Jay Nolan Recreational Services

Jay Nolan Camp

Inclusive Camp For Kids With & Without disabilities
Jay Nolan Recreational Services

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the Summer 2024 Session

Camp Dates: July 28  –  August 2, 2024

Welcome to Jay Nolan Camp – where inclusivity takes center stage! Nestled in the picturesque surroundings of Lions Camp at Teresita Pines in Wrightwood, CA, Jay Nolan Camp is a unique and enriching experience for children of all abilities.

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Jay Nolan Recreational Services
Fostering an environment that celebrates diversity and empowers every child to embrace their individuality.

At Jay Nolan Camp, we believe in fostering an environment that celebrates diversity and empowers every child to embrace their individuality. Our inclusive camp is designed for kids with and without disabilities where every child is valued, accepted, and given the opportunity to thrive. Our focus on inclusivity and neurodiversity is designed to create a setting where young minds can learn, play, and grow together.

Jay Nolan Camp is currently working to become accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA) and anticipates completing the process in 2024.

This Years Activities Include:
  • Archery
  • Rock Climbing Wall
  • Swimming
  • Outdoor Theater
  • Wilderness Safety
  • Hiking/Nature Walks
  • Costume/Theme Meals
  • Campfire Sing-Alongs
  • Camp Dance
  • Talent Show
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Scavenger Hunts
  • Plant and Animal Identification
  • Ecology and Geology
Apply Now to the Summer 2024 Session

Applications are now open! Click below to download the PDF application. Application in Korean / 한국어로 신청

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Jay Nolan Camp FAQ
What is the camp's philosophy or mission?

We believe that fostering experiences that are truly inclusive for kids of all abilities contributes to the development of a more inclusive, understanding, and compassionate society. Magic happens when kids with and without disabilities spend time together! Our inclusive camp provides opportunities for genuine friendships to form, where children learn to appreciate each other for who they are rather than focusing on differences. Plus, children naturally learn social skills through play and communication. In an inclusive setting, they develop a better understanding of effective communication, cooperation, and teamwork, and are therefore set up to thrive in a society that values diversity.

What age groups does the camp cater to?

We welcome kids with and without disabilities ages 8 to 15.

Does my child have to have a disability to join Jay Nolan Camp?

No. Kids with and without disabilities are welcome and encouraged to join the camp.

What are the dates and duration of the camp?

This sleep-away camp is 6 days (5 nights). The camp dates are: Sunday, July 28 – Friday, August 2, 2024.

Where is the Jay Nolan Camp?

Jay Nolan Camp is Held at Lions Camp at Teresita Pines (https://campteresitapines.org/) in Wrightwood, CA.

What is the cost of the camp, and what does it include?

To attend camp is $1300. However, there are early bird specials that are available until May 31, 2024. The cost of camp includes food and lodging for 6 days & 5 nights, safety & supervision, and transportation to and from the campsite.

Is financial assistance or scholarships available?

Currently, there are early bird specials running until May 31, 2024. If further financial assistance is needed, please inquire.

Are your camp staff trained to work with children with disabilities and are they certified?

Yes! Our dynamic staff are specially trained to meet the social, emotional and behavioral needs of all campers. Counselors are carefully matched with campers to build friendships based in trust, respect and common interests. Our Staff celebrates differences and seeks the unique talents and abilities in every camp participant.

All JNCS Staff are Red Cross CPR and First Aid certified. A registered nurse is on the campgrounds 24 hours per day throughout the entire camp session.

What is the camp's safety and supervision policy?

Our camp’s safety and supervision policies are crucial for ensuring a secure and supportive environment for both campers and staff. Some of the elements include: staff training, having well-defined emergency & evacuation plans, maintaining the proper camp-to-staff ratio for supervision & safety, and having health personnel present to handle minor injuries & illnesses, as well as the administration of medications as prescribed by the campers’ physicians.

How does the camp handle homesickness or other emotional concerns?

Our experienced counselors will manage homesickness by providing emotional support, offering a listening ear, encourage the engagement in fun activities. Parents’ suggestions are highly encouraged.

How are behavioral issues or conflicts addressed?

Behavioral issues and conflicts are addressed by offering support and guidance to a camper experiencing difficulties. Counselors trained with conflict-resolution skills may encourage open communication, giving positive reinforcement as needed. The director may intervene to address issues and/or conflicts and if necessary, involve parents or guardians in finding solutions.

Can parents visit or communicate with their child during the camp?

The camp uses a communication approach by giving the option to send letters or care packages to your child during the camp session while restricting on-site visits from parents.

What is the cancellation/refund policy?

Full payment is required at the time of registration. If you need to cancel for any reason, we must receive written notice of cancellation (either mailed or faxed) by May 31, 2024. Your registration payment will be refunded less a $50.00 service charge. Cancellations after that time and ‘No-Shows’ are non-refundable. If a camper does not show for the camp session without prior notice, the camp retains the full registration payment, and no refunds will be issued.

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Services Offered by JNCS
Training Department

Our organizational training department at Jay Nolan Community Services has a threefold mission. First, to provide training to new employees so that they are equipped with the information and skills they need to be successful on the job. Second, to provide ongoing training and skill set that aid in the professional development and retention of incumbent staff. And third, to develop and create events and opportunities for community outreach through our educational programs and advocacy involvement.

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Self-Determination

The Self-Determination Program is a program maintained by the Department of Developmental Services which allows individuals (or their parents or legal representatives) the freedom to choose the support services and the provider that meet the needs of their personal-centered plan. All participants are responsible for staying within their annual budget.

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Employment Services

Jay Nolan Community Services (JNCS) is dedicated to supporting everyone’s goals of gainful and meaningful employment. The menu of Employment Services is designed to meet people where they are in their journeys.

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Uniquely Abled Academy

Starting in 2018, Jay Nolan Community Services has collaborated with the innovative Uniquely Abled Project (UAP), which shifts the paradigm of thinking from “disabled” to “uniquely abled.” JNCS and College of the Canyons (COC) work together to identify and train individuals to participate in the CNC training program through the Economic Development Division at COC through the Uniquely Abled Academy (UAA).

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Family Support Services

We know that healthy family relationships are the foundation to realizing a great life! That is why at Jay Nolan Community Services (JNCS), we believe in keeping children with autism and other developmental disabilities with their own family whenever possible.

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Independent Living

The Independent Living Services (ILS) program at Jay Nolan Community Services (JNCS) is designed to actively teach adults that are currently living in or will be moving out into their own homes, or need to become more independent while living in the family home. Direct instruction may include daily living activities such as maintaining a house and going to medical appointments.

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Supported Living (SLS)

People with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities have the right to access assistance and supports to live a valued life in the community.

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San Jose Services

Jay Nolan Community Services (JNCS) offers Supported Living Services (SLS) to people living in Santa Clara County through our San Jose office.

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Deaf Plus Individuals

Sign Language Interpreting and Language Accommodation

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Jay Nolan Camp

Inclusive Camp For Kids With & Without disabilities

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