Therapeutic Summer Camp

  1. Parks and Recreation
  2. Parks and Recreation Programs

Dean Road Rec Center

307 S Dean Rd

  1. Email:
  2. Phone: (334) 501-2930
  3. Hours:  M-F: 8AM-5PM

Elizabeth Kaufman

Therapeutic Programs Coordinator

  1. Phone: (334) 501-2939
  2. Email:

TR CAMP 2021 is now in session. TR Camp 2022 information will be updated by Winter 2021. Stay tuned for details.

If you are a current participant and have any questions about the 2021 Therapeutic Summer Day Camp, please contact Elizabeth Kaufman at

Sponsored by Auburn Parks and Recreation & The Exceptional Outreach Organization.

Camp Hours: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday. (Campers can be dropped off beginning at 7:45 a.m. Early drop-offs will NOT be allowed. A late fee of $1 per minute will be charged after the first warning has been issued.)

Location: Dean Road Recreation Center gymnasium

Interested in 2021 TR Camp?

Information about next year's camp is below:

Fees*: $100.00, each additional sibling $75.00. Make checks payable to the City of Auburn.

*Fees include the following: Healthy snacks, most camp supplies and some field trips. Extra costs might include field trips or special activities. Some financial scholarships are available through the Exceptional Outreach Organization. Scholarship Application Forms are available at the Harris Center or you can download one here starting March 1st, 2021. All scholarship requests must be postmarked by April 23rd, 2021.

Camp Summary: Note: We are not currently going on field trips in 2021 due to COVID-19.

This is a seven week summer day camp designed for young adults with various disabilities (e.g., autism, cerebral palsy, down syndrome, intellectual disabilities, hearing impairments, vision impairments). The Summer Camp is a joint project created and sponsored by Auburn Parks and Recreation and the Exceptional Outreach Organization. The Therapeutic Summer Camp's curriculum program includes life skills training, instructional training, team work, social skills, creative opportunities, swimming, and other physical recreation activities (e.g., basketball, bowling, volleyball, soccer). The campers also participate in fun outings such as the McWane Science Center, Montgomery Zoo, World of Coke, bowling, movies, and more!

Camp Requirements:

Campers must be high functioning, mentally disabled citizens who are 15 years and older. Campers must be toilet trained. Campers must dress appropriately - wear closed toe shoes even if not participating in some activities. Pool shoes and/or flip flops are only for swimming. All campers will be expected to have a positive attitude and be positive about themselves and others. Campers will be evaluated on an individual basis.

Application Information & Deadline:

Applications will be available on Monday, March 1st, 2021 and the application deadline is Friday, April 23, 2021 at 5 p.m. Applications can be downloaded here beginning March 1, 2021. All applications and registration fees must be turned in to the Harris Center by this date. If you have any questions, please contact Elizabeth Kaufman, Therapeutic Programs Coordinator, at (334) 501-2939 or

Camp Counselor Position Information:

If you are interested in becoming a full or part-time Summer Camp Counselor for the 2021 Summer Therapeutic Camp, please have your application in no later than Friday, February 26, 2021.

Counselors are expected to supervise campers and participate in daily camp activities. Duties include preparing snacks, supervising all campers, interacting with campers during all activities, planning activities, such as arts and crafts and sports games, etc... All camp counselors must be punctual and reliable. Full-time counselors are preferred (40 hours a week), but part-time counselors (20 hours a week) will also be hired. Prior child care, camp counselor, or special education experience is a plus. Persons with or working toward a degree in Education, Rehabilitation and Special Education, Kinesiology or a related field are encouraged to apply. Persons with CPR, First Aid and/or Lifeguard Certification are also encouraged to apply.

Compensation: $7.91/hr.

To Apply: Applicants should apply through the City of Auburn's website. Applicants should apply for the position of "Recreation Leader-Camp Counselor for Summer Therapeutic Camp". Once you have completed your online application via the City's website, please send an e-mail to Elizabeth Kaufman stating your interest and that you have completed your online application.