Dragonfly Forest consists of two programs.
Our after-school program which runs year round, called The Spectrum, provides children with Autism an inspiring place to practice their social skills. Our original Dragonfly Forest Summer Camp program, provides children with Autsim and Medical Needs the opportunity to enjoy an overnight camp experience in an environment that is safe, equipped to meet a variety of physical, medical and psychological needs, nurturing, and filled with activities that allow each child to reach their "full fun."
What makes Dragonfly Forest so special?
- Designed for Kids: Our camp is specifically designed for children with Autism and Medical Needs, and allows them to safely enjoy the activities of a "traditional" camp. Between early morning swims and evening campfires, children whose lives are disrupted by their illness or disorder are transformed into just "kids." They have a chance to be with others coping with the same illness or condition and realize that they are not alone. Hugs are part of the daily dietary requirements at Dragonfly Forest. The campers develop special relationships with each other and with their counselors.
- A Prescription of Fun: The prescription for the day is fun, fun, fun! Laughter, giggles, friendships, excitement and bursting energy abound. Campers are empowered to do things they never dreamed they could do. They are infused with a spirit of accomplishment at every turn and are allowed to forget that "they have what they have."
- Memories are Built-in: We are in the business of creating happy memories ... we are creating experiences that will last a lifetime. We do this because we know that a child's mind soaks up events and impressions faster then it takes them to make a mess! But sadly, a child suffering from an illness or disorder typically has fewer chances to experience the wonders of everyday life. Dragonfly Forest is designed to fuel children with serious illnesses or disorders with memories that can sustain and inspire.
- Forming Strong Bonds: The camp's primary goal is to help each child to feel like a regular kid. At camp they will form strong bonds with the other kids so they will leave their "week in paradise" with a unique network of friends.