Founded in 2017, Camp Alsing is a summer camp that allows children with high-functioning autism and social communication challenges to enjoy a real Maine summer camp experience.

Created by three experts in the fields of social communication, child development and camping, Camp Alsing is dedicated to helping families and children undertake a meaningful and fun-filled two-week experience that will quickly become a positive and enduring part of their lives.

Camp should be a place where all children thrive; a place where the days are a blur of laughing, games and timeless friendships. A place where children learn from dedicated role models and gain valuable experiences they can’t find anywhere else in their lives; a place to be themselves, and be part of a unique emotional and physical experience that forms a core piece of who
they are.

At many summer camps, including traditional summer camps, children who need more help and guidance can get lost in the maelstrom of activities and the whirl of social demands.

At Camp Alsing, on the shores of North Pond at the Pine Tree Camp facility in Rome, we have created a program that combines the best of traditional summer camp within a framework of programming and support that helps children improve their social communication skills and connect with others.

We have designed every aspect of our program for kids with high-functioning autism and other social communication challenges.

Of course, this is not easy. However, with a very high staff-to-camper ratio (about 1-to-2) and a trained staff dedicated to knowing each camper well and helping him or her navigate the days at camp, campers learn important skills and make connections with others through thoughtful and intentional programming.

How do we do this? Much of Camp Alsing’s success is based on providing a very caring and nurturing foundation grounded in taking the time to frame activities and communicate with and guide campers throughout the day.

We provide the social guidance and coaching that kids need when they encounter natural challenges.

In doing this, we open doors for campers to step through, as they might not otherwise have done.


For more information, please contact Camp Director Emily Chaleff at 207-805-4155 or at

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