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REGISTRATION FOR CAMPERS

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Registration for the 2014 Camp Season will open on Saturday, January 18th at 12:00am (midnight).

Please remember that camp fills up quickly, last year most spots were filled within two weeks.

Applications will be reviewed on a case by case basis for acceptance.

To accomodate additional children with Autism and 22Q we have added the Explorer program.  
A PAID program for teens (13 - 20 years of age) to train them on essential skills for transitioning to adulthood.  
Click on the Explorer Section to learn more about this new program. 

 

Learn about the application process with this video:

 

  

Session 1 - Chromosome 22q11.2 Deletion (Friday, June 27 to Wednesday, July 2, 2014)


This program is for campers age 7 to 14.

Dragonfly Forest is serving kids with 22q11.2 deletion syndrome. Our goal is to provide an exhilarating, challenging, and nurturing camp experience through which children gain a greater sense of independence, self-esteem, and self-reliance. Dragonfly Forest aspires to maximize the beneficial therapeutic impact of camp with a state-of-the-art facility and an innovative camp program which integrates peer support and outdoor adventure with high quality medical care, supervision, and education.
 
While constant vigilance is given to the medical needs of the campers, the trappings of a medical presence are avoided everywhere. Our infirmary is located in the living area of camp and is called “The Getaway.”  The Getaway is devoid of the steely look and antiseptic smell.  Clad in t-shirts and shorts, medical personnel made up of volunteer nurses and doctors (from some of the areas largest pediatric hospitals) provide round-the-clock medical coverage for our campers.  
 
There is one adult to every two campers and medical staff who join kids in their cabins and throughout their daily activities.   This also gives our medical staff a chance to interact with their patients in a unique way compared to the traditional doctors’ offices and hospitals.  Dragonfly Forest is staffed by some of this area’s top medical specialty professionals, who live at the camp throughout each session.
 
The Getaway is located in the same building where campers sleep.  Each counselor is equipped with professional radios that connect them to our medical staff instantaneously if a problem arises.  In addition, each unit has a golf cart to help transport a sick child who needs immediate medical care.
 
As you walk around our CAMPus, one hardly notices that walkways end in access ramps and that forest trails are smooth enough for wheelchairs and motorized golf carts.  There are elevators in any multi-story buildings and a set of wide green ball fields where a helicopter can land in case of an emergency.   Dragonfly Forest has made sure that it has a specially heated swimming pool which permits campers to swim without the fear of impending painful events.
 
Our facility is less than 10 minutes from the Phoenixville Hospital.  Our staff has a direct line to the Emergency Room and works hand in hand with the hospital to get a camper who has to leave camp back to our program in the shortest time possible.  The camp has its own transportation capabilities, and we have built partnerships with the local police, fire departments, 911 Call Center, and Ambulance providers.  Each group is thoroughly briefed before the start of season so they are ready to handle any emergencies that we may encounter.

Minimum Requirement for Registration:  Dragonfly Forest accepts children across the spectrum of needs (from Verbal to Non-Verbal, High Functioning to High Needs).  However, we do have limited counselors who can help campers with their Activities for Daily Living (toileting, showering, etc.).  During the application process we will gather information on your camper's needs in this area.  Please be honest.  If you do not give us a complete picture of your camper we cannot assign the correct counselor(s) to them, and may have to send your child home from camp - no one wants that to happen!

The cost of this program is free.

 

NOTE:   Dragonfly Forest is offering a new Explorer Program (Age 13 to 20).   This paid program is designed to help teach teens primarily with Autism or 22Q essential skills for transitioning to adulthood.   Please click on the Explorer Section of this page to learn more about this program.  

 

A special thank you to The International 22Q11.2 Deletion Syndrome Foundation, The 22Q and You Center at Children's Hospital and The Dempster Family Foundation for supporting this special session of camp.

Session 2 - Autism (Saturday, July 5 to Thursday, July 10, 2014)

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Autism Video Autism FAQ

 

This program is for campers age 7 to 14.   

Our autism program is so much fun for our campers and staff! We do all the same activities that a typical session does (swimming, archery, ropes course and more), and we structure those activities so they are accessible for campers with autism. Each activity begins with a thorough explanation of what to do, how long it will last, and what to do if someone doesn’t want to participate. Campers have customized visual schedules and/ or written lists of what they will be doing, and there are tons of opportunities for choices throughout the day.

 
Campers are organized into age groups, and each counselor is matched up with either one or two campers. Age groups generally rotate through the schedule as a group, although campers can ‘opt out’ of activities that they really don’t like so that a camper who is not partial to nature hikes, for example, can choose to visit the bouncy house with their counselor during that time.
 
