Summer Camp For Kids With High Functioning Autism

Autism Adventure Camp is a activities-based summer program designed for 8 - 12 year olds with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The camp offers a unique approach to building self-esteem, social connections and social skills for children with high functioning autism. 

Our distinctive methodology provides opportunities for campers with and without autism to learn directly from each other. Throughout the camp, each camper with autism will engage with peers in way that fosters practicing appropriate social interaction. This will enable each camper to make numerous friends and feel more comfortable reaching out to others with the safety and support of a peer.

 Our 2022 camp is full. Registration for sessions has been closed. 

Dates, Cost, & Registration

The 2022 camp program will run from July 12 - August 4 and takes place three days a week, Tuesday - Thursday, from 9:00am - 3:30pm. The 2022 sessions are as follows: 

SESSION DATES DAYS TIMES
WEEK 1 July 12 - 14 Tuesday - Thursday 9:00am - 3:30pm
WEEK 2 July 19 - 21 Tuesday - Thursday 9:00am - 3:30pm
WEEK 3 July 26 - 28 Tuesday - Thursday 9:00am - 3:30pm
WEEK 4 August 2 - 4 Tuesday - Thursday 9:00am - 3:30pm

Dates & Times

July 12 - August 4, 2022
Tuesdays - Thursdays
9:00 am - 3:30 pm

Cost

$225 per week

Registration

Or call 801-587-3148

Location

The Autism Adventure Camp for Children with Autism is based at the Huntsman Mental Health Institute (HMHI, formerly University Neuropsychiatric Institute). Each day will start on HMHI's ROPES Challenge Course behind the building. The camp also features several field trips, including, but not limited to, Snowbird, Jump Around Utah, Thanksgiving Point, and Cherry Hill.

HMHI ROPES Challenge Course
501 Chipeta Way
SLC, UT, 84108

(on the east side of the building)

Activity Schedule

Visit our blog for daily activity schedules and updates.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Autism Adventure Camp for Children with Autism?

The Autism Adventure Camp for Children with Autism is based at the Huntsman Mental Health Institute (formerly University Neuropsychiatric Institute). This camp is all about having fun!

Our camp is designed to help children with high functioning autism or Asperger's syndrome learn and practice social skills in a safe and fun environment. Our camp follows a peer modeling structure which means that each child or adolescent has the opportunity to interact with a typical developing peer each week. We try to create activities in which the peers work together in hopes that social knowledge and social skills are learned and practiced.

These activities range from getting-to-know-you activities to arts and crafts, sports, interactive games, and ropes course activities. We traditionally take multiple field trips, including, but not limited to, Snowbird, Jump Around Utah, Thanksgiving Point, and Cherry Hill.

What is the cost to participate?

The cost for all participants is $225 per week or $900 for all four weeks. 

Do we have to register for all four weeks?

In order for your child to have a meaningful camp experience, we encourage at least a two week commitment—either the first two weeks or the last two weeks of the camp. The model of our camp works best when children can participate for at least two consecutive weeks.

Can my child with autism participate in the 8-12 year old camp even though he/she is older than 12?

One of the purposes of our camp is to teach age appropriate social skills. In order for that to be successful, we require that all or our participants are in the camp specific to their age.

Who facilitates the camp activities?

Our camp counselors are nationally trained professionals with backgrounds in the field of therapeutic recreation, outdoor recreation, education, and other health care professions.

Will my health insurance pay for this summer camp?

Insurance does not pay for this summer camp.

Are there scholarships available?

Typically we don’t have scholarships available. If that ever changes, there will be information about it here on our website.

Related Programs and Clinics

HMHI ROPES Challenge Course

The HMHI ROPES Challenge Course is an incredible resource for groups, teams, programs, and organizations. Highly trained, outcome-focused facilitators work with you to meet your objectives and enrich the growth and cohesion opportunity for your group. Our beautiful challenge course is one of the largest courses in the state. Schedule a group or tour today!

Autism Spectrum Disorders Clinic

We provide services for children, adolescents, and adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their families. Our goal is to partner with individuals and families to improve the lives of individuals with ASD.

Contact our CrisisLine