2019 Camp Dates: August 11-17, 2019


Where: Indian Trails Camp, Grand Rapids, MI

You can now fill out the application on your computer.  Just download, save it, fill it out and SAVE AS with your camper's name.  Then email to us!  DON'F FORGET TO SAVE AGAIN BEFORE YOU SEND IT!  We recommend you download adobe acrobat reader. 

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Camper Application : 2020 applications will be here before you know it!

Adult Literacy Counselor Applications : 2020 applications will be here before you know it!

Unfortunately, we cannot take volunteers

Applications can also be emailed or faxed to: campalecinfo@gmail.com (248) 869-6073

Indian Trails Camp

This camp was specifically designed for children who use AAC devices to communicate, but other campers may also be considered if space allows.


  • Recognize all or most of the letters of the alphabet.

  • Associate letters to speech sounds.

  • Enjoy book reading activities.

  • MUST have a reliable mode of communication.

  • Possess the ability to participate in joint attention activities.

  • Do not demonstrate behaviors that negatively impact their ability to learn or the learning of others.

  • Do not require 1:1 behavioral support.

  • This is an independent overnight camp under the supervision of highly skilled counselors who are trained to care for the unique needs of your child. There is also a nurse at camp 24/7. Parents do not attend this camp.


  • How does your child access his/her device?

  • Can they use it independently or need prompting?

  • Are they able to navigate easily through their pages or do they need assistance to locate vocabulary?

  • Does your child use single cells to communicate a message or formulate phrases and sentences?

  • Is their device core vocabulary based?

  • Would someone unfamiliar with your child’s customized pages be able to model language and help your child locate vocabulary?

  • Do they initiate social exchanges?

  • How your child signal when he/she needs help?

  • What does their 1:1 conversations and/or group discussions look like?

  • Are they able to answer questions with a head nod or eye gaze?

  • Is there keyboard access on their device?

  • Do they spell words, use word prediction or core vocabulary when communicating or a variety of all?


  • Does your child initiate social exchanges?

  • What does their 1:1 conversations and/or group discussions look like?


Please take a look at Indian Trails Behavior Policy. Click here to review.

Campers return home from summer camp with happy memories, learned independence and priceless new friendships.  However, funding camp can prove to be challenging for many families.  Here are some funding ideas for parents looking for help.

  1. Community Organizations. Many community clubs and organizations are anxious to help families. Reach out to family members, friends, neighbors or coworkers who belong to these clubs to find out how to apply for assistance. Such clubs include:

    1. Rotary Club

    2. Lions Club

    3. Kiwanis

    4. Elks Lodge

    5. Church

  2. Family and Friends. Consider sharing news of camp with family and friends who may like to help. Grandparents, Aunts and Uncles may like to help sponsor a child.

  3. Local Fundraisers. Host a fundraiser and invite friends, family members and neighbors to come together for a fun activity that also helps collect funds for camp. Area restaurants and bars are often willing to supply food and beverages for a set fee while raffles and auction items can help raise additional money. Check your local state guidelines regarding this. Here are a few ideas:

    1. Organize a car wash

    2. Bake sale

    3. Recycle day

    4. Selling candy bars

    5. Get media coverage-tell your story and have people donate to camp in your child’s name to help defer the cost.

    6. Have a “work for self” party such as Avon, Jamberry Nails, Silpada, etc where reps are willing to donate the proceeds from the party sales to your camper.

    7. Hold a garage sale-ask others to donate goods they would normally donate to a Goodwill center to support your cause.



Individual grants are available for families for services such as therapy and camp.  Listings with * have funded campers in previous years. Here are some resources:


Fundraising websites provide opportunities for individuals to collect money online by sharing your child's story.  Here are a few examples:


Always try a Google search – you never know what ideas you can find!


To become a Literacy Counselor you must have previously taken a Level 1 Literacy course, through David and Karen. At least a year of working with students using the knowledge gained is also a prerequisite. 

Adult Literacy Counselor Applications for 2020 will be here before you know it! Click here to appl