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.
2021 Summer Camp
JULY 25 to August 6, 2021
School-aged children ages 6-12 will gather for 4 days in week one along with one parent or caregiver. Teens will gather for 6 days during week two. Each camp session will be held at Inspiration Hills Camp in Burbank, OH.
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
Late July each year, Inspiration Hills Camp, Burbank, OH
Children attend with one adult caregiver. 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.
July 25-29, 2021 Registration open on February 1
Whispering Trails Teen Camp Experience
Early August each year, Inspiration Hills Camp, Burbank, OH
Teens and young adults will gather at Camp Inspiration Hills in Burbank, OH 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, horse back riding, climbing wall, hiking etc).
July 31 to Aug. 6, 2021 (please note - camp will run from Sat to Friday in 2021). Registration opens on Feb 1, 2021
OTHER (NON-WSA) CAMP OPPORTUNITIES FOR THOSE WITH WS
2nd – 9th graders
Several sessions each summer, in Rend Lake, IL and Cedar Point, IL
Though this camp is not specialized for children with WS, the owners of the camp are both social workers and their counselors are experienced working with campers with intellectual disabilities, though many of their campers are typically developing. They have had a few campers with WS in the past with success and welcome more. Their philosophy is that camp is inclusive.
ACM Lifting Lives Camp
Ages 18 and older
June each year at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
Find more information and the application in the link below. Please direct any other questions about the camp to email@example.com
Berkshire Hills Music Academy Summer Program
Each summer in South Hadley, Massachusetts
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, check back in early 2021 to apply.
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. Check back in early 2021 for an application.