Who We Are
A 501(c)3 not-for-profit that serves children and adults with disabilities. A community dedicated to empowering those with special needs to reach their full potential and live life to the fullest. A statement about treating people with love, dignity, and respect. Dedicated, passionate people working towards building a society based on acceptance, compassion, and inclusion. That’s us in a nutshell. ~
Our Mission Statement
Camp Acorn’s mission is to provide a supportive environment through enrichment programs that address the physical, emotional, and social well-being of children and adults with special needs. Our programs help campers build self-esteem, confidence, and life skills that branch into all aspects of their lives.
What We Do
Camp Acorn offers enrichment programs year round for the special needs population of northern New Jersey. Our curriculum offers classes in cooking and life skills, horticulture therapy, art therapy, music and drama, sports, boot camp fitness (an adaptive exercise program), computers, and swimming. Our programs are designed to be challenging yet fun and all activities are adapted to the individual needs of each camper.
For more details please visit the individual program pages. All programs take place at 165 West Crescent Avenue, Allendale, NJ 07401.
How We Do It
As a local not-for-profit Camp Acorn relies on the time, energy, and generosity of volunteers and donors. Since our inception in the fall of 2001, well over 2000 volunteers have walked through our doors to work as one-on-one counselors. Our experienced and compassionate staff includes special needs professionals, college students, and high-school students.
We have worked with dozens of schools, local service clubs, religious organizations, large corporations, local businesses, and foundations to achieve our volunteering and fundraising needs.
Our work has also been recognized by the following organizations.
Join the Cause
Now is a great time to get involved with Camp Acorn! The fall of 2016 marks our 15th anniversary of offering high quality programs to the special needs community of northern New Jersey. Looking to volunteer? Send us a Volunteer Application. Interested in supporting the mission? Look through our site and Contact Us for more info.
We look forward to hearing from you!
~ Camp Acorn Staff