Autism Society hosting summer camp

Camp FRIEND in Youngstown

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A first-of-its-kind summer camp is under way this week in Youngstown.

It’s called Camp FRIEND, which stands for Finding Rewards in Every New Day. It brings together youngsters with and without autism spectrum disorders.

All this week, more than 30 campers ages 3 to 22 will spend their days at the downtown Youngstown YMCA, learning everything from cooking to drama. Some of the older campers will even take field trips to local banks, coffee shops and other places they might not normally get to visit.

“Every parent wants the best for their kids, and every parent wants their children to have the opportunities they didn’t have or that every child has, and this gives them that. This gives them that opportunity to enjoy the summer to the utmost,” Autism Society of Ohio Director Aundrea Cika said.

This is the first camp of its kind in Youngstown. Before this, parents would have to travel to Aurora to find anything similar.

It is sponsored by the Autism Society of Ohio.

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