Programs - Summer Camps
Camp Summit - Farmington
The Autism Society of Maine holds a summer camp program for children ages 8-13 with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). The
purpose of this program is to develop effective communication skills and peer relationships in a social group setting. This
summer program will consist of structured activities supervised by two professionals, and college students or
paraprofessionals participating in a field experience and earning credits towards their degrees and/or professions.
This is a two week day program that runs Mondays
through Thursdays from 10:00am to 2:00pm Camp Summit Brochure
Call ASM at 1-800-273-5200 for more information.
Impact of the Program
Children with ASD frequently exhibit behaviors that are misinterpreted by their peers; and are often bullied,
misunderstood, teased, and occasionally physically harmed. This program provides a safe and fun environment in
which children with ASD learn to develop friendships and practice social interaction strategies.
This summer camp program includes craft activities, outdoor play, swimming, field trips and many other activities
to provide the children with opportunities for social learning. Thus the purpose of this camp is twofold:
- It will provide a positive social learning environment where children with ASD can learn and grow socially in a setting designed to respond to their individual needs.
- It will provide an invaluable learning experience for college students and/or paraprofessionals who would like to learn more about autism spectrum disorders and want to dedicate their career to working with individuals with autism spectrum disorders.
Criteria to Attend
- Parent(s) / Guardian or their adult designee must be available by telephone during camp hours.
- All children’s applications must be screened by camp committee prior to camp acceptance.
- Parent(s) / Guardian or their adult designee must provide lunch, snacks, change of clothing, swim apperal and car seat is necessary.
- Parent(s) / Guardian or their adult designee must provide transportation to and from summer camp.
- Parent(s) / Guardian or their adult designee must be available to administer medication if needed during camp hours.
Finding the Pieces Camp – Biddeford
The Autism Society of Maine, City of Biddeford and University of New England hold a summer camp program for children (K-5) in York County. The intent and purpose of the Finding the Pieces Camp is to provide an enriching summer camp experience for children who have autism that celebrates differences and provides opportunities to interact with peers both on and off the spectrum.
The summer program will consist of structured activities supervised by two professionals and 8-10 college students participating in a field experience and earning credits towards their degrees and/or professions. The children will have really fun activities from arts and crafts, sports and games, special events, swimming at Rotary Park and field trips.
The camp takes place at the Ross Center, 189 Alfred Street, Biddeford and will run August 5 through August 16. This is a two week day program that runs
Monday – Friday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. All applications will be reviewed by the camp committee and acceptance letters will go out by first week in June.
If you would like to make a donation towards supporting this summer camp, please see sponsorship form for more information. Thank you.
View this promotional video with Camp Director Cary Husman that invites University of New England students of the Health Wellness & Occupational Studies Program to participate in Finding the Pieces Summer Camp.