16965 NW 45 Hwy, Parkville, Missouri 64152  

*Camp Encourage's offices are located in Kansas City, MO, but camp sessions are held at Heartland. Please send any written communication to our offices in Westport at 4025 Central, KCMO, 64111.

We so very appreciate your interest and encourage you to read through each detail below. After doing so and to express interest in attending our camps, be sure to complete a Camper Application (which will be released on January 2, 2023). At any point, please don't hesitate to reach out to us (through email or by calling 816.830.7171). We understand how crucial absolutely every detail is! 
For more information about the overall camp experience, activities, and services, click here.


We're counting down the days! 

April 1-2
Overnight Session

Arrival: Saturday at 10am

Departure: Sunday at 3:30pm

June 13-16
Summer Camp Session

Arrival: Tuesday at noon

Departure: Friday at 9am

August 1-4
Summer Camp Session

Arrival: Tuesday at noon

Departure: Friday at 9am

September 23-24
Overnight Session

Arrival: Saturday at 10am

Departure: Sunday at 3:30pm


We are currently serving individuals on the autism spectrum that are:

  • between the ages of 10 and 18 at the time of camp,
  • at least fairly independent with self-care skills (showering, dressing, toileting),
  • able to stay with or near the group (with accommodations and adaptations),
  • able to reside overnight (with supports as needed),
  • able to tolerate the outdoors and all that nature brings (bugs, warmth, etc.),
  • interested in the activities on the schedule,
  • successful with a 3:2 or 2:1 child:adult ratio,
  • able to NOT have any access to electronic devices (including a phone) during the duration of the camp session, and
  • not presently exhibiting behavioral or functional needs that would warrant the constant support of 1:1 assistance.


Camp Encourage accepts a limited number of Peer Models to attend camp. Peer Models are individuals not on the autism spectrum, between the age of ten and eighteen. They reside in the cabins overnight with the campers with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), participate in all camp activities, and are expected to serve as role models for the campers with ASD.They participate in Camp Encourage like all other campers and are NOT “Junior Counselors” or helpers.

Few camps are presently available for the population we continue to serve. When founded in 2008, Camp Encourage envisioned serving a wider population (including those that would benefit from 1:1 support). However, because other area camps exist and because we continue to have a waiting list each year for those described above, we will continue to serve this population. Our services will widen once we feel we are meeting the needs of those above.

If your child does not meet the criteria above, please contact us for references to presently existing camps.

If you are uncertain if this experience would be fitting, please contact us before submitting a Camper Application.



First to meet the needs of our immediate community, priority will be given to all campers that reside in Missouri and Kansas. If slots remain open, interested campers from outside states will be considered.


For the summer camps, should the amount of campers interested exceed the slots available, a lottery will occur and a waiting list will be started.

When preparing for the lottery, names received prior to the outlined dates will be added into the lottery pool as follows:

  • If an individual has been on a waiting list for Camp Encourage in the past and has NEVER attended, his or her name is placed in the lottery three times.
  • If it is the applicants' first time submitting interest (has never attended, has never applied), his or her name is placed in the lottery two times.
  • If the individual has attended in the past, his or her name is placed in the lottery once.

For the four-day, three-night summer camps, a lottery will likely occur thus it is crucial you submit your potential camper's application by FEBRUARY 22nd to be included in the lottery. At times, slots are still available even following the summer lottery due to cancellations. Thus, we welcome Camper Applications to be submitted at anytime.

For the weekend overnight camps, slots will be released as applications roll in.


Camp costs include quality planning, specialized materials and supports, meals, comfortable cabins, and tailored activities.

Overnights: $595

Summer Sessions: $1295


Through fundraising and grant writing efforts, we proudly offer scholarship support for each session.

Scholarship opportunities range from partial to full. When a Camper Application is submitted (to express interest in attending), a Scholarship Application is submitted as well.

An in-depth scoring process is completed and funding is offered to each family according to the score received. Limited full scholarships are available. The more each family can raise or fund, the further our scholarship funding will stretch thus reaching more deserving campers with ASD.

Please do not let the cost deter you from applying. We work diligently throughout the year to make this opportunity available to a variety of campers. A large number of our past campers have received partial or full scholarship support. In fact, all families that have expressed a need for financial support through the application process in past years were offered scholarship funding.


We understand that each camper has his or her own interests, motivators, strengths, and areas for need of support and growth.

Although we provide a great deal of individualized supports, many of our activities also aim to achieve the following set of general goals:

  • increasing skills of independence
  • enhancing one's self-esteem
  • increasing personal self-understanding and acceptance
  • increasing social abilities
  • widening awareness of recreation opportunities and skills of recreation
  • connecting with others with similar interests, needs, and/or abilities

For a detailed view of each goal and objective we aim to embed, CLICK HERE.