Camp Connections

Camp research over the past decade has led to improved understanding of the value of the camp experience as a setting for positive youth development and the developmental outcomes of camp experiences for youth and adults.


 Consider camp as the perfect partner to family, school, and community youth activities in helping your child learn independence, decision-making, social and emotional skills, character building and values - all in an atmosphere of creativity and enrichment under the supervision of positive adult role models.

In today's pressure-oriented society, camp provides a non-threatening environment for America's youth to be active, to develop competence in life skills, to learn about and enhance their own abilities and to benefit from meaningful participation in a community designed just for them.

Yes, camp is for everyone!







The mission of Camp Encourage is to provide youth with autism spectrum disorder meaningful experiences in which they build the knowledge, courage, and skills to be empowered participants in the community. Our camps take place at Tall Oaks Conference Center in Linwood, KS. Each camp session includes both traditional camp activities and activities tailored around the individual campers’ interests. Our Connections program offers day excursions in the Kansas City area that are well-designed and structured social opportunities tailored to support campers with ASD.

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On August 15, 2017, Managers from Lowes stores from Arkansas to North Dakota came to Linwood, Kansas and performed an exterior makeover for the buildings, landscaped the grounds, installed new furniture and fixtures, painted bunk beds, built fire pits on new paver patios - all so that kids in wheelchairs could enjoy more their summer camp experience. We are deeply grateful to Lowes for their hard work. Come out and visit Tall Oaks!

Take a look at at Lowes in action: Lowes Project at Tall Oaks

Turning Point’s mission is to empower and transform the body, mind and spirit of individuals who are living with a serious or chronic physical illness. We provide innovative, educational services and tools to inspire people to take charge of their illness and live their life to its fullest. We also enhance the well-being of individuals, families and the communities we serve through resilience education and prevention resources.

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Camp Milton provides a week long overnight camp at Tall Oaks Conference Center in Linwood, KS for children ages 6-17 that have a neuromuscular disease. At Camp Milton we work to develop relationships, build confidence, and show kids that “yes, you can!”. Traditional camp activities include swimming, archery, zip line, and horseback riding. Our camp also has special traditions that kids count on being a consistent part of their “Best week of the year!”, those being - a talent show, a dance, bonfire songs with s’mores, along with the beloved arts and crafts. The mission of Camp Milton is to provide an empowering and enriching environment in which children with neuromuscular diseases can be supported in their journey of personal development by being part of a community that fosters impactful experiences and a sense of belonging!

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The Forest School of Lawrence is an educational program for children aged 5 to 16 years old. At our program, we explore local native prairie, wetlands, rivers, and forest. Here, the classroom is the land in which we live with and learn about our world through curiosity, discovery, play, and friendship.

We meet four days a week at 
Tall Oaks Camp and Conference Center in Linwood, KS. Tall Oaks is over 350 acres of forest with trails, campgrounds, a rope course, archery range, equestrian program, and more. One day a week we meet at the Lawrence Creates Makerspace for Circus School with The Last Carnival. At Circus School, the children will learn a wide variety of circus arts, including aerial silks, contortion, acroyoga, circus props, costume design, makeup, set design, and theatre. 

The Forest School of Lawrence will begin in September, 2019. We are currently accepting full-time and part-time enrollment in our program. Please check our Information Page for details about our schedule, tuition, financial aid.

Knowing that you love the earth changes you, activates you to defend and protect and celebrate. But when you feel that the earth loves you in return, that feeling transforms the relationship from a one-way street into a sacred bond.”      ​~Robin Wall Kimmerer

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12778 189th Street

Linwood, Kansas 66052  


501.c.3  Nonprofit Corp.


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