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The Arc Big Bend is currently accepting registrations for an exciting, new, FREE summer camp…

Job Abilities Camp Logo. The word "camp" is in charcoal with the words "job abilities" in orange above it and slightly overlapping the top of the word. Under the words is a decorative line that fades from orange to yellow.

Hamilton County
June 18 – June 27
8:00 am – 4:30 pm

Leon County
June 4 – 12 OR June 18 – 26
8:00 am – 4:30 pm

Madison County

Suwannee County



I’m ready to register now!

About the Camp

Job Abilities Camp is designed for campers to have fun and interact while building valuable skills they will need as they transition from high school students to adults. It utilizes the theories and foundations of therapeutic recreation as the framework for delivery. This means that campers play games and activities that help them build these valuable skills. This camp prepares campers for post-secondary education and jobs. The camp covers three foundational areas:

  • Self-Advocacy
    • self-understanding
    • self-awareness
    • self-determination
    • self-motivation
    • self-esteem
    • recognizing dangers and predators
    • knowledge of rights
    • assertive communication
  • Work Readiness
    • communicating
    • understanding emotions/feelings
    • making friends
    • working as a team
    • resolving conflict
    • anger management
    • self-regulation
    • bullying
    • time-management
    • using manners/social norms
    • accepting criticism
    • accepting differences
    • dressing appropriately
    • personal hygiene
    • navigating transportation & the community
  • Job Exploration
    • understanding personal values
    • discovering interests and hobbies
    • setting short-term and long-term goals
    • applying their strengths and weaknesses

Campers will engage in fun games and activities, interact with guest speakers, and watch movies throughout this 7-day camp.

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 April 30, 2018 and must not turn 22 before July 1, 2018.
  • have a current 504 or IEP
  • NOT be a VR or STAR customer.

What are My Responsibilities?

While The Arc Big Bend is responsible for helping campers reach targeted outcomes while using a fun approach, 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.

Click here to access the packet!

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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