Family Camp


What is Family Camp?
Programs & Activities
Dates & Rates
Frequently Asked Questions

Summer Camp For the Whole Family!

Akeela Family Camp is a unique opportunity for families of high functioning children with special needs. Camp Akeela is the premier summer camp experience for boys and girls with Asperger’s Syndrome or non-verbal learning differences, and other very bright, well-behaved and “quirky” kids. 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.

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

Meals and Accommodations

Three delicious meals and two snacks are served daily in the camp dining hall. The chef offers nutritious meals that adults and children love, with lots of options for those with dietary restrictions and “picky eaters”.

All cabins have electricity and hot water, with private bathrooms and showers. Families are assigned their own cabins or can choose to share with other families.

A Typical Day

7:00 Morning Program
(varies daily: feed the farm animals, light hike, yoga, fishing)
8:00 Breakfast
9:15 – 10:15 Activity Period 1
10:15 – 11:15 Activity Period 2
(children-only activities / adult-only “coffee chat”)
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)
5:30 – 6:00 Social Time on the Main Lawn
6:00 Dinner
7:00 Evening Meeting
(to 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 in the Dining Hall




  • Arts and crafts
  • Ceramics / Pottery
  • Woodworking
  • Archery
  • Sports: soccer, softball, basketball
  • Tennis
  • Climbing Wall, Low & High Ropes Courses
  • Farm & Garden
  • Fishing
  • Swimming in our heated pool or warm, crystal-clear lake
  • Boating: canoeing, kayaking, sailing, rowing
  • D&D, LARP (live action role playing), strategy card games

2020 Dates & Rates

Tuesday, August 18 – Sunday, August 23, 2020

Adults $975*
Ages 3-18 $825*
Under 2 years old Free

Prices are per person and include all in-camp activities, meals and lodging.* A 25% discount is offered to families sharing a cabin with another family, forming a group of 6 or more people. For more information, please email us or call 866-680-4744.

SPACE IS LIMITED. 2020 Enrollment Form available here!

Who are Akeela Campers?
Aspergers Family CampAkeela campers are boys and girls completing grades 3 through 10 who are seeking a fun-filled experience that supports their social growth. They are bright and creative and sometimes shy away from or need help navigating social situations with their peers. Some have been diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome or NVLD. Many of our campers prefer non-competitive games and tend to favor reading, video games (not allowed at camp!) or other more solitary activities.
What do you mean by “adult-only workshops?”
One of the most exciting parts of coming to Aspergers Family Camp at Akeela is being in a place that is entirely dedicated to making a difference in the lives of very high-functioning children with social challenges. This is a group of children who often don’t quite fit in either “typical” or “special needs” settings. Family camp is a rare opportunity to be surrounded by other families in similar situations. In addition to building that community, providing the space to connect and share with each other, Akeela is also committed to providing a more structured level of support to families. We will be offering optional guided discussions and workshops to help parents, children and siblings get the most out of their time at camp.
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 at Aspergers Family Camp by a select group of Camp Akeela staff members, professionals, camp counselors and activity leaders who truly represent the “best of the best!” Above all, the staff understand and adore children with special needs 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. Night-time babysitting service may be requested, as available, for an additional fee.
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 fully renovated within the last 5 years. 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! You can either stay with your own family or choose to share a cabin with another family.
Do I need to bring my own sheets and towels?
If you are able to bring your own linens, that is preferred. However, if you need to use camp linens, we do have a limited supply available for a fee of $15 per person; just let us know in advance. In any case, please note that August nights in Vermont can be quite chilly, so come prepared!
Are there opportunities for my family to take trips out of camp?
Yes, we will be offering organized, half-day trips for those that are interested. We will also provide a list of local attractions for those families who prefer to explore on their own.
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.)
Will there be any alcoholic drinks at Family Camp?
No alcohol will be served, nor is it permitted on the Akeela campus.

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