F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Social Skills Summer Camp is a six to eight week program that provides opportunities for children/adults with Autism (ages 5 to 21) to engage in fun social activities with typical children. These activities focus on social skills, reciprocal conversations, pragmatics of language, self-regulation, expressing feelings, and cooperative play. This unique camp experience will also provide an educational and academic model that translates into successful experiences for the child in their home, school, and within their community.
Here at F.R.I.E.N.D.S., quality is more important than quantity. Therefore, a maximum of 70 children (approximately 60 children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and approximately 10 typical children) are accepted into our Savannah program and 30 children are accepted into our Swainsboro program. Prior to acceptance, each child will undergo intensive screening by our staff to ensure that each child can have a successful and rewarding camp experience. All enrollment applications, non-refundable registration fees, and tuition payments are due no later than April 1st of each year. Carefully read the link "Instructions on How to Save the Summer Camp Enrollment Application" before submitting your application electronically. Emailed applications that are saved incorrectly will be blank.
Tuition assistance fort the Savannah location is available through Easter Seals, B&B Services, Gateway, and other local organizations. Further information regarding tuition assistance, tuition cost, payment plans, policies and procedures are available in the F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Enrollment Application and on our Funding Sources Tab. Click on the application icon below that denotes which summer camp location your child will be attending.
Note to all applicants: Visit the "Funding Sources" tab for information on where and how to apply for tuition assistance. Registration Fees are due when your child has been accepted into the program and must be paid by April 1st.
See important Summer Camp information below. Further information is contained within the enrollment applications. Enrollment applications for all of our camp locations can be found at the bottom of the page.
Location to be decided by the Savannah-Chatham County School Board by April 2019
Swainsboro Elementary School
Summer Camp Duration and Hours of Operation
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
After Care is no longer Available
Tuesday, May 27th, 2019 - Friday, July 19th, 2019
(Camp closed Monday, May 26th in observance of Memorial Day and the week of July 1st - July 5th)
*7 Week Program*
8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Monday - Thursday
Monday, June 10th, 2019 - Thursday, July 18th, 2019
(Camp closed every Friday and for Summer Break Monday, July 1st - Friday, July 5th)
*5 Week Program*
Limited camp tuition assistance is available. See the "Funding Sources" tab for details.
Savannah Location Enrollment Application
Instructions on How to Save the Summer Camp Enrollment Application
Art activities are specifically selected to encourage creativity, peer cooperation, and hand-eye coordination. Various mediums, such as paint, clay, and craft materials, are utilized with each art project. Art completed by our talented students are displayed throughout the classrooms and hallways in our facilities.
Activities and experiments are chosen to correspond with each themed week. These types of activities include sensory stimulation, group cooperation/teamwork, and cooking demonstrations which involve real-world applications (e.g. social skills: manners, sharing, and practicing appropriate behaviors).
Our fun physical activities promote cooperation, turn taking, and boost social and gross motor skills. These types of activities include various field day related events such as relay races, balance challenges, and other fitness activities.
Approximately 2-4 field trips will take place during each summer camp session. Bus transportation is provided by the Chatham County Board of Education for the Savannah location, by the Bryan County Board of Education for the Richmond Hill location, and by the Emanuel County Board of Education for the Swainsboro location.