The goal of Camp Awesome at the Autism Society of North Carolina is to provide kids with a safe, inclusive space to be themselves and build relationships.
A day at Camp Awesome may include arts and crafts, gym time, music and a whole lot of fun.
“Every second of the day, if they aren’t sitting down to get some water or eating their lunch, they are doing something fun,” said Amanda Rissmeyer. program director at ASNC in Winterville.
Campers also work on their learning and social skills during these fun, creative sessions.
“A lof of our families say that in other programs they are not truly understood the way they are here. so we are able to build and work on those meaningful relationships,” Rissmeyer said.
Also, counselors say they too get a lot out of the camp.
“It’s pure joy, to be honest. I love getting out of bed every single morning and saying, ‘I am going to summer camp today. I am going to help my kid with so many life lessons,’ ” Gabe Donohue, camp counselor, said.
ASNC also has many opportunities for adults with autism too.
“Our adults program has really begun to flourish. Our two groups that meet work on job readiness skills, social interaction, community engagement — we have some individuals, this is their first time being able to go somewhere besides school.”
Staff also told 9 On Your Side they are always in need of supplies and volunteers.
Board games, sporting equipment, outdoor games, craft supplies, baby dolls, blankets, and packaged snacks are some of the items they need.
They also need volunteers.
To donate or volunteer contact Amanda Rissmeyer at 252-917-5987 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
ASNC also has an afterschool program that will start in the fall — registration for this program begins on June 25th.