Aerie Experiences offers two and three night respite camp weekends tailored for children and teens. Participants will spend their nights in a camp or wilderness setting participating in prescriptive, traditional camp and back country activities. Participants will have the opportunity to complete our ropes course, play group games, fish, learn basic camp craft and make new friends.
Our strength-based program is designed and sequenced to be fun, build confidence and competence through challenge, accomplishment and expression. The program is intended to foster and develop friendship and social skills through encouragement and practice of effective communication, listening skills, group play, self advocacy, problem solving, and other life skills. These are taught through the utilization of metaphor that mirror situations encountered by participants in their daily life in a safe, fun, unique and structured setting. Course activities are used as a vehicle to increase confidence and competence, ultimately, increasing the child’s ability to participate more comfortably and successfully in social settings.
Ideal candidates for this program include teenagers navigating social or personal difficulties stemming from:
- Learning Disabilities
- High Functioning Autism
- Poor Self Concept
- Developmental Delays
- Underdeveloped/ Weakened Identity
- Disruption of Home (death, divorce)
- Social Awkwardness & Anxiety
The programs is designed to be fun, exciting, challenging, and to inspire enduring friendships and recreational pursuits. Program activities include:
- High ropes
- Low ropes course
- Adventure based counseling activities
- Expressive arts
- Camp fire and cooking
- Basic camp craft
- Rock Climbing
- Primitive Skills
Know someone who would benefit from Aerie Experiences? Download our general information brochure and pass it on. Also, if you know of a population of children, teens or individuals that would benefit from our programs but whom we aren't currently serving, please let us know with an email!