Camp Questions and Answers

Q: How do I get into AuSM Summer Camp?
A: To apply for an AuSM Camp, you must be a current member of the Autism Society of Minnesota. If you are unsure whether you are a member with AuSM, call 651.647.1083. Become a member online.

Q: Which AuSM Summer Camp is right for my camper?
A: Camp Discovery focuses on teaching and fostering self-advocacy. Discovery campers must be independent in their self-care, able to stay with a group, and able to interact positively with a small group. The Camp Discovery staff-to-camper ratio is 1:4. If these requirements are difficult for the camper, Hand in Hand, with a 1:1 staff-to-camper ratio, may be a better fit. Another aspect to consider is how well your camper does in group settings, such as accepting and following directions within a group setting. If this tends to be a stressor for your camper, Hand in Hand may be a better option. Consider the sorts of settings the camper thrives in as you choose between Hand in Hand and Discovery.

Campers are not considered registered for camp until the completed camper packet has been reviewed by the camp directors.

Q: Do I have to live in Minnesota to send my child to AuSM Summer Camp?
A: You do not have to live in Minnesota for your camper to participate in camp, but AuSM reserves the right to prioritize campers from Minnesota in accordance with our mission to serve the Minnesota autism community.

Q: Can my camper attend more than one week of camp?
A: Due to the high demand for residential camp spots, campers may attend one week of residential camp. Camp Wahode day campers may attend one or both sessions of Camp Wahode. NOTE: Camp Wahode will not be offered in 2022.

Q: Does my camper need to get a physical to attend camp?
A: Camper physicals are required for Camp Hand in Hand and Camp Discovery. AuSM accepts physicals completed within 12 months* of camp start date. Current “Medication Administration Forms” are required for ALL campers.

Q: Do waivers apply and are scholarships available?
A: Click here for more information about waivers and scholarships.