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Junior Camp Counselor Program     



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.

For adolescents with special needs, Ages 12-15


It's only $100 
 per week
to reserve your spot!

I'm SuperYak and I am the camp mascot. I solve problems with my thinking brain and calm body. I am excited for JCCs to try new things this summer!

I believe the camp allowed her to stretch her leadership skills and build confidence. Her communication skills and desire to learn has increased. [The camp] really let her just be who she is.
-Parent of Junior Camp Counselor, 2018

June 22-June 26: SuperYak Under the Sea

JCCs, do you like all things ocean? 


Let's share our sea knowledge with others to build friendship connections. As we explore what makes the sea and ourselves unique, 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 SuperYak Under The Sea!

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

July 6-July 10: SuperYak and a Galaxy Far, Far Away

JCCs, do you like space?  


Join us as we head into the Camp Yakety Yak Space Station to learn about real-life space exploration.

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!


Part of being a great explorer 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 our best at SuperYak and a Galaxy Far, Far Away!

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

July 13-July 17: SuperYak and the Treasure Hunters

JCCs, join us for a week designed to spark your  imagination and tickle your funny bone. 

 Through hands-on projects inspired by treasures hunts from around the world, cooking and trying delicious foods from different areas on the map, as well as learning new indoor and outdoor games, join us as we develop friendship skills over an amazing week.


 “Arrrrrgh” you ready to have some fun with SuperYak?


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

July 20-July 24: SuperYak and the Social Sleuths

Calling all social sleuths!  JCCs, are you ready to find out what skills friendships are made of?  Are you ready to interview your friends and look for clues in the environment for how to be a good friend and have fun?  Then this week is for you!


Let's use our social sleuth skills with others to build friendship connections. As we explore what makes us unique, 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!


With the help of SuperYak, let’s investigate building our friendship and social skills with our new friends at camp!

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

July 27-July 31: SuperYak on the Eco Track

Calling all Earth lovers! Let’s get ready to explore simple ways to reduce, reuse and recycle with the help of SuperYak!

 We will explore how we can make a difference in our world through activities such as cooking, hands-on activities, games and friendship curriculum unique to Camp Yakety Yak to help us turn our trash into treasures!

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

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Junior Camp Counselor Tuition

Junior Camp Counselors (JCCs)
Tuition $680 weekly

The Registration fee of $100 per week applies to the participant's total tuition, but is non-refundable.

Learn More About the Junior Camp Counselor Program

JCCs help the camp community, receive direct social instruction and attend many fun classes like younger campers, such as Cooking and Games. This program is the best of both worlds - developing strengths and independence of adolescents with adult support and teen mentors while building group camaraderie. 

The JCC program will follow the themes of the general camp while creating engaging activities where our JCC’s can learn strategies and practice self-advocacy, emotional regulation, increased independence, problem solving, growth mindset, social filter, and leadership.   JCC’s will provide extra supports to the general camp by demonstrating mentorship to younger campers as well as community service projects that support the day-to-day operations of camp.

Pre-teen mentors participate alongside of Junior Camp Counselors to create a reverse inclusion setting rich with

modeling and fun connection! Often our JCC Teen Mentors are older siblings of campers with special needs and their volunteer experience continues for many years to come. We find that neurotypical siblings are engaging and supportive interaction partners for Junior Camp Counselors who may also have the goal of being a "blue shirt staff member" in future years.

Common Characteristics of Individuals
in the Junior Camp Counselor Program
  • Age 12-15

  • On an IEP (if in public school) or disability is  suspected, (may also register as a neurotypical camper)

  • 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 a 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

The Junior Camp Counselor Program features the following:
  • 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.

  • 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, speech-language pathologist, 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

  • 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

  • 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)



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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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