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Camp Tall Tree
July 27 - August 1$695 – $1250
Tall Tree Main Camp
Our Main Camp Program is designed for campers with Autism 7-17 years old. Our low staff to camper ratio (1:2) allows us to have flexible, choice-based programs. Campers participate in all the classic camp activities, and they can access the program at a level where they feel comfortable. Our staff know how to adjust activities to be accessible for kids who are anxious about trying new things, have sensory sensitivities, different communication styles, short term memory issues, a difficult time with groups, or who need more support around transitions. We have 24 hour medical care, and we are less than an hour from University of Michigan Hospital.
Tall Tree Siblings
We offer all of our campers a tight-knit community and lasting friendships. Most campers feel a deep connection and sense of belonging that they look for all year long. We feel that siblings benefit from getting to know other siblings, taking in some information, being able to ask questions, and sharing their experience.
We have created an intentional program, specifically for siblings, with these ideas in mind. With a low ratio and all the fun of summer camp, kids that have siblings with special needs can spend a week being the center of attention in an environment where everyone gets it. We are delighted to be able to offer parents a week of true respite, and their children a week of adventure and joy.
Tall Tree Peers
The Peer Program at Camp Tall Tree is designed to pair neurotypical participants age 13-17 with participants on the spectrum, so that both can learn from one another. They’ll get the chance to build friendships with children from different walks of life with unique perspectives all while enjoying all of the fun summer camp has to offer!
Peers will live together with other Peer participants at camp. They will spend part of the day learning about autism and part of the day doing traditional camp activities in groups with other peers and campers on the spectrum. Our goal is to both build a bridge of understanding and fun for our peer mentors and campers with autism.
Does Camp Tall Tree provide Financial Assistance?
Yes. Our teams strives to ensure that money is not a barrier in campers attending our program. We fundraise all year to provide internal scholarships to our participants. These need-based scholarships are provided on a first come first served basis, so early application (before March 15) is encouraged. Our financial aid application is part of our standard camper application. Please note: all of our scholarships are partial funding for camp. If you aim to have your child’s tuition covered in full, you’ll need to pursue a few additional resources (see below).
We also partner with other organizations in the community to help families find additional funding beyond what we’ve fundraised within our organization. All of these options require early action, so contact Kristyn before March 1 for guidance in these processes.
Community Mental Health
If your child receives services through CMH, you may qualify to apply a portion of available respite funding to Camp Tall Tree tuition. Contact your CMH caseworker to learn if this is an option for your family.
Camp Tall Tree is lucky to have received grants in 2018 and 2019 to provide 10 partial scholarships to our campers under the age of 18. If we are a chosen as a recipient in 2020, this funding will also be awarded on a first come first served basis. When all of these funds have been allocated to families, there are occasionally additional funding opportunities within local Elks chapters. Contact the chapter for your county to inquire further about this.
Family Based Grants
Our directors and families have found a number of organizations over the years that provide family based grants to provide money to programs like ours. This style of grant is must be pursued by the family specifically (AKA we are not facilitators or liaisons in this process). See the Additional Scholarship page (link above) for a list of resources our families have used in the past.
Our Main Camp program is open to campers with an autism diagnosis 7-17 years old.
The Explorer program is open to adults with varying diagnoses age 18-30 years old.
The Sibling program is open to neurotypical campers 7-12 years old. Siblings camper have a sibling with a diagnosis (not limited to autism diagnosis).
The Peers program is is open to neurotypical campers 13-17 years old. Peers participants include teens transitioning from our siblings program as well as teens interested in developing diverse friendships.