Residential Camp

Residential Camp takes place Monday afternoon through Saturday afternoon during the summer.  This overnight experience includes games and activities, swimming, bike riding, hay rides, bubble disco, s’mores and much more. A Camper must be 5 years old to attend - and you are never too old!

The residential Campers in our programs are able to enjoy all of the fun and traditions of a summer camp while also providing opportunities to grow in social skills, teamwork and cooperative play.  Campers are able to experience these traditions and activities because of our Buddy and Camp Leader Programs.

Our Campers come to the program to gain independence, to grow personally, and to experience the pure joy of summer camp.  The extensive support provided at Camp I Am Special makes it possible for people of all ages and abilities to participate in the camp experience and build life-long relationships with their Buddies. 


For the families of our Campers, the program provides much needed respite with the comfort that their child is being cared for in a loving environment and having a really good time.  Many of our parents tell us that our program offers the only week of respite they will have during the year.  The program is unique in that it provides the one-on-one support of volunteers, nurses, college-age Camp leaders and trained high school Buddies in addition to experienced staff 24 hours a day. 


For the summer of 2020, five week-long residential sessions will be offered.  All sessions are focused on life & social skills. There will be one week focused on learning job readiness, teamwork, and social skills in a workplace environment. During this week, Campers enjoy the typical camp activities however teamwork, problem solving, communication and daily life skills are practiced and honed.  A favorite is when the dining hall is turned into a restaurant for the evening meal.  The Campers check in at the hostess stand to ask for a table and wait to be seated.  Upon being seated, they order from a printed menu and practice conversation skills waiting for the meal to be served.  With play money, the tab is settled with a tip being figured.  Then, it’s off to the dance!  The Summer 2020 theme is a Social Safari. 

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Jacksonville Regional Office

40 E. Adams St., Suite 320
Jacksonville, FL 32202

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