North East Westchester Special Recreation



July 1, 2019 to August 9, 2019 / 9am to 3pm

To New Enrollees:
If you are brand new to our agency, please contact us as soon as possible to schedule an intake interview. Our agency receives funding from NY Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD). This funding is extremely important and allows us to support your child and offer a positive experience. We need to know if your child has received eligibility from OPWDD for services and if they are enrolled in Medicaid Waiver. Please bring a current IEP or Life Plan with you to the intake. If your son/daughter has received OPWDD eligibility, please bring the Notice of Decision Letter with you also.

If your son/daughter has not received eligibility from OPWDD, we encourage you to begin the process as soon as possible . Contact Matthew Faulkner in OPWDD’s Tarrytown office at (914) 995-5253.

Remember: camp registration is handled on a first come first served basis for our in-district residents and as room permits for out of district residents. Please register early to secure your spot.

Our Day Camp Program provides an opportunity for children/teens with developmental disabilities ages 4 to 20 to experience the benefits of participating in a local, community day camp program while receiving the specific support needed for success in this environment.

Camp Location:

St. Theresa School, 300 Dalmeny Road, Briarcliff Manor. (Directions).


In the past, we charged $825.00 for our summer camp program. Due to the Medicaid conversion, we are only able to charge $735.00. We would appreciate your support to make up this shortfall by donating to the agency, if you are able, by separate check. Thank you!

Residents in the North East district: $735.00;
Out of District residing in Westchester County: $ 735.00.
Registration received and processed after 6/26/19 is subject to a $75.00 late registration fee.
All campers must pay for the full 6 week session. We are not able to pro-rate our fees for partial attendance.
Payment plan applications are available by calling our office.

Payment Plans / Scholarships:

We are sensitive to the needs of our families and have made payment plans and limited scholarships available (for North East residents only). Inquire at the North East office, as soon as possible if you would like to discuss a payment method with our staff.


Bus transportation is provided to and from central pick-up points. Out of district transportation will not be provided. Transportation routes and schedules are coordinated by North East staff with the safety of all participants in mind.


In an effort to provide for an appropriate placement, each child is assessed by a clinical team and placed in one of our camp groups. Groups within our camp are formed with consideration of age and ability. North East reserves the right to change placement as we deem necessary after consultation with all parties involved.

Camp Behavior:

Safety and fun are important elements of North East Camp. Behavior therapists are employed by North East to reinforce positive behavior and present a pleasant experience for all enrolled.

If your son/daughter is identified as one who needs additional support, you will be notified. A meeting will then be scheduled with the behavior therapist and camp director.

Daily Schedule:

The camp day is divided into four half hour sessions in the morning, a break for lunch, our daily swim and one afternoon session. Opening and closing circles for each camp group help the campers adjust to pre-camp and end of camp transition periods. Careful attention is paid to structure and altering the day to best meet the needs of each camp group.


North East employs a Registered Nurse to coordinate and supervise the control and administration of all camper medication and tend to medical needs. Parents are encouraged to discuss their child's health issues with the nurse throughout the six week camp session. Medications must be in to the North East office before June 26, 2019.


Campers should bring a bag lunch and drink. There is no refrigerator or microwave available, so please, pack lunches that do not need refrigeration. We are nut free! No nuts, peanuts or peanut butter products allowed on the premises.


We provide each camp group with at least one field trip a week. Locations will include such favorites as bowling, nature centers, children’s museums, and much, much more. Parents will be informed of trips when camp begins.


Our camp staff includes eight specialists who are responsible for planning specific activities for the campers. Each specialist is asked to look at every detail of the activity they will implement and consider important factors such as transition, presentation, materials and instructions. Our specials include: Art, Fitness, Gym, Music, Project Adventure, Nature, Hobbies and Outdoor Games.


Thanks to our affiliation with the various municipal recreation departments, North East Day Camp is able to use a number of outdoor community pool facilities. Campers will swim every day weather permitting.

Outdoor Education Center:

A unique and wonderful compliment to our Day Camp Program is the Bradhurst Outdoor Education Center. Once a week, each camp group will visit Bradhurst to meet the Nature,
Fitness, and Outdoor Art Specialists
for a morning of activities. The children will plant, maintain and harvest our large garden area, learn camping skills that will prepare them for their camp out adventure, and make use of the natural environment to create nature crafts.

Camp Out:

During the week of July 15-19, some of our North East campers will be scheduled to take part in an overnight camping trip. Details to follow! Campers who take medications for the campout must have them into camp by Wed July 10.

New and Returning Parent Orientation:

This session will be held on Thursday, June 27 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. at St. Theresa’s School. Our purpose is to acquaint you with our key staff, camp site, overall program, and to learn more about your child. Please bring your child with you so that they can meet their new counselors and campers.

Parent Night:

Come see our Camp Show! We will all have the pleasure of being entertained by our campers, view their art work and socialize. Parents will be encouraged to attend this special night on:
Thursday, August 8th at Mt. Pleasant Community Center. Time 6:30 pm.


To register for our 2019 Camp Program, please complete the enclosed registration form as appropriate:

New Campers:
New campers must schedule an intake interview with North East staff prior to registering for camp. Please complete the registration form enclosed with special attention to the section for new campers. Once we receive this form, we will contact you to start the intake process.

Returning Campers:
Former campers may use the enclosed form with attention to the section for returning campers. The North East Participant Information Form must be updated every three years. You will be notified if you need an updated form.

A new medical form must be completed each year. Your child will not be able to start camp on July 1st if we do not have an updated medical and all other mandatory paperwork in our main office by June 26th.

Our Camp fills quickly! In order to be fair to everyone, we have developed a very structured registration policy.

Registration Priority:
Residents of the twelve communities making up the North East District enjoy a registration priority period until May 30, 2019. A deposit of $400.00 will hold a space in camp. This deposit must be
received to secure a space.

Upon receipt of registration, Out of District residents will be put on a waiting list that will be activated on May 31, 2019. A deposit of $400.00 per camper will hold a space on the waiting list. Out of district residents must have OPWDD eligibility determination or initiated the process.

Payment in full is expected by June 26, 2019. Failure to pay by that date may result in your name being placed on our waiting list.

All North East programs are NUT free! This means that peanut butter sandwiches and other nut products should not be sent to our programs. We have a number of participants who are extremely allergic to these foods and we are interested in their safety. Since we cannot regulate the outside world. If your son/daughter is expected to be in the community and has this allergy, please send their EpiPen.

If this presents a huge problem for you, please contact Ellie Arnemann immediately. Thank you!

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Individual Registration and Credit Card Form
Medical Authorization

Our Camp Groups
This program provides a structured play environment and social setting for young children who will benefit from sensory exploration, guided physical activity and cognitive stimulation
This program is for children who possess a high level of independence yet require staff guidance and support in improving and refining peer relationships and skill development. Socialization with fellow campers and expression of one's self are key to building a positive self image.
This program is for children who possess a high level of independence yet continue to benefit from staff guidance and support. This group will be provided with experiences to encourage increased responsibility and leadership which will prepare them for the transition into our Eagles Group. Opportunities for success and improved self-esteem will be encouraged through program participation.
This program focuses on the enhancement of self esteem and personal growth. Campers participate in the full range of camp activities adapted to offer maximum challenge and success. Responsibility and leadership are introduced and encouraged through team building activities and events, community service projects and staff ratio that will allow campers the opportunity to work towards a level of independence.

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