Family Camp

The Experience
Lodging & Food
Typical Day
Dates & Rates
FAQ

Summer Camp For the Whole Family … And A Much Needed Getaway!

Akeela Family Camp is a unique opportunity for families to experience Akeela, the premier summer camp for boys and girls with Asperger’s and similar profiles. (Learn more about our campers here and meet a few of them here.) Akeela Family Camp is a chance for families of these amazing children to share the magic of camp together.

At Akeela Family Camp, parents and children bond as a family and meet new friends, all while participating in a wide variety of camp activities. The program includes all-family events as well as adult-only and child-only options. While participation is always encouraged and the spirit of camp is hard to resist, families have the flexibility to be as active or as relaxed as they choose.

Each family lives in its own private cabin, with private bathroom. Our chef and culinary team keep guests happy and healthy with scrumptious meals and snacks.

For Parents

  • Relive your favorite camp memories
  • Meet other families, exchange ideas and resources
  • Relax and have fun!

For Children and Siblings

  • Meet other kids with similar experiences and make new friends
  • Challenge yourself
  • Share your favorite parts of camp with your family

For the Entire Family

  • Build community
  • Enjoy the beauty of Vermont
  • Spend quality time together

Your Private Cabin: Home Away From Home

At Akeela Family Camp, each family enjoys their own comfortable, recently renovated cabin. All of our cabins include private bathrooms with independent shower & toilet stalls, sinks, and ample storage space.

Your cabin becomes your home away from home while at Family Camp. When you’re not out enjoying camp activities and social time, cabin porches are a great spot to read a book or have a quiet chat.
   

Dining: Much More Than A Camp Mess Hall!

Not only is dining an important part of any family vacation, we believe that sharing great food is a way of showing love and building community. Our head chef, Trina, and her staff feel the same way and take great pride in keeping us well fed with delicious and nutritious meals and snacks. The Family Camp menu will feature many kid-friendly favorites from Camp Akeela, along with a variety of more refined dishes for our guests. Each day brings its own culinary treats, plus mid-afternoon and late evening snacks. Rest assured, nobody will go hungry at Akeela Family Camp!
   

A Typical Day

7:15 Morning Program
(varies daily: polar bear swim, morning run, yoga, fishing)
8:00 Breakfast
9:15 – 10:15 Activity Period 1
10:15 – 11:15 Activity Period 2
11:15 – 12:00 Free Time
12:00 Lunch
1:00 – 2:00 Rest Hour
2:00 – 3:00 Activity Period 3
3:00 Snack
3:30 – 4:30 Activity Period 4
(Children-only activities / Adult-only facilitated roundtables)
4:30 – 6:00 “Shower Hour” and Free Time
6:00 Dinner
7:15 Evening Meeting
(Share successes, recognize others & read from the Suggestion Box!)
7:30 – 8:30 Evening Activity
(Campfires & talent show, “Hobby Nights” and more!)
8:45 Bedtime Snacks

   


Activities

  • Arts and crafts
  • Ceramics / Pottery
  • Woodworking
  • Archery
  • Sports: soccer, softball, basketball
  • Tennis
  • Fishing
  • Swimming in our crystal-clear lake
  • Boating: canoeing, kayaking, sailing, rowing, stand up paddleboarding
  • Nature, hiking and outdoor adventure
  • D&D, LARP (live action role playing), strategy card games
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2021 Dates

Tuesday, August 17 – Sunday, August 22

 

Weekly Rates

Cabin Rental For First 4 Guests $3600
      +      
Per Person Rate For Each Additional Guest (Beyond 4)
Cabins accommodate up to 10
$600 pp


Frequently Asked Questions

What do you mean by “adult-only roundtables?”
We offer optional guided discussions and workshops for adults to help them and their children get the most out of their time at camp. One of the most exciting parts of coming to Family Camp at Akeela is being in a place that is entirely dedicated to making a difference in the lives of children with Asperger’s. Family camp is a rare opportunity to be surrounded by other families who share similar experiences to yours. Adult only roundtables provide the space to connect and share with each other, Akeela is also committed to providing a more structured level of support to families.
Who will be staffing the Family Camp?
The directors of Akeela Family Camp are Debbie and Eric Sasson, who share between the two of them over 45 years of camp experience, Masters degrees in education and school counseling, and a doctorate in clinical psychology. They are assisted by a select group of Camp Akeela counselors and activity leaders and other professionals who truly represent the “best of the best!” Above all, the staff understand and adore Akeela campers and are passionate about providing them with life-long skills, friendships and memories.
Will my children be supervised by the camp staff?
Supervision will be provided exclusively during organized camp activities (Periods 1 – 4 and certain Evening Activities). Otherwise, parents are asked to be responsible for their children.
What if I want to bring my furry friend with me to camp?
Sorry, all pets need to stay at home – but you can write them a letter and let them know about the great time you are having. We can provide local boarding options upon request.
What will my cabin look like?
All of Akeela’s cabins have been recently renovated. They are equipped with electricity, toilets, sinks, and showers. Our beds are made on-site and are both supportive and comfortable. Although our cabins are fantastic, please remember that it is camp! Beds are cot-sized and may not be as plush as you are used to at home!
Do I need to bring my own sheets and towels?
If you are able to bring your own linens, that is greatly preferred. Camp beds are “cot” sized but single (twin) sheets fit fine. If you need to rent camp sheets, we do have a limited supply available for a fee of $25 per person; just let us know in advance.
Is there a place for me to check my email or make a phone call if I need to?
Yes, Akeela has a designated “business area” for those who need it, during specified hours. Satellite internet access is available, along with a printer, fax machine and telephones. Just a reminder, though: Family Camp is meant to be a vacation… we recommend leaving your laptop at home! (Note: There is literally no cell service in our beautiful corner of Vermont.)

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