FAQs What is Camp Tall Tree?
Camp Tall Tree provides a traditional summer camp experience for children with unique challenges. Our program focuses on personal development through positive and fun experiences in a natural environment.
What is the Age Range of Campers?
Our Main Camp autism program is open to campers 7-17 years old.
The Explorer program is open to campers age 13 to early 20's.
The Sibling program is open to campers 7-17 years old.
What is the Staff to Camper Ratio?
At Camp Tall Tree we set our counselor to camper ratio specifically for campers to be successful. Our overall ratio is about 2:1 (camper to counselor). Our Sibling program has a slightly higher ratio of 4:1 (camper to counselor).
Does Camp Tall Tree serve the whole autism spectrum? / Can anyone with 22q attend camp?
Campers with 22q should be able to eat solid food and physically move around camp with a group. We serve most of the autism spectrum. Campers can be high functioning or have higher needs, campers can be verbal or non verbal and we have experience with augmented communication devices. We do ask that campers are potty trained. We can verbally prompt people through a bathroom routine, and we certainly remind folks to use the restroom, but we don't physically wipe.
The activities are all planned so that kids can access them on different levels. Campers who can access complex activities have a really exciting time participating in everything—and kids who are more sensory or less verbal are also able to engage and hugely enjoy themselves.
Campers who need 1:1 assistance throughout the whole day (either because they are in danger of running away, need physical assistance for most activities, or who are routinely aggressive) might not be a good fit for our program. Please give us a call, and we can figure out if Camp Tall Tree is a good option for your camper.
How much does Camp Tall Tree cost?
Our Main Camp and Explorer programs are $1,250.
Our Sibling program is $595.
Does Camp Tall Tree provide Financial Assistance?
Yes. Applications for Financial Aid can be found within our Camper Registration form. Financial Aid will be provided on an as needed basis.
Click here to visit our Scholarships & Grant information page
What should I bring to camp?
The following items are NOT allowed at camp:
- CELL PHONES, SMART PHONES (except for Explorers who can bring these items to use for self-organization)
- computers/tablets, handheld video games, iPods, MP3 Players, video cameras
- alcohol or illicit drugs. If weapons, alcohol or illicit drugs are brought to camp, you will not be permitted to stay for the session. If Mobile Phones of any type are brought to camp they will be stored in the office and returned on the last day of camp. Camp Tall Tree is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
The following list is the suggested amount of clothes necessary for camp. Please make sure that you have enough clothing for cold and rainy weather. Adjust it to your personal needs. Remember that storage space is pretty limited! MARK THE CLOTHING CLEARLY WITH YOUR CHILD’S NAME. Packing expendable clothing rather than new clothes is preferred should anything be lost.
- 2 Sets of Sleepwear
- 1 Light Jacket
- 3-5 Pairs of Shorts
- 2 Pair of Long Pants
- 7 Pairs of Underwear
- 2 Long Sleeved Shirt
- 7 Pairs of Socks
- 7 Short Sleeved Shirts
- 3 Sweaters/Sweatshirts
- 2 Pairs of Sneakers
- 2 Swimsuits (one piece)
- Sun Hat
- Flip Flops/Water Shoes
- Disposable Camera (labeled with name) - Camera Phones are not allowed at camp
- 2 Towels
- 1 Pair Waterproof Shoes/Boots for Rainy Days
- 1 Raincoat & Hat or Poncho
- 1 Flashlight with batteries (labeled w/name)
- Insect Repellent
- Toiletries /Personal items
- Pillow and pillow case
- Sheets and blankets or sleeping bag
We strongly suggest bringing more than one pair of sneakers with you to camp; one pair can get wet quickly. Closed-toed sneakers or boots are required for certain program areas. There will be evening events every night of camp.
If your camper is dependent on their handheld video game or portable DVD player, and you are concerned about them being without these items, please contact Sylvia at 828-458-0313 or Sylvia@camptalltree.com.