A camp for special needs students is becoming a valuable summer experience for many children and teens.

Camp for Special Needs StudentsFor six weeks, the Rochester Avon Recreation Authority sponsors summer camp for people with special needs, known as SCAMP. 

“It is growing every year,” said camp director Wendy Brown. “There’s a need because they like summer camp activities, to do things and go places. We do participate in some activities in a large group but we have plenty of staff who help support and gear the activity to a meaningful level so the camper can enjoy it.”

With 85 Scampers, 36 staff members and 10 volunteers, the camp has become an important part of summer for many families.

“Most of our kids form a very trusting bond with staff and myself,” Brown said. “We are very tuned in and very intuitive. We give them choices verbally and visually. We use visual icons for those who are unable to read so they understand what their choices are. They’re always positive choices that they can make independently.”

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