Registration Opens February 3, 2024
Programs to fit everyone in the family ages 5-22 years!
Camp Yakety Yak has programs to fit everyone in the family 5-21 years!
Special Needs Camper Program
Camp Yakety Yak's Signature Camp Program! This program is for children with a developmental disability or medical condition that makes participation in school difficult and who may or may not have an IEP or 504 plan at school.
Social skills instruction is embedded in all activities each day from the opening assembly, through a 30-minute social skills class, collaborative team projects, and recess activities.
Our professional faculty will design a curriculum that targets the social-emotional and communication needs of your child. A one-to-one assistant may be provided to encourage safe and positive engagement with other campers at no additional charge.
Buddies Intensive Services Camper Program
The Buddies Intensive Services Camper Program caters to children with more significant communication, intellectual, or physical challenges requiring a dedicated one-to-one assistant. The program is directed by a masters level special education teacher with experience working with children with complex disabilities.
The program also has a speech-language pathologist who, with the support of graduate level speech-language pathology students, provides a communication-rich learning environment. Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) is a focus of this program, though oral speech is modeled and encouraged. A camp nurse, occupational therapist, and physical therapist will consult and provide wrap-around support.
Buddies campers will receive intensive support on increasing their social interactions, communication, and student skills which will continue to support their social and emotional growth and prepare them for a transition back to school at the end of the summer.
Explorers Blue Program
The Explorers Blue Program caters to children with more significant communication, intellectual, or physical challenges requiring extra adult support or a dedicated one-to-one assistant. The program is directed by a masters level special education teacher with experience working with children with complex disabilities.
The program also has a speech-language pathologist who, with the support of graduate level speech-language pathology students, provides a communication-rich learning environment. Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and oral speech are modeled and encouraged. A camp nurse, occupational therapist, and physical therapist will consult and provide wrap-around support.
Campers will receive intensive support on increasing their social interactions, communication, and age-appropriate student skills which will continue to support their social and emotional growth and prepare them for a transition back to school at the end of the summer.
Explorers Red Program
The Explorers Red Program is a "pre-service learning" or "pre-volunteer" experience for teens with learning or social challenges who are still developing independence and leadership skills. The program is instructed by two special education teachers and an on-site speech-language pathologist consultant and the support of graduate level mentors.
The Explorers Red Program will follow a specific curriculum where our teens can learn new strategies and practice self-advocacy, emotional regulation, increased independence, problem-solving, growth mindset, social filter, and leadership skills. In addition, teens in this program will engage in a games class and a cooking class twice per week.
Neurotypical Siblings/Friends Camper Program
Ages 5-12 (They attend our General Camp)
Neurotypical children are at or above their peers in social communication and behavioral skills, and are a very important component of our camp curriculum and can participate in either General Camp or JCCs depending on their age. Neurotypical peers are role models, and serve as examples of positive participation in camp activities. Thus, they receive a significantly discounted tuition rate. Neurotypical peers receive frequent positive adult and teenager attention for their willingness to try new things, be flexible, have empathy, and demonstrate leadership skills. This support makes Camp Yakety Yak as rewarding and fun of an experience for neurotypical campers as camp is for special needs campers. Neurotypical Siblings are invited to participate in our sibling support group hosted daily by a counseling professional or other professional staff member with counseling experience, at snack time. If your child exhibits behavior which requires professional assistance, Camp Yakety Yak administrators will contact you to discuss options.
Yak Apprentice Program
The Yak Apprentice Program is a 4-week learning and work experience focusing on "social and executive skills in the workplace". It is a unique opportunity for young adults to focus on job and life skills necessary for success in everyday life.
While in the program, apprentices will receive direct instruction on social skills, job skills, self-advocacy, and appropriate emotional regulation, while increasing confidence when faced with more challenging workplace situations. With support, Yak Apprentices will engage in at least one aspect of supporting the day-to-day operations of camp and practice other skills through modeling.
In addition, apprentices in this program will engage in cooking class three times per week and will highlight learning about community focused resources and opportunities.
All tuitions listed include a $100 per week registration fee that is non-refundable. 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 Explorers Red and Blue Programs receive 25 hours of direct social-emotional and communication skills instruction. The more weeks a child attends the more effective the benefit from the camp curriculum.
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 siblings & friends 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.
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.
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, 2023.
