At Camp Young Judaea Texas, we want to make sure all children feel welcome. We’re proud of our diverse camp family made up of people of different abilities, backgrounds, and denominations. All our campers work together and respect and learn from one another. This makes the camping experience better for everyone. Keep reading to learn more about inclusivity and how we practice this at CYJ.
What Is Inclusivity?
Simply put, inclusivity is the practice of welcoming in people who might otherwise be excluded from the rest of the community. This could include children with physical or mental disabilities, and even children who just need a little more support socially.
How CYJ Supports Inclusivity.
Our camp staff members are trained by our Inclusion Coordinator and the Camper Care Team to develop cohesive and supportive dynamics among all campers, regardless of ability. They also learn how to best support the campers who have disabilities or might be developing differently from their peers.
In addition, the Inclusion Coordinator works closely with families during the intake process (which may include phone interviews, in-home visits, and meeting with other professionals) and is your point of contact throughout the summer.
Why Is Inclusivity Important At CYJ?
Research has shown that inclusive camp experiences benefit all children through friendships, social skills, and independence. We are all Jewish, we all belong, and we all have the opportunity to play and grow together at CYJ!
We welcome campers who are comfortable in a group setting, including those with ADHD, General Anxiety Disorder, High Functioning Autism, Asperger’s, Motor Delays, Learning Delays, Hearing Loss, and many more. If you have any questions, please contact our Inclusion Coordinator, Jen Leventhal, at [email protected]