Our Service Limitations, Behavioral Policies
Buddies Intensive Camper Program
For children with special needs, ages 5-10
Important Notice! In an effort to keep the integrity and effectiveness of our Buddies Intensive Program has a cap of 10 campers per week. Once the cap is reached, a wait list will be generated. Please don’t wait to register because these programs fill up fast!
Important Registration Information
ALL CAMPERS WITH IFSPs, IEPs, or 504 plans MUST HAVE A COPY UPLOADED WITH REGISTRATION
This is a new requirement. You can get an electronic copy from your child's school case manager (It DOES NOT have to be a signed copy!). Let the case manager know your request is time sensitive. Completed applications, which include an IFSP, IEP, or 504 plan
(if your child has one), will be reviewed in the order received.
Once your application has been reviewed by our camp directors you will receive an email letting you know if camp will be a good fit for your special needs camper.
I'm Super Yak and I am the camp mascot. I solve problems with my thinking brain and calm body. I am excited for Buddies to join me for many adventures this summer!
"My son is 6 with limited verbal skills and I was anxious about the level of support he would receive. I was so impressed that all staff were so responsive and assessed his level of need on a day to day basis. His 1:1 Assistant was outstanding and this was her first year at Camp YY as well. I am thrilled and he will definitely come back next year. I could write another paragraph about all the wonderful activities!"
--Rebecca T., parent survey
Buddies Intensive Services Program Tuition $680 weekly
The Buddies Program features specialized curriculum taught by a masters level special education teacher, communication instruction by a speech-language pathologist, weekly consultation from a licensed occupational therapist and licensed physical therapist, a staff nurse, and a dedicated one-to-one assistant for every child. That's 5 hours a day of intensive instruction!
Learn More About the Buddies Intensive Services Program
The Buddies Intensive Services Program caters to children with more significant communication, intellectual, or physical challenges requiring a dedicated one-to-one assistant. The program is instructed by a masters level special education teacher and a speech-language pathologist, with the support of graduate students to provide a communication-rich learning environment. The Buddies Staff focus on AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication) which may be a partner assisted scanning picture vocabulary book (PODD) or speech-generating device such as an iPad with Proloquo2Go app. The camp nurse, behavioral staff, physical therapist, and occupational therapist consult with this program as well to provide wrap-around support.
The Buddies Program classroom has social interaction is at the heart of all activities including arts & crafts, sensory exploration, books, technology, and music. Large motor skills are targeted at recess and during the sensorimotor PLAY class. The Buddies Program will follow the themes of the general camp creating engaging activities with a focus on mindful inclusion, sharing, taking turns, friendship skills, and being part of the group.
Meaningful inclusion at CYY means that each child in the Buddies Program is on an individual schedule. The Camp Directors and the Buddies Program Instructors work with the child's one-to-one assistant to design a schedule with as much inclusion into general camp as possible. CYY's goal is social interaction while being emotionally comfortable. It may be that a large group setting is not comfortable for certain campers. Instructors from general camp lead special activities in the Buddies classrooms for campers who are not yet ready for full-inclusion. It may be that campers derive joy from being in the large group setting, in which case, our staff works to find ways for the child to meaningfully participate. The beauty of the Buddies Program is that it has the flexibility to create a time at camp that optimizes the child's interests but also allows for regulation of needs. For example, some Buddies Program participants may do the Friendship class activity in a Buddies Program classroom or with a general camp group. If a child needs a break in a less stimulating space we have that, too. We are child-focused at Camp Yakety Yak.
Buddies will receive intensive support on increasing their social interactions, communication, and student skills which will continue to support their social and emotional growth.
