Camp Allen provides opportunities for growth, friendship, and fun for children and adults with cognitive and/or physical challenges. Camp Allen welcomes about 600 campers each summer. They are persons of all ages with special needs and extraordinary challenges, including cerebral palsy, autism, muscular dystrophy, Down syndrome, and other intellectual and developmental disabilities. The week or two campers spend at Camp Allen focuses on enjoying the outdoors, making new friends, and having fun.
At Camp Allen, kids and adults take part in games, arts and crafts and sing-a-longs. They swim, eat s'mores around the campfire, and learn new camp songs. They gain the satisfaction of mastering new skills and the joy of making new friends. They share a beautiful place where they truly belong. They return year after year, in fact many of the older campers have been coming for decades!
Camp Allen is unique in the camping world. Counselors arrive from across the world to provide their campers with a lot of attention, support, and encouragement. All campers benefit from a 1:2 counselor to camper ratio, with a 1:1 ratio available to campers who may need more extensive attention.
Camp Allen is not just a camp! Other opportunities for individuals include vocational training programs: Peer Work for young adults with disabilities transitioning from school to work and Shoot for the Moon, a program for youth at risk of dropping out of school, in partnership with NH Jobs for America's Graduates at Manchester West High School.
Another exciting opportunity is Life Camp, a week long session for those young adults who want to experience living more independently. This is an incredibly fun and educational experience for young adults and is limited to not more than 10 campers a session.
You may be interested in the Kids and Sibs program, an affordable week or two at camp with a sibling, friend, or other family member.