Camp for kids with speech and language disorders closes

A camp program founded in 1970 aimed at helping kids with speech and language disorders will not return next summer.

Camp Hapitok, pronounced “happy talk” released a statement on its website stating that the San Luis Obispo County, California-based organization has been dissolved and the camp closed.

“We have spent countless hours, with the help of a board consultant, looking for a solution to our operational and financial issues,” the statement reads in part. “After careful consideration of our current situation, future needs and the ability to meet those needs, it is with great sadness that the Board of Directors is announcing their decision to dissolve the corporation and close Camp Hapitok.”

The camp’s future was jeopardized last summer when the San Luis Obispo County Office of Education pulled its support over legal concerns. A crowd-funding campaign helped keep the program going but it wasn’t enough to sustain it going forward.

Matt Ralph

Matt Ralph

I'm the editor of Summer Camp Culture and also blog at and I live in the Philadelphia area and went to camps and camp meetings growing up in Ohio, Maryland and New Jersey.

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