Camp HASC is the award winning summer program of the Hebrew Academy
for Special Children. Located in the scenic Catskill Mountains of
upstate New York, Camp HASC provides over 300 mentally and physically
handicapped children and adults with the opportunity to enjoy a
seven week sleep-away camp experience, just like many of their siblings
Camp HASC is unique in its synthesis of academic and recreational
programming. At HASC we seek to maximize the development of each
individual's potential by providing special education, speech, physical,
occupational and music therapies as well as computer instruction,
adaptive physical education and adaptive aquatics. Hand in hand
with their academic program the campers are able to participate
in the full range of recreational activities including (but not
limited to) sports, swimming, field trips, night activities, roller
skating, carnivals, concerts and mainstream social programs with
As result, these special youngsters and adults gain skills beyond
the scope of parental expectations while enjoying normalizing activities
in a stress free social environment.
There is no doubt that the real secret behind the success of Camp
HASC is the tremendous effort of the over 200 young men and women
who function as counselors in camp. Living with the campers 24 hours
a day, with their determination and love, these counselors are able
to drive home lessons learned in the classroom as well as on the
playground, providing a total nurturing environment in which the
campers can thrive. No wonder that many visitors to Camp HASC use
the word "magical" in describing what they see! It really
is a special place for special people.
If you would like to find out more information about Camp HASC or to inquire how your son or daughter can register to be campers,
please feel free to call 718-686-5930 to request an application.
If you want to be a part of the amazing staff of Camp HASC you
can also request an application online at our application page. To work as a Waitress (sorry no waiters!) you need to be a graduating
High School Senior. To be a counselor you need to be at least one
year out of High School. Once we receive your completed application
you will be contacted to arrange an interview. Applications are
sent out in December and interviews take place in January - February.
Spaces are limited so please return applications promptly.