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The mission of Via Services is to help children and adults with disabilities and special needs achieve greater self-sufficiency and lead richer lives.
Camp Costanoan , accredited by the American Camping Association, is a residential, recreational facility serving children and adults with physical and developmental disabilities. Founded in 1954, Camp is Via's oldest program serving more than 1,800 individuals a year. Camp Costanoan is nestled in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains in Stevens Creek County Park, located 15 miles west of San Jose and 45 miles south of San Francisco. Camp operates year-round offering ten one week sessions during the summer and two weekend sessions per month from October to May.
Program areas include: creative arts, expressive arts, aquatics, nature, recreation, outdoor living skills, horseback riding, campfires, talent shows and other special events. Activities are adapted to each camper's age, ability and interest.
We serve children and adults ages 5-85, with physical and developmental disabilities. The individuals who participate in our programs are diagnosed and/or identified as having characteristics associated with the following: Autism Spectrum Disorder, Epilepsy, Down syndrome, Traumatic Brain Injury, Cerebral Palsy, Visual Impairment, Premature Birth, Severe/Multiple Disabilities, Mental Retardation, Hearing Loss, Speech Impairment and Diabetes.
We at Camp Costanoan believe that all children and adults, regardless of their abilities and limitations, can benefit from experiencing the natural world first hand. It is our belief that the relationships that are formed, the friendships that are made, the skills that are developed, and the experiences that are taken away from Camp Costanoan will have a positive effect on each camper that will last a lifetime.
Residential camping programs at Camp Costanoan are based on the belief that an outdoor group living experience offers an unusual opportunity for each camper to better understand and appreciate the natural environment, one's self, and the human community.
Program Goals include helping our campers develop independence, practice average daily living skills, develop lifelong leisure skills, develop and use social skills and provide opportunities for growth and development.
Each year, Camp Costanoan recruits more than 150 seasonal volunteers and staff to work within our residential camping programs. Students interested in medical fields, allied health, nursing, social work, education, recreation, physical therapy, kinesiology and human services can gain valuable experiences.