August 7-11, 2013
Camp Yofi is a unique program for Jewish families with children with autism between the ages of six and 13. Single parents, grandparents and siblings are invited to attend and all Jewish families are welcome, regardless of denomination or synagogue affiliation. The program is held on the 122-acre campus of Camp Ramah Darom, which is located 13 miles outside the center of Clayton, GA and adjoins the beautiful Chattahoochee National Forest.
Making new friends, meeting other families with special needs, building Jewish community and enjoying swimming, climbing, arts and crafts, sports and all the pleasures of summer camp at Camp Ramah Darom are the key to the Camp Yofi experience.
Morning programs at Camp Yofi are designed with separate tracks for 1) children with autism, 2) their siblings, and 3) parents. Afternoons are devoted to a variety of programs throughout the camp for the entire family. In the evenings, the camp community joins together for bonfires, sing-alongs, s’mores and other family programs. After the children are in bed, and under the watchful care of our staff, adults have the opportunity to get together for fun programs, study and support. Every family at Camp Yofi has a chaver (a special friend) who spends mornings and evenings with the same family throughout the week, providing a consistent, comforting and helpful presence.
The 5-day, 4-night program begins on Wednesday afternoon and ends on Sunday morning. Participation in Camp Yofi is limited to 25 families and registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
Families wishing to participate must complete the online registration form and submit it along with your full payment (see below for refunds policy).
Upon receipt of your registration form and your deposit, we will acknowledge your registration and send you additional forms requesting information on your children. The information requested will be used to train the staff and the family chaver that will be working with each of your children, and to plan strategies based on knowledge of what has proved effective in working with your children in other programs and environments. Your cooperation in thoroughly completing these forms will help us to ensure the most positive experience for your family.
With the generosity of sponsoring foundations and individual donors our goal has been, and remains, to make the program affordable to any family wishing to participate. Tuition for the program is $750 per family, which covers 25% of the $3,000 cost of the program. The remaining cost is subsidized through grants and donations. A limited number of scholarships are available for those families needing additional assistance to participate in the program.
As the tuition only covers a portion of the cost of camp we ask you to consider a tax-deductible donation to support the actual cost of this and future programs. While this donation is not required, your support and assistance will help us to continue operating Camp Yofi and to make it accessible for any family, irrespective of financial circumstances. Every donation makes a difference.
Payment and Refunds
No application will be accepted without a payment.