Dragonfly Forest Summer Camp

Specialty Camps at Camp Speers YMCA

The Dragonfly Forest specialty camp is a traditional overnight program for kids with Autism, 22Q, Asthma, Sickle Cell Disease, and Hemophilia. We aim to make camp a reality for as many families as possible. By partnering with parents and experts in the medical field, we can provide accommodations for our campers that allow them to be successful at camp. Dragonfly Forest aims to provide a culture of inclusion while fostering confidence and independence in each of our campers.

Dragonfly Forest campers participate in a variety of activities such as archery, nature hikes, swimming, canoeing, tie-dying, rock climbing, arts and crafts, and campfires! Activities are tailored to each camper’s needs. 

SibShop Camp - NEW!

Camp Speers YMCA will be offering SibShop Programs for siblings of children with diverse needs.

What is SibShop? SibShop is a program designed for children who have a sibling with special needs. Participants will get to try out traditional camp activities and also have designated time each day to go through the internationally used Sibshop curriculum.

For the kids who attend them, Sibshops are lively, pedal-to-the-metal events where they will:

  • Meet other "sibs" or children who are also siblings
  • Talk about the good and not-so-good parts of having a sib with special needs with others who “get it”
  • Learn how other brother and sisters handle sticky situations sometimes faced by brothers and sisters
  • Learn about the services their brothers and sisters receive

Autism & 22Q Camp

This program serves campers ages 7-15 with 22q Deletion Syndrome and Autism (in specified weeks). Campers get to spend time with other campers with the same diagnosis but also spend time with campers with different diagnoses. During these sessions we follow a 1:3 counselor to camper ratio. Our counselors are equipped with strategies for communication and de-escalation including the use of white boards, timers, picture schedules, and noise-cancelling headphones.

Explorers Camp

This program serves teens and young adults ages 15-24 who are interested in independent life skills. Campers spend part of their day at life skills workshops and the remaining part of the day participating in the fun camp activities. Life skill workshops include cooking, cleaning, laundry, self-advocacy, social media and phone use, teamwork and money management. During this program we follow a 1:4 counselor to camper ratio. Our counselors are equipped with strategies for communication and de-escalation including the use of white boards, timers, picture schedules, and noise-cancelling headphones.

Asthma & Hematology Camp

This program serves campers ages 7-15 with sickle cell disease thalassemia, hemophilia, or persistent asthma. Campers are provided with a fun experience at camp with the support of our medical team, available 24/7. Our medical team takes time throughout the week to educate campers on their specific diagnosis and how to advocate for themselves. The medical team consists of medical professionals from a variety of hospitals, including The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Teen Leadership Camp

A two- week session for campers ages 15 – 16 interested in becoming a counselor at Dragonfly Forest. Teens are engaged in the teen leadership curriculum in addition to participating (and running) some of the fun camp activities. The teen leadership curriculum includes counselor skills rotations, teamwork and leadership opportunities, behavior management and shadowing counselors. Campers walk away with a foundation of necessary skills to be a counselor, greater independence and confidence, and lots of new experiences. 


2021 Dates and Rates




Asthma & Hematology Camp 

July 18 - 23, 2021

$720/ week

Autism Camp

July 4 - 9, 2021
August 8 - 13, 2021

$720/ week

Autism & 22Q Camp

July 11 - 16, 2021

$720/ week

Explorers Camp

July 25 - 30, 2021
August 1 - 6, 2021

$750/ week

SibShop Camp

August 8 - 13, 2021

$985/ week

Teen Leadership Camp

July 11 - 23, 2021 (2-Week Program)

$1,400 / program


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Camp Experience Add-Ons:

Pony Ride 

$10 / ride

Transportation from Philadelphia


Holdover Weekend (if applicable)

*Stay the weekend! Holdovers are offered the following weekends: July 16 - 8, 2021 & July 30 - August 1, 2021

$100 / weekend


 Safety first, always! 

We are busy planning Summer 2021! This summer, we will be following all CDC, local, state, and government guidance. We will continue to keep lines of communication open and transparent as summer approaches. One thing we know for sure: Kids will need camp more than ever.
Read our Summer Safety Information



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