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BCYF Camp Joy program registering for summer now

A program for Bostonians with special needs that provides structured activities and fun! 

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

Camp Joy operates Monday, July 12, through Friday, August 6, 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 are available online. Enrollment ends June 18, and are first-come, first-served until all slots are filled.

BCYF Camp Joy has provided thousands of special needs children and youth with enriching opportunities since 1946. Camp Joy also has a winter program component focused 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 youth without disabilities between the ages of 3 and 7.

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