Camp Gonnawannagoagin’ is an autism specific program. Naturally, we accept students with multiple diagnoses, but students that exhibit primary deficits in communication and socialization benefit most from our programs.
We accept applicants with a wide variety of ability levels. Students who are non- verbal, or require toileting assistance are accepted.
Staff is mindful of sensory integration needs, language processing delays, dietary restrictions, obsessive compulsive tendencies, and limited awareness of environmental dangers.
Campers with emerging verbal and social skills benefit from typical peer interactions and supported introduction to a variety of social and recreational skills.
“Higher” functioning students; those that are verbal, have limited cognitive impairment, and emerging social skills benefit greatly from the “bully free” environment created by trained peer volunteers.
The program runs from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Students who react physically or violently to anxiety or frustration may be assigned 1:1 staffing and may not be assigned a peer buddy for safety reasons.
Camp staff cannot administer any medications. Students who are able to take their medication given a verbal prompt, may be sent to camp with only the dosage for that day.
Due to the active nature of our camp, F.A.C.T. is limited in it’s ability to accept students with physical disabilities, including visual and hearing impairments.
Attendance is limited to a maximum of 1 week so we can offer the opportunity to the greatest number of children possible. If additional weeks become available, the waitlist will be addressed accordingly.
Tuition is $300 per child per week which is 50% of the actual cost for staffing, activities, transportation, materials, and administration. F.A.C.T. contributes the balance of the cost through grants, financial gifts, and fund raisers.
- Financial Need scholarship- a discount of 50% is available to any student who qualifies for free or reduced lunch in the public school system, with documentation from the school. Documentation must be submitted with payment for discounts to be applied. *Homeschoolers and pre-schoolers may provide a statement of need in lieu of school documents.
- Military Dependents Scholarship- a 25% discount per week, for as many weeks as needed, is available to military dependents.
- Sibling Scholarship- families with more than one child enrolled in camp, receive a 25% discount per child for as many weeks as they attend.
- Emma Dickerson Memorial Scholarship- offered to a teen whose family has undergone a hardship.
- Jack and Anne Glenn Scholarships- offered to families with financial need thanks to the generous gifts of the Glenn Foundation
- Francis Tom Memorial Scholarship- offered to families with financial need in memory of Francis Tom