Summer Program at the YMCA

AutismUp Social Skills Summer Program
We are excited to announce the 10th summer of our Social Skills Program for Children with Autism in collaboration with the Greater Rochester YMCA, which will take place July 11 – August 202016. This program is available to all children with ASD between the ages of 4 and 15. Specialized instruction makes it possible for the campers to be fully included in regular camp activities. AutismUp hires professionals who specialize in working with children with ASD and other disabilities to support our campers alongside the YMCA staff.

Eligibility Requirements for Camp Admission
All applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. Must have an Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis;
  2. Be between the ages of 4 and 16;
  3. Must be independently toilet trained;
  4. Have the ability to communicate his/her needs to camp counselor (verbal or non-verbal); ie. hunger, pain, or personal needs;
  5. For campers 12 and older, must be able to change clothes independently;
  6. Is not abusive to him/herself or others (this includes physical, verbal or sexual abuse of self or others);

All acceptances of application are conditional. AutismUp reserves the right to accept or deny applications or defer admission on site or prior to attendance should it later become aware that the initial application was flawed or upon demonstration that a camper does not meet the applicable eligibility criteria.

Campers who attend the full-day program, do not have AutismUp support during their lunch period. Please only register your child for full day camp if they can handle a half-hour lunch period without our extra support. 

Campers are limited to 4 weeks of camp.

Goals of the Program

  1. Make simple choices
  2. Share personal space with other campers
  3. Engage in turn-taking games
  4. Transition from one activity to another with minimal support
  5. Successfully enter into an unfamiliar or uncomfortable environment
  6. Self-monitor his/her anxiety, and communicate appropriately his/her needs to reduce that anxiety
  7. Listen to another peer and engage in a conversational exchange
  8. Appropriately initiate a conversation or interaction with another peer
  9. Accept losing and/or acknowledge disappointment when losing
  10. Understand the difference between expected and unexpected behavior, and its implications


  • 2-week session, half day  $500
  • 2-week session, full day  $800
Help Paying for Camp:
  1. Campers who are OPWDD-eligible and live in Monroe County may apply for funding for one 2-week session by a grant from Finger Lakes DDSO.  Applications must be received by May 1 to be considered. Download camp application for further details.
  2. Camp scholarships are available through the YMCA Invest in Youth Campaign, and AutismUp’s Richard and Nancy Dorschel Family Foundation Scholarship Program. Please complete the YMCA Request Form and send along with the AutismUp camper application.


Camp Locations

This year we will be offering 2 camp locations:  Camp Arrowhead in Pittsford, and Camp Bay View in Webster.  Please read below for more information.

Camp Arrowhead
This camp is located in Pittsford, NY, where campers ages 4-15 can experience all that summer camp has to offer.  We are offering the following age groups this summer:

Cayuga (Entering grades K-1)
9AM – 12PM

Seneca (Entering grades 2-3)
1PM – 4PM

Onondaga (Entering grades 4-5)
9AM – 12 PM OR 1- 4PM OR 9AM – 4PM

Teen Trekkers (Entering grades 6-9)

Arrowhead Medication Authorization Form

Camp Bay View
This camp is located in Webster, NY on the Irondequoit Bay, where campers have the opportunity to participate in several water sport activities, in addition to, typical camp activities.  We are offering the following age groups this summer:

Seneca (Entering Kindergarten)
9AM – 12PM

Tuscarora (Entering grades 1-2)
9AM – 12 PM OR 1PM – 4PM   

Mohawk (Entering grades 3-4)
9AM – 12 PM OR 1 – 4PM OR 9AM – 4PM

Onondaga (Entering grades 5-6)   
9AM – 12 PM OR 1 – 4PM OR 9AM – 4PM

Teen Trekkers (Entering grades 7-9)

Bay View Medication Authorization Form