Each summer (and at a special adult camp in March!) approximately 250 youth and teens and adults with Williams syndrome enjoy camp weeks designed especially for them, at WSA sponsored camps. The camps are busy, happy and enriching places with many activities and specialized programs. Scroll down for specific camp links and the scholarship application.
Camp Blue Skies - Virtual in 2021!
Ages 21 and older.
March each year, Camp Twin Lakes in Rutledge, GA
5-day/4-night overnight camp for adults (21+) with Williams syndrome provides the opportunity to make friends, acquire new skills, and experience the traditional aspects of camp culture – field games, arts and crafts, fishing, canoeing, hiking, team building, along with music programming – in the safe and friendly environment of Camp Twin Lakes in Rutledge, GA. Campers must be physically mobile and have independent and daily living skills. Please visit their website for more information.
Whispering Trails Therapeutic Camp Experience
Children attend with one adult caregiver in late July. Sessions are led by therapy professionals (MT, OT, PT, etc) and include singing, dancing, musical instruments, arts and crafts, and motor activities, plus swimming, boating, outdoor games, campfires, open mic. opportunities, and entertainment. Parents enjoy optional educational sessions, networking opportunities, and a little R&R while the kids are in sessions.
Whispering Trails Teen Camp Experience
Teens and young adults will gather at camp for one week in early August. The music and enrichment camp will include music lessons, chorus, dance, band opportunities, arts and crafts, and regular camp activities (archery, swimming, boating, horseback riding, climbing wall, hiking etc.).
ACM Lifting Lives Camp
Ages 18 and older
June each year at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
Find more information, review the site linked below. Please direct any other questions about the camp to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Berkshire Hills Music Academy Summer Program
Each summer in South Hadley, Massachusetts
NOTE: The 2021 BHMA Summer Program is canceled. Check back for opportunities next summer.
2 - two-week sessions. This program is intended for young adults, ages 16-25 with intellectual disabilities who have an interest in exploring music. Applicants to the Summer Program must have basic self-care skills, display consistently positive social behavior, and exhibit mature group behavior skills. Applicants are also required to submit a minimum of two personal references. Programming is musical, growth-oriented, and recreational. Participants have the opportunity to try a variety of musical and enrichment activities, and to enjoy concerts, museums, parks, and other outdoor venues.
Scholarships are provided annually to individuals with Williams syndrome based on financial need. If you are applying for a scholarship for any of the camp listed above or for a non-WS camp, please click the link below to complete an application. Canadian members: Please note that CAWS (Canadian Association for Williams Syndrome) provides one scholarship each summer for a Canadian teen interested in attending the Whispering Trails Music and Enrichment Camp.
WORK OR VOLUNTEER AT ONE OF OUR CAMPS
The Williams Syndrome Association only accepts applications to work at our camps. For volunteering and working at the non-WSA camps, visit their websites directly.
For all positions at Whispering Trails Music Camp, apply for a position using the button below.
Junior Assistant/Junior Counselor Program Opportunity (for Whispering Trails Music Camp) for 15-17 year old siblings of individuals with Williams syndrome. Your participation will help prepare you for a future position as a counselor at the WSA’s Music and Enrichment Camp. Most importantly, you will have the chance to make a difference in the life of a child with Williams syndrome.
The Junior Counselor Program will not be available for Summer 2021. Check back in early 2022 for an application for Summer 2022.