Kids for Camp 2015 dates

JUNE 22ND- JULY 23RD, 2015

Philosophy of Kids for Camp

Autism Pensacola’s Kids for Camp is a data-driven program using best-practice techniques, specifically Applied Behavior Analysis, to contribute to both the skill acquisition of the individuals with autism and the continuing education of the teachers, support staff, and college students who work with those with autism. API is committed to continuously improve the camp experience, thus remaining a model of quality and integrity to the community. 

For information on Camp's philosophy, application process, and more -

download the Policies & Procedures


Camper application period has closed. If you would like to submit a camper application, there is a late application fee of $35. These applications will be assessed on a space-available basis.

Please download and fill out the appropriate application. Save a copy to your computer. Remember to save your application as (CamperLastName CamperFirstName Date - ex. LapenJessica 2.3.2015).To submit, you may print out and mail in with other application requirements. Or you may email the application (only) to

Holm campus application - for applicants ages 2 through completion of fifth grade

Washington campus application - for applicants sixth grade through age 25

Financial Aid: If you would like to be considered for financial aid, you must download and fill out the application. Print it out and mail it to Autism Pensacola with approved supporting documentation. For questions, call Jessica Lapen at 850-434-7171. Or you can email

Financial Aid application - to be considered for financial aid, you must download and send in this form with camper application 

Application fee - $35




Kids for Camp is now accepting applications for all staff positions. Below are job descriptions and information on how to apply. Questions? Contact Jessica Lapen, program director, at


Campus Coordinator Job Description

Assistant Coach

Lead Teacher

Instructional Staff


Teen Peer Program - (formerly teen volunteers)

We are now accepting applications for our teen peer program at Kids for Camp. The teen peer plays a vital role in the success of Kids for Camp. Teen peers’ main responsibilities are to be a friend to the campers, be a helper to the staff and other peers, and be a role model to the campers by participating fully in all camp activities. To apply, download and complete the teen application and mail it to: API, P.O. Box 30213, Pensacola, FL 32503. Questions? Contact or call the API office, (850) 434-7171.

Teen Peer Application



Kids for Camp 2015 Kickoff meeting presentation is available here. Please review the presentation and download the Policies & Procedures below for information regarding the Kids for Camp program and application requirements. 

Kids for Camp Kick off presentation



Camp Summary Report 2013



Kids for Camp Brochure

What Parents are Saying



Autism Pensacola Camp Thank You !! YouTube video

Watch the short video below to see the smiles on the faces of our campers, staff and volunteers!!


Kids for Camp 2007 on NBC Nightly News


     Kids for Camp is a summer learning lab for children, teens, and young adults on the autism spectrum.  This program provides fun and intensive learning experiences for children with autism, as well as training for educators from our area.

     Kids for Camp was created in 2003 by Mrs. Judy Burns.  At that time she was looking for summer programs for both of her sons.  While there were many options for her neuro-typical son, she found that nothing was available for her son with autism.     So she took matters into her own hands, partnered with Autism Pensacola, and with help from Gulf Breeze Presbyterian Church and Gulf Breeze Rotary Club, created Kids for Camp.

     In 2007, Kids for Camp expanded from being simply a summer camp to a summer learning lab.  API began providing educators with training on best practices for teaching children with autism, and providing children on the spectrum with a high-quality educational program during the summer.  Kids for Camp became nationally recognized that year as a program doing “what works” for children with autism    To date we have provided training to more than 100 educators in our two-county area and served more than 150 individuals on the autism spectrum.

     To create this high-quality, structured, summer program, Autism Pensacola partners with many agencies in our area including the Sacred Heart Autism Center, the Escambia County School District, the Santa Rosa County School District, The University of West Florida, FSU-CARD, The Florida Inclusion Network, and FDLRS / Westgate.

     Currently, the majority of funds for Kids for Camp come from the annual “Connecting the Pieces” Dinner and Auction.  In addition, camp families can participate in our informal "Friends and Family Campaign", an email campaign that allows contributors to donate to a specific child to help offset the family’s cost for the program. Private grants and donations to help us continue this important program are always welcome.  Please consider a donation today and help us make a difference in the lives of these children and their families!