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Last updated: 11/2/17

BCYF Camp Joy

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.
Roberta Smalls, Program Manager

Camp Joy Winter Program

The Camp Joy Winter Program runs three Saturdays a month from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. for 15 weeks from November to March. This program is available to residents with disabilities between the ages of 8 and 22.

    Camp Joy Winter Flier

    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.

    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 - 22, and their siblings ages 3 - 7.

    Camp Joy provides an inclusive and supportive environment. 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.

    Youth in the Camp Joy Summer Program take part in activities that encourage peer-to-peer interaction, such as:

    • group games
    • swimming
    • adaptive sports and gym time
    • arts and crafts, and
    • field trips to local sites like the zoo and activities like bowling.