent Support 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!



Step 1: Click the "Go to" box to the left and sign in using your Amazon Login and Password the first time.


Step 2: Bookmark the page and use it every time you shop. A portion of the proceeds automatically goes to CYY!




Go to and select Camp Yakety Yak as your benefiting charity.

Thank you for your support!


Camp Cell:


Camp Fax:


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-July Only)

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