AM Camp Sessions (ages 5-21)
Participants have the opportunity to attend a camp program, supported by 1:1 or 1:2 professional staff while participating in games, crafts and activities as well as swimming, music therapy, horseback riding, circle time and snack.
PM Camp Sessions (ages 5-21)
Participants are welcome to enjoy an afternoon session of camp as well. We will have special entertainment and people from the community join us while we continue to participate in games and activities, as well as crafts and more swimming (businesses who want to give back to others visit and engage in our programs with our campers). This afternoon group will also venture into the community to enjoy some of the local attractions. If you are interested in registering your child in this program, you will need to sign up for both the am and pm programs.
AAAOK (ages 13-21)
Aaron’s Acres Acts of Kindness (AAAOK) is a program in which our adolescents between the ages of 13 and 21 have the opportunity to continue our program into the afternoon and venture into the community to engage in age-appropriate service projects with their peers. If you are interested in registering your child in this program, you will need to sign up for both the am and pm programs.
Established in 2009, Aaron’s Acres Acts of Kindness (“AAAOK” or “Triple-A OK” for short) gives adolescents with special needs the opportunity to participate and succeed in settings outside of Aaron’s Acres. Additionally, our Acts of Kindness Program allows participants to understand that they can actively make a difference in the lives of others. Activities range from engaging with nursing home residents, to cleaning up local parks and trails, to lending help at homeless shelters. Our view is that when everyone participates, everyone benefits.
Additional Benefits of Aaron’s Acres Acts of Kindness
- Participants are given a sense of purpose and joy in their work
- A positive environment is built upon the values of giving back and making a difference
- Parents feel a sense of pride knowing their children can help others
- Organizations realize that our adolescents can contribute in the community
A-Team is a program for adolescent ages 13-21 diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome.
The “A-Team” participates in age-appropriate recreational activities designed to develop their socialization and communication skills. Trips into the community could include the following: bowling, Greystone Therapeutic Riding Stables, or visiting the Lancaster Science Factory. In addition, these teenagers have the opportunity to participate in community service projects such as baking snacks for families who reside at the Ronald McDonald House in Hershey and then delivering them personally in order that they can gain a true understanding of what they provided to these people. Following this trip, the A-team often goes to the zoo in Hershey for an afternoon of fun, always focusing on appropriate socialization among their peers as well as with others within the community. If you are interested in registering your child in this program, you will need to sign up for both the am and pm programs.
In addition to our summer camp and school year sessions, we offer wonderful programs for the whole family that take place all year-round*. Sometimes it’s to unwind, and sometimes it’s for an extra layer of support. No matter the reason, our goal is to offer the same level of care and attention that we believe everyone deserves. Our family programs also provide the following:
- Pampering sessions
- Open communication with other parents of children and young adults with special needs
- A much needed break from the normal routine
- Educational discussions with professionals on important issues, such as:
- Advocating for their children and young adults within the school system
- Adolescence and puberty
- Transitioning from school to work
- Opportunities to meet other parents and create a support system