Summer Camp Gonnawannagoagin
FACT hosts a fun-filled, action-packed day camp in Virginia Beach for 6 weeks each summer. Students ages 6 and up with the primary diagnosis of autism are eligible to attend. For these individuals, Camp Gonnawanngoagin’ is a haven from the daily struggles of learning, communicating with, and interpreting the world around them. We firmly believe that “children with autism are children first,” which is why Camp Gonnawanngoagin’ offers everything a day camp for typical children offer, including swimming, field trips, games, sports, music, and crafts. FACT employs a knowledgeable compassionate staff that works on a 1:2 ratio with campers. Every camper is assigned a typical “peer buddy” that models expected behavior and offers acceptance and encouragement. FACT utilizes a variety of communication tools, best practices in behavior management, and ongoing positive reinforcement.
Spring Camp Gonnawannagoagin
FACT is proud to partner with Friends School which graciously shares their beautiful campus and allows us to host our programs there. Because Friends is a private school, their calendar and scheduled Spring Break do not always coincide with the public school calendar that FACT follows in order to serve the majority of students with autism in our area. When our calendars align, FACT will host a Spring camp.
Winter Camp Gonnawanngoagin’
Breaks from school can be difficult for families with autism. The disruption of routine and lack of engaging activities can make for very long days. For these reasons, F.A.C.T. offers mini-camp during winter break. Families can sign up for just the days they want or need and know that their child with special needs will be engaged and well cared for by a staff that knows and appreciates their child’s needs.