Camp Connections - Day Camp with a Mission!

PaddleboatingCamp Connections day camp is a unique program for children with autism and related conditions offering social skills programming combined with goal-directed therapeutic recreation activities for children ages 5 and up. Each week includes fun, theme-centered activities, learning experiences, and field trips.

Camp Connections day campers learn, move and play to:

  • Increase social understanding and social thinking!
  • Develop, fine tune and generalize social skills!
  • Build and expand peer interactions and friendship behaviors!
  • Facilitate self-awareness, self-management and self-expression!
  • Encourage cooperative group skills and teamwork in a small-group setting!
  • Develop and practice independent and cognitive skills for life-long success!
  • Have FUN-filled days!

WMLC employs qualified, well-trained staff who are knowledgeable and experienced in working with individuals on the Autism Spectrum and those with other Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Needs. We retain a high staff-to-client ratio, especially on community outings.

Camp Connections Day Camp

Activities

Superflex® & Hidden Curriculum:  
Mini social skills lessons based on “Superflex®” by Michelle Garcia Winner (younger campers) and “The Hidden Curriculum,” by Brenda Smith Myles (older campers).

Movement Break
Is a time for simple and enjoyable movement activities to increase experiences with whole brain learning, designed to get the brain and body working together and organize the sensory system so sensory input is processed and integrated more effectively.

Hands-On-Labs & Therapeutic Art
STEM based projects, crafts and experiments and art exercises that increase self-esteem, self-awareness and provide a feeling of success in artistic expression and communication, allowing participants to engage in therapeutic exercises without judgement.

Recess
Is divided into a guided play experience for campers to learn written and unwritten rules for common recess games while free play allows them to do what they enjoy doing with friends at the park or on the playground.

Learning Lunch
Campers build reciprocal conversation skills, meal-time manners and daily living and independence skills in a positive social environment.

Fantastic Field Trips
Therapeutic recreation community outings may include visits to local parks, museums, bowling, golfing, hiking, and swimming among other activities.

Sample

Camp Connections Day Camp Schedule

Early Arrival (8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.) additional fee applies

Morning Session (9:00 a.m. – noon)

  • 9:00 – 9:10 — Sensory Start
  • 9:10 – 9:30 — Circle Time/Check-in
  • 9:30 – 10:00 — Mini Social Skills Lesson
  • 10:00 – 10:15 — Movement Break
  • 10:15 – 11:00 — STEM Hands-On-Lab &
    Therapeutic Art
  • 11:00 – 11:30 — Recess
  • 11:30 – Noon — Learning Lunch (Bring your own sack lunch)

Afternoon Session (noon – 4:00 p.m.)

  • Noon – 12:15 — Check-in/Field Trip Social Agenda
  • 12:15 – 3:45 —Fantastic Field Trip
  • 3:45 – 4:00 — Quiet Time/Cool Down

Late Pick-Up (4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.) additional fee applies

MN Parent Article about WMLC’s Camp Connections Day Camp