Characteristics of Campers in the Buddies Intensive Services Program
Had delayed developmental milestones
On an IEP at school
Participates mostly in a self-contained classroom at school, or one-to-one assistance provided in gen ed
Always needs extra adult assistance/ supervision at home & school
Attention span about 2 min or less before becoming distracted and moving on
Safety concerns- may run, put things in mouth, fall, hurt self or others if frustrated/cannot communicate
Nonverbal or limited communication skills, may use AAC such as picture exchange, iPad
Feeding and toileting assistance may be needed
May have a physical disability - physical assistance may be needed for walking, stairs, getting up/down from floor and may use wheelchair/walker or other adaptive equipment
Medical condition that may need to be monitored by nurse
Boundary/personal space issues (personal safety concerns)
Struggles in group participation/sharing
Sensory sensitivities to noise, taste, smells, textures, etc., may be a sensory seeker or sensory avoider
Buddies Intensive Services Program Features List
Individualized camper goal targeted on daily basis
Dedicated team of Masters-Level program staff that are not shared with rest of the camp, including a special education teacher, and a speech-language pathologist
Each child in the Buddies Program receives a specially-trained and supervised one-to-one assistant to support safety and engagement in all camp activities, assistants are graduate students, college age student interns and volunteers, and high school volunteers
Dedicated sensory space for calming and hands-on interaction
Individualized, flexible schedule to meet camper needs and interests. Participate in paired and small group activities that promote social interaction, and communication
PLAY class - designed and supported by occupational and physical therapist targeting sensorimotor play with social interaction
Fun, weekly camp theme incorporated into hands-on activities, art, science experiments, cooking and games
Mainstreaming into whole group camp activities such as Camper Lunch, Recess, Assemblies and other classes as much as possible for each camper
Visual supports in form of visual schedule, weekly themed vocabulary visuals for communication
Feeding, changing/transferring, and toileting assistance, if needed
25 to 100 Hours of Therapy-Inspired Instruction (depending on how many weeks camper attends)
Consultation & support from an occupational therapist, special education teacher, speech-language pathologist, 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 daily snack
"Adult Yak" Parent Support Meetings each Monday after drop off
Child Care Connections list specially trained respite and child care providers
Not sure which program
is right for your child?
Contact us by email to set up a time for a phone call to discuss your campers needs.
2022 SUMMER PROGRAM
July 11 - July 15
Super Yak Gets Lost in Space
Do you like space? If so, please consider getting lost in space with Super Yak!.
Join us as we head into the Camp Yakety Yak Space Station to learn about real-life space exploration. You will use your imagination to build rockets, create aliens, make space slime, create our own space creatures, explore the solar system, and much more!
Let Camp Yakety Yak provide the spark for imagination and creativity to take off on an adventure that’s out of this world! We will also explore indoor and outdoor games, hands-on projects, as well as important friendship promoting curriculum unique to Camp Yakety Yak!
July 18 - July 22
Super Yak And the Music Makers
Do you like music? If so, please consider joining us for the week of music makers!
We are tapping into our inner rock stars for our Music Maker Week. From decorating and crafting our own guitars, and performing in our daily talent show, we’ll be rocking it out in style all week!
As part of this week’s activities, campers will get to jam out on a variety of instruments, create colorful music note ornaments, and have a singing competition. So turn on some music and get ready to play along for Super Yak and the Music Makers!
July 25 - July 29
Around the World with Super Yak
Do you like exploring new places? Do you ever wish you could travel around the world? If so, please consider joining us for Around the World with Super Yak!
An around the world explorers camp is a fun way to teach geography and expose campers to other cultures. Through fun activities and crafts such as creating maps of where our exploration takes us, and creating passports for all the places we visit, we will nurture a love and curiosity for exploration.
Please join us for a trip around the world with Super Yak. We promise you won’t be disappointed.
August 1 - August 5
Super Yak and the Animal Explorers
Calling all animal lovers! If you love animals, please consider joining us for a week with the animal explorers!
Come join us as we share our love for animals during this very unique week. We will learn about various animals and wildlife by going on hikes, scavenger hunts, and engage in craft projects such as making your own animal mask and putting on an animal puppet show during our daily talent show.
In addition, campers will get to make their own picture frame to take home to remember their time at camp. We hope to see you!