Creating "Miles of Smiles" for kids with Autism!
[PLEASE BE SURE TO VIEW OUR SISTER CAMP VIDEO (ABOVE) ~ CAMP TALL TREE.] Camp Idlewild is modeling our summer programs after this amazing camp in Michigan. The Camp Tall Tree team is working closely with us to create the best summer camp possible for our campers!
Status Update on Camp Construction
We want to provide a status update on Camp construction and our projected session dates for 2019. At this time we continue to work with Pasco County to obtain our Certificate of Occupancy which is required to utilize any camp structure or grounds. To obtain this Certificate we are required to meet many standards and pass numerous inspections. We are at the mercy of our County as far as scheduling inspections, approvals, Etc. This being said, unfortunately we cannot provide exact dates to be offered for summer camp sessions until we know for certain the Certificate of Occupancy has been awarded.
In light of this very time consuming process, we wanted to give you this information so that you can make the best decision for your camper, so as to not miss other opportunities available to you this summer. We are doing everything within our power to move the process forward.
We will keep you informed of our progress via our Camp website at campidlewildofflorida.com and as soon as we know something you too will know. We are so excited about providing quality summer camp programs to our campers and want everything to be the very best. This requires much preparation and even more patience. We appreciate your continued interest in Camp Idlewild and look forward to meeting you and your camper soon.
We continue to gain community support to raise scholarship/program funds for our campers: Please SAVE THESE DATES and COME JOIN THE FUN!!!
HARLEY-DAVIDSON BRANDON and BIKERS IN BLUE are planning a community Poker Run for Camp Idlewild's "Summer Camp for Special Needs Kids" on Sunday, April 28. More details to come!!! If you and your group are interested in participating and riding with us please contact Sherri Shuman at 813-996-1226 or 727-331-2077 as soon as possible! Details will be available on our website once all details are ironed out! In the meantime, please follow our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/campidlewildoffloridainc/.
Camp Idlewild is thrilled to announce that the Krewe of Blackbeard's Revenge will be hosting their 2nd Annual Scavenger Hunt fundraiser to benefit Camp Idlewild on Saturday, May 4th at PJ Dolan's Irish Pub. Find details about this event on Krewe of Blackbeard's Revenge Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/BlackbeardsRevenge/.
A Special Place for Special Kids
At camp kids make friends and create memories to share and cherish. Camp experiences focus on personal growth and development and the exploration of new and unique interests.
At Camp Idlewild kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders can be themselves and engage in recreational activities in a natural, supportive environment. Camp provides opportunities for kids to explore the magic of our world through activities like – nature exploration, swimming, crafts, sports, treasure hunting adventures, story-telling, star gazing, singing around the campfire with roasted marshmallows, and so much more! Kids can unplug from the world of technology and get connected face-to-face with others!
Camp Idlewild is located on 140+ private acres surrounded by Florida’s natural landscape of cypress trees and 40+ acre spring fed lake. We offer an environment that provides an ideal place for outdoor recreational experiences and lots of fun!
Our accommodations will include up to 8 custom air conditioned bunk houses that sleep 12 campers. A 5,000+ square foot lodge will provide dining and recreation rooms, conference room, commercial kitchen, and camp business office. Our camp fire ring and stage will support the arts and outdoor gatherings for campers and families. Outdoor activity shelters and our waterfront, with fishing and boat docks, will accommodate a wealth of recreational and leisure activities. Our animal habitats will provide hours of fun with nature and live creatures. A unique feature included in our initial construction phase includes six full hookup RV sites for families who prefer to stay onsite with their camper(s).
Phase 2 of our site development will include additional Bunk Houses, swimming pool and bath house, and a “Swamp Shack” to provide interactive nature experiences in the thick of Florida’s cypress trees. Horse stables and riding arena, zip lines, and many other fun activities are in the works as well!
Our main mission is FUN! Then, to provide recreational and leisure activities that promote confidence, social and emotional development, and relationship enhancement for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and related learning and social challenges. Our programs will aim to encourage children ages 6-17 to reach their full potential and develop areas of interest, while exploring new ideas and activities to extend their repertoire of recreation skills.