May 30 - June 3, 2016
Camp C.A.N.O.E. (Children with Autism Need Outdoor Experiences), is open to children with autism, grades K-12. Camp C.A.N.O.E. is a summer day camp designed specifically for children with autism and other abilities.
Camp C.A.N.O.E. will be held at Camp DaKaNi, a beautiful 33-acre wooded campground in Oklahoma City, which has been owned and operated by Camp Fire Heart of Oklahoma for more than fifty years.
The mission of Camp Fire USA and Camp C.A.N.O.E. is to build caring, confident youth and future leaders. While each day will be filled with a variety of outdoor activities to enhance the development of social, motor, and sensory processing skills, the safety of campers is a top priority. Every counselor will have an assistant counselor and a maximum of only five campers. Additionally, all counselors have received standardized camp training plus specialized Camp C.A.N.O.E. education.
Benefits of Camp C.A.N.O.E.
- Team-Building Skills
- Communication & Social Skills
- Independent Thinking
- Physical Activity
- Fine and Gross Motor Skill Development
For more information please contact:
Penn Henthorn, Director, Camp C.A.N.O.E.:
In 1956 a group of Perry citizens became aware of the need for a secure camping area for youth to use and still be close to Perry. After searching the community for a site, 25 acres of unused property was discovered in the CCC Lake Park located 1 mile south of Perry on Highway 86. Throughout 1956 and 1957, the land was cleared and simple buildings were built; finally in 1958, Camp Fire held its first camp on the property beautifully nestled in the woods atop a hill overlooking CCC Lake.
Camp Tan Da Ko has 2 structures for indoor activities, a craft shack, restroom and shower facilities, and a camp kitchen. The Council Fire and the Chapel areas provide beautiful accommodations for ceremonials, group events, and star gazing. Tent camping is one of the highlights each summer during camp; other highlights include canoeing and fishing, as well as many other fun and educational activities.
For more information about Camp Tan Da Ko, click here to contact Betty Dillion.
About Camp DaKaNi
Camp DaKaNi, meaning “a day in the out-of-doors,” is owned and operated by Camp Fire Heart of Oklahoma. It is located on 33 wooded acres in the heart of Oklahoma City. Camp Fire camping gives young people a chance to learn how to live and share with others and to become closely involved with the natural environment. The well-being and safety of campers is our first concern. Camp DaKaNi, in its 57th year as a day camp, is open to all boys and girls, ages 5-18, regardless of race, gender, creed, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disabilities* or economic status. Campers do not have to be members of Camp Fire.
*Camp DaKaNi programs are available to persons with disabilities. We will make every effort to meet the needs of all those who wish to apply. If your child has a disability, please call Penn Henthorn at Camp Fire Heart of Oklahoma Council at (405) 254-2080.
Young people want to shape the world. Camp Fire provides the opportunity to find their spark, lift their voice, and discover who they are. In Camp Fire, it begins now. Light the fire within.
What to do at Camp DaKaNi
- Zip Line
- Gaga Pit
- 26’ Rock Climbing Wall
- Arts & Crafts
- Outdoor Cooking
- Sports & Games
- Nature Study
- Challenge Course
- Frog & Turtle Races
- Tree Swings
- Camp Store
* Youth must be age 9+ to participate in this activity
CATS (Counselor Aides in Training): This program teaches 11-14 year old youth the leadership and outdoor skills necessary to work with elementary school campers and assist group counselors. Youth in the CAT program will still participate in typical camp activities such as rock climbing, boating, etc. Individuals interested in becoming a Counselor Aide must complete this training. Individuals who have already completed CAT will not need to repeat this program and should be registered as a Counselor Aide. The CAT program will be offered Session 1 and 3.
Teen Counselors: Counselors (Age 16 and up) volunteer for a full week of camp and lead a small group of elementary school aged youth during their stay at Camp DaKaNi. All counselors must attend a training before camp. New counselors will need to be interviewed before they are hired.
LIT (Leaders in Training): This new program is designed for 15 year old youth who attend camp. LIT will give youth the opportunity to develop important teambuilding and leadership skills necessary to become a counselor and leader in the community. Youth in the LIT program will have the opportunity to lead younger youth at camp. This program will be offered Session 2.
MaKaYa: MaKaYa is a mini session of camp for youth 12 years old and up. Campers will participate in advanced outdoor activities as well as a camping overnight.
Camp is an experiential education like no other. Children and youth learn life lessons, such as independence, leadership, and self-confidence, in an environment designed specifically for them. Camp is made up almost entirely of teachable moments. Through fun and hand-on experiences, campers have opportunities to grow and develop the skills need to be productive, successful adults. www.acacamps.org
Why Camp Fire
Camp Fire was created to guide young people on their journeys to self-discovery. The founders of Camp Fire felt strongly that young people need experiences that teach them to care for themselves, their environment, and the people around them.
Camp Fire counselors are carefully chosen for their enthusiasm in working with youth and trained to meet our program requirements. Many camp staff are volunteers or college students majoring in recreation, education, or child development. All staff are required to participate in pre-camp training session, in addition to regular staff meetings and in-service training.
While at camp, children will be involved in a variety of physical activities in the outdoors. Camp Fire requires parents to fill out a current health history for every camper. Campers without signed health history forms will not be allowed to stay. A camper with special needs may be required to obtain a doctor’s release to attend camp.
Health and Safety
Safety is our top priority at camp. Many camp staff members are trained in First Aid and CPR procedures. In the event of illness or injury, parents will be notified immediately by phone. The camp health supervisor will hold and dispense all medications while campers are in our care.
Financial Assistance “Camperships”
A limited amount of full or partial camperships will be available for those who qualify. Contact us at  254-2080 email us by clicking here.