Crinkleroot Retreat

Crinkleroot Retreat is a free respite day camp for youth ages 8 – 14 with Autism Spectrum Disorders.  The retreat is held in Valle Crucis at Camp Broadstone and is staffed by trained Appalachian State University volunteers.

Crinkleroot Retreat is a program sponsored by Appalachian’s Institute for Health and Human Services within the College of Health Sciences. It is intended to provide parents and caretakers with free respite care, and offer children on the autism spectrum the opportunity to participate in typical camp activities that have been modified for their specific needs.  The camp is held in April in celebration of National Autism Awareness Month.

Children have one-on-one supervision and are encouraged to take part in expressive arts and nature activities, field games, s’mores making and other camp fun.

Parents and caregivers interested in participating in this program should contact Martha Routh at, to receive a camp application and information or visit

Registration is open now for this year's camp to be held April 8-10.  Applications are due by March 11.  Availability is limited to 15 campers.