Our Philosophy


By teaching people with diverse abilities the skills needed to participate in recreation/leisure activities, they will be better prepared to be an active and engaged member of their community throughout their lifetime

By giving people with diverse abilities opportunities to serve each other and their community, we are teaching them they are valued members of society and helping them to understand they have much to offer in service of making the world a better, more accepting, and kinder place.

By helping children with diverse abilities value themselves, and their Camp Acacia family, they become more confident, engaged, and caring people who are good friends and active, engaged members of their community.

By imbuing all these actions with a deep sense of wonder and fun, out campers grow to see and appreciate the beauty, magic, and possibility within themselves, others, and the world.


At Camp Acacia, we approach each camper with positive regard and work hard to gain insight into what makes them tick so we can create experiences, and provide care, that meets each camper's specific needs.

We recognize that teaching people with diverse abilities to participate in recreation activities is more than just teaching them the technical skills or rules of a given activity. We must teach all social, emotional, and physical aspects of participation. We do this by utilizing the principles of positive youth development in a strengths-based experiential model of treatment.

Being strengths-based means, we always focus on what the camper can do, and does love, and teach new skills from that place. We use many modalities of treatment and education within our model in order to meet the specific learning needs of the campers we serve.

We acknowledge that self-determined campers are motivated campers, and we strive to ensure all campers feel competent, autonomous, and connected in everything we do at Camp Acacia. We know our campers are special, not because of a diagnosis they have or needs that go along with that diagnosis, but because of who they are as a person. Everything we do at Camp Acacia is designed to help each camper we serve to bring our what is special within them and share it with the world.