Camp Royall Camp For Persons With Autism

Pittsboro, North Carolina

Hedgerows, oak groves, open fields and wooded draws provide the setting for this camp facility in central North Carolina. Embedded within the familiar themes typically associated with a summer camp is a subtly organized hierarchy of spaces, visual cues, and circulation patterns that contribute to satisfying the unique needs of this special population.

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This project established an opportunity for children with autism to participate in a typical camp experience in the rural heart of North Carolina. A five-county search was conducted to find a suitable site for the camp. The selected 135 acres is a rolling piedmont site that includes a significant stream, remnant hedgerows, and mature woods.

A master plan was prepared to establish a vision for the camp, for fund raising campaigns, and to guide site development. The master plan included cabins, counselor dorms, a central lodge facility, swimming and boating facilities, fire rings, hiking trails, recreation facilities, a caretaker home and all associated infrastructure. All major elements of the camp were developed in accordance with ADA standards.