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Camp SAY - A Summer Camp for Young People Who Stutter
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Office: 212.414.9696

179 Blue Star Way
Hendersonville, North Carolina 28739

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SAY also offers the Confident Voices and Speech Therapy after-school & weekend program in the NYC Tri-state area, NY NJ CT

SAY: The Stuttering Association for the Young
55 West 39th Street, Suite 1001
New York, NY 10018

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TYPE OF CAMP: Overnight/Sleepaway. 2-week camp - August 3-17, 2015

CAMPER GENDER(S): Coed Campers.

AFFILIATION(S): Camp SAY is hosted at Blue Star Camp, and is a program of The Stuttering Association for the Young.

BRIEF CAMP DESCRIPTION: Camp SAY is a life changing ACA-American Camp Accredited summer camp for kids & teens who stutter. We combine the highest-quality, traditional summer camp experience, with activities that empower young people who stutter, including: Arts & Crafts, Sports, Water Activities, Equestrian, Outdoor, and Communication & Skill-Building programs. Optional Speech Therapy is available & sliding scale tuition.

SPECIAL NEEDS CAMPERS: We offer special programs that build confidence and communication skills for kids & teens who stutter, including performing arts, digital storytelling, debate, improv, and more. If desired, Speech Therapy, is also available with individual and group sessions tailored for each child's communication goals.

Dance, Theater, Musical Theater, Music/Band, Fine Arts/Crafts, Video/Filmmaking/Photography, Basketball, Soccer, Horses/Equestrian, Swimming, Tennis, Waterfront/Aquatics, Volleyball, Team Sports, Technology, Adventure, Wilderness/Nature, and more. Broad Range Of Performing Arts Opportunities, As Well As Art & Crafts, Digital Storytelling, Improv, Debate, Optional Speech Therapy & So Much More.

CAMP LOCATION: Our 2-week American Camp Association (ACA)-accredited sleep-away camp is located on a 500-acre facility, nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina (near Asheville). Please visit Our Camp Website Link: for added information and photos, and our camp videos at

In addition to our 2-week summer camp in North Carolina, SAY also offers NYC tri-state area programs, including the Confident Voices performing arts after-school & weekend program and Speech Therapy - led by a Speech-Language Pathologist who works exclusively with young people who stutter.

CAMP FACILITIES: Camp SAY is located on a 500-acre estate in the heart of the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains, with several sports fields, tennis courts, two private lakes, a heated swimming pool, a certified equestrian facility, rock-climbing walls, performance pavilion and so much more.

Camp SAY was established with one goal in mind – to provide children who stutter with a highly immersive and accepting summer camp experience that builds self-confidence and helps children develop the vital communication skills they need to fully express themselves without fear, bullying or ridicule.

Complementing our wide range of exciting traditional camp activities, Camp SAY provides each child with unique experiences that challenge them in a safe way, creating a strong sense of achievement and helping them confidently navigate the unique issues that children who stutter face in the everyday world.

The staff is dedicated to creating a safe and accepting environment where every child can find their beautiful and unique voice. Approximately 80% of children return to camp. Parents and campers tell us it’s our staff and unique approach that consistently exceed expectations, making Camp SAY such a rewarding and transformative experience.

We provide an excellent Staff-to-Camper Ratio: With Camp’s leadership team, camp counselors, specialized activities staff and more, our staff-to-camper ratio is 1 staff member for every 2-3 campers. In addition, each bunk is staffed at night with at least 2 counselors for an average of 6-10 campers.

Counselors complete a comprehensive training program to support the social, emotional and physical needs of all our campers. Staff development includes leadership training and extensive information about stuttering, camper health and safety, camp philosophy, policies and procedures and much more. Additionally, Specialized Activities Staff is carefully selected based on their skills and expertise. For example, a talented lifeguard with American Red Cross certification leads swimming activities and experienced horseback riding instructors have completed Certified Horsemanship Association training.

Camp SAY offers an incredible range of activities, including:

Creative Arts
Arts & crafts – including painting, drawing, jewelry making, lanyard and tie-dye – dance, dramatic arts, creative writing, pottery, singing, video production and more.

Land Sports
Basketball, kickball, soccer, softball, tennis (8 all-weather Courts, 3 lighted), volleyball, Frisbee and more.

Waterfront Activities
Swimming in two spring-fed lakes and a heated swimming pool, as well as canoeing, kayak course, paddleboats, swimming, waterslide, zip-line, “Blob” air cushion and more.

Equestrian Program
Horseback riding in a Certified Horsemanship Association Accredited site with modern covered barn and five large riding rings, as well as horse care, dressing, trail rides, English riding (balanced saddle) and more.

Adventure and naturalist programs feature hiking and nature walks, rock-climbing walls (custom designed climbing tower and bouldering wall for instruction), campfires (for S’mores and stories), environmental and animal center, gem mining, recycling and environmental programs, ropes courses and more.

CAMP SCHOLARSHIPS OR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE: Need-based financial aid is available for both tuition and travel. To date, no child has been turned away from Camp SAY due to a family's inability to pay.

FAMILY CAMP SESSION(S): Camp offers Family Day where families visit campers, and in addition to welcoming kids & teens who stutter, we also welcome siblings and friends (ages 8-18).

YEAR-ROUND PROGRAMS: Camp SAY is a program of The Stuttering Association for the Young, which also offers year-round Confident Voices after-school & weekend programs and Speech Therapy. Learn more at: Our Camp Website Link:

OTHER CAMP INFO: Meals: Camp SAY provides a wonderfully balanced meal plan with great options that kids will enjoy. In addition to the delicious main meals, we provide an unlimited fresh salad bar with lunch and dinner, plus tasty snacks at key times during the day. We can accommodate a broad range of food restrictions to ensure that your child’s experience at Camp SAY is truly memorable.

Talented Nursing Team: Your child’s safety and well being is our highest priority. Our camp is staffed by two full-time, on-site registered nurses who can properly dispense any family-provided medications and can access medical specialists as needed.

Traveling to Camp SAY: Campers come from all around the country and abroad. We work closely with families to make each child’s trip to Camp SAY as safe and enjoyable as possible. We schedule a chaperoned flight from New York City to Charlotte Douglas International Airport. Children taking individual flights are welcomed at the gate by camp staff. Upon arrival at the airport, camp staff helps navigate baggage claim, arrange check-in for return flights, and board campers on the bus for a fun trip to Camp SAY.

Our Personalized Approach: In order to fully personalize your child’s camp experience, our team obtains detailed preferences in advance of camp from you and your child – from their activities to seemingly small yet important details. For example, children who have birthdays at Camp SAY are celebrated with a group birthday song and birthday cake.

Amazing Results: Children and teens leave Camp SAY with so many important benefits such as increased confidence, new friendships, greater independence and feeling better prepared to begin the new school year in a very positive way. It’s the reason that 80% of campers return year after year.We offer a comprehensive Parent’s Handbook, with detailed information in many areas such as what to pack and wear, meals and nutrition (our camp provides balanced, healthy and delicious meals and can accommodate special dietary restrictions), transportation, important contact information and so much more.

Our Camp SAY 2017 summer season is August 1-15.

Camp Tuition is $3,175, and tuition and travel is offered on a sliding scale basis.

Please visit our website for complete details at: Our Camp Website Link:

Interested in becoming a Camp SAY counselor, please contact Meg[AT]

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