Summer Camp Program
In 2016 Camp Oakhurst will have a nine week summer program. The first week will be for adults (approx. age 20 and up) and the next six weeks for youth and young adults (between the ages of 8 and approx. age 25 — attending for two, four, or six weeks). Then in August there will be two separate five-day sessions for children and young adults (ages 6 to approx. age 25) diagnosed with autism.
Each summer campers are grouped according to age, not disability. We have six camper cabins (three for males, three for females) each housing up to twelve campers. Trained staff provide physical care assistance and support throughout the day. The camper to counselor ratio is on average 2 to 1 and there is 24-hour nursing coverage on site.
The daily program at Camp Oakhurst in our summer sessions includes many familiar activities like swimming, sports/recreation, arts/crafts, music/drama, cooking, media arts, nature programs, and much more. Our 15-acre facility is barrier-free and includes a gymnasium, and a heated swimming pool. All activities are tailored to the individual abilities of our campers. Our daily schedule is supplemented with special events and social outings to beaches, boardwalks, and other area attractions.
Year-Round Out-of-Home Respite
The goal is to strengthen the entire family by giving the care giver timely breaks and the family member with disabilities a chance to live in a supportive environment outside the home.
Family care givers who are coping with the long term responsibility of looking after a relative with disabilities at home need relief. They can get periodic respite breaks for 2, 3, 4, 5, or 7 days (as scheduled) while their relative with disabilities is cared for at Camp Oakhurst.
Overnight respite is available throughout the year. Registered families receive a calendar of scheduled periods and can reserve time in advance so it can coincide with their plans for vacations, business trips or other events. It can also give family care givers important time to themselves or time to recuperate from an illness.
While participating in a the overnight respite program, family members with disabilities participate in activities with their peers and have access to seasonal recreational activities, which include arts/crafts, athletics, cooking, media arts, music/drama, swimming, off-Camp trips and other activities. Staff members provide physical care and supervision 24 hours a day. Transportation is available.
Day respite care for school-age children is now available during the school year on a fee-for-service basis. We are open after school until 6:00 p.m., can provide limited one-way transportation from nearby schools to Camp Oakhurst, and are also available on Saturdays and school break weeks (not federal holidays) during the school year. Please call 732-531-0215 for more information.
Due to the elimination of grant funding from Monmouth County, the day recreation program for Monmouth County adults closed down as of April 30, 2013.
Applications/Registration for Services
Go to the Apply for Services section of this website to download an application for services. Summer camp session schedules are typically available in January each year. See our Calendar for more information.
If you want more information about Camp Oakhurst, please contact us at 732-531-0215 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and an application.