Camp Giant Steps is a six-week summer program specifically designed for children with autism spectrum disorders.
The children start their camp day in small-group activities: Art, Music, Games, Cooking, Computer, Movement, and Smart Board. The older students spend mornings helping others in the community, where they work in a variety of settings, practicing life skills.
Each day, approximately 75 kids, counselors, and team leaders, board school buses and head out to visit area attractions. An array of sites offering activities such as trampoline, bowling, gymnastics, water parks, and playgrounds, provide a fun-filled day of exercise and entertainment. Other local favorites, such as the Science Center, St. Louis Zoo, Magic House, and Grant’s Farm, are also included on the summer agenda.
Camp Giant Steps provides one counselor for each camper to ensure safety and enhance learning. This one-to-one support ensures that campers are able to participate safely and engage fully in all activities. The counseling staff is composed of teaching assistants from the Giant Steps school program, and from other school districts, including college students studying this field of work.
All group activities are designed and led by the Giant Steps’ teachers and therapists.
Summer camp is in session 9am. – 3pm, Monday-Friday, late June through July.