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BCYF Camp Joy Program Registering Now

Camp Joy provides structured activities designed to help Bostonians with special needs ages 3-15 make new friends, have fun, learn and grow.

Boston Centers for Youth & Families, the City of Boston’s largest youth and human service agency, is now accepting applications for Camp Joy, a summer program for Boston residents ages 3 to 15 with disabilities and their siblings. The program provides structured activities designed to help participants to make new friends, have fun, learn and grow.

 Camp Joy will operate Monday, July 11 through Friday, August 5, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the BCYF Ohrenberger Community Center in West Roxbury. Program participants must be between the ages of 3 and 15, be able to interact in a 4:1 participant to staff ratio and be a Boston resident (proof of residency will be requested.) Transportation is provided. More information and the application is available at Boston.Gov/BCYF. Enrollment is first-come, first-served until all slots are filled or by May 6.

BCYF Camp Joy has provided thousands of children and youth with special needs with enriching opportunities since 1946. Camp Joy also has a winter program component that focuses on the same principles of inclusion, learning, and fun.  Both Camp Joy and Winter Camp Joy are led by trained, highly skilled program staff who create a safe and nurturing environment for participants.  While BCYF is committed to seeking individuals with disabilities for this program, it is open to siblings of Camp Joy campers without disabilities between the ages of 3 and 7.   


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