New Mexico Camp Rising Sun

Camp Rising Sun

New Mexico's Summer Camp for Individuals
on the Autism Spectrum and Their Peers!

Camp 2018 Dates!
Teen Camp: June 4 – 8, 2018
Manzano Mountain Retreat
Online Registration begins January 3!

Our Mission is to:

  • Provide a specialized summer camp experience for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their peers.
  • Provide an opportunity for students, community volunteers, and professionals to gain experience working with those diagnosed with ASD.
  • Provide respite for parents and caregivers of children with ASD.

About Camp Rising Sun

Camp Rising Sun was founded in 2006 by a group of parents  and professionals who wished for a summer camp experience for individuals with  Autism Spectrum Disorder in the state of New Mexico. In 2009, Camp Rising Sun became a part of The Autism Programs at the University of New Mexico Center for Development and Disability. The programs of Camp Rising Sun are accredited by the American Camping Association (ACA).

Camp Location

Camp is held at the established Manzano Mountain Retreat  in the Manzano Mountains southeast of Albuquerque, New Mexico. The site is accredited by the ACA. It takes approximately an hour and a half to reach the site from Albuquerque. For additional site information, go to

The Campers

Camp sessions are designed specifically for children ages 13-17 years old. Camp Rising Sun provides an inclusive summer camp environment for children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder and their same-age peers. Children sleep in male or female dormitories and are supervised by adults at all times.


Camp activities may include swimming, hiking, sports and games, arts and crafts, theater, geo-caching, music, campouts, nature activities, high ropes and challenge courses, movement, evening special events, campfire programs and a variety of other activities. The camp also contracts with additional trained specialists to provide specialized programs which may include: kayaking in the pool and other creative specialized programs.

Camper/Staff Ratio

Determination of camp to counselor ratio is dependent upon each child's needs. One to one staffing is available for those campers who need more supervision.

Staff & Volunteers

Volunteers are university students, community volunteers, and professionals from  the community desiring additional experience working with children on the Autism Spectrum. All undergo a rigorous screening process including: reference checks, interviews, and criminal background checks. Most positions are volunteer assignments and may provide a small stipend.

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Apply Now as:

  • Camper: Teen/Camper age 13-17 with ASD
  • Peer: Teen/Camper age 13-17 without ASD
  • Counselor in Training: Ages 15-17
  • Volunteer/Staff Application: 18+
    • Counselor
    • Program Specialist
    • Team Leader
    • Rover
    • LEND counselor
  • Return Staff Application
    • Counselor
    • Program Specialist
    • Team Leader
    • Rover
  • Camp Assistant Application (Adult 18-26 with ASD)

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Camp Social Story
Directions to Camp
Camp Wish List

Camp Job Descriptions

Counselor/Staff Volunteer
Counselor in Training
Camp Assistant

Staff Training

Camp Rising Sun Overview
Introduction to ASD
Helping Campers Succeed; Being Proactive
8 Ways to Support
Summer of Purpose Russian Project Overview
Counselor in Training Program
Camp Assistants


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