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 overnight programs, meaning all of the counselors and campers will stay on-site for the duration of the session.
- Adult Mini Session is a specifically designed program to meet the needs of adults, ages 18 and older, with intellectual and developmental disabilities who have limited physical mobility and/or decreased agility, are unable to keep the pace of our full week camping session, or are staying away from home for the first time.
2023 Session Dates: July 9 – July 13
- Youth Mini Session provides a camping experience for children, ages 6-17, with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
2023 Session Dates: July 16 – July 19
- Adult Full Week Session is a full-week, 7 days and 6 nights, session that is offered to adults, ages 18 and older, with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
2023 Session Dates: July 23 – 29
Our programs are designed for people who have intellectual and/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. Visit our Camper page for answers to frequently asked questions and other resources.
All of Camp PARC’s resident staff are volunteer positions. 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. The camp staff includes foodservice professionals qualified to prepare special diets and registered nurses, physician assistants, and pharmacists who supervise medical care. To learn more about becoming part of Camp PARC’s staff, visit our Volunteer page.
At Camp PARC, participants participate in challenging and fun activities, enjoy and appreciate nature, meet new people, practice decision-making, renew old friendships, and share new experiences.
The summer camp program consistently delivers 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.