Fear Facers Summer Camp: About the Camp

What is a day at camp like?

In the morning, your child will attend individual and group therapy sessions, and in the afternoon your child will participate in various activities including art, games and sports. These activities are designed to be fun and engaging, while encouraging your child to continue to face their fears in a safe environment. 

When can I drop off and pick up my child? 

The camp runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with breaks for lunch and morning and afternoon snacks.

You can drop your child off any time after 8 a.m. and pick your child up between 5 and 6 p.m.  

Where do I drop off and pick up my child?

You will drop off and pick up your child at the Freedom Community Center located at Veterans Memorial Park: 7400 S.W. 41 Place, Gainesville, FL 32608. There will be sign-in and sign-out procedures to ensure camper safety.

What happens if my child becomes sick and is not able to attend?

If a child becomes sick while at camp, a phone call will be made to the parent or guardian to have the child picked up. 

Is food provided for campers?

We ask that all campers come to camp prepared with lunch and two snacks. We will not be providing food in order to avoid concerns about food allergies.

What if there is an emergency, and I cannot pickup my child by 5 p.m.?

Aftercare options are available until 6 p.m.

What accommodations are offered if I am traveling from out of town?

Several hotels in the area have offered a discounted rate. There are two links below that have more information in regards to what you can expect for accommodations. Please mention the University of Florida (UF Health) to receive the discount.


Who is a good fit for camp?

Children and adolescents between the ages of 7 and 15 who have been diagnosed with or are experiencing symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder, social anxiety disorder, separation anxiety disorder, panic disorder and specific phobia disorder are a good fit for the camp. 

Who is not a good fit for camp?

Children and adolescents who exhibit disruptive behavior or have active symptoms of oppositional defiant disorder or conduct disorder are not a good fit for the camp. 

What is the cost of camp?

The cost of camp is $250 per week. Additional fees will apply for daily therapy sessions. Anyone interested in attending camp is required to go through the screening process by calling 352.265.4623. During the screening process, our staff will determine if your child is a good candidate for camp and will obtain information regarding your insurance coverage in order to determine daily therapy fees or co-payment requirements. 

Can my child participate in both weeks of camp?

Your child can participate in either one or two weeks of camp, depending on your preference and availability.

What does my camper need to bring?

Each day of camp, your camper needs to bring sunscreen, a hat, lunch, two snacks, a water bottle and a change of clothes.  

What if my child does not want to participate in an activity?

All campers will be encouraged to participate in every camp activity. However, campers will not be forced to engage in any activity and will have the option to participate in an alternative activity or sit out for the duration of the activity. 

What should my camper wear?

Each camper will be provided with two camp specific shirts to ensure that everyone is easily identifiable. We ask that they wear one of these shirts every day they attend camp. This camp includes a large portion of outdoor activities and summers in Florida can bring very high temperatures. We would like all campers to wear clothing that is appropriate for the weather and camp activities. Footwear should consist of sneakers, tennis shoes or closed toed hiking sandals, such as Keens, to ensure safety during all activities.