Neurotypical Sibling Discount: The Neurotypical Sibling/Friend 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 5-15) of staff members so they are not covering the cost of outside childcare in order to work at the camp. Please contact Heather@CampYaketyYak.org to discuss the staff discount. Due to limited space we are not able to offer a staff discount in our "Buddies", "Explorer Blue Program" 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 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 notes 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.
Personal Support Workers (PSWs): Children with special needs who have a Personal Support Worker may have them accompany them at camp. There is a Personal Support Worker registration link on the "Get Involved" page.
What is Camp Yakety Yak's service model?Camp Yakety Yak is a summer day-camp focused on social-emotional education in large group classes and camp-wide activities. Camp serves children in an inclusive setting with 30% of our campers considered neurotypical and 70% with neurodevelopmental disorders and physical disabilities. This includes children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADHD, learning and communication disabilities, intellectual delays and cerebral palsy. All instruction is provided under the direction & supervision of a small, multi-disciplinary team of masters-level professionals that includes speech language pathologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, behavior analysts, school counselors and special education teachers.
What types services does Camp Yakety Yak NOT provide?Camp does not provide individual speech, occupational/physical therapy, or mental health/child psychology/psychiatry/counseling. We do not provide medical treatment, we provide education in an engaging social environment. CYY does not bill medical insurance nor provide receipts for medical reimbursement.
Who will serve my child directly?Part of the mission of camp is to provide an opportunity for future professionals in educational and therapeutic fields to gain knowledge and hands-on experience in working with children with special needs. To achieve this, the curriculum is designed by the professional staff who then provide training and supervision to college interns and high/middle school student volunteers who deliver the instruction and individual assistance to the campers. For example, campers who need individual coaching/prompting to use social-behavioral skills within a group dynamic are provided with a one-to-one assistant at the college or adolescent level. Each intern and volunteer receives 10-30 hours of instruction prior to camp depending on their role.
What special needs might not thrive at Camp Yakety Yak?Children who are easily escalated in group situations with a history of aggression (verbal threats, vulgar talk, or physical bullying) and other unsafe behaviors, as well as significant emotional disorders and who attend OUT-OF-DISTRICT placements such as therapeutic schools (e.g., Seredipity, Bridges Academy, New Leaves Academy, Four Corners, Rimrock Trails, etc.) are not able to attend Camp Yakety Yak. due to the level of professional intervention and supervision required. Children with severe emotional-behavioral disorders that cannot be served at least 50% of the time in the general education setting are not a good fit for Camp Yakety Yak's service model. While the social-emotional skill instruction at the core is inspired and informed by educational and therapeutic interventions, the service model/tuition pricing is based on the bulk of staff volunteering their time to learn in this setting. In addition, each camper's registration information will be evaluated and we may choose not to admit some campers based on their level of need and the educational, not therapeutic, purpose of camp. Campers who require extensive, direct instruction from masters-level professionals at camp are not a good fit for our service model. Our Professional Faculty is charged with training and supervising interns, clinical practicum students and camp counselor/volunteers, as well as the general safety and well-being of approximately 100 campers and cannot provide intensive instruction to individual campers. If your child has more specialized behavioral or emotional needs beyond general supports that CYY is able to provide (such as beyond the scope of practice of special ed teacher, school counselor, SLP or OT) we will gladly provide you professional referrals. The camp staff are educational professionals, and children affected by these emotional disorders are best served by specialized medical professionals. Examples include children with fetal alcohol syndrome or effects, schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders, bipolar and related disorders, depression and anxiety disorders, conduct disorder or obsessive-compulsive or related disorders If you have questions about your child before registering for a session, please contacts us.
Camp Yakety Yak is a Bully Free EnviromentExamples of serious behaviors that do not ensure a Safe and Positive Learning Environment for fellow campers and staff: Aggressive Behaviors - Physical bullying includes physical intimidation, hitting, kicking, tripping, pinching and pushing or damaging property. - Verbal bullying includes verbal intimidation, name-calling, insults, teasing, intimidation, homophobic or racist remarks, or verbal abuse. Compliance Behaviors Does not comply with rules majority of the time at school (examples may include: argues excessively and doesn't take "no" for an answer or participate in activities even with encouragement and incentives). Inappropriate Behaviors Sexual harassment type behaviors (such as name calling) have no place at Camp Yakety Yak. If your child has demonstrated the following behaviors at school, with other students or teachers, they will probably demonstrate these behaviors at Camp Yakety Yak. If you have questions about your child before registering for a session, please contacts us at 971-303-3901.
