Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Camp Rising Sun

Autism Light Classic
Updated on June 6, 2015. 

Autism Light #65 is Camp Rising Sun.

Camp Rising Sun is a camp program for children with autism in New Mexico. The camp is held at the Manzano Mountain Retreat in the Manzano Moutains southeast of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Camp Rising Sun is an Autism Light because of the helpful way in which they are helping children with autism to have a camping experience.

Camp Rising Sun was formed in 2006 and in 2009 it's programs became part of the autism programs at the University of New Mexico Center for Development and Disability.  The camp is accredited by the American Camp Association.  It's mission involves the three tier approach of providing life-changing camp experiences to children with autism, providing practical training on working with young people with autism to camp staff and volunteers, and giving respite for parents of children with autism.

Here is a video about the programs at Camp Rising Sun.

Camp Rising Sun states on their website that their "Camp activities may include swimming, hiking, sports and games, arts & crafts, theater, photography and video, geo-caching, music, campouts, nature activities, campfires, low and high ropes and challenge course, martial arts, campfire and evening programs, and a variety of other activities."

Here is a video of a Camp Rising Sun Success Story called "Jack Goes to Camp".

Camp Rising Sun has two weeks of camp. One week is a Teen Camp and the other is a Kids Camp. The camp schedule for 2015 is available at the Camp Rising Sun page on the University of New Mexico Website.

Social Media: You can follow Camp Rising Sun on the following social media areas.
Special thanks to Camp Rising Sun for being an Autism Light. They are an excellent example of the partnership between university and nature in shining a light for individuals with autism.

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