Summer Camp Program for Youth ages 7 to 17
Kamp Kaleidoscope is an inclusive summer camp program providing summer camp fun for children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The camp is attended by children diagnosed with ASD and their neuro-typical peers providing a fun and educational summer experience. Kamp Kaleidoscope was founded by Dr. Mark H. Yeager and was developed to meet the summer program needs of children with ASD who were either not accepted to other camps due to their diagnosis or space was not available. The basis for the camp is steeped deep in the concept of socialization with neuro-typical peers. The need to develop these skills is found at the center of all activities conducted at the camp.
Camp staff include full time members who are autism specialist, behavior management specialist, physicians, nurses, occupational therapist, equestrian enthusiast, psychologist, music therapist, educators, speech pathologist, outdoor specialist and folks that just want to have fun. Each camper has an assigned counselor who is under the guidance of a lead counselor trained in the “Kamp Kaleidoscope Method”.
Program for Youth Adults and Adults ages 18 and up
Camp Walapei is a Summer program for individuals with a diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder who are 18 years of age or older. The programs include a strong emphasis on Music, Arts and Crafts, Horseback Riding and making friends. This program is conducted by TEAAM staff and volunteers and offers a similar experience that Kamp Kaleidoscope provides but with age appropriate and less rigorous demands on each camper. Participants of Camp Walapei are often "graduates" of Kamp Kaleidoscope so this Camp offers this group an ongoing opportunity to participate in outdoor adventure and fun.
Adventure based program for youth ages 12 to 20
TEAAM's ARAY program is a series of weekend retreats that are theme driven. ARAY (Adventures in Recreation for All Youth) is an adventure-based program developed for teenagers with autism spectrum disorders, and related developmental disabilities and their neuro-typical peers (ages 12 to 20). Participants will experience adventurous weekends that focus on introducing new and exciting opportunities to learn, have fun and make friends. Sessions include: Camping, Hiking, Fishing, Wildlife Observation, Bird Study, Insect Study, Botany, Astonomy and Wilderness Survival.
Adventures without Boundaries
Program for young adults and adults, ages 18 and up
Adventures without Boundaries is the companion retreat program to ARAY. Programs will focus on more adult based outdoor programs. Some of the programs will include wildlife land and wildlife management. Noted wildlife management professionals will assist in designing each of these programs. Along with land management, projects will include but not be limited to; development and maintenance of wildlife food plots, secure nesting and bedding areas, as well as water and wetland development. All on-site adventures will be theme driven and will be designed to meet the needs while providing the supports for the adventurers. If this is not of interest to some potential participants, no fear. Other less rigorous programs are being developed to meet the needs of individuals that are adventurers of a different type. Programs such as scrap-booking, photography, and other programs of interest to participants.
Family Training Retreats
TEAAM's family retreats are designed to assist families in addressing the circumstances they are facing with their diagnosed child. The retreats also offer an opportunity to meet others that are dealling with the same circumstances. Through this network, many participants are able to establish their own supports through newly made friends.
TEAAM's Self-Advocacy Retreats target one of the least addressed issues in the field of autism spectrum disorder, personal development toward independence. At the Self-Advocacy Retreats, individuals develop new friends both with and without autism. The Retreats create a forum for an indivudual to begin to understand their own set of challenges and empowers them to overcome them with appropriate supports.
TEAAM's Board of Directors sponsors many of TEAAM's retreats in conjunction with the Boy Scouts of America. The Scouting programs offer great opportunities for everyone to achieve new goals and experience a world of learning. Programs that are conducted through BSA programs require an annual registration fee. The Center Ridge Outpost is the proud home of: Unit 55; Pack 55, Troup 55, and Venturing Crew 55.