The Kinark Outdoor Center (KOC) operates to provide a rich variety of outdoor and social recreation, respite, and autism support programs tailored to a wide range of needs and interests. The Kinark Outdoor Center offers a variety of adapted traditional camp experiences and enhanced respite opportunities for children, teens, and young adults on the autism spectrum. 5-day camp opportunities for kids with ASD are customized to meet the campers' needs; Family Respite weekends and Family Camp experiences are well supported to meet the needs of all visitors.
There are funded and fee for service programs for children with autism and their families at the Kinark Outdoor Center. Please also visit our agency website for more information: Kinark Child and Family Services
Autism Summer Camp
This is a 5-day residential summer camp experience for children with Autism. The focus of the week is on social and therapeutic recreation supported by a high ratio of staff to campers. Groups of five campers experience the social skills inherent in a camp setting with four staff to support individual needs.
Autism Family Respite
This is a social-recreation weekend for six to eight ASD families who are often on the waiting list to receive service. The program provides a one-to-one worker for the identified child, as well as sibling, and parent programs. Opportunities for respite, networking, andsocial skill development are offered throughout the weekend.
Autism Family Camp
The program was developed in direct response to families who greatly appreciated the AFR Weekends, but are now looking for an affordable option for families who did not require one-to-one support. It is a four day summer recreation program for a group of 15 ASD families.
Registration information for each of these programs can be found under the KOC Registration tab on our front page.