All upcoming Aspire special events are listed below. This page is updated regularly so please check back often for future events. To see Aspire in the news, or read about us in notable publications, scroll down to our "In The News" section.

Special Events


Sunday, October 24
Halloween Celebration 
Time: 1:00pm - 4:30pm 
Cost: $50
Requirements: Open to new, current and past participants ages 5-13
Location:  Hale Reservation, Westwood
Join us at Hale Reservation for an Aspire Halloween Special Event! In matched peer cohorts, participants will enjoy Halloween-themed games, activities, and movement (including a Scavenger Hunt for our older participants). We invite caregivers, parents, and siblings to join us for a practice run of trick-or-treating around our Hale site to finish out the celebration. Siblings and friends under 13 and under are welcome to register. Individuals new to Aspire should submit a Special Events application and schedule a brief phone screening.

Saturday, October 30
Hiking 
Time: 10:00am - 11:30am 
Cost: $35
Requirements: Open to new, current and past participants ages 14-18
Location:  Hale Reservation, Westwood
Enjoy the beauty of nature by joining us on a hike at Hale Reservation. Participants will share the outdoors in a safe way and reconnect with the rejuvenating quality of the woods.

Saturday, October 30
Painting
Time: 10:30am - 1:00pm 
Cost: $35
Requirements: Open to new, current and past participants ages 14+
Location:  Hale Reservation, Westwood
Join us at Hale Reservation for a Paint Party! Participants will each have their own space with individual, watercolor materials to paint a picture of the beautiful Hale Reservation scenery. This event is ideal for both aspiring artists or newcomers who are looking to try something new and eager to spend time outdoors with friends.

Saturday, October 30
Hiking
Time: 12:30pm - 2:00pm 
Cost: $35
Requirements: Open to new, current and past participants ages 16+
Location:  Hale Reservation, Westwood
Enjoy the beauty of nature by joining us on a hike at Hale Reservation. Participants will share the outdoors in a safe way and reconnect with the rejuvenating quality of the woods.

Friday, January 7
Trivia Night
Time: 6:45pm - 8:00pm 
Cost: $35
Requirements: Open to new, current and past participants ages 14+
Location:  Lexington
Calling all trivia buffs! For this event, teams will compete in categories chosen from attendees’ special interests. Popular categories include pop culture, history, science fiction, fantasy, movies and cryptozoology! Sign up alone or as a team and let us know what categories you’d like to see featured!

Sunday, January 9
Snow Day!
Time: 1:00pm - 4:00pm 
Cost: $50
Requirements: Open to new, current and past participants ages 5-13
Location:  Lexington
Join Aspire staff members for an afternoon of winter-themed fun! In small, supported groups, participants will enjoy arts and crafts, group games, and some outdoor snow play (fingers crossed). This is a drop-off event. Siblings and friends, ages 13 and under are welcome to register. Individuals new to Aspire should submit a Special Events application and schedule a brief phone screening.

In The News

Exciting News for Aspire Adventure Camp Trailblazers, read more about the impact of Aspire receiving the Leadership Pathways Project grant from the American Camp Association (ACA) to establish a formalized Leader-In-Training (LIT) program over the next 3 years!

20th Anniversary Aspire Gala 2020: Virtual Summer Programming
During the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, while many other summer camps had to close, Aspire was able to stay flexible, creative and adapt to a new virtual platform in order to deliver support and programming to our participants. A few of our participants and families discuss their experiences with Aspire.



Aspire 2019 Gala: "People Matter. Moments Matter"
Here's to the people in our lives who make a difference: best friends, teachers, siblings, parents, employers, mentors. These are the Moments that Matter.


Aspire 2018 Spring Gala: "Light Up"
It was a privilege to be able to share the perspectives of some of our participants here at Aspire. Their answers to "Five Questions about Autism" will enlighten you.

Read more about the 2018 gala:


Aspire 2017 Spring Gala: "Dear Aspire"
"You taught me to be myself" and "You've given me a voice" are just a few of the words from former Aspire participants that were shared at our 2017 Gala.
Read more about the 2017 gala:


Publications