"Neurotypical" Camper Program
For campers without special needs
General Camp ages 5-11 & Junior Camp Counselors (JCCs) ages 12-15
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 in 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, Including Ingredients for our cooking class
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. This was the case for Miss A's family. She 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!
2021 SUMMER PROGRAM
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.
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.
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!
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!