KAMPN Mission Statement

kampn - kids with autism making progress in nature

KAMPN's (Kids with Autism Making Progress in Nature) mission is to provide an option rarely available for families having children with autism to experience activities in nature at Camp Cogger. It will provide a program for the child and family as well as provide an opportunity for the wholesome interaction of the families during the week. In addition, students participating from universities will benefit by working with the children and families under the supervision of trained staff and university personnel.



Camp Cogger

KAMPN conducts a uniquely designed overnight summer camp program, Camp Cogger, for children with autism and their families. It will be located in Deep Gap, North Carolina in the High Country known as the "Heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains."

KAMPN will provide a very unique opportunity for parents to interact with each other to discuss the challenges and rewards they are faced with daily. in addition it will provide them an opportunity to enjoy various activities provided in the High Country while trained service staff members work with their child at Camp Cogger.

KAMPN will provide a model that can be replicated in other areas of the state and country. This will be accomplished through distribution of all documents and materials that would help in the establishment of this model program.

KAMPN realizes the high costs involved in raising a child with autism. In order to help with the expenses, Camp Cogger is a free experiecne to families and their children with autism.

 THE 2015 CAMP COGGER WAITLIST APPLICATION IS OPEN!!!!  If you are interested in joining us at camp this summer, please click the link above to access the application.  Completed applications can be emailled to KAMPN4autism@gmail.com OR mailed to 1255 Wildcat Ridge Rd, Deep Gap, NC 28618!  



We are SO excited to introduce our 2015 KAMPN Staff!  We have 12 awesome students from Appalachian State, East Carolina, UNC Wilmington, and Mount Olive college who are so excited for all of our 2015 KAMPN Kids!


 We are counting down the days until Camp Cogger 2015 begins! 

Click on the image above to see a video from the 2014 Camp Cogger Season!  

June 1st, 2015: Kelsey Trevethan (KAMPN Coordinator) and Dr. Jim Taylor (KAMPN President) hard at work preparing the play area, while the mountain laurels bloom!


Dr. Jim Taylor sits at a campfire 

with child.

AppState Student leads two children 
through KAMPN trails.

ASU student with child.

 2014 Camp Cogger Staff




KAMPN LIFE (Living Innovations for Exceptional) Village is a new iniative through KAMPN.  The LIFE Village will be a permanent residential community for adults who are on the autism spectrum and/or have related disorders. 

Over 500,000 children with autism and related disorders will be entering adulthood in the next 15 years. Communities nationwide are starting to look at how to address these growing concerns. LIFE hopes to meet the residential and community living needs of adults on the autism spectrum and related disorders. In the next three to five years we will develop a residential community set on a sustainable, community-supported farm where exceptional individuals will feel safe, accepted and live LIFE with a purpose!

KAMPN LIFE Village is currently in the fundraising and planning stages, but our dedicated team is working towards opening the Village in the next 3-5 years!


 The Beech to Beach Cycling 4 LIFE bike ride is HERE! 

News reports from the journey!

Check out this news report from Greensboro about the bike ride!

Here's another article from the Yadin Ripple!

Visit the KAMPN LIFE Facebook page for more updates and to see pictures from the journey!



1255 Wildcat Ridge
Deep Gap, NC 28618

KAMPN Inc. is a nonprofit, federally tax-exempt, charitable organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code. Donations can be sent to the address above.

Board Members & Parent Advisors


Donate to Cycling for LIFE

In April of 2015, Jim Taylor and Brad Hardie will be Cycling for LIFE in a 500 mile adventure from Beech Mountain to Hatteras Beach.  For more information about this great adventure and to donate, check out the link above 

Watauga Democrat artice about KAMPN LIFE Village

KAMPN LIFE's Facebook Page

KAMPN Camp Cogger Facebook Page

Ashe County Mountain Times (pdf- front page)

Ashe County Mountain Times (pdf - P.2)

High Country Press


Endorsements/Support Summaries


QEP Global Learning