We sleep in large rooms with several campers in a room together with counselors. Each room has a bathroom attached. Campers are supervised at night as well. We eat family-style in a cafeteria, and we accommodate many different eating styles, including gluten-free, casein-free diets.
 
The main idea of our camp program is for everyone to enjoy themselves! We find that campers return home more confident, more independent, and with more friends, because we encourage them to be proud of who they are, and what they can do. Join us, and see what all the hype is about!
 
Minimum Requirement for Registration:  Dragonfly Forest accepts children across the Autism Spectrum (from Verbal to Non-Verbal, High Functioning to High Needs).  However, we do have limited counselors who can help campers with their Activities for Daily Living (toileting, showering, etc.).  During the application process we will gather information on your camper's needs in this area.  Please be honest.  If you do not give us a complete picture of your camper we cannot assign the correct counselor(s) to them, and may have to send your child home from camp - no one wants that to happen!
 
The cost of this program is free.
 
NOTE:   Dragonfly Forest is offering a new Explorer Program (Age 13 to 20).   This paid program is designed to help teach teens primarily with Autism or 22Q essential skills for transitioning to adulthood.   Please click on the Explorer Section of this page to learn more about this program.
 
 

Session 3 - Dragonfly Explorer Program (Sunday, July 13 to Friday, July 18, 2014)

 

 

This program is for campers age 13 to 20. 

Dragonfly Forest is pleased to announce a new concept in summer programming: specific skill-building for teens with autism and 22Q. Our pilot session will focus on the difficult transition from teen to adult, and the skills needed to create healthy adult patterns. We teach teens basic skills for health, such as cooking, laundry, and exercise, but we also spend time explaining about communicating in groups, creating their own organization systems, and listening for implied directions.

This new program is designed to teach teens with autism or 22Q essential skills for transitioning to adulthood.  This session is intended for teens who need help learning some or all of the following skills:

  • Clear communication in a team environment
  • Independent use of lists and schedules
  • Sustainable exercise routines
  • Cooking
  • Laundry
  • Basic cleaning
  • Identifying and responding to directions in different formats (direct verbal, implied verbal, direct written, and implied written).

Teens who are ready to create resumes, or practice interviewing for jobs can work on those skills, while teens who are establishing their pre-vocational skills (such as taking initiative and asking for clarification) will develop those in a variety of settings. We work in small groups, with low ratios, so that teens get a lot of personal attention. All of the summer programs at Dragonfly Forest are super fun – and even our skill-building session retains the best parts of summer camp: good friends, lots of laughs, and an overwhelming feeling of belonging somewhere.

Teens who apply for this session can expect a structured program that includes some of the typical fun of camp (ropes course, swimming, camp fires etc.) and also includes specific skill building curriculum. The counselor-teen ratio will be 1:2 for this session.
Candidates for this session will be independent with toileting, and will refrain from dangerous behaviors such as running away, physical aggression towards themselves or others, and eating non-edibles.

The cost of this program is $2,000 ($1,500 if you register before May 1st).  

There is a $100 deposit at the time you apply for the Dragonfly Explorer program.  If, after review, your camper is ACCEPTED this deposit will be put towards your account.  If, after review, your camper is NOT ACCEPTED or put on the WAITING LIST your deposit will be refunded in full.

 

Session 4 - Respiratory/Persistent Asthma (Monday, July 21 to Saturday, July 26, 2014)

 

This program is for campers age 7 to 14. 

This session is for kids with Respiratory and/or Persistent Asthma.  Our goal is to provide an exhilarating, challenging, and nurturing camp experience through which children gain a greater sense of independence, self-esteem, and self-reliance. Dragonfly Forest aspires to maximize the beneficial therapeutic impact of camp with a state-of-the-art facility and an innovative camp program which integrates peer support and outdoor adventure with high quality medical care, supervision, and education.
 
While constant vigilance is given to the medical needs of the campers, the trappings of a medical presence are avoided everywhere. Our infirmary is located in the living area of camp, and is called “The Getaway.”  The Getaway is devoid of the steely look and antiseptic smell.  Clad in t-shirts and shorts, medical personnel made up of volunteer nurses, respiratory therapists and doctors (from some of the areas largest pediatric hospitals) provide round-the-clock medical coverage for our campers.
 
There is one adult to every two campers and medical staff who join kids in their cabins and throughout their daily activities.   This also gives our medical staff a chance to interact with their patients in a unique way compared to the traditional doctors’ offices and hospitals.  Dragonfly Forest is staffed by some of this area’s top medical specialty professionals, who live at the camp throughout each session.
 
The Getaway is located in the same building where campers sleep.  Each counselor is equipped with professional radios that connect them to our medical staff instantaneously if a problem arises.  In addition, each unit has a golf cart to help transport a sick child who needs immediate medical care.
 
