The Arc Big Bend is currently accepting registrations for our annual summer camp…

The camp achieve logo is represented with the word camp in orange block letters with the word achieve in a black cursive font overlapping the word camp slightly. A curvy line that fades from orange to yellow underlines the logo. In print under it, it reads "building skills and meeting goals through fun and exploration."

Hamilton County
July 23 – August 1
8:00 am – 4:30 pm

Leon County
July 9 – July 17 OR July 23 – July 31
8:00 am – 4:30 pm

Suwannee County

About the Camp

Camp Achieve is a fun, interactive transition program delivered in a camp-style format. Campers will learn important skills and knowledge needed for a successful transition into adulthood and out of the school system. This camp prepares campers for attending a post-secondary education institution (community college, university, technical college) and locating, applying, and getting a job. The camp covers five foundational areas:

  • Self-Advocacy
  • Work Readiness
  • Post-Secondary Education
  • Job Exploration
  • Work-Based Learning

Instructors use a a variety of methods to teach skills and knowledge, such as:

  • Games and Activities
  • Movies
  • Worksheets
  • Lectures
  • Guest Speakers
  • Field Trips

Who is Eligible

While we wish we could provide a program that helps everyone achieve greater life, social, job, and other transition skills, we had to designate this camp for those who could benefit from the experience the most. To be eligible to register for this camp, you must:

  • be between the ages of 14-21. Must turn 14 by at least May 31, 2018 and must not turn 22 before September 1, 2018.
  • have a current 504 or IEP
  • NOT be a VR or STAR customer. However, if you are already a VR or STAR customer, you may ask your VR counselor for a referral to the camp. Upon approval from your VR counselor, you can then register.

What are My Responsibilities?

While The Arc Big Bend is responsible for teaching the materials to the campers and help them build skills, both campers and parents have responsibilities, also.

PARENTS – are responsible for ensuring their camper has transportation to and from the camp each day. While some counties do have transportation available, not all counties have transportation provided. As parents, it is your responsibility to make sure your camper attends the entire program, arrives on time, and is picked up at the designated time in the designated area. Additionally, parents are responsible for sending a lunch with their child. Not all locations have lunch available to students or a nearby location to purchase a lunch. Campers receive a 30 minute, supervised lunch. It is the responsibility of the parent to make sure their camper has a lunch each day. If lunch and transportation is provided in your county, you will be notified after registration.

CAMPERS – are responsible for following camp rules, having fun, and doing their best.

How Do We Register?

To register, we will need you to complete an information packet. It is important that you complete this packet in its entirety and choose the county in which you reside. You may then return it to us via mail, fax, or email.

If you need a packet mailed to you, please contact us at (850) 973-4614.

To return the packet…

you can mail it to:
The Arc Big Bend, Inc.
PO Box 912
Madison, FL  32341
you can fax it to:
(850) 973-4334
you can email it to:

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The program described is an affiliate of the 2018 Summer Youth Program under the Florida Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. To learn more about this and other providers approved to deliver this program, visit