Exploring our Friendship Circle Summer Day Camp

In August, Friendship Circle becomes rather boisterous, as children with special needs come together with our teen volunteers. These excited campers spend four weeks of their summer vacation learning new things at our 8th annual summer day camp, while continuously developing already gained skills. From everyday activities to field trips to welcoming Friendship Circle guests, these children are always on the move, constantly asking questions and experiencing new adventures every day.

Two Tracks

Each child is on one of two different tracks: the social skills track and the day camp track. Children enrolled in the social skills track begin their mornings with a social skills class, before joining in that day’s activities. The main theme focused in the social skills class focused mainly on celebrations, with various topics covered throughout the weeks.

In-House Activities

During the week, campers rotate between different activities within the Ferber Kaufman LifeTown. Whether it’s learning about new music, working on some new arts and crafts project, or learning a new game during gym, campers are immersed in a variety of different hands-on activities in order to maintain their attention while learning.

Friendship Circle Visitors

While experiencing these rotating sessions, campers also welcome fun and exciting new friends to Friendship Circle. The campers have

  • Met a magician, and gained a new animal balloon friend
  • Met a mad scientist, and learned more about how the world runs
  • Played with bubbles, while learning about related activities that they could do with their families at home.


Campers have also been adventuring out into the community throughout the week. Take a look at what the children have been up to!

  • Bouncing at SkyZone
  • Swim lessons at Aqua Tots
  • Swimming at the Warren Community Center
  • Exploring the Howell Nature Center
  • Visited the Michigan Science Center
  • Made a splash at Heritage Park
  • Visited the Southfield Library
  • Explored Kensington Metropark

Of course, besides our wonderful staff, this camp would not be possible without the help of the hundred volunteers that rotate throughout the day camp–a majority of them being all year round volunteers.

As our 2014 summer draws to a close, we spend our last day at camp enjoying last minute activities, saying goodbye to old and new friends and join in with sharing all of the memories we’ve made, as we look forward to the Friendship Circle being just as busy again next summer.

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