Special Populations Programs


Our Goal

The Burlington Recreation & Parks Department offers several programs for persons with developmental disabilities. Our goal is to try to incorporate and mainstream individuals in our programs in order to prepare them socially for their future in the work force and other leisure activities. All of our facilities and existing programs are open to all of those with special needs.

Special Populations Dance

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
All Ages (Recommended for ages 16 and older)
Admission: Free
Thataways Youth Center

Dances are designed to offer a dance night for persons with developmental disabilities in Alamance County. Come out and enjoy music from the 70s, 80s, and 90s, including all time dance favorites, from the Cha-Cha Slide to the Mississippi Mudslide. This is a great time to meet new people, as well as to get an awesome work out! Please call (336) 222-5134 for more information.

Bingo Night for Special Populations

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
All Ages
Admission: Free
Thataways Youth Center

We will be offering Bingo to any age person with developmental disabilities. We’ll also have billiards, foosball and video arcade games, as well as four televisions for watching pleasure. Concessions are also available, so come out for a fun time and get to know others. Please call (336) 222-5134 for more information.

Structured Activities for Challenged Children (S.A.C.C.)

This program is developed for youth 5 - 21 years of age with developmental disabilities, that have a desire to participate in an athletic environment or various other activities structured to their abilities. The value of this program is based on the socialization and therapeutic benefits of participating in sports, various activities, and the strengthening of their self-esteem. For more information call our Administrative Office at (336) 222-5030.

Special Olympics Spring Games

Alamance / Burlington Special Olympics Spring Games will take place on the campus of Elon University at Rhodes Stadium. Elon is the original site of the first Special Olympics in Alamance County. Join in the festivities this year with over 250 athletes from Alamance County. This event is co-sponsored by the Alamance County and Burlington Recreation & Parks Departments. For more information or to volunteer call (336) 222-5030.

Camp Green Leaves

Dates: June 18 - July 20
Alumni Week: July 23 - 27
Ages: 5 - 21
Camp Green Leaves is a summer day camp for youth with developmental disabilities/delays of the Alamance-Burlington School System. Campers are divided into five groups rotating to different areas of camp daily. Activities include swimming, arts and crafts, sports and games, character building and nature studies, and free time. They also have several field trips planned through the summer. Sponsored by Burlington Recreation & Parks, with assistance from other governmental agencies and individual and civic group donations. For more information, please call (336) 222-5030 or email bmccandless@burlingtonnc.gov.
 Camp Greenleaves

Additional Information  

Main Office
1333 Overbrook Road
Burlington, NC 27215
(336) 222-5030

Thataways Youth Center
1334 Overbrook Road
Burlington, NC 27215
(336) 222-5134