Every family deserves a vacation – especially yours.
Camp Kaleidoscope is a summer retreat for families experiencing the autism spectrum, where special activities and support services invite the whole family to let loose.
CAMP K applications open in January 2023. Click HERE to be added to our 2023 interest list.
This was our first time at Camp Kaleidoscope and it was refreshing to visit a place where I (we) didn’t feel judged. The grounds were beautiful. We really appreciated the flexibility with food and that we could bring our own.”
– Parent, New Hamshire
The care your family needs to make memories.
We know that family matters more than anything to you. We also acknowledge that having a kid with autism doesn’t change this priority – but it can make family time challenging and less relaxing. The goal of Camp Kaleidoscope is very simple: to provide a relaxing summer camp experience where families affected by autism can rejuvenate, connect with other families, and create positive memories together.
On the first day of camp, your family will meet your very own Family Partner, a college student in an autism-related field who is here to help facilitate camp life for your family. As volunteers, they are graciously giving their time as a gift to your family to provide a helping hand when they can and support your family retreat. Families who have an aide are also encouraged to bring an aide to camp at no charge.
There’s time for everything at Camp Kaleidoscope, and every day offers new possibilities for every member of the family, together and as individuals. While kids on and off the spectrum spend the morning completely engaged in nature, creativity, age-appropriate games, and supervised, unstructured play, adults have several dedicated hours to take a class, take a hike, or just take a nap.
In the afternoons and evenings, families come together rejuvenated and full of stories from their mornings. Camp staff facilitate camp-wide activities where you can get to know other families who share a similar point of view.
See what a typical day looks like at Camp Kaleidoscope and the types of activities offered for kids, adults, and everybody.
Camp K is an amazing experience! It is the one place where you know everyone ‘gets’ what it means to raise a child on the spectrum. Our family can just relax and be ourselves.”
– Parent, Massachusetts
Lodging & Grounds
Common Ground Center is a 700-acre sustainable campus that offers the beauty of the Vermont outdoors with all of the facilities and amenities to make your stay with us convenient and comfortable. Tucked into this green landscape, you’ll find beautiful barn spaces that double as classrooms and stages, playgrounds, hiking trails, sport fields and courts, hammocks, a veggie garden, and much more.
Your family’s cabin will be a cozy basecamp that’s tucked away for privacy and quiet, but still super close to all the action and amenities. Each unique cabin is close to the dining hall and the shared bathhouse, which offers indoor and outdoor showers, electricity, and flush toilets. You may also choose to tent camp on provided platforms or in the open field.
Get the lay of the land and see photos of our lodging and grounds.
The blessing of Camp Kaleidoscope helps us to experience the joy autism can bring when the world cares enough to create a space for us.”
– Camp Parent
Meals at Camp Kaleidoscope are simple, plentiful, full of options…and homemade by our talented kitchen staff for you to sit back and enjoy with your family! We also plan out the menu ahead of time so families with selective eaters know what to expect.
Camp K is a community that offers a place for families like ours to be accepted for exactly what we are. At Camp K Autism is normal. Encircled by all of the extra support and understanding at Camp K allows the entire family to have a taste of the normalcy we thought we had completely lost.”
– Parent, Vermont