Our experience with Adams Camp

My wife and I have been taking our sons to Adams Camp for the last 12 or so years, it became evident from our first Early Start session that the best therapy our sons would ever receive would be at Adams Camp.

The following are the camp offerings up to age 12:

Early Start

Early Start is an intensive, multidisciplinary therapy program offered in the Denver metro area for children ages 1-preschool with developmental delays including, but not limited to: autism, cerebral palsy, and Down syndrome.  Learn more about Early Start

Pathfinder Therapy and Trailblazer

These programs take place in the beautiful setting of the Colorado Mountains!  While therapy for the child with special needs is the primary focus, families are an important part of these programs.  These programs are ideal for parents who want respite in a relaxed setting, allowing for quality time with one another, and as a family.

Pathfinder Therapy

Pathfinder Therapy is an intensive, multidisciplinary therapy program for children ages 5-8 with developmental delays including, but not limited to: autism, cerebral palsy, and Down syndrome.  Pathfinder Therapy campers benefit from one-on-one therapy that is focused on an individualized goal-centered treatment plan.  Learn more about Pathfinder Therapy


Trailblazer is an activity-based, “therapy-on-the-go” program for youth ages 8-12 with developmental delays including, but not limited to: autism, cerebral palsy and Down syndrome.  Trailblazer campers benefit from being able to practice social skills and develop independence in activities of daily living.  Learn more about Trailblazer

One of the biggest benefits beside the therapy that our sons received was the respite my wife and I received while our sons were attending Pathfinder and Trailblazer camps. We had 6 hours during the daytime to enjoy each other, re-connect as a couple, get to know and make new friends and enjoy the beautiful Colorado Mountains. Adams Camp continues to be our only family vacation and we continue to give thanks to Adams Camp for this blessing.

After these camps come Adventure Camp, this is a drop-off camp where our sons stay for a week of fun and adventure;

 Adventure Programs

  • 73% of our Adventure Camp campers and 95% of our counselors return every year!
  • Urban Adventure’s dedicated staff of special educators, speech therapists/assistive technology specialists, and experienced Certified Nurse Assistants provide support for the needs of each camper.
  • Seasoned, dedicated staff positively impact the success of both of our Adventure Programs.

Adventure Camp

Adventure Camp is a week-long sleep away program held at YMCA of the Rockies – Snow Mountain Ranch. This program is designed for youth and young adults with mild to moderate special needs, primarily in association with autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy and Down syndrome.  Learn more about Adventure Camp

Urban Adventure

Urban Adventure is a day program, held for 6 days across two weeks in the Denver metro area.  This program is designed for campers with developmental disabilities who utilize wheelchairs, with or without communication devices.  Learn more about Urban Adventure

For the last 3 years we have had Kyle and Hunter in Adventure Camp; the first year was difficult dropping them off and leaving, so we stayed nearby at a friend’s home. During the past 2 years we continue to stay nearby during ‘camp week’, Michele and I cherish this week as time we can spend with each other; it is the only time we spend together away from our sons.

The friendships we have made because of Adams Camp and the friends that our sons have made at camp are just a valuable as the camp itself. We have been witness to how our children have impacted the lives of therapists and volunteers and in turn, our lives have been forever changed by the actions, efforts and deeds of all involved.

Check them out at www.adamscamp.org

Do you have any experience with camps or family get away destinations for families that have children and or young adults with special needs?

It’s always good to hear from you!


About kellykrei

Husband to Michele Martinson Krei for 34 years and father of 23 year old twin boys, Kyle & Hunter, both endowed with Down syndrome and Autism Spectrum Disorder.
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