We are honored to be chosen by familyvacationcritic.com 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 ...
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|• ||Swimming |
|• ||Watersliding |
|• ||Guided Hiking || |
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|• ||Sing-alongs |
|• ||Arts & Crafts |
|• ||Kayaking |
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|• ||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."
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 2014 - Weeks of:
June 23 to June 27
June 30 to July 4
July 7 to July 11
August 11 to August 15
August 18 to August 22
August 25 to August 29
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 Alisa Anderson, Program Manager