It's summer, and for many children, teens, and young adults, that means it's time for camp! If you're a parent or caretaker of a child with Spina Bifida, a spinal cord injury, special needs, or any other challenges, you want them to have the same opportunities for fun activities as any other child has.
Take a look at our compiled list of various camp and programs across the United States. Some are even available year-round!
(Alabama's Special Camp for Children and Adults)
ASCCA is a
nationally recognized leader in therapeutic recreation for children and adults
with both physical and intellectual disabilities. Providing weekend and
week-long sessions, Camp ASCCA is open year-round.
Creating life-changing experiences for children with spinal
cord disabilities and spina bifida ages 6-16.
AbilityFirst’s Camp Paivika
This camp has helped thousands of children
and adults with disabilities make friends, try new things,, and become more
confident and independent.
Camping Unlimited – Camp Krem
Enriching the lives of those with special needs, a fun and
safe program of recreation, socialization, and education.
Camp Ronald McDonald at Eagle Lake
Dedicated to supporting children with disabilities and
disadvantages and their families. Arts and crafts, water sports, group
activities and more.
Easter Seals Central California – Camp Harmon
Residential camp program for children and adults with
disabilities at Boulder Creek.
Painted Turtle Camp
Offers various different camp options for children with chronic
and life-threatening illnesses including those with spina bifida and
paraplegia, Crohn’s and colitis, and more.
Weeklong day camps including an outdoor adventure camp,
music and dance camp, teen camp, and high rocky adventure.
CFCE Summer Camp
Camps available in Loveland and Denver, this four week camp
runs Monday through Friday for children with motor disabilities.
Camp Roundup River Ranch
River Ranch is a medically supported camp for kids
with chronic and life-threatening illnesses.
The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp
Dedicated to providing a different kind of healing to
seriously ill children and their families throughout the Northeast, free of
Camp providing individual support, with intellectual and
developmental disabilities in Southeastern CT.
Hospital for Special Care Ivan Lendl Adaptive Sports Camp
Week-long day wheelchair sports camp for children ages 7-18
living with physical disabilities.
Children’s Beach House, Inc.
Camp programs on the Delaware Bay providing a unique
experience for children with special needs to explore and learn from our
natural environment. Activities include swimming, sailing, kayaking, arts and
crafts, and more.
Camp Boggy Creek
For ages 7-16 who have been diagnosed with a chronic or
Easter Seals Florida Camp Challenge
Weeklong fully accessible overnight or day camp for children
and adults with disabilities or special needs, ages 6+.
CECO Summer Camp
For ages 2-18. Intensive conductive education program with
the focus on increasing phsycial and social independence offering intensive
sessions led by PETO trained conductors including physical, educational and
Camp Krazy Legs
Overnight summer camp for children and teens with spina
bfiida who meet eligibility criteria.
Lindsey’s Place Camp
Year-round recreation program for ages 7-30, providing
activities for those with special needs.
BlazeSports Georgia Blaze Camps
Several locations, ages 8-19. Two-day and one-week sessions
sports summer camps for youth with physical disabilities.
Camp ASCCA – Easter Seals
Ages 6 and up. One-week sessions for people with
disabilities. Aquatic activities, arts and crafts, horseback riding and more.
Ages 8+, one-week sessions for high functioning, special
needs individuals. Includes nature activities, crafts, game, overnight campout,
Camp Twin Lakes
Ages 7+, traditional camp with swimming, sports, nature
activities, canoeing, archery for campers with a variety of medical
Camp IndependenceRun by the YMCA of Metro Chicago and Illinois Spina Bifida
Overnight camp designed especially for people with spina bifida.
Designed to learn self-care, develop new friendships, and try new adaptive
Surrounded by 45 acres of woods, a residential camp for
differently abled people of all ages.
For children and adults with and without disabilities ages
five and older, features an accessible indoor pool and the Meredith Tree House.
Camp High Hopes
Designed to offer a fun, safe, and adaptive recreational
environment for people with disabilities, their friends, and families.
Center for Courageous Kids
Camp for children living with life threatening illnesses to
have fun and forget about their everyday struggles.
Summer camp for people with developmental disabilities and
other special needs. Fully accessible, teambuilding, recreation and
environmental education center for people of all abilities.
Providing camp programs for children and adults with
disabilities, and their families.
Pine Tree Society Camp