Camp G.R.A.C.E. in North Raleigh

The Y partners with A Small Miracle to offer Camp G.R.A.C.E., a day camp for children ages 5 - 15 with Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDD) or Autism. We focus on your child's growth, recognition, achievement, character and encouragement.

Camp G.R.A.C.E. offers alternating two-week sessions called "Social Skills" and "Building Blocks" which differ based on the skills and abilities of the child. Contact Brooke Skilton at 919-845-3881 for information about the application process. 


Ages 5 - 15
We can interview children of other ages.

CAMP Location

A.E. Finley YMCA


9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Two-week sessions


$462/one two-week session (Members)
$554/one two-week session (Participants)

We offer financial assistance based on need and availability. Our registration deadline for Summer Day Camps is midnight on Thursday for sessions beginning the following week. A $20 late fee is applied to all registrations received after that deadline.


Two-week sessions
June 20 - July 1: Social Skills
July 5 - July 15: Building Blocks
July 18 - 29: Social Skills
August 1 - 12: Building Blocks

Social Skills Session

Social Skills sessions are designed for children who do not require one-on-one assistance (1:3 ratio). The focus of the session will be on activity skill building and social situations. We will work on building individual skills and also incorporating teamwork.

Participants during this session should be able to do the following: communicate clearly, follow complex instructions, participate in group activities and have independent self-help skills.

Building Blocks Session

The Building Block sessions are designed with a smaller ratio (1:2 ratio) to allow for more individual attention. The goal is to break down the activities in our smaller groups and work on teaching the basic skills.

This session is developed for children who need more assistance and more simplistic instructions.

Activities: The following are examples of activities that are incorporated into the weekly schedules. Please note that the activities will be adapted to meet the needs and skill levels of the children.
• Soccer
• Arts & crafts
• Beanbag games
• Imitation games
• Tag games
• Parachute games
• Relay races
• Music intervention
• Finger painting
• Ball games


Brooke Skilton, 919-845-3881


Please use the attached application to apply for Camp G.R.A.C.E. 

PDF icon 2016 Camp GRACE Application378.78 KB