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BCYF Camp Joy

Camp Joy will return for summer 2021 following public health guidelines.

BCYF Camp Joy provides high-quality programs for children and young adults with special needs. Camp Joy’s success is due to qualified and dedicated staff. Our structured and enriching programs:

  • promote peer-to-peer socialization
  • foster individual growth and development, and
  • connect participants and their families to new opportunities and valuable community resources.
Contact
Roberta Smalls, Program Manager

Camp Joy summer program

The Camp Joy summer program is a four-week, day-long summer camp program. This program is available to Boston residents with disabilities, ages 3 - 15, and their siblings, ages 3 - 5.

Camp Joy provides an inclusive and supportive environment. It includes structured, daily opportunities for participants to make new friends, have fun, learn, and grow during the summer months. The summer offers a variety of enrichment activities designed to:

  • promote peer-to-peer socialization
  • foster relationship building, and
  • support individual growth.

Participants receive a nutritious breakfast and lunch. We also offer door-to-door transportation, eliminating barriers to services. Each BCYF Camp Joy site has a licensed nurse. All program staff are professionally trained and CPR certified.

Program Requirements
  • Camper must be able to interact in a 4:1 participant to staff ratio
  • Parent or guardian must complete all required documentation
  • Payment is due at enrollment to ensure a slot ($250 for first child, $75 for each sibling, OR Agency fee: $300 per child)
Summer 2021 Application
  • Program will take place July 12 - August 6, 2021
  • Application deadline is June 18, 2021
  • Incomplete or illegible applications will not be accepted

2021 Application

Please note: Slots are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Enrollment will close when all slots are filled or by application due date, whichever comes first.

Camp Joy winter program

The Camp Joy winter program runs from October to March. The program takes place Saturdays, from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., for 15 weeks. This program is available to residents with disabilities between the ages of 8 and 22.

Camp Joy Winter Program activities include:
  • swimming in BCYF’s indoor pools
  • social activities including pizza parties and group games, and
  • field trips to recreational, cultural, and educational institutions.

Activities include pizza parties, swimming, bowling and more. Here's a sample schedule from 2019-20 season:

  • November 30, 2019: Closed
  • December 7, 2019: Boston Bowl
  • December 14, 2019: AMC Movie Tentative
  • December 21, 2019: Swimming
  • December 28, 2019: Closed
  • January 4, 2020: Closed
  • January 11, 2020: Swimming
  • January 18, 2020: Swimming
  • January 25, 2020: Boston Bowl
  • February 1, 2020: Swimming
  • February 8, 2020: Closed
  • February 15, 2020: AMC Movie Tentative
  • February 22, 2020: Closed
  • February 29, 2020: Swimming
  • March 7, 2020: Closed
  • March 14, 2020: Boston Bowl
  • March 21, 2020: Swimming
  • March 28, 2020: Last Day Celebration

BCYF Camp Joy participant spotlight

Image for a 'peter parker,' a longtime camp joy participant

Meet David, a/k/a 'Peter Parker,' a Longtime Camp Joy Participant

On a recent Saturday, fresh from an hour of fun in the pool with the BCYF Camp Joy Winter Program, sixteen-year-old David sat down on a couch in the teen center. He has been coming to Camp Joy’s summer and winter programs for many years. He introduces himself as David Gonzalez, Jr. but he’d prefer to be called “Peter Parker,” the real name of Spider-Man, because he is very into superheroes. His love for them began with the Powerpuff Girls, a children’s cartoon, when he was younger, and has since grown to encompass most if not all superheroes. But his favorite by far is Spider-Man.

Learn about David

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