Adler Center For Special Needs


Our goal is to create a fun, nurturing and supportive environment with typical day camp activities, both in-building at the Mid-Island Y JCC and at the Henry Kaufmann Campgrounds (HKC), where campers build self-confidence and make lasting friendships.


The following is an overview of the many Camp Adler options. To learn more or to register, please go to the Camp Adler section of our Summer Camp Website:

Camp Adler Includes:

•  Full Inclusion or Shared Camp placement options determined by Director and Parent

•  Camp placement based on social, emotional and cognitive abilities

•  Specialized counselors trained by qualified staff, including special education teachers

•  Progress reports with evaluations

•  Low child-to-counselor ratio

•  Consultations with related service providers

•  Camp activities includes sports, rock wall & zip line, day trips, music, art, nature hikes and more

•  Special education swim instruction led by Red Cross certified water safety instructors

•  Daily lunch — nutritious, kid-friendly, kosher, peanut/tree nut-free and includes pizza Fridays

•  An intake — scheduled prior to registration to ensure the best fit between campers and programs

NOTE: All prices can be prorated.


Camp Adler Inclusion Programs

For campers who have had success in a partial or full-inclusion environment with shared support.

School-Age Inclusion

Entering Grades K-6  |  At Our Offsite Campgrounds  |  M-F: 9:00 am-4:00 pm  


Camp 78 — Limited Travel

Entering Grades 7 & 8  |  At Our Offsite Campgrounds  |  M-F: 9:00 am-4:00 pm  

ACES — Adler Camp for Enrichment Services

ACES — Day Camp

Ages 5-12  |  At Our Offsite Campgrounds  |  M-F: 9:00 am-4:00 pm

A self-contained program within a shared camp environment. Includes visual schedules, fewer transitions and smaller group sizes than inclusion programs. For campers who need a structured setting, but would like to be a part of a true camp experience.

       • Academic support available

       • Social skills enrichment

       • PT, OT and speech therapy

       • Swim, sports, arts & crafts, and more

       • Inclusion opportunities throughout the day

Note: If your child needs a full self-contained camp, please call Sharon, x332 for more

JCC camp options on Long island.


Teens At Camp (T.A.C.)

Entering Grades 7-12  |  At Our Offsite Campgrounds  |  M-F: 9:00 am-4:00 pm

Designed to foster peer interaction, communication and relationships. Campers develop essential

self-advocacy and vocational skills, and focus on health, fitness and nutrition. Includes swim, day

and overnighttrips*, community service and inclusion opportunities.

*Additional overnight trip fees may apply.


Helpers at Camp (H.A.C.) — Camp Adler CIT program for Pre-teens & Teens

The Adler Center now offers a new CIT program to train our campers to work within different placements in the camp environment with the additional support of our Adler staff. Individuals will have an assessment prior to camp to determine what area in camp they have interest in. Placements may include working with campers, maintenance of campgrounds, supplies, food  service, towel service…and more! Participants will also occasionallly go on trips to fun-filled places.


Adult Travel Camp - 18+

The Adler Center at the Mid-Island Y JCC, in conjunction with The Butler Center at the Suffolk Y JCC, is now offering an Adult Travel camp. This program will run 3 days/week and will help build social, life, travel, and recreational skills, as well as bring comfort into being out in the community.  Buses will leave from both the MIYJCC and SYJCC buildings, and return to the designated JCC’s at the end of the day.


The group will travel to different fun and exciting destinations each day, and will include one overnight trip.

An intake will be required prior to the start of the summer.

Sunday Summer Selections

Grades PreK-6

Designed to build self esteem and language skills while fostering friendships. Activities may include arts and crafts, music, gym and an occasional swim in our pool! A kosher, peanut/tree nut-free lunch

is provided.  

6 weeks:  July 14, 21, 28  |  August 4, 11, 18

Sundays  •  10:00 am - 1:00 pm  •  At the MIYJC

Class Fee: $400         

Member Discounted Fee: $360   

Prices Include lunch. Call x303 for details.


Summer Multi-Sports Classes

Be the Best Sport

Children will participate in a variety of age-appropriate sports activities

including:  Baseball, Basketball, Football, Soccer and Playground Games.

Classes cover drills and exercises that enhance basic athletic skills.

Sundays  •  9:15 - 10:00 am  •  At the MIYJCC

6 weeks:  July 14, 21, 28  |  August 4, 11, 18

Class Fee: $250

Member Discounted Fee: $210   

Prices Include lunch. Call x303 for details and to register.


August Summer Gap Camp

Ages 5-17  |  At Our Offsite Campgrounds

Fun in the Sun after camp ends and before the school year begins! Our offsite campgrounds has a large swim area with four pools, various outdoor fields, multiple playgrounds, and a nature center. Some camp activities may include: swimming, arts and crafts, sensory activities, zip line and low ropes courses, music, rock wall and much more.

       •  A kosher peanut and tree nut-free lunch will be provided daily

       •  Transportation from the JCC to the campgrounds and back is included

       •  Child to staff ratio 1:1

       •  Member registration priority

Mon.-Thurs.  •  August 19-22

9:00 am-4:00 pm  • Class Fee: $800/week   

Member Discounted Fee: $655/week  

Prices Include lunch. Call x303 for details.

NOTE: Check back for Young Adult & Adult Summer Programs