Camp Firefly

Update 7.13.2020

As we shared in April, Camp Firefly was canceled for summer 2020 and is on hiatus until further notice. This decision was made with an understanding of the unique needs of our campers and because of the need for our internal resources at JCFS to be redirected to best serve our families. Though we won't be able to meet this summer, JCFS Chicago remains committed to supporting our campers and their families by transitioning counseling and support groups like Sibshops online.

Update 4.21.2020

With heavy hearts, we have made the difficult decision to cancel Camp Firefly for this summer. This decision was made with an understanding of the unique needs of our campers and because of the need for our internal resources at JCFS to be redirected at this time to best serve our families.

Our intent is to find ways to keep our campers engaged with Camp Firefly in the coming months until we can see them again at camp in 2021. Because we will not be running camp this summer, we will offer a full refund to all families.

Be sure to stay up to date on what we’re doing by following us on social media:  @JCFSChicago and @jcccampchi on Facebook and @campchi on Instagram.

Brighten your Summer!

At Camp Firefly, we create a supportive, welcoming community for children, teens and young adults who oftentimes have difficulty connecting with peers and navigating social situations. Everything in our program, including the best of summer fun and exceptional therapeutic group activities, is designed to support campers on the autism spectrum  and with other social challenges. By celebrating individual strengths and recognizing potential, campers develop self-confidence, improve self-esteem and enhance social skills. Participants explore who they are and come home with greater independence and meaningful life lessons and friendships. 

What campers experience at Camp Firefly not only makes camp remarkably special, but the benefits continue long after the summer ends.

An Overnight Camp Experience

Our low staff-to-camper ratios create positive summer experiences for campers, positioning them for success within a broader typical camp environment. Our overnight camps take place at JCC Camp Chi Overnight Camp in Lake Delton, Wisconsin.

  • Enjoyable new experiences making days lively and  gratifying
  • Individualized attention promoting skill development
  • Appropriate therapeutic and supportive assistance building confidence
  • Camp environment fostering personal growth and boosting independence and self-esteem
  • Activities inspiring social/emotional development
  • Camp community encouraging social bonds and new friendships