Based on our 250-acre campus in Rhinebeck, New York, Camp Ramapo is a residential summer camp that serves children ages 6 to 16 who are affected by social, emotional, or learning challenges, including children affected by autism spectrum disorders. Camp Ramapo provides a traditional summer camp experience for children who have difficulty building and maintaining healthy relationships with peers and adults and would struggle in a less supportive setting.
Camp Ramapo's program is carefully structured to help children with special needs learn to live within a group, form healthy friendships, make good choices, develop self-confidence, and experience success.
What makes Camp Ramapo unique is our staff and staff training. We maintain a one-to-one staff-to-camper ratio. Our supervisory staff, among the most experienced in the field, are highly engaged with every child. Our counselors are emerging professionals in the fields of special education, social work, psychology, or related areas. The training that all staff members receive is the same training that we deliver to thousands of teachers and youth workers in hundreds of schools each year. As importantly, each staff member is chosen, not only based on experience, but also based on their kindness, patience, and commitment to children with special challenges.
With 90 years of experience in direct service and training programs, Ramapo for Children has developed a unique ability to create inclusive environments that promote positive behavioral change, foster skill development, and help support learning and personal growth.