Camp Firefly

 **Registration for the 2016 season will open in the fall.  Please check this site for updated information at that time**


Once school is out, many parents of children with emotional and behavioral issues have limited resources and options for summer activities, especially those that provide an exciting and social environment. Our summer camp offers the perfect solution.
Camp Firefly

About Camp Firefly

Camp Firefly offers a unique summer camp experience to boys and girls, ages 7-18, who have been diagnosed with social disorders, such as Social Anxiety, OCD, PDD, Asperger's Syndrome, Non-Verbal Learning Disorder, and High Functioning Autism. 


Camp Firefly is presented in partnership with JCC's of Chicago.  Overnight, Teen, and Next Step Camps are located just minutes from Wisconsin Dells at JCC's Camp Chi. The Day Camp takes place at the JCC's Elaine Frank Apachi Day Camp in Lake Zurich.



Day Camp

June 22-July 17, 2015 (ages 7-11)


Overnight Camps

Session 1: July 19-July 24, 2015 (ages 9-14)

Session 2: July 26-July 31, 2015 (ages 9-14)

July 19-July 31, 2015 (ages 14-16)

July 12-July 31, 2015 (ages 16-18; must be a graduate of Camp Firefly Teen to participate)



For the second year, Camp Firefly was awarded a grant from Autism Speaks to provide scholarships to financially disadvantaged children with Autism Spectrum Disorders to attend summer camp.  To date, five Firefly campers have benefitted from the funds provided by Autism Speaks.




Camp Firefly is always looking for energetic, fun-loving counselors with experience working with children with special needs to staff our camps. For more information on Camp Firefly employment opportunities, click here. If interested in working at Firefly Day Camp, then please contact Audra Kaplan at  If interested in staffing any of the overnight camps (Firefly, Teen, or Next Step), then please complete the online application at our Camp Chi webpage.


To read about our camp directors' impressions of Camp Firefly, please click here.

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For more information email, or call 855.ASK.JCFS