Camping - The MAC Program
Here at YAI/National Institute for People with Disabilities, we believe that summer camp is just as much about building confidence, social skills and self-awareness as it is about swimming, horseback riding and hiking.
Since 1988, MAC has offered inclusive, safe and caring summer camp opportunities to children with disabilities. Frost Valley in New York's Catskill Mountains hosts our MAC program. Campers are fully included in all summer camp activities with additional support as needed. Specially trained counselors provide caring guidance in our MAC cabins at a ratio of one staff member for every three campers. Adventures and learning experiences abound for children and young adults with developmental and learning disabilities in our Mainstreaming at Camp program. Our knowledgeable and supportive staff adapt the camp experience to your child's needs and abilities - from a children’s first stay away from home, to our job skills program for older campers preparing for the transition from school to work.
In the summer of 2010 we had a brand NEW camp session which helped children on the Autism spectrum have even more success during their stay at camp. Read all about it!
MAC campers are:
- between the ages of 6-18
- people with intellectual disabilities
- people who get along well with their peers and staff
- fully ambulatory
- able to use the bathroom independently
- successful with a staff-to-camper ratio of 1-to-3