Registration Underway For Friends Discovery Camp: Summer Of Oz

Camp For Autistic Kids At Creative Discovery Museum

Monday, May 19, 2014

Friends Discovery Camp, an inclusive camp designed for children with autism and their typically developing peers, will provide time for campers to explore the wonders of the colorful Land of Oz during the summer session. Friends Discovery Camp: Summer of Oz, inspired by Creative Discovery Museum’s temporary summer exhibit, The Wizard of Oz Children’s Educational Exhibit, will bring back the best of Friends Discovery Camp from years past while introducing new fun activities inspired by the classic film, said officials. 

During the two-week camp for children ages 7-10 (June 2-13) and ages 11-12 (July 21-Aug. 1), campers and their “Big Buddies,” UTC psychology students who have completed a training course to become certified camp counselors, will explore the Museum as they make snacks, play in the water and participate in other activities. Campers will also go on two off-site adventures. All camp activities are designed to challenge children and build lasting friendships, said officials. 

"This is a great camp for any child who wants to have a wonderful time this summer and make new friends,” said Jayne Griffin, Ed. D., director of Education at Creative Discovery Museum. “Kids will have a great time with activities designed to be fun and safe while they learn to make friends with children of all abilities they might not get to know in other settings. The UTC students will also gain insight as they become facilitators working to engage kids with each other and with their environment.”   

The camp will be from 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. each day.  Reservations are required for this program and payment is due upon registration. The registration fee for each two-week camp session is $200. Camp fees include a free one-year membership or renewal of a current membership through June 2015.  

To register for Friends Discovery Camp: Summer of Oz, call Nancy at 648-6045 or Beth at 648-6040. Online registration is also available at www.cdmfun.org.   

Friends Discovery Camp 2014: Summer of Oz is made possible through partnership with the UTC’s Psychology Department and the city of Chattanooga Department of Parks & Recreation Therapeutic Recreation. 

For more information, call 756-2738 or visit the Museum website at www.cdmfun.org.


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