Autism Family Retreats

The Autism Family Retreat program is an opportunity for campers with the diagnosis of Autism and their families to stay on camp (3 days, 2 nights), sharing meals, living in one of our state-of-the-art cabins, and participating in a variety of VJ program areas together as a family!

The Autism Family Retreat program is an opportunity for campers with the diagnosis of Autism and their families to stay on camp (3 days, 2 nights), sharing meals, living in one of our state-of-the-art cabins, and participating in a variety of VJ program areas together as a family! Family Applications for our Spring Retreats are open NOW!

Please click HERE, to review our COVID-19 Procedures & Expectations.

Father and son kayaking

Autism Retreats – Spring Schedule
April 16-18
May 7-9

Eligibility

In order for a family to be eligible for an Autism Family Retreat, the Primary Camper must:

Have a diagnosis of Autism
Be between the ages of 6-16*

*Applicants must be at least 6 prior to the beginning of the family’s desired spring retreat session.

Medical Exclusions
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues across the country, it is the priority of Victory Junction to protect our campers and their families, as well as being as thorough as reasonably possible to keep the virus from arriving at our camp.

To that end, there are numerous Medical Conditions which will currently exclude your child and/or family members from being able to attend a camp session. The following list is certainly not comprehensive but lists common conditions which apply. As always, the Victory Junction medical team will review applications and have the final word on on all enrollment decisions.

Any condition which compromises your immune system from being able to fight off infections. Examples:
Any cancer requiring chemotherapy, or which has been in remission for less than 3 years
Any primary immunodeficiency disease
Any condition requiring medications, such as steroids or biologic modifiers which could lower your immune system (e.g. lupus, juvenile arthritis, chronic kidney disease)
Active heart or lung disease requiring treatment (e.g. congestive heart failure, asthma)
Any condition which could be actively triggered or worsened by an infection (e.g. diabetes)
Any condition in which the camper and/or family member cannot wear a mask


Family Weekend Application Checklist

For a Family Camp application, each person interested in attending camp (child and adult alike), needs to apply as a camper and have their own application completed within your Parent Dashboard. This checklist will help with the breakdown of all needs for the different applications per person.

Primary Camper (with Diagnosis)

Step 1: Enrollment Options

New Families: Start an application here.
Fill out the basic information in the initial questionnaire.
Click “Continue to Enrollment Options”.
Under “Select an Option:” choose which session is the best fit for your camper.
Click “Save and Continue”.

Returning Families: Start an application here.
Log in to Parent Dashboard.
Choose camper and select “Enroll [Camper Name] for 2020” option.
Under “Select an Option:” choose which session is the best fit for your camper.
Click “Save and Continue”.

Step 2: Questions

Fill out all questions under “Fall/Spring Camper Application Questions + Additional Options”.
Submit the completed questionnaire by clicking “Save and Continue”.

Friendly Reminders
Your Family Weekend application is not complete until every individual wanting to attend has completed his/her own application.
Please reference the next page for step-by-step instructions to create each family member profile and application.

Step 3: Forms

Mandatory Forms
2021 dietary needs*
2021 Family Consent Form (One form applies to the whole family.)
Family weekend medical information (0-17)
Basic medical information (Do not fill out – just put your signature at the bottom of the form)
Medications and allergies (Do not fill out – just put your signature at the bottom of the form)

*The dietary needs form will populate if you indicate that you have specific dietary needs on the first questionnaire.
**Any programs from November 1-April 1 require an up-to-date flu shot​.

Boy drawing

Step 4: Checkout

Once there is a green check mark on the left side of ALL forms, click “Submit” at the bottom of the page.
The “Submit” button is the step that officially sends us your application so that we can process it. Please do not forget this step, or we might not see your application in our database.

(Family Member Parent/Guardian, Sibling, Other)

Step 1: Enrollment Options

Adding a New Family Member
For each family member other than the primary camper:
Under the “Enrollment” tab click the green box that says “Add Camper”.
Answer the basic questions about the new camper then click blue “Add Camper” button.
Once you are redirected back to the “Enrollment” page, click the “Enroll [Camper Name] for 2020” button​.
Click the grey “+ Add Option” button on the right hand side.
Under “Select an option:” choose the session that best fits this specific camper (Ex: Spring General Session, Summer Retreat, Autism Retreat 1, etc.).
Click “Save & Continue”.

Pre-existing Family Member
For each family member other than the primary camper:
Log into Parent Dashboard​.
Choose one of your campers below and select the blue “Enroll [Camper Name] for 2020” button​.
Click the grey “+ Add Option” button on the right hand side.
Under “Select an option:” choose the session that best fits this specific camper (Ex: Spring General Session, Summer Retreat, Autism Retreat 1, etc.).
Click “Save & Continue”​.
Complete steps 2-4.

Step 2: Questions

Fill out all questions under “Fall/Spring Camper Application Questions + Additional Options”.
Submit the completed questionnaire by clicking “Save and Continue”.

Step 3: Forms

Mandatory Forms
2021 dietary needs*
2021 family weekend medical information
Basic medical information (Do not fill out – just put your signature at the bottom of the form)
Medications and allergies (Do not fill out – just put your signature at the bottom of the form)

*The dietary needs form will populate if you indicate that you have specific dietary needs on the first questionnaire.
**Any programs from November 1-April 1 require an up-to-date flu shot​.

Step 4: Checkout

Once there is a green check mark on the left side of ALL forms, click “Submit” at the bottom of the page.
The “Submit” button is the step that officially sends us your application so that we can process it. Please do not forget this step, or we might not see your application in our database.


Girl riding horse, guided by staff

Friendly Reminders
All four steps of the application must be submitted for each individual in order to be considered. You will receive an “Application Complete” email from Camper Admissions within 2-3 business days of submitting the application. This email will indicate that the application is currently being processed by the medical team.

Due to the high quantity of applications being submitted, please give Camper Admissions 2-3 business days to sort through faxes/emails (Example: Forms being sent in from medical providers). If you do not receive this email 2-3 business days, please ask your medical provider to re-fax the form.

Decisions for Family Weekends will be communicated to families one month prior to the arrival date. All applicants will receive a decision email of some kind.

Unfortunately, Victory junction may not be able to accommodate all who apply to camp. While we would love to serve all applicants, we receive several applications for a limited number of slots to offer. If your camper is put on the waitlist, you will be notified if a camp opportunity becomes available. Please hold all calls/emails regarding the waitlist as we cannot tell you where your child is on the list. ​

This is an application process. Acceptance is not guaranteed.​

Autism Family Retreat applications will be live on Friday, December 4th. Please check back here for the application link and instructions at that time. We look forward to receiving your applications!