Our Service Limitations, Behavioral Policies

Junior Camp Counselor Program

For adolescents with special needs, ages 12-15


Important Notice!  In an effort to keep the integrity and effectiveness of our JCC Program will have a cap of 12 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!

Registration Open!

Important Registration Information




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. 

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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
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 Projects 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.

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

  • 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

  • "Adut Yak" 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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Week 1:

July 12 - July 16


Super Yak Under the Sea


Do you like all things ocean? Swim right up and let's go exploring! Anyone for a game of sharks and minnows? Mermaids, shells, fish, and whales abound as we explore life under the sea through nature and craft projects, storytelling, skits, and water play.

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 making snacks, indoor and outdoor games, hands-on projects, and Camp Yakety Yak's unique friendship promoting curriculum.

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Week 2:

July 19 - July 23


Super Yak And the Treasure Hunters

Arrr Mateys! Join Super Yak for a week designed to spark your imaginationand tickle your funny bone. Decoding pirate maps, scavenger hunting for treasure, making egg carton treasure chests, and singing chanties about the raging seas.

Through hands-on projects inspired by treasure hunts from around the world, trying snacks from all over the globe, as well as learning new indoor and outdoor games, join us as we develop friendship skills over an amazing week.


Week 3:

July 26 - July 30


Super Yak and a Galaxy Far, Far Away

Do you like space? If so, please consider blasting off with us in a galaxy not so far away. We will learn about space exploration, use your imagination to build rockets, make space slime, create space creatures, and much more! 

Let Camp Yakety Yak provide a spark for imagination and creativity to take off on an adventure out of this world. We will also explore indoor and outdoor games, hands-on learning, as well as important friendship promoting curriculum unique to Camp Yakety Yak. 

Part of exploring involves flexible thinking, perseverance, and working with others to develop great ideas. As we practice new skills throughout the week, we'll support each other in having fun and trying our best!

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Week 4:

August 2 - August 6


Super Yak 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 Super Yak! 

Do you like to create treasures from household materials? Do you see beauty in discarded materials or old things? Learn the principles of design and explore your creativity, while cleaning up the world around you. You will learn how to explore your community for project ideas and materials.

We will learn how we can make a difference in our world while we enjoy making snacks, indoor and outdoor games, and friendship curriculum unique to Camp Yakety Yak to help us turn our trash into treasures!