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Camp Encourage

Camp Encourage

Arts Drama Music Nature Scholarships available Special needs student Sports
Price: $560.00 - $1,200.00
Age Range: 8 - 18
4025 Central Street Kansas City, MO 64111
(816) 830-7171

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The mission of Camp Encourage is to provide youth with autism spectrum disorder meaningful experiences in which they build the knowledge, courage, and skills to be empowered participants in the community.

Our camps take place at Tall Oaks Conference Center in Linwood, KS. Each camp session includes both traditional camp activities and activities tailored around the individual campers’ interests. Our Connections program offers day excursions in the Kansas City area that are well-designed and structured social opportunities tailored to support campers with ASD.

We are currently serving individuals on the autism spectrum that are:
-between the ages of 8 and 18 at the time of camp,
-at least fairly independent with self-care skills (showering, dressing, toileting),
-able to stay with or near the group (with accommodations and adaptations),
-able to tolerate the outdoors and all that nature brings (bugs, warmth, etc.),
-able to enjoy the activities on the schedule,
-successful with a 3:2 or 2:1 child:adult ratio,
-able to NOT have any access to electronic devices (including a phone) during the duration of the camp session (*new policy in 2019*), and
-not presently exhibiting behavioral or functional needs that would warrant the constant support of 1:1 assistance.

Camp costs includes quality planning, specialized materials and supports, meals, comfortable cabins, and tailored activities.
Overnights: $560
Summer Sessions: $1200

Through fundraising and grant writing efforts, we proudly offer scholarship support for each session.
Scholarship opportunities range from partial to full. When a Camper Application is submitted (to express interest in attending), a Scholarship Application is submitted as well. An in-depth scoring process is completed and funding is offered to each family according to the score received. Limited full scholarships are available. The more each family can raise or fund, the further our scholarship funding will stretch thus reaching more deserving campers with ASD. Please do not let the cost deter you from applying. We work diligently throughout the year to make this opportunity available to a variety of campers. A large number of our past campers have received partial or full scholarship support. In fact, all families that have expressed a need for financial support through the application process in past years were offered scholarship funding.


Camp Encourage
4025 Central Street
Kansas City, MO 64111


Jun 16 - 19, 2021
  | Ages: 8 - 18
Jul 21 - 24, 2021
  | Ages: 8 - 18
Sep 4 - 5, 2021
  | Ages: 8 - 18
Oct 16 - 17, 2021
  | Ages: 8 - 18
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