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Special Needs Camper Program          




Important Notice!  In an effort to keep the integrity and effectiveness of our special programs such as Buddies Intensive (12), Junior Camp Counselors (14) and Yak Apprentice (14) there will be a cap for participants, noted in parentheses.  Once the cap is reached, a wait list will be generated.  Please don’t wait to register because these programs fill up fast.


For children with special needs, ages 5-12

Make new connections in our Reverse Inclusion setting! 

I'm SuperYak and I am the camp mascot. I solve problems with my thinking brain and calm body. I am excited for all campers to make new connections!

[CYY has a] highly trained staff, before/after care for working parents so we can take our child to camp, special projects and themes each week that are really interesting and push my son's skills a bit, and cooking class - always a favorite!

Parent Testimonial, Online Survey, 2018

 $100 deposit
to reserve your spot per week!

Why do Campers with Special Needs have a 2-Week Minimum?

June 22-26: 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 6-10: SuperYak 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. 


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 13-17: 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 keep 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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The Registration fee of $100 per week applies to the participant's total tuition, but is non-refundable.

Learn More About the Special Needs Camper Program
Characteristics of Campers with
Special Needs
  • On an IEP (if in public school) or disability is  suspected

  • Special Education provided in general education class

  • May have boundary/personal space issues (personal safety concerns)

  • May struggle with group participation/sharing/ collaborating/learning in classroom or extracurricular environments without support

  • May have sensory sensitivities to noise, taste, smells, textures, etc.

  • May have average or high academics, but delays in social, emotional, or behavioral skills compared to peers

  • Tends to “overreact” to situations that are relatively small

  • Some difficulty making or keeping friendships

  • May have trouble following directions or handling authority

  • Difficulty meeting expectations at home, school, socially

  • Difficulty expressing thoughts and feelings as well as peers

  • Some compliance with adult direction/participation challenges at school/home

  • Needs adult assistance or supervision for many activities, including playdates, not at independence level of peers

Special Needs Program Features
  • Individualized camper goal targeted on daily basis

  • Professional Faculty of Masters-Level therapists and educators design and supervise camp curriculum focused on improving social interaction skills in fun, weekly-themed activities including: cooking, science, art and games.

  • Multisensory instruction, hands-on learning activities that is designed  to engage neurotypical children, with support provided for individual campers with special needs.

  • Sensory strategies to support camper attention and emotional regulation designed by occupational therapist

  • Visual supports in form of visual schedule and reminders of what is expected designed and supervised by speech pathologist

  • Positive adult/teen attention for strengths and abilities

  • A one-to-one assistant assigned to children, if needed, for safety/full participation (about 20% of special needs campers) - this may be a graduate student or high-school volunteer

  • Individual behavioral incentive plans, for children with mild-to-moderate compliance, attention, participation challenges (about 15% of campers with special needs)

  • 25 to 125 Hours of Therapy-Inspired Instruction (depending on session length)

  • Consultation & support from a speech-language pathologist, occupational therapist, behavior therapist, special education teacher, physical therapist and counselor, if additional support is needed

  • Written Camper Progress Note at the end of camp describing the social-emotional skills & strategies camper was taught at camp

  • Daily Feedback from camp staff about child's day

  • 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)

Daily Schedule

Our campers come from every city in the tri-county area as well as a greater distance including Salem, Gresham, and Camas, WA.


We appreciate the effort families invest to participate in camp each day.

Not sure which program

is right for your child?

Contact us by email and we can set up a time to talk over the phone to determine which program will be best for your camper.



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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

(June-July Only)

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