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Camp G.R.A.C.E.

Camp G.R.A.C.E. is a day camp designed for children with Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDD), Autism Spectrum Disorder, and other special needs. Each session of Camp G.R.A.C.E. operates for one week, with each session focusing on building specific skills incorporating therapeutic ideas from many disciplines.

We offer two different sessions: Social Skills and Building Blocks. Social Skills Sessions are designed for children that do not require one-on-one assistance. The focus of these sessions will be on activity skill building, teamwork activities, and social situations. The Building Blocks sessions are designed with a smaller ratio to allow for more individual attention. 
Throughout their camp session, children will work and play within their huddles to learn new games, complete art projects, participate in music and dog therapy times, and much more. Children will also get to enjoy water activities and sensory integration activities, as well as character and social skills development time.

Individuals from the following organizations donated their time and expertise in the formation of Camp G.R.A.C.E.: The YMCA of the Triangle, A Small Miracle, LLC., the Autism Society of North Carolina, Community Partnerships, Maxim Home Health, and independently contracted behavioral psychologists. It is through the generosity and dedication of all of the above-mentioned organizations and donors to the YMCA’s Annual Campaign that we are able to provide Camp G.R.A.C.E.

This camp is held at Apex Elementary School and ran by the Kraft Family YMCA. For questions, please contact Bernard Bronner at the branch.

At Camp G.R.A.C.E. we are fortunate to have the financial support of many friends in our community that allow us to make camp possible for any or child who needs it regardless of the family or caregiver’s ability to pay. We also understand that having a child with special needs provides some unique financial challenges to families and we want to be able to support you in any way possible. That being said, if there is any reason you feel that you could benefit from financial assistance for Camp G.R.A.C.E. please fill out our financial assistance application so we can best support you and your family this summer.


Camp G.R.A.C.E. is an application-based program. Once completed, a director will reach out to you in 2-3 weeks about your child's participation at camp this summer. You will not be able to register for Camp G.R.A.C.E. until your application has been reviewed by a director.

*All sessions have filled for Summer 2022 at the Kraft Family YMCA. Interested participants are encouraged to learn more about Camp G.R.A.C.E. programs with the Northwest Cary YMCA.

Theme Day Date Time Prices Ages
Building Blocks Week 02
Mon - Fri
Jun 20 - Jun 24 8:30 am - 2:30 pm M:$248 PP:$310 5 - 18
Building Blocks Week 03
Mon - Fri
Jun 27 - Jul 1 8:30 am - 2:30 pm M:$248 PP:$310 5 - 18
Social Skills Week 04
Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri
Jul 5 - Jul 8 8:30 am - 2:30 pm M:$198.40 PP:$248 5 - 18
Social Skills Week 05
Mon - Fri
Jul 11 - Jul 15 8:30 am - 2:30 pm M:$248 PP:$310 5 - 18
Building Blocks Week 06
Mon - Fri
Jul 18 - Jul 22 8:30 am - 2:30 pm M:$248 PP:$310 5 - 18
Building Blocks Week 07
Mon - Fri
Jul 25 - Jul 29 8:30 am - 2:30 pm M:$248 PP:$310 5 - 18
Social Skills Week 08
Mon - Fri
Aug 1 - Aug 5 8:30 am - 2:30 pm M:$248 PP:$310 5 - 18
Social Skills Week 09
Mon - Fri
Aug 8 - Aug 12 8:30 am - 2:30 pm M:$248 PP:$310 5 - 18

At Camp, Character Matters

At YMCA Summer Day Camp, campers earn beads for exemplifying our five character traits: Honesty, Respect, Caring, Responsibility and Faith. Campers can earn beads daily by being a good friend, picking up after themselves or leading a camp prayer.