CAMP TLC IS GENEROUSLY SPONSORED BY
THE MARLON FAMILY FOUNDATION
MISSION Our focus is on alleviating the strain that an Autism diagnosis takes not only on the affected child but the child’s family. Our primary goals are to help campers build self-esteem, develop better social skills and self-expression, make and maintain friendships, improve fine motor skills, gross motor skills and sensory integration.
Camp TLC is a unique and inspiring co-ed residential summer camp experience designed specifically for teens ages 13 – 17 with a diagnosis of Autism or other neurological condition. Camp TLC’s emphasis is on personal growth. The program is designed for teens who would benefit from structure, small group dynamics and individual attention all in a private setting where the campers enjoy typical outdoor camp activities. All campers participate in a daily rotation of non-competitive camp activities with their cabin groups. We encourage camper participation and inspire them to reach their full potential by realizing their best is ‘the best’. Our curriculum focuses on improving physical health, problem solving, team building, starting and finishing tasks as well as many other objectives including just having fun! Free quality services are provided at Camp TLC including accommodations and meals, onsite medical support, and recreational facilities. A tasty, healthy and hearty breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served each day and snacks and beverages are provided throughout the entire program. We also provide for the campers with special dietary needs.
Camp TLC welcomes teens ages 13 – 17 with a diagnosis of Autism or other neurological condition. Camp TLC does not offer a clinical setting and therefore, cannot accept teens who have a history of aggressive, abusive or violent behaviors.
A unique feature of Camp TLC is the Camper Passport. The majority of our parents are most interested in helping their child improve their social skills, learn new activities, develop a better sense of self, and to take greater responsibility for themselves. The Camper Passport is a tool that Counselors use while at camp, to keep written record in a non-intrusive way, of each camper’s personal experience while staying with us at camp. It’s nice to know that your quiet, softly spoken child was front and center on the stage during the camp talent show singing their heart out. The Camper Passport is gifted to each camper’s parents after camp allowing the parents to benefit from and enjoy their child’s personal journey through Camp TLC. Although the campers learn many new “camp” skills from participating in activities, it’s the skills that are less visible that are the most recognized when returning home. The campers feel very empowered to share new things with their family.
Our one-to-one adult counselor to camper ratio, plus activity instructors and safety staff, allows us to work closely with each camper to provide individualized attention to their special needs. Our counselors are adults who are experienced in working with children with Autism or are pursuing a degree in special education or a related field. Each camper cabin group is assigned 1-2 non-disabled Peer Buddies. Camp TLC is run by a group of highly skilled, experienced and caring professionals who work in collaboration with our community affiliates to provide the highest quality of service to each camper.
Campers attend two – three activities in the morning and two – three activities in the afternoon. Evening activities serve as opportunities for the entire camp to come together for structured entertainment such as campfires, dances, movies, and music. Picture schedules are used throughout the day to support communication between campers and staff if needed.
Sunshine Nevada’s camp program staff consists of dozens of individuals who are experienced with our programs and facility, many of which have been working with us for over ten years.
Our Volunteer counselors and Activity staff undergo intensive training to ensure they are fully equipped to meet our campers’ needs and provide them with the most enriching experiences possible.
Medical Staff stay at camp during the entire duration of the program to ensure each camper has consistency in a supportive environment.
A Bit About Camp Oakes
The Camp Oakes facility is a lovely location in Big Bear which is located in Southern California. For over 50 years, Oakes has taken generations of children, groups and families to new heights with new friends at their sides. Oakes is the ultimate camp experience, providing high quality programs including fishing, archery, canoeing and more! Their attentive and supportive camp staff is available to provide a truly unique and enriching camp experience.