Our Unique Programs
Please have a *digital copy of your special needs camper's IFSP, IEP, or 504 plan to upload with your application. A completed application includes a copy of the camper's IFSP, IEP, or 504 plan and completed applications are reviewed in the order they are received. *Ask your child's school case manager for a pdf, it does NOT have to be a signed copy.
Programs to fit everyone in the family ages 5-21 years!
Camp Yakety Yak has programs to fit everyone in the family 5-21 years!
All tuitions listed include a $100 per week registration fee that is nonrefundable. The registration fee is all that is required to reserve a spot for your child this summer.
Each week children with special needs, Buddies and JCCs receive 25 hours of direct social-emotional and communication skills instruction. The more weeks a child attends the more effective the camp can be.
Tuition pricing is based on the cost of speech therapy in a university clinic by graduate students, or approximately $20-25 per hour.
We charge very little per hour for neurotypical children to attend camp. We do this for many reasons: 1) we want our campers to interact with peer models; 2) we want neurotypical siblings to have a chance to connect with each other and; 3) no special support is provided by Masters-level educators and therapists. Neurotypical peers are often part of our strategy to improve social skills of campers with special needs.
This is an expensive camp to produce, mostly due to the number of professionals needed to design and supervise the program to ensure quality instruction and safety. Tuition covers about 70% of the budget, the rest we must fundraise.
Payments, Discounts & Scholarships
Tuition Payments: A registration fee of $100 is required to hold the camper's spot at the time of registration and applies to the camper's total tuition. Families can make payments on their online camp account anytime they wish or pay the entire tuition at once. Total tuition is due on or before June 30th, 2021.
Neurotypical Sibling Discount: The Neurotypical Sibling/Peer Role Model tuition is significantly discounted compared to participating in other camps with similar activities offered. The $150 tuition for 25 hours of camp is less than the cost of childcare. We offer this discount so camp is able to meet its 25% neurotypical camper quota for our specialized Reverse Inclusion model. At this time, there is no additional discount for multiple campers within the same family with special needs. Instead, we encourage families to apply for a CYY Scholarship (see below).
Staff Discount: We offer a special discount to children (age 5-12) of professional staff members so they are not covering the cost of outside childcare in order to work at the camp. Please contact to discuss the staff discount. Due to limited space we are not able to offer a staff discount in our "Buddies" or "Yak Apprentice" programs at this time.
Partial, Need-Based Scholarships for Campers with Special Needs, Buddies Intensive Services Program, Junior Camp Counselors and Yak Apprentices: We want all children who want to attend camp to be able to attend Camp Yakety Yak. We know that the cost of the tuition (which largely covers the cost of the professionals to be onsite) can be a barrier. CYY offers partial scholarships to campers whose families have a demonstrated need. At this time, the maximum scholarship is 50% of one week of tuition per child per family, so we can share the funds with as many families as possible. Scholarships are available for the Yak Apprentice program at a maximum of $500 for qualified applicants. The scholarship committee looks at multiple factors in determining the scholarship calculations. We do not have a maximum income policy at this time, rather the Scholarship Committee looks at all of the other factors that the family shares to get a total picture of need. When in doubt whether if you qualify or not, we recommend that you apply for a scholarship anyway and the committee will review all applications and available scholarship funds to make a determination.
CYY's Scholarship Process: We ask that families who are interested in scholarships complete the following steps:
Step 1: Complete an online registration form their child for the number of camp weeks they desire.
Step 2: Pay all of the registration fees ($100 per week) to hold your child's spot for desired weeks. The registration fee will be applied to the family's portion of tuition, if a scholarship is granted.
Step 3: Complete and return CYY's Scholarship Application along with the tax documents summarizing the families income (we do not need the entire return. The scholarship applications are available between May 1 through June 30. Applications received after that point will still be considered, as funds are available.
Step 4: CYY's Scholarship Committee meets to review all scholarship applications and makes awards given the available funds. Families are notified by email starting June 30 about the scholarship award.
Step 5: Families accept the scholarship award and agree to pay the family portion of the camper's tuition on or before July 1st. To assist families in raising funds, the camp has created a Camper Friends & Family Letter to Request Donations that can be sent to close family and friends for small donations. Our office applies the donation check amount to your camper's online account, the donor receives a receipt and you are notified that someone has donated.
Step 6: It is required for all scholarship recipients to write a thank you note to the donor before August 9. Our office handles tracking and distribution of thank you notes to donors or written testimonials to foundations providing scholarship funds. Written thank you's from parents about what the scholarship meant to the family are encouraged to include a photo of the child in their camp shirt, the note written by the child or a drawing by the child. Families who accept the scholarship and do not provide written thank you's may not be considered for future scholarships at Camp Yakety Yak. We believe that gratitude is one of the most important social skills we can teach children and hope you agree!
What if our family accepts the scholarship but is not able to cover remaining tuition? Camp Yakety Yak will refund all tuition paid to date, including the registration fee, and will give the spot to a child on the waitlist. Even though the registration fees are not refundable customarily, scholarship applicants receive a full refund.
What Makes Camp Yakety Yak Unique?
One-to-One Assistants at Camp: Children with special needs who have behavior that impacts their learning or the learning of others typically receive a one-to-one assistant at camp. This is different than public school assistants who are typically provided only for significant safety or medical reasons. Because our staff are largely student volunteers we feel that often children and students learn best in a one-to-one relationship. If your child needs supervision to participate well in a group, they may be able to receive an assistant at our camp.
Social Skill Classes Taught Daily
Together with parents, Camp Yakety Yak staff determine a goal for each child to work on during their time at camp. We teach new skills in small groups settings and practice the skills throughout all activities, such as during snack or out at recess.
High 1:1 Staff-to-Camper Ratio
Neurotypical Peers & Siblings not only enjoy camp activities, but grow in their patience, empathy and leadership skills while connecting with other "neurotypical" siblings for some good, old-fashioned fun. We also offer special activities for siblings to support their unique needs.
Advanced Staff Training
All staff receive up to 30 hours of specialized training from Camp Administrators and our multi-disciplinary Professional Faculty before working with children at Camp Yakety Yak. This includes online tutorials, quizzes and in-person training sessions. We partner with local universitities to offer internships, clinical practicums for speech pathlology students and occupational therapy students.