Autism Speaks, a national autism advocacy organization, selected Frost Valley YMCA to be a recipient of the Autism Speaks Baker Summer Camp Scholarship Program Award.

The Autism Speaks organization was founded in February 2005 and has grown into the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.

Frost Valley obtained this grant for the benefit of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder whose families would otherwise not be able to attend Day Camp. The funds have been given to families living in Sullivan, Delaware, and Ulster Counties for Summer 2015.

Guided by its mission, Frost Valley believes that all children deserve a camp experience and have historically welcomed children with varying types of physical and developmental disabilities in their summer programs, including children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Frost Valley offers traditional camp activities such as swimming, boating, hiking, arts & crafts, teambuilding, rock climbing, science-based outdoor experiences, ropes courses and more.

Under the leadership of the Day Camp Inclusion Director, experienced counselors work closely with children with physical and/or developmental disabilities to see that their needs are met. They provide campers with ample opportunities to experience the outdoors, create long-lasting friendships and participate in all activities in a beautiful, natural setting.

This article originally appeared in the Tri-Valley Townsman, June 2015

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Frost Valley YMCA is a 5,500-acre, year-round camp - There's something for everyone here in the Valley. From group and family retreats to sleepaway camps to horse camps to teambuilding, we've got you covered. School groups love taking a three-night field trip to explore the natural world and learn about the environment and their classmates. Family weekends are the perfect getaway for the young and the young at heart. Teambuilding retreats afford corporate, collegiate, religious, and other groups the opportunity to challenge themselves and effectively work toward common goals. In the summertime we're where kids and teens gain independence, explore the world, and make lifelong friends through various camps such as traditional sleepaway camp, farm camp, horse camp, adventure trips, Bear Grylls Survival camp, and day camp. Call (845)985-2291 or email to learn more today!

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