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Programs

Nestled in the Laurel Highlands of Somerset County, Pennsylvania, Camp PARC welcomes campers to one of its three summer camping sessions, held each year in July. All of our sessions are residential programs, meaning all of the counselors and campers will stay on the campground day and night for the duration of the session.

  • Our four-day, three-night Youth Mini Camp Session provides a camping experience for children, ages 6-17, with special needs. 
    Session Dates:  July 13 - July 16

  • Our Adult Full Week Session is a full-week, residential camping session that is offered to adults, ages 18 and older, with developmental disabilities.
    Session Dates:  July 20 - July 26

  • Our four night, five day Adult Mini-Camp Session is a specifically designed program to meet the needs of adults, ages 18 and older, with intellectual disabilities who have limited physical mobility/decreased agility and are unable to keep the pace of our full week camping session.
    Session Dates:  July 27 - July 31

Our programs are designed for people who have mental retardation or developmental disabilities related to autism, cerebral palsy, brain injury, and Down, Tourette, and other syndromes. Many clients also have physical disabilities, hearing or vision impairment, and medical conditions such as diabetes or epilepsy. Visit our Camper page for answers to frequently asked questions and other resources.

All of Camp PARC’s staff is volunteer. Camp PARC provides at least one junior counselor for every two participants and at least one senior counselor for every four participants. One-on-one care is provided as needed. Our camp staff includes food service professionals qualified to prepare special diets and registered nurses who supervise medical care. To learn more about becoming part of Camp PARC’s staff, visit our Volunteer page.

Through our summer camping programs we encourage participants to learn new skills and practice decision-making, participate in challenging and fun activities, enjoy and appreciate nature, meet new people and renew old friendships. Our summer programs consistently deliver a dynamic and fun-filled experience, as well as offering a place where the boundaries of judgment, the fear of exclusion and the stress of fitting into some pre-designed mold are gone.