Rising Treetop at Oakhurst’s overnight respite, after school respite and summer camp services have been significantly impacted of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
As of March 20, we suspended our planned overnight respite and after school respite programs through mid-April, and have since extended the suspension of services through the end of May. On May 20th, we made the difficult decision to cancel our June and July day camp and overnight summer camp sessions, including our Adult, Young Adult, two Youth and first two Autism inclusion summer camp sessions. At this time, we cannot hold these camp sessions because of the current status on the availability and reliability of testing for COVID-19, the inability to ensure safe social distancing at our camp with our camper populations, and the restrictions and availability of our counselors and support staff from overseas (where 90% of our summer staff come from). We will decide on or about July 10th on cancelling or moving forward with our August day camp and overnight summer camp sessions, including our two August Autism camp sessions and our End-of-Summer Respite session.
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 usual summer camp description (through summer 2019 and again after we resume summer camp services in the future):
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 1, 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.
See our Registration section for application and session registration information.