Approximately 1.5 million Americans are believed to have some form of autism. To help meet the needs of this growing population, Easter Seals Wisconsin has created sessions for campers ages 7-25 with Asperger Syndrome and high-functioning Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Campers are divided into age groups and take full advantage of Easter Seals’ 400 beautifully-wooded acres as they engage in age-appropriate activities designed to promote positive social interactions. These activities range from creative arts, sledding and cross-country skiing during winter weekends to swimming, hiking and camping out under the stars during the week-long summer session. Outings to Wisconsin Dells and nearby attractions are also arranged to encourage appropriate community behavior.
Our well-trained staff members are always on hand to encourage participation in activities, both old and new, and to assist in fostering relationships between the campers, helping them to form friendships with their peers. They also ensure that each camper’s emotional needs are met. A ratio of one staff member to every two campers is maintained, with the opportunity for one-to-one support as needed.
To help reduce anxiety, schedules of activities are mailed to campers before they arrive at camp. Our menu is also available on request to assist in accommodating special diets. While the counselors are trained to handle social and behavioral issues, our goal is for campers to feel good about themselves and each other, and to have fun!