Camp Pride is a day camp for developmentally disabled children, adolescents and adults. Camp Pride strives to provide a safe environment where campers can express themselves and encounter new experiences. Our Camp Pride staff is considerate, dedicated and patient towards each individual. Camp Pride’s goal is to offer its campers an enriching and rewarding summer.
Camp is in session Monday through Friday. We offer two three-week sessions of camp from July through August. Busing is provided for Yonkers residents. Bus monitors are on each bus to help assist, escort and supervise the campers.
Campers are given the opportunity to participate in many activities. A focus is established on building confidence and improving kinesthetic abilities. Adapted equipment and standard sports equipment is provided with instruction to meet the needs and comfort levels of our campers. We also offer crafts, dance. music, swimming and field trips.
Every prospective participant in our program is interviewed by the Recreation Supervisor. If it is determined that the participant would benefit from the new programs, a registration packet is given to the parent or guardian. The packet includes a registration form, physical and immunization forms as well as parent’s permission sheet. When the packet is completed the participant is welcome to join the program.
The City of Yonkers Recreation Department services all participants with developmental disabilities. Our program primarily consists of Yonkers Residents. We also have many registered participants from Westchester County. The feedback from the families shapes our program and helps with present and future programming ideas.
Project Friendship Programs
Young Adult Club
Young Adult Club is held on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Coyne Park Community Center. The Young Adult Club promotes socialization among clients and staff. The activities include art therapy, cooking classes, billiards, dine-out, community outings, interactive music entertainment, exercise, yoga and seasonal parties.
Bowling for children takes place at Paradise Lanes on Thursdays for from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm. The Adults meet on Fridays from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm. Participants are placed on teams. Adaptive equipment is available for our participants.
Participants meet the eligibility requirements for the Hudson Valley Special Olympics. A separate medical form needs to be filled out. Selection for off-site is based on coach's recommendation and participation when training.
Special Olympics Swimming
A water safety instructor, coach and assistant coaches provide swim instruction and techniques to improve skills.
Come learn the true meaning of friendship. Our Girl Scouts attend community outings and service.
The instructor will teach the children basic skills of karate and knowledge of this fine trade on Saturday afternoons.
Participants learn about self-expression and the creative arts during this fun-filled hour. Activities include painting, sculpting and mask work.
This fabulous program promotes self-esteem, morale and worth for all who attend.
A water safety instructor and lifeguards provide a safe free swim for participants. Non-swimmers must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.
This program is designed for the developmentally disabled population. The program will enhance a child’s coordination and agility skills.
This unique program utilizes trained animals and promotes participants' physical, social, cognitive and emotional goals.
Children learn the wonderful craft of drama, self-expression and miming. Participants will display their talents in a performance at the end of the session.
This program enhances strength, breathing and balance. Every participant will learn breathing exercise techniques in a recreational environment.
Participants will use music to explore and improve, physical, psychological, cognitive and social functioning.
Participants will enjoy the introductory course on baseball. The program will increase sportsmanship and have fun at the same time.