What is CYY's "Restorative Justice" Behavior Policy?"Every child is learning to use socially appropriate behaviors at camp. We are here to help them! There are some behaviors that interfere with a safe and positive learning environment for all campers and staff. Thank you for your understanding and support of our we aggression/bullying policy this summer. After the 1st incident of targeted verbal or physical aggression, significant defiance or highly inappropriate behavioral issues, Camper Support Team (Behavior & Counseling professionals) will evaluate and strategize situation and parents are notified and implement an incentive plan and assign and train/supervise/model instruction a one-to-one assistant (college or high school level) to the child, if one has not been assigned already.* After the 2nd incident of verbal or physical aggression, significant defiance or inappropriate behavioral issues, Camp Directors will contact parents about withdrawing camper from Camp Yakety Yak. Referrals to outside service providers can be provided upon request. *This policy is different for children in the Buddies Intensive Services program. We understand that children with minimal verbal skills may react physically when under stress. The Director of Special Programs, Elise Renning, along with the Buddies Program professional staff will support the camper's assistant to provide appropriate behavioral support strategies. If the camper is a danger to him/herself or others, and the behavioral support strategies are not successful, the camper will be withdrawn from camp with no refund.
What is CYY's Refund Policy if a Camper Continues to be Unsafe?Again, severe behavior challenges are very rare at Camp Yakety Yak. The majority of campers are happy to participate each day! There are no refunds for campers who are withdrawn from camp due to verbal or physical aggression, significant compliance/defiance or inappropriate behavioral issues. Staff planning/attention and camp materials have been provided and the camper has taken a spot from another child on the waitlist. CYY reserves the right to withdraw any camper whose first incident is serious enough to warrant immediate dismissal. *This policy is different for children in the Buddies Intensive Services program. We understand that children with minimal verbal skills may react physically when under stress. The Director of Special Programs, Elise Renning, along with the Buddies Program professional staff will support the camper's assistant to provide appropriate behavioral support strategies. If the camper is a danger to him/herself or others, and the behavioral support strategies are not successful, the camper will be withdrawn from camp with no refund.
Fees, Discounts, Scholarships & Due Dates"Registration Fee: All campers must pay a $75 fee at the time of registration that is applied to the camper's total tuition. This fee is non-refundable, except in the case of camp staff determining that Camp Yakety Yak is not the right fit for an individual child. This fee helps us pay for our lease, insurance, curriculum and t-shirt ordering before camp. Multi-Session Discount: Campers with special needs, Buddies and JCCs receive discounts from 5-20% for attending more than one week. Campers with Special Needs are required to attend two CONSECUTIVE weeks of camp to receive benefit from our program. Of course, the more weeks of attendance the greater the chances of learning new skills. There is no multi-session discount for Neurotypical campers as their tuition has already been discounted. Scholarships: Private donors have provided funding to offer partial scholarships to campers with financial need. Full scholarships may be available for campers with physical disabilities to attend. Applications are due by May 12. Download a scholarship application in the "Forms" section under the "Our Programs" tab. Camper Donation Letter to Friends & Family for Tuition Assistance: Most family and friends wish they could help, they just don't know how or have never been asked. We have created a Camper Donation Letter that can be individualized and mailed or emailed to your close contacts. Most campers who sent these letters had the majority of their camp tuition covered! It is a good lesson for children to print, sign, address and stamp the envelop and take to the post office. If a donation is received in your child's name, the funds go into their individual camp account. We will notify you as to the remaining balance in your child's camp account and will also provide you with the names of donors for thank-you notes! Donations to your child's camp account are considered tuition payments to Camp Yakety Yak and not tax-deductible. Any donated funds beyond the camper's tuition including the registration fee will be considered donations to Camp Yakety Yak and donors will receive a tax receipt. Get Camper Tuition Donation letter in the "Forms" section under the "Our Programs" tab. Camper Tuition Payments: We accept payment for camp tuition in two ways: Log into your online camp account and pay by credit card or echeck here. Pay by paper check by mailing it to our camp office at P.O. Box 161, West Linn, OR, 97068. Due Dates: All payments and forms must be turned into our office by July 1, 2018 to secure the camper's spot and proper planning.