A supportive and structured day camp for young people (ages 8-14) who require additional supports to access the joys of summer camp.

August 1-12, 2022 
9 AM – 3 PM

Location: The O-School at 6245 S. Ingleside Ave. in Chicago.


Camp O thoughtfully embeds social and emotional learning into camp activities.

A low staff to camper ratio (1:4) allows for increased interaction and supervision with highly qualified and trained staff members.

With counselor support, campers will experience activities, such as:

  • Water Day
  • Team Sports
  • Dance + Music
  • STEM
  • Talent Show
  • Camp Olympics
  • BBQs
  • Arts + Crafts

Campers will partake in joy and silliness, discover new interests, make friends, build confidence, and help create a dynamic Camp O community!



Camp O campers are both interested (they have lots of passions and a desire to engage socially) and interesting (they are bright, kind, funny, and unique!). In addition to their strengths, Camp O campers sometimes struggle to exhibit flexibility, try something new, respond to change, solve social problems, or form healthy friendships.

Camp O campers have a lot to give but need help navigating the complexities of a new social setting – like summer camp!

  • Camp O campers may have formal diagnoses such as:
  • autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
  • social communication disorder
  • anxiety disorders
  • learning disabilities
  • obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD)
  • Some campers may not have a formal diagnosis but may exhibit characteristics consistent with these diagnoses.

Campers must be able to maintain safe behavior and remain in their groups without continuous 1:1 supervision.


Camp O was thoughtfully developed by a team of staff members at the Sonia Shankman Orthogenic School (the O-School).

The O-School is a therapeutic day school with over a century of experience serving students with significant mental health and emotional challenges and those on the autism spectrum.

The Camp O Leadership Team has a combined experience of 25 years at the O-School and includes a licensed and certified speech language pathologist.


If you have additional questions,
please e-mail campo@oschool.org or call 773-420-2892.

COST: $1200 per 2-Week Session
Limited Scholarships Available Based Upon Need

Apply here for August 2022!
Camp O Interest Form

Camp O takes confidentiality seriously. Please note, once an admission determination is made to Camp O, the applicant’s records that are submitted as part of their application will be destroyed and no confidential records will be maintained, stored, or redisclosed by Camp O. The campo@oschool.org email is on a fully HIPAA compliant platform (Microsoft 365) to ensure confidentiality.

Camp O considers each applicant on an individual basis in determining eligibility for admission. Camp O does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national or ethnic origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, or other protected classes under the law. Applicants will be evaluated for admission based upon their individual profile and needs - and Camp O’s selection criteria.