Down Syndrome Programs


Current programming for individuals with Down syndrome and their families

includes Camp Blue Sky and monthly day programs.

Click here for more information about our monthly day programs.

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Camp Blue Sky

April 20 – 21, 2024

At Camp Merrowvista

Center Tuftonboro, NH

An overnight camp for families of youth and young adults ages 6 – 25 with Down syndrome.

New in 2024

Zebra Crossings is expanding the age range for Camp Blue Sky to include young adults ages 18 – 25 with Down syndrome and their families!

There will be two separate groups at camp.  Participants from each group will participate in activities tailored to their age and engage in shared fellowship among all attendees.

  • Families with children ages 6 – 17
  • Families with young adults ages 18 – 25

Goals of participating in this fun camp experience:

  • Increased self-confidence and sense of independence
  • Inspiration to live life to the fullest
  • Desire to seek opportunities to achieve goals


Come make new friends, build community, and play!


Camp Scholarships are available! 

Email [email protected] for more information.

2024 Camp Pricing:  Infant/Toddler $30, Kids (5-17) $125, Young Adults (18-25) $150, Adults (26+) $175

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A little bit about Camp Blue Sky:

Started in 2011 in partnership with the American Youth Foundation, Camp Blue Sky is an overnight camp for youth and families with Down syndrome. Held at Camp Merrowvista in Center Tuftonboro, NH, Camp Blue Sky is a place where individuals and families can relax, connect and explore. 

By creating a “haven of inclusion,” kids can feel they are in the majority. Parents don’t need to explain, excuse or justify their children’s needs. This, in turn, creates a beautiful, safe environment where everyone can learn and grow. 

In 2024 we are launching a “young adult” category for those individuals who are starting to spread their wings. We hope to encourage our older campers to practice learning new skills and taking on leadership opportunities where they can mentor the younger campers.

What to expect:

  • Campers and families will be greeted by staff upon arrival at 10A on Saturday. Departure is Sunday after lunch.
  • Each family will have their own private accommodations.
  • Memorable weekend rain or shine


On the grounds of Camp Merrowvista there is a field house/gym type of space that houses the ropes course and rock climbing wall. This space is also great for games of all sorts and ensures that no matter what weather is encountered during Camp Blue Sky, everyone will be able to be active and have fun!

Sample activities:

  • Arts & Crafts
  • Archery
  • Rock Climbing 
  • Ropes Course
  • Campfire
  • Hike to Waterfall
  • Kickball

Parents are part of the equation, too, and we want to carve out time for parents to connect with each other.  A relaxed and regulated parent is a parent who is able to face their child’s needs without fear or judgment. In turn, this means that the child does not worry about being “different” and is able to be centered and fully present. This allows them to learn and grow, because they feel safe and “ok.”

“What others would consider ’fun’ weekends are so hard for my kids. They can’t participate with their typical peers…this weekend gave us amazing activities with an instant, supportive community that really gets it. I’m a single mom so traveling alone is not feasible. But this weekend I felt like I was with family.”  ~Camp Blue Sky Parent

Info about our host campground:

Location: Camp Merrowvista, 147 Canaan Road, Center Tuftonboro, NH 03816


We will be staying in a large lodge with individual, dormitory style rooms. Each family will have their own room(s). The rooms have beds that are typical of a college dorm, some are single beds, but most are bunk beds. There are shared bathrooms, again, very much like the bathrooms in a dormitory, with multiple sinks, toilets and showers. The lodge has its own kitchen and dining area where everyone will eat meals together that are served “family” style. There is also a fairly large recreation space in the daylit basement of the lodge, which is very useful if the weather isn’t cooperating.



“Set on over 600 acres in the pristine Ossipee Mountains of New Hampshire, Merrowvista draws you into a life that is rustic, uncomplicated, and filled with excitement. Trails lead through the forest to mountain peaks just waiting to be explored. Dan Hole Pond, a crystal clear lake, is the hub of waterfront activities. This beautiful setting provides the perfect backdrop to discover what it means to be my own self, at my very best, all the time!”  Visit  to learn more about Merrowvista.

Merrowvista Office
Merrowvista Recreation Center
Camp Merrowvista Waterfront
Merrowvista Waterfront Sunrise

We’re coming! What should we bring?

We will find a balance between indoor and outdoor activity options. The weather has been varying widely lately so please dress in layers to accommodate for all temperature and weather conditions. In addition, if it is raining, the ground will be muddy in areas. We recommend bringing comfortable clothing that allows you to play!


  • Any medications you might need 
  • Water bottle
  • A book or a favorite game to play with friends during downtime
  • Daypack to carry all belongings 
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Boots (most likely we will still be in mud season with continued snow melt).

Linens And Bedding

  • 1 fitted sheet, pillow & pillowcase
  • 1 sleeping bag  
  • 1 towel and washcloth

Toiletry Items:

  • Shower shoes (flip flops, plastic shoes)
  • Toothpaste and toothbrush
  • Soap, Shampoo and Conditioner
  • Sunscreen: SPF 40 or higher, waterproof recommended
  • Insect repellant
  • Lip balm


  • At least 1 pair of sneakers required for outdoor activities
  • An extra pair of indoor shoes or slippers
  • 1 pair of long pants
  • 1 shirt
  • Sweatshirt
  • Warm jacket
  • Raincoat or poncho with a hood
  • Pajamas
  • 2 pairs of socks
  • 2 pairs of underwear
  • Hat and gloves/Mittens – evenings can still be chilly

What to leave at home:

  • Jewelry, money or other valuables
  • Pocket knives or weapons of any kind
  • Gum, candy

Email [email protected] for more information or use the button below to register.

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