Neurotypical Campers Program                    



For campers without special needs 

General Camp ages 5-11 & Junior Camp Counselors 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

Only $100 
registration fee per week
to hold your spot!

June 22-June 26: SuperYak 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?   Feel like challenging Neptune? 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 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 in a Galaxy, Far, Far Away

Do you like space?  If so, please consider blasting off with us in a galaxy not so far away. 


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, make space slime, create our own space creatures, solar system exploring, 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!


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

Arrr Mateys! Join SuperYak for a week designed to spark your  imagination and tickle your funny bone. Decoding pirate’s maps, scavenger hunting for buried treasure, making egg carton treasure chests to get our jewels safe, designing costumes with parrots, spyglasses, and eye patches, and singing chanties of the raging seas. 


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!  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!


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 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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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 all 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

participate together.

What Perks Do Neurotypical Campers Receive? 
  • Daily Sibling Snack Meeting to foster connection between neurotypical siblings

  • Enjoy weekly themed activities in cooking, 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

  • 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)

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 were ascribed 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!


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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

(CYY 2021, July Only)

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