Northeast Arc Recreation Programs run for 8 weeks at a time and all are open enrollment. All new participants are required to schedule an introductory meeting with Recreation staff before attending programs, and may include parents, legal guardians, etc. To schedule your meeting, email us or call 978-624-2308.
We offer a variety of weekly programs that change seasonally, as well as Friday Night Happenings and Saturday Outings. Information about the price of participating in each — along with registration information — is found in each specific section throughout this booklet. We also offer specialty programs at different times throughout the year, and additional sports opportunities in conjunction with Special Olympics Massachusetts.
Program Social Stories
Social Stories for most Recreation programs can be found online alongside the program details. Social Stories are written and visual guides describing various social interactions, situations, behaviors, skills or concepts that may face your family member when participating in our events. The goal of our Social Stories is to share relevant social cues, perspectives and common responses with people served, in a reassuring manner that can be easily understood.
Payments are due in full before a program begins; please note that registration is not complete until payment is processed. Upon receiving program registration confirmation, please pay via cash or check, or online via credit card. Checks made payable to Northeast Arc can be mailed to Katie Sweet’s attention at 6 Southside Road, Danvers, MA 01923.
Policies & Procedures/Transportation Information
To help us provide safe, quality programs, participants are to be escorted into program sites. It’s very important that you do not leave anyone at a program site without confirming that program staff has arrived. Before leaving the building, please ensure that the participant is checked in with a member of the Recreation staff. There are several different programs running in the building on a daily basis, and as a result there may be other staff in the building — however, they are not able to cover Recreation participants. Please note the start and end times of each program and plan accordingly. Participants should not arrive more than 15 minutes early nor be picked up more than 15 minutes after the program ends. If your family member will be utilizing The Ride or any other transportation service, please schedule drop-off as close to the program time as possible. The safety of our participants is paramount.
Northeast Arc Recreation staff will not utilize restraints in any situation. In the event of an emergency or severe behavioral occurrence, the supervising employee will call 911, safely secure the area, and notify the parent/guardian immediately. In the event of minor injuries — bumps, bruises, scrapes — first aid will be administered on-site.