Wahode Day Camp

Camp Wahode day camp has a 1:2 staff-to-camper ratio.

Wahode is Dakota for “explore.” Each session runs Monday through Friday and offers many ways to discover, grow, and have fun. Campers will experience activities including swimming in an outdoor pool, horseback riding, use of a ropes course and climbing tower, group games, hiking, sensory crafts, and gross motor activities led by a registered occupational therapist, music groups led by a board-certified music therapist, boating, and sports.

Campers may attend one or both sessions of Camp Wahode.

Program staff and camp directors have many years of experience working with individuals with autism, and counselors receive intensive training prior to camp. Campers must provide their own lunch and transportation. Campers will have four fun-filled days at Camp Butwin and will spend one day exploring the Minnesota Zoo (Thursday of the camp week). Alternative programming at Camp Butwin will NOT be available for the day at the zoo. Transportation will be provided to and from the zoo; campers should be dropped off and picked up at Camp Butwin all five days. This camp is ideal as a first step toward, or in addition to, attending one of AuSM’s residential camps.

Camp Butwin Website

Camp Wahode Director

Edward Todd Schwartzberg, M. Ed, MT-BC received his BA in Music Education; emphasis in Music Therapy from the University of Kansas and completed his Masters in Education; emphasis in Music Therapy from the University of Minnesota. For 20 years, Schwartzberg has worked with individuals with disabilities in a variety of settings, including long term-care centers, schools, and rehabilitation centers. His area of specialization is with children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other intellectual disabilities. As Teaching Specialist and Clinic Coordinator at the University of Minnesota, he teaches classes; conducts research related to social skill, communication skill, and working memory skill of individuals with ASD; and provides private and group music therapy sessions for children and adults with ASD and other neurological and physical disabilities through the on-campus Music Therapy Clinic. Schwartzberg published several articles on the topics of working memory and social and communication skills of children with ASD in peer-reviewed journals and served on the founding board of directors for Lionsgate Academy and as the Government Relations Chair for the Music Therapy Association of Minnesota. Schwartzberg currently serves as a co-chair of the American Music Therapy Association’s Strategic Priority Committee on Autism Spectrum Disorder, Vice-President Elect of the Great Lakes Region of the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA), is a delegate to the Assembly of Delegates for the Great Lakes Region of the AMTA, and is the past president of the AuSM Board of Directors.


Camp Butwin, 945 Butwin Rd., Eagan, MN 55123


To be announced.


Summer 2021 dates will be announced in late 2020.