One of the best and most complete children’s programs… Boston Globe

Smugglers' Notch Adaptive Programs

Dedicated to giving your child a fun experience in a supportive environment.

We are honored to be chosen by as one of their "Best vacation spots for families with special-needs children"

The Smugglers' Notch Adaptive Program is dedicated to providing therapeutic recreation for children and adults of all abilities in a supportive environment. Experiences are tailored to meet the needs and goals of each individual. The ratio of counselor to program guest is based on the individual needs of each person.

Depending on individual need, an inclusion program in our daily children's programs may be appropriate, offering the adaptive guest the opportunity to socialize with peers while still maintaining the support he or she needs through our adaptive program.

It is our hope that each camper will leave the program with feelings of self respect, respect for others and nature, and new skills.

The Summer program offers a variety of adventure activities ...
• Swimming
• Watersliding
• Guided Hiking
• Sing-alongs
• Arts & Crafts
• Kayaking
• Horseback Riding
• Nature Time
• Climbing Wall

We invite you to read the stories shared by our visitors describing their family's Smugglers' adaptive program experience:

"12 reasons why Smugglers' Notch is special needs family vacation heaven," on Love That Max, "a blog about kids with special needs who kick butt"!

"A Summer “Unplugged” at Smuggler’s Notch" on The iQJournals, Adventures in Autism, Media and Technology with a Boy Named Quentin

Our Summer 2014 guests share their feedback...

Richard from Province, CT
"Shay with the Smugglers' Notch Adaptive Program helped make sure our daughter was happy. We had a problem in getting my daughter to "get going" in the morning, and Shay suggested bringing the golf cart with the group my daughter was in over to our place to get her. That was sweet, and things like that really made for an enjoyable time for my daughter."

Janice from Cochranville, PA
"My daughter Catherine's adaptive program counselor was wonderful!! Kyrstyn did a great job with allowing Catherine enough independence, but still supporting her. Their relationship was more like friends hanging out than someone supervising my daughter."

Additional programs

We offer private swim lessons with Swim Whisperers® trained instructors.

This technique was developed by
Angelfish Therapy®, an East Coast pediatric therapy practice. Angelfish Therapy helps children with a variety of special needs, sensory issues, and motor coordination difficulties reach their full potential through fun and challenging aquatic therapy sessions, swim lessons, and land-based therapy.

How is Swim Whisperers different from other adaptive swim lessons? The program focuses on fulfilling the student's sensory needs, whether the student is uncomfortable and does not want to put their face in the water or if they want to go to the bottom of the pool to feel the pressure provided by the water around their body. Once the sensory system is fulfilled then the door has been opened to learn new skills.

At Smugglers', Swim Whisperers ½ hour swim lessons are offered two times a day, Monday through Friday.

Our Autism Mountain Camp includes additional programming.
Special activities such as sailing on Lake Champlain with Vermont Adaptive, Swim Whisperers swim lessons and horseback riding are available as part of this program. Please call or email (see below) for details; Autism Mountain Camp is offered selected weeks during Summer programming.

Autism Mountain Camp Dates 2015 - Weeks of:
June 22 to June 25
June 29 to July 2
July 6 to July 9
August 10 to August 13
August 17 to August 20
August 24 to August 27

Autism Mountain Camp is an additional $75 per day on top of the SNAP rate and no discounts apply.

Advanced reservations are required in order to meet each individual’s needs. Due to popular demand we have limited space during our peak weeks. Reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis. Please make your reservation as early as possible. For more information about our program or to book a reservation, please contact the Smugglers' Notch Adaptive Program directly.

Full day program, 9:15 am - 4:00 pm, $165 per person, per day. Half-day program, 9:15 am - 12:15 pm or 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm, $99 per person, per half-day. Optional camp lunch program: $6.15 + tax (Discovery Dynamos & Trail Blazers programs) $7.25 + tax (Notch Squad & Adventure Rangers) or bring a bag lunch.
Click here to download the
Student Information Form.

For further information about our program, pricing information, or to book a reservation please call the Smugglers' Notch Adaptive Program directly at (802)644-8502 or email The SNAP Program Manager
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