Kids for Camp

Philosophy of Kids for Camp

Autism Pensacola’s Kids for Camp is a data-driven program that uses 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. Autism Pensacola is committed to continuously improving the camp experience, thus remaining a model of quality and integrity to the community.

Kids for Camp 2017 Final Report

Kids for Camp 2017 was June 14-July 20 on the campuses of Capstone Academy, Holm Elementary, and Washington High. A big Thank You to the Escambia County School District for once again gifting us with the space to hold our camp, as well as the transportation for our many field trips and community experiences.

Please view our Kids for Camp 2017 Final Report Summary

Questions? Please contact Jessica Lapen at (850) 434-7171 or email

Program Length

Multiple weeks beginning in mid-to-late June.


Tuition rates varies yearly, based on annual donations to support the program. Contact us for full information on the current year tuition rates.

Thank You to Our Partners

Kids for Camp is made possible through community partnerships, along with the support of generous people and businesses in the greater Pensacola area.

Major Partners of Kids for Camp:

The Autism Center of The Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart

Escambia County School District

Capstone Adaptive Learning and Therapy Centers

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Other community supporters: FSU-Center for Autism and Related Disabilities, Santa Rosa County School District

Who is eligible?

Individuals with autism, ages 2 to 25, who reside in Escambia or Santa Rosa County.

Can I register a child from outside the area?

Yes, we will accept campers from outside our two-county area. However, the full cost of tuition, plus a surcharge, will apply. Contact us for more information.

What is the cost of the program?

Because this program is underwritten by grants, donors and generous sponsors, the tuition fluctuates year to year. But thanks to our partners and donors, a discount is offered off the full cost of tuition to families in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties.

Is Financial Aid available?

We invite all local families to apply for financial aid. If accepted, the cost of tuition can be adjusted, as funds are available. Our sliding fee scale is based on household income and family size.

Who teaches at camp?

Our staff is selected from a pool of applicants each year that includes teachers and paraprofessionals from both Escambia and Santa Rosa counties and surrounding areas. We also work with students from the University of West Florida and other universities. Teachers at the camp are trained in techniques of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Verbal Behavior, as well as ways to incorporate these techniques into their classrooms. Board Certified Behavior Analysts are on staff and available to provide guidance to our teaching staff.

Where is camp held?

Thanks to the generosity of the Escambia County School District, camp is held at Holm Elementary and Washington High.

Do I have to be a member of Autism Pensacola?

Yes, Membership in Autism Pensacola is required to apply for Kids for Camp. For more information on how to join, visit our Get Involved section.

When can I apply?

The application period begins around mid-February. There is limited space and families are encouraged to apply early. Watch the website for exact dates. Application period will be open for four weeks.

When will I know if my child is accepted to camp?

Families will be notified regarding camp acceptance no later than the date publicized on the application. Applicants are encouraged to review the policies and procedures documents in the Downloadables section.

Any other questions?

Feel free to reach out to us. We’d be glad to answer any questions you may have.

Kids for Camp is absolutely vital in my son’s education and development. He LOVES camp, and the bond he makes with his instructors is amazing. I truly believe he would regress during his summers if Kids for Camp did not exist.

Jennifer, mother of Max, age 8

My daughter’s IEP contains goals for developing and improving employability skills. The majority of the goals were formulated using the goals and skills learned at camp.

Leslie, mother of Janie, age 18

This camp helps to bridge the gap in the school year so that she doesn’t have to stop learning things. It makes the transition from school year to school year much nicer. She also enjoys going to camp which makes me feel better about sending her.

Kristin, mother of Korrin, age 16

Courtney said ‘Good girl at summer camp.’ Then she said, drum roll please… ‘Had fun at summer camp!’ Woo-hoo! Thank you all! What an amazing blessing; what wonderful, wonderful people! God is great!

Juanita, mother of Courtney, age 19

Our son was treated with respect. Camp actually did as much in 6 weeks as his regular school would do in 6 months. His communication level has probably doubled. We hope to be there next year.

William, father of Will, age 6

My son started going to camp in 2005, when we had just gotten his Asperger’s diagnosis. He has gone every year since. Each and every year he benefits tremendously. I have friends around the U.S. and Canada with ASD kids, and they are green with envy that we have such a stellar program available here.

Regina, mother of Dylan, age 13

Kids for Camp Policies and Procedures gives information on how the summer program works and the guiding principles that help with decision making.

Documentation of financial need is required to apply for financial aid. Autism Pensacola reserves the right to request further documentation, if necessary. This process will be kept completely confidential.

Kids for Camp 2017 highlights

Our younger campers enjoy learning social and communication skills through a variety of on-campus and off-campus activitiesThis summer training experience features:

  • Training in instructional techniques based on Applied Behavior Analysis and Verbal Behavior
  • Training in the assessment of individual student’s strengths and areas of need and assistance in identifying successful teaching methods to achieve targeted goals and objectives
  • Hands-on instruction and direct support
  • In-classroom mentors/coaches to confer and problem-solve with on a daily basis
  • Limited opportunities for staff children to participate in camp

ABCs of ABA instructional video and instructor training test –

  • ABCs of ABA video training – Click Here
  • Take the training test – Click Here

Autism Pensacola, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.

Teen Peer Application information

What is Kids for Camp? An intensive educational opportunity for individuals, ages 2-25, with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) providing skills acquisition and positive behavior support from highly trained teachers and staff.

What is the role of the teen peer? The teen peer plays a vital role in the success of Kids for Camp. Main responsibilities are to be a friend to the campers, be a helper to the staff and other peers, and be a role model by participating fully in all camp activities. For ages 12-18.

When is Kids for Camp? Camp 2018 dates announced in the new year

Where is Kids for Camp? Holm Elementary and Washington High in Pensacola

Teen peer training: All peers are required to attend one training session. Training sessions will be held prior to the beginning of camp and will last for approximately 1 to 1-1/2 hours. If you do not attend training, you will not be allowed to work as a peer.

Kids for Camp is made possible through community partnerships, along with the support of generous people and businesses in the greater Pensacola area. Major Partners of Kids for Camp: The Autism Center of The Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart; Escambia County School District; Capstone Adaptive Learning and Therapy Centers. Other partners: FSU-Center for Autism and Related Disabilities; Santa Rosa County School District.

Any questions?

Have questions or want to get in touch regarding our programs? Contact us today!