New Summer Camp For Children With Autism And Their Peers

Starting this July, the new Autism Adventure Camp is replacing our previous camp program, Team UNIF Summer Camp. The Autism Adventure Camp will still offer a unique way of building social connections and social skills for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The updated program will take place two days a week, on Mondays and Tuesdays. 

For Children with High Functioning Autism (Ages 8-12)

Autism Adventure Camp is an activities-based summer program designed to help those with high functioning autism. Campers ranging in age from 8 to 12 will learn social skills that will help build their self-esteem.

Our unique approach allows those with autism to learn directly from their typically developing peer mentors. Throughout the camp, each camper with autism will be paired with a peer camper that will model proper behavior and provide an example of appropriate social interaction. This will enable each camper to make numerous friends and reach out to others with the safety of a peer.

Dates, Cost, & Registration

Dates & Times

July 12 - August 3, 2021
Mondays & Tuesdays
9:00 am - 3:30 pm

Cost

$860 for autism
$600 for neurotypical

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 is paired with a new typically 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 children with ASD or Asperger’s syndrome is $860 for all three weeks. The cost for a neurotypical child is $600 for all three weeks.

What if my child can only participate for one week or every other week?

In order for our camp to be a success, we require 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. We won’t be able to accept participants for one week increments.

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.

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