As you walk around our CAMPus, one hardly notices that walkways end in access ramps and that forest trails are smooth enough for wheelchairs and motorized golf carts.  There are elevators in any multi-story buildings and a set of wide green ball fields where a helicopter can land in case of an emergency.   Dragonfly Forest has made sure that it has a specially heated swimming pool which permits campers to swim without the fear of impending painful events.
 
Our facility is less than 10 minutes away from The Phoenixville Hospital.  Our staff has a direct line to the Emergency Room and works hand in hand with the hospital to get a camper who has to leave camp back to our program in the shortest time possible.  The camp has its own transportation capabilities, and we have built partnerships with the local police, fire departments, 911 Call Center, and Ambulance providers.  Each group is thoroughly briefed before the start of season so they are ready to handle any emergencies that we may encounter. 


The cost of this program is free.

 

Session 5 - Bleeding Disorders (Tuesday, July 29 to Sunday, August 3, 2014)


This program is for campers age 7 to 14.

The Hematology Session is for kids with Hemophilia and Sickle Cell Disease.  Our goal is to provide an exhilarating, challenging, and nurturing camp experience through which children gain a greater sense of independence, self-esteem, and self-reliance. Dragonfly Forest aspires to maximize the beneficial therapeutic impact of camp with a state-of-the-art facility and an innovative camp program which integrates peer support and outdoor adventure with high quality medical care, supervision, and education.
 
While constant vigilance is given to the medical needs of the campers, the trappings of a medical presence are avoided everywhere. Our infirmary is located in the living area of camp and is called “The Getaway.”  The Getaway is devoid of the steely look and antiseptic smell.  Clad in t-shirts and shorts, medical personnel made up of volunteer nurses and doctors (from some of the areas largest pediatric hospitals) provide round-the-clock medical coverage for our campers.  For this session we have two separate medical teams each who specialize in their respective disease states.
 
There is one adult to every two campers and medical staff who join kids in their cabins and throughout their daily activities.   This also gives our medical staff a chance to interact with their patients in a unique way compared to the traditional doctors’ offices and hospitals.  Dragonfly Forest is staffed by some of this area’s top medical specialty professionals, who live at the camp throughout each session.
 
The Getaway is located in the same building where campers sleep.  Each counselor is equipped with professional radios that connect them to our medical staff instantaneously if a problem arises.  In addition, each unit has a golf cart to help transport a sick child who needs immediate medical care.
 
As you walk around our CAMPus, one hardly notices that walkways end in access ramps and that forest trails are smooth enough for wheelchairs and motorized golf carts.  There are elevators in any multi-story buildings and a set of wide green ball fields where a helicopter can land in case of an emergency.   Dragonfly Forest has made sure that it has a specially heated swimming pool which permits campers to swim without the fear of impending painful events.
 
Our facility is less than 10 minutes from the Phoenixville Hospital. Our staff has a direct line to the Emergency Room and works hand in hand with the hospital to get a camper who has to leave camp back to our program in the shortest time possible.  The camp has its own transportation capabilities, and we have built partnerships with the local police, fire departments, 911 Call Center, and Ambulance providers.  Each group is thoroughly briefed before the start of season so they are ready to handle any emergencies that we may encounter.
 
The cost of this program is free.

 

Session 5 - Sickle Cell Disease (Tuesday, July 29 to Sunday, August 3, 2014)


This program is for campers age 7 to 14.

The Hematology Session is for kids with Hemophilia and Sickle Cell Disease.  Our goal is to provide an exhilarating, challenging, and nurturing camp experience through which children gain a greater sense of independence, self-esteem, and self-reliance. Dragonfly Forest aspires to maximize the beneficial therapeutic impact of camp with a state-of-the-art facility and an innovative camp program which integrates peer support and outdoor adventure with high quality medical care, supervision, and education.
 
While constant vigilance is given to the medical needs of the campers, the trappings of a medical presence are avoided everywhere. Our infirmary is located in the living area of camp and is called “The Getaway.”  The Getaway is devoid of the steely look and antiseptic smell.  Clad in t-shirts and shorts, medical personnel made up of volunteer nurses and doctors (from some of the areas largest pediatric hospitals) provide round-the-clock medical coverage for our campers.  For this session we have two separate medical teams each who specialize in their respective disease states.
 
There is one adult to every two campers and medical staff who join kids in their cabins and throughout their daily activities.   This also gives our medical staff a chance to interact with their patients in a unique way compared to the traditional doctors’ offices and hospitals.  Dragonfly Forest is staffed by some of this area’s top medical specialty professionals, who live at the camp throughout each session.
 
The Getaway is located in the same building where campers sleep.  Each counselor is equipped with professional radios that connect them to our medical staff instantaneously if a problem arises.  In addition, each unit has a golf cart to help transport a sick child who needs immediate medical care.
 
As you walk around our CAMPus, one hardly notices that walkways end in access ramps and that forest trails are smooth enough for wheelchairs and motorized golf carts.  There are elevators in any multi-story buildings and a set of wide green ball fields where a helicopter can land in case of an emergency.   Dragonfly Forest has made sure that it has a specially heated swimming pool which permits campers to swim without the fear of impending painful events.
 
Our facility is less than 10 minutes from the Phoenixville Hospital. Our staff has a direct line to the Emergency Room and works hand in hand with the hospital to get a camper who has to leave camp back to our program in the shortest time possible.  The camp has its own transportation capabilities, and we have built partnerships with the local police, fire departments, 911 Call Center, and Ambulance providers.  Each group is thoroughly briefed before the start of season so they are ready to handle any emergencies that we may encounter.
 
The cost of this program is free.

 

Age 15 & 16 - Teen Leadership Program (Select Your Group)


This program is typically for participants age 15 & 16.

The purpose of Teen Leadership Program is to continue to serve campers who are typically age 15 and 16 years of age.  This program is based on recreation and team building, leadership development, and service back to the camp community.

Development through the program is based on the ability of the participant to demonstrate the ability to execute the skills necessary to move to the next level.   Dragonfly will continue to work with a TLP participant to help them develop the necessary skills before moving to the next level of development.

In 2014, there will be only TWO 2 week program for our Teen Leaders.  You can select either:

  • TLP First Half of Summer - 22Q & Autism TLPs (Friday, June 27 to Thursday, July 10, 2014 with a break on Thursday, July 3 & Friday, July 4) or
  • TLP Second Half of Summer (Monday, July 21 to Sunday, August 3, 2014 with a break on Sunday, July 27 & Monday, July 28)

The Teen Leader program has always been designed to be a counselor in training program, and is not just a continuation of camp.  The 2 week format is designed to mimic what it is like to be a counselor at camp during the summer, and will help prepare a participant to get ready to be a counselor at Dragonfly Forest in the future.  Program participants will go home during the Intersession breaks between sessions (View the Summer Calendar for details on start and end of each session).  Participants and their families are responsible for supervision between the camp sessions.  We will not be able to provide staff supervision at that time.  For more information please contact us.

For our teens with Autism or 22Q who are not ready to become a Teen Leader, you may want to read about the Dragonfly Explorer Program (Age 13 to 20).   This paid program is designed to help teach teens, primarily with Autism or 22Q, essential skills for transitioning to adulthood.   Please click on the Explorer Section of this page to learn more about this program.

There is no cost for this program.

Junior Counselors (Select Your Session(s))


You must be at least 17 years of age to participate in this program.

We are excited that you are interested in joining the Summer of 2014 Staff Team.  Our staff come from all over the country and are some of the best people in the world.   Last year our staff came from 14 states.

Junior Counselors (typically age 17) can determine what sessions they wish to participate with us.  Junior counselors are an integral part of our summer program. These men and women serve for as volunteer counselors working with our campers.   They are under the watchful eyes of our Senior Counselors and Unit Leaders. As a Junior Counselor you are assigned to one of our cabins, together with full-time counselors and campers.  Junior Counselors are required to come to a half day of training the day before the session starts.  However, we also welcome Junior Counselors to come to our training session prior to the start of camp. 

The training/camp calendar of for all sessions can be viewed here.

There is no cost for this program.

Staff / Volunteers / Medical (Select Your Session(s))

 

 

You must be at least 18 years of age to participate in this program

 

 

We are excited that you are interested in joining the Summer of 2013 Staff Team.  Our staff come from all over the country and are some of the best people in the world.   Last year our staff came from 20 states.

 

Paid Staff make a commitment to all sessions of Dragonfly Forest. This year we are having four full sessions of Camp. This is a commitment from July 3rd till August 7th.  Our last day for Close Down/Staff Goodbye Party is on August 6th. You can stay on CAMPus until August 7th.

 

Volunteer counselors are an integral part of our summer program. These men and women serve for a full camp session or as a day volunteer.  As a Full Camp Session Volunteer you are assigned to one of our cabins, together with full-time counselors and campers.  Volunteer counselors are required to come to a half day of training the day before the session starts--unless your are volunteering for our autism session, in which case we prefer you to attend all of camp training.

 

Day Volunteers will work with our Volunteer Coordinator to determine where they can be the most help.  Volunteer counselors participate in the full range of camp activities, assisting our campers in reaching our main goal - having FUN!!!

 

The training/camp calendar of for all sessions can be viewed here.

 

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