PROSPECTIVE CAMPER INFORMATION

LOCATION: TALL OAKS CONFERENCE CENTER*

12778 189TH ST. LINWOOD, KANSAS

*Camp Encourage's offices are located in Kansas City, MO, but camp sessions are held at Tall Oaks. Please send any written communication to our offices in Westport at 4025 Central, KCMO, 64111.

We appreciate your interest and encourage you to read through each detail below. After doing so and to express interest in attending our camps in 2017, complete a Camper Interest Form. For more information about the overall camp experience, activities, and services, click here.

2017 CAMP SESSIONS

After three years of strategically planning for growth, it is our honor to announce that Camp Encourage will be providing four times the amount of services to youth with ASD in 2017. What once was a wee summer session for thirty five campers in 2008 is now four sessions, serving roughly 180 campers:

March 18-19, 2017
Mini Camp Session

Arrival: Saturday, 9:30am 

Departure: Sunday, 3:00pm

June 21-24, 2017
Summer Session

Arrival: Wednesday, 1:00pm 

Departure: Saturday, mid to late morning (depending on age)

July 15-18, 2017
Summer Session

Arrival: Saturday, 1:00pm

Departure: Tuesday, mid to late morning (depending on age)

October 28-29, 2017
Mini Camp Session

Arrival: Saturday, 9:30am  

Departure: Sunday, 3:00pm

WHO SHOULD APPLY?

We are currently serving individuals on the autism spectrum that are:

  • between the ages of 8 and 18 at the time of camp,
  • at least fairly independent with self-care skills (showering, dressing, toileting),
  • able to stay with or near the group (with accommodations and adaptations),
  • able to tolerate the outdoors and all that nature brings (bugs, warmth, etc.),
  • able to enjoy the activities on the schedule
  • successful with a 3:2 or 2:1 child:adult ratio and
  • not presently exhibiting behavioral or functional needs that would warrant the constant support of 1:1 assistance.

PEER MODELS

Camp Encourage accepts a limited number of Peer Models to attend camp. Peer Models are individuals not on the autism spectrum, between the age of eight and eighteen. They reside in the cabins overnight with the campers with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), participate in all camp activities, and are expected to serve as role models for the campers with ASD.They participate in Camp Encourage like all other campers and are NOT “Junior Counselors” or helpers.

 

Few camps are presently available for the population we continue to serve. When founded in 2008, Camp Encourage envisioned serving a wider population (including those that would benefit from 1:1 support). However, because other area camps exist and because we continue to have a waiting list each year for those described above, we will continue to serve this population. Our services will widen once we feel we are meeting the needs of those above.

If your child does not meet the criteria above, please contact us for references to presently existing camps.

If you are uncertain if this experience would be fitting, please contact us before submitting a Camper Interest Form.

 

SELECTION PROCESS

First to meet the needs of our immediate community, priority will be given to all campers that reside in Missouri and Kansas. All Camper Interest Forms from these two states submitted by the below dates will be placed in a lottery pool. Should the amount of campers interested exceed the slots available, a waiting list will be started. If slots remain open, another lottery will take place with interested campers from outside states.

LOTTERY DETAILS

When preparing for the lottery, names received prior to the outlined dates will be added into the lottery pool as follows:

  • If an individual has been on a waiting list for Camp Encourage in the past and has NEVER attended, his or her name is placed in the lottery three times.
  • If it is the applicants' first time submitting interest (has never attended, has never applied), his or her name is placed in the lottery two times.
  • If the individual has attended in the past, his or her name is placed in the lottery once.
CAMPER INTEREST FORM SUBMISSION DEADLINES

Camper Interest Forms received prior to or on the following dates will be considered within the first pool of applicants for each camp session. Camper Interest Forms are welcomed throughout the year. However, it is strongly encouraged to submit by the following lottery due dates:

MARCH SESSION: Prior to February 1, 2017

SUMMER SESSIONS: Prior to February 22, 2017

OCTOBER SESSIONS: Prior to September 1, 2017

Again, we welcome Camper Interest Forms to be submitted prior to any camp session. At times, slots are still available post lottery due to cancellations.

CAMP COST

Camp costs includes quality planning, specialized materials and supports, meals, comfortable cabins, and tailored activities.

Mini Camp Sessions: $560

Summer Sessions: $1200

CAMP SCHOLARSHIPS

Through fundraising and grant writing efforts, we proudly offer scholarship support for each session.

Scholarship opportunities range from partial to full. When a Camper Interest Form is submitted (to express interest in attending), a Scholarship Application is submitted as well.

An in-depth scoring process is completed and funding is offered to each family according to the score received. Limited full scholarships are available. The more each family can raise or fund, the further our scholarship funding will stretch thus reaching more deserving campers with ASD.

Please do not let the cost deter you from applying. We work diligently throughout the year to make this opportunity available to a variety of campers. A large number of our past campers have received partial or full scholarship support. In fact, all families that have expressed a need for financial support through the application process in past years were offered scholarship funding.