Summer Camp (for youth and adults)

Rising Treetop at Oakhurst’s overnight respite, after school respite and summer camp services have been impacted by COVID-19.


As of December 14, 2022, Rising Treetops is pleased to announce it will be holding its 2023 Summer Camp more or less as we did prior to the pandemic. We thank you in advance for considering Rising Treetops and are hopeful we might be able to provide a fun-filled and rewarding experience this coming summer for all of the campers we serve.


Our 2023 summer schedule now includes one 8-day session for adults, three 12-day general sessions for all ages and special needs, two 5-day sessions for those applying for autism camp sessions, as well as a 6-day “Summer Send-off” open to all ages and special needs. To start the registration process, complete our four-page Application for Service and mail or email the original to our NJ office. A camp representative will call to confirm the receipt of your completed application. If there is space available, you will receive a confirmation by mail within two weeks. Otherwise, you will be placed on our waiting list and contacted if a bed becomes available.

There are three important things to consider when applying for 2023 Summer Camp Sessions:


1) All campers must be fully COVID-vaccinated at least 14 days before arriving for a session. In addition, all campers must also have received a COVID-vaccination booster shot, if booster shot-eligible, before arriving at the camp.


2) Limited scholarships are available for all sessions. You must request a Scholarship Request Form and submit it with supporting documents no later than April 30.


3) New for Summer 2023:  After applying and a placement is confirmed in a camp session, all private pay camper families must pay a $200 deposit for each camp session confirmed in order to hold their spot in the session. In addition, all camp fees must be paid in advance or a payment plan arranged prior to a camp session arrival day. The only exception is for balances due that have confirmed state family support funding or private third-party funding.


We are pleased to announce Rising Treetops will continue its day programs and will hold its 2023 Summer Day Camp. For more information on our 2022 Summer Day Camp, please email or call 732-531-0215.


If you have any questions, please email or call the main camp office at 732-531-0215. We look forward to receiving your application materials soon so we can reserve a space in the session(s) that best meets your needs. See the Registration section of our website for our downloadable application and other camp registration documents.


Please know that the safety and health of our clients, campers and staff is always the highest priority at Rising Treetops.  We will continue to work closely with our local public health department and our partners at New York’s Office of People with Developmental Disabilities and New Jersey’s Department of Human Services to maintain safe and effective protocols to resume our vital services at Rising Treetops.


What follows is our pre-pandemic summer camp description (not in effect in summers 2020, 2021 and 2022):


Summer camp at Rising Treetops at Oakhurst is for children and adults ages 8 and up (we have separate sessions for children, young adults and adults).


Children and adults attending summer camp sessions must have a basic level of expressive communication and be able to reside in communal living environments with others.


Campers stay in barrier-free cabins with age appropriate groups. Care and supervision is provided 24/7 from a caring and trained staff that live on site. Clients will have access to a full program of therapeutic recreational activities.


Cabins can fill quickly.  After January 15, call either of our of our offices and we’ll email or mail you an application or go to the Registration section of this website to download an application for services.  Summer camp sessions vary in length, ages and population.  See our Calendar for details.


The full fee per session may be adjusted according to family size and income through a limited scholarship program.  For individuals who still live with a family caregiver and qualify for state-supported respite services, a portion of fees may be covered by state funding.  Please contact our New Jersey office at 732-531-0215 for more information on fees and scholarships.


Some clients get to and from Rising Treetops through their families, and others receive central site transportation from Rising Treetops at Oakhurst from New York City in lift-equipped vehicles.