The Harbor Light Foundation is accepting applications for its summer camp in Fairfield that is open to children with autism and other developmental challenges with a smaller number of children who have typical development.

The summer camp's curriculum is both hands-on and focused on personal development, the camp said. The core goal of activities is to sharpen social and cognitive skills through group activities and interaction while at the same time having fun.

The camp on Easton Turnpike uses a theme-of-the -week format that aims to provide a lively and creative atmosphere, camp officials said. Many of the activities are based on popular television shows, such as "Survivor," which challenge campers with activities such as building a shelter, using a compass and finding survival tools.

During "Mystery Week," campers will play the roles of detectives, searching for clues and putting them together to solve problems. Those activities are intended to foster teamwork, confidence, knowledge and fun in the outdoors.

The camp has a Young Leaders Program for older campers and counselors-in-training for independent adolescents who can provide positive role modeling for their peers and help campers develop social skills, Harbor Lights said.

The camp is open to children of all backgrounds and with all types of needs. Its goal is to unify the community through diversity while helping young people to learn and utilize leadership skills.

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