Summer Enrichment

BasketballBittersweet Farms offers a Summer Enrichment Program for adolescents with autism, which provides opportunities to actively engage in recreational, leisure, and work activities. It is designed to focus on individual academic goals, vocational skills, social development, physical activity, and life skills, as well as assist adolescents with the transition to adult services.

The Summer Enrichment Program has been serving adolescents with autism for 18 years on the 80-acre Bittersweet Farms campus in Whitehouse, Ohio. Participation in the program is also offered through our Pemberville and Lima locations. When the program began, it was run out of a tent near the front of the property and had more of a recreational focus. Typical activities included swimming and car washes.  

The program continued to develop and soon moved into a small building near the front of the property. In 2010, the name changed from "Summer Camp" to "Summer Enrichment" in order to recognize the dynamic program design which allows for individualization and includes vocational training opportunities.  


BSF SE 062316 2At the core of Summer Enrichment Program is an emphasis on providing programming to meet a variety of needs. The focus is to allow participants the opportunity to experience the activities of a farm-based community. This might include working in the gardens or green houses, taking care of farm animals, or creating works of art in the art studio. Every week, the program has a different theme. Examples of past themes include Hawaiian, Fourth of July, Adventure, Science, and Sports. "Sports Week" is a particularly popular week, as individuals often participate in different games and sporting events each day. The program culminates with annual "Tie-Dye T-Shirt Day," which is a major highlight!

You can find out more about our Summer Enrichment by directing all questions in regards to:

Whitehouse to Jessica Swaisgood: (419) 875 6986, ext. 1211;  jswaisgood@bittersweetfarms.org

Pemberville to Anne Clark: (419) 287 4985; aclark@bittersweetfarms.org

Lima to Julia Soules: (419) 999 9174; jsoules@bittersweetfarms.org.  

Dates for 2017:

Whitehouse: June 12 - July 28, Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (Closed week of July 4th)

Pemberville: June 5 - August 18, Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. t0 2:00 p.m. (Closed week of July 4th)

Lima: June 5 - August 18, Monday – Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (Closed July 3rd & 4th