"Neurotypical" Camper Program
For campers without special needs
General Camp ages 5-12
I'm SuperYak and I am the camp mascot. I solve problems with my thinking brain and calm body. I am excited for EVERYONE to learn and play together this summer!
"My son has learned a lot about patience and empathy and what friendship means by participating in Camp Yakety Yak. He does not have special needs, but learned as much as his brother with autism and is now a "friendship ambassador" at school. Thank you!"
- Parent of siblings, one neurotypical, via online survey
Neurotypical Sibling/Peer Role Model Tuition
General Camp Tuition only $150 a Week!
The Registration fee of $100 per week applies to the participant's total tuition, but is non-refundable.
Learn More About the Neurotypical Camper Program
Characteristics of Neurotypical Campers
No disability suspected
Can be a group leader or role model for other children
At or above grade level across most subjects and skills, little assistance needed
Expresses their thoughts, wants/needs and feelings as well as peers
Can problem solve situations through talking it out calmly, negotiate
Gets along with most people
Does not have social anxiety, but can be shy at first in new settings
No safety or behavioral concerns, doesn’t get in trouble at school or in neighborhood
Can appropriately respond to stressful situations most of the time as well as others their age
Comfortable in crowds at places like Chuck E. Cheese, movie theaters and shopping malls
Can follow directions, handles authority, wait their turn, share, lose a game gracefully
Has lasting friendships with peers
Successfully participates in extracurricular activities, such as sports teams, like peers (without special accommodations)
Independent participation in classroom, recess, childcare
Has successful playdates often, only typical amount of adult supervision required
Camp Yakety is a Family Affair!
All ability levels can
What Perks Do Neurotypical Campers Receive?
Enjoy weekly themed activities in recess stations, science, building, indoor and outdoor games, camp songs, daily talent shows, etc. that are geared to engage neurotypical children.
Team leadership, role model opportunities
Positive adult/teen attention for strengths and abilities
*No individualized support from a master-level professional is provided/needed; participates independently as a member of a team with other kids their age.
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
Child Care Connections list specially trained respite and child care providers
Neurotypical Sibling Snack Support Group
"Sibling Snack" is a daily social gathering of neurotypical campers at CYY that have a sibling with special needs (who may or may not be at camp). The neurotypical sibling must be a registered camper at CYY, but their sibling with special needs might not be a registered camper due to age, level of need, etc.
It’s an open discussion facilitated by one or two adults. The goal of the group is for typical siblings to share experiences, connect with each other and build new friendships. The group meets for approximately 15 minutes each day during our afternoon snack time. Parents receive a daily note highlighting the topic of the day.
Special treats and activities are provided!
Topics that may be covered in the group include:
What are some things your sibling with special needs is good at doing?
What has your sibling taught you?
What do you and your sibling have in common?
Are playdates at your house a challenge?
Have you ever been to the hospital with your sibling?
What do you wish other people knew about you, your sibling and your family?
What if my neurotypical child also has social or behavioral challenges?
Neurotypical children participate at camp for the fun activities, opportunities to connect with other children and leadership potential. Professional Faculty support is reserved for children with special needs. Sometimes masters-level support is needed for a neurotypical sibling. It may be that the sibling with special needs has much more apparent challenges, so that can make the other children in the family appear to be average. The Camp Yakety Yak founder, Angela Johnson, started the camp for her oldest son, thinking that his little sister was neurotypical (she was only 4 years old). Miss A ascribed her daughter's social, emotional and behavioral challenges to having a "spirited" personality or older brother's influence, rather than her own eventual diagnoses. Now both kids have received many years of instruction for lagging skills and have graduated from campers to camp counselors, wearing the coveted blue shirt!
If campers who are registered as "neurotypical" end up needing specialized support from the Professional Faculty, Camp Directors will contact parents to discuss changing the registration and tuition level to a “Special Needs Camper.” Parents can also elect to withdraw their child at that time, but we would love to help all children with lagging skills!
Thank you for your understanding of this policy!
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!