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Registration open for BCYF Winter Camp Joy Program

September 23, 2016

The program provides structured, fun, and healthy weekly opportunities on Saturdays for Boston residents ages 8 to 22 with disabilities.

Boston Centers for Youth & Families, the City of Boston’s largest youth and human service agency, is pleased to offer the Winter Camp Joy Program to Boston residents ages 8 to 22 with disabilities for the tenth year.  The program provides structured, weekly opportunities on Saturdays for participants and their families to make new friends, have fun, learn, and grow.

“Winter Camp Joy is highly engaging and fun for the participants while also supporting their parents and caretakers,” said William Morales, Commissioner of Boston Centers for Youth & Families.  “We have received a lot of positive feedback about this program over the years and I am pleased we are able to offer it for the tenth year.”

BCYF has provided thousands of children and youth with special needs enriching opportunities through the Camp Joy Summer Program, which has been operating since 1946.  The Winter Program is an extension of Camp Joy, focusing 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 8 and 14.        

The program will run two Saturdays a month (except for holiday weekends) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at BCYF Curtis Hall Community Center in Jamaica Plain.  The program is scheduled to run from October 22 through April 29.  The cost per child for the entire length of the program is $150.  Program participants must be between the ages of 8 and 22, 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 not provided and a completed application is required.

Learn more about the program, download the application, or call 617-635-4920 (x2402) for more information.