This program is for campers age 7 to 14.
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.
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 soft room with their counselor during that time.
We sleep in large cabins with all campers together with their unit counselors. Cabins have between 8-14 beds with a bathroom and shower section inside the cabins. 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, pork-free diets, etc.
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!
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 area of camp 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.
The Getaway is located close to 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.
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 require campers to be fully independent with toileting and showering. Counselors can provide verbal cues and instruction, but cannot offer hands-on assistance. 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!
NOTE: Dragonfly Forest also offers the Explorer Program (Age 12 to 25). This 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 the Programs page to learn more about this program.