1. What activities are available at Camp ASCCA?
The emphasis for the camp’s programs is in meeting the needs of each camper and utilizing ability and capability to enable each camper’s participation to their fullest potential! The philosophy of Camp ASCCA is to offer an exciting camp program geared to the age, interest, and ability of our campers. This involves learning new skills, making new friends, and participating in a variety of activities. Activities include (but aren’t limited to) swimming, a waterslide, water skiing, tubing, an accessible water playground, canoeing, boating, fishing, arts and crafts, golf, miniature golf, nature appreciation, geocaching, horseback, bocce, riflery, and even high adventure activities such as climbing, the zip-line, and cargo net. In addition to all of this, there are evening programs that include campfires, dances, and talent shows.
Program areas include the demonstration farm, environmental center, adventure area, nature trail, ball field, horseback riding ring, golf driving range, rifle range, lakefront, modern filtered swimming pool, an all-weather pavilion, and much, much more!. All of this is on 230 beautiful wooded acres with 1.5 miles of Lake Martin shoreline.
2. How much does it cost to attend Camp ASCCA?
The Regular Fee to attend a one-week session of summer camp is $695.00. The Campership Rate for individuals in need of financial assistance and who are Alabama residents is $495.00. Upon request, limited financial support is available if your family cannot meet the Campership Rate. Please see Page 7A of the Summer Camp Application for more details.
Group rates and facility usage and rental fees can be found on the Rental Rates 2011 information sheet.
3. Is my child eligible to attend Camp ASCCA?
Camp ASCCA seeks to serve all qualified individuals with disabilities who meet the essential eligibility requirements. These criteria are necessary to ensure not only the safety of participating campers but also their ability to receive the maximum educational benefits of the particular camp for which they have applied. Camps are organized around a general group setting (summer camp) or a specialized (specialty) camp designed to meet the needs of a particular group. Camp ASCCA seeks to serve eligible campers in the most integrated setting possible.
To review the Essential Eligibility Requirements, please see Page 1A of the Summer Camp Application for more details.
4. How old do you have to be to attend Camp ASCCA?
Camp ASCCA serves children and adults ages 6 to adult. Of course people of all ages participate when a specific group rents our facilities (i.e., Camp Seale Harris Family Weekend).
5. Does Camp ASCCA have a nurse?
Yes, Camp ASCCA employs a full-time Director of Health Services who is a Registered Nurse. Meet Nurse Joe!
6. Who are Camp ASCCA’s summer staff members?
The majority of our 60-65 summer staff are college or university students or recent graduates studying or working in areas relating to services for people with disabilities. This is an overall ratio of 1:2. Most staff with direct responsibility are 18 years or older and are selected to work after a competitive interview process. Reference and criminal background checks are performed.
7. Are Camp ASCCA’s summer staff members trained?
All staff participates in a thorough weeklong orientation training session prior to the summer that is conducted by Camp ASCCA staff, related professionals, previous campers, and veteran summer camp staff.
8. How do I apply for a Camp ASCCA “campership” or scholarship?
Upon request, limited financial support is available if your family cannot meet the Campership Rate of $495.00 for a one-week stay at Camp ASCCA. A limited number of full and partial camperships are available for Alabama residents only. Your honesty in paying what you can toward the fee will enable this fund to help others in need.
The regular camp fee is $695.00 for one week. This fee is based on the actual cost of operating the summer camp program. If you are eligible for a discounted fee or would like to request a full or partial campership, please indicate that you are in need of financial assistance and how much you are able to pay on Page 7A of the Summer Camp Application.
9. Is Camp ASCCA American Camp Association (ACA) accredited?
Yes. ACA accredits over 2,400 camps. ACA-Accredited® camps meet up to 300 standards for health, safety, and program quality. Please visit www.acacamps.org for more information on the American Camp Association.
10. What should I pack for my week-long stay at summer camp?
A "recommended packing list” will be sent with your information packet upon confirmation of your summer camp session assignment. Basic items include clothing, swimsuit, toiletry items, raincoat/poncho, sunscreen, flashlight, laundry bag, camera, and any special equipment, braces, wheelchairs, communication boards & other appliances or aids used by camper.
11. Do I need to bring “spending money” to Camp ASCCA for summer camp?
Campers may wish to bring small amounts of money to purchase drinks or snacks, but is not necessary. Camp provides daily afternoon snacks. Tee shirts may be purchased on check-in and check-out days.
12. Can campers call home or bring a cell phone?
The camp phone (256-825-9226) is a business phone. Campers are not allowed to use it or to receive calls. In case of emergency parents or guardians will be notified. Campers are not allowed to bring cell phones.
13. Can I send my child a card or letter?
We hope that you plan to write your camper - a letter or card from home is always a welcome sight. Campers will be encouraged to write home, and the staff will be happy to assist when needed. Give your camper writing materials, stamps and several stamped post cards, if you would like to receive a letter.
14. Can my parents come and visit me during my stay at Camp ASCCA?
Parents, relatives, and friends of the campers are welcome to visit and tour the facility on arrival, and departure days only.
15. What is Camp ASCCA’s Tax ID #?
Most of Camp ASCCA’s financial information is available upon request. Please contact our Accountant or Administrator.
16. How do I volunteer or work for Camp ASCCA?
Please contact Matt Rickman at (256)825-9226 or email@example.com if you are interested in becoming a volunteer or working at Camp ASCCA. The employment application for summer staff, Counselor-in-Training (CIT), and Program Staff-in-Training (PSIT) are available for download in the Staffing & Hiring section of the website. Simply fill out the application and send it to Matt Rickman, PO Box 21, Jackson's Gap, AL 36861. *All summer positions are full for summer 2013.
17. What is Camp ASCCA’s mailing address and phone number?
Mailing Address: PO Box 21, Jackson’s Gap, AL 36861
Physical Address: 5278 Camp ASCCA Dr., Jackson’s Gap, AL 36861
Telephone number: 256-825-9226 or 1-800-THE-CAMP in Alabama
18. How do I get more information on Camp ASCCA's Environmental Camps?
Contact Lyle Coutts at (256) 825-9226 or firstname.lastname@example.org and request a brochure or booklet on our programs and pricing options. You can also visit www.theenvironmentalcenter.org.
19. Does Camp ASCCA offer programs for school field trips?
Yes, we offer Environmental Education day, overnight, and week- long camps for school groups no matter their ability level. Programs are fun, interesting, follow the Alabama Course of Study, and can be tailored for each group. Camp ASCCA sits on over 230 acres and leases another 650 acres of adjacent woodland on Lake Martin, making it the perfect place to learn more about the natural world and how to protect it. Contact Lyle Coutts at (256) 825-9226 or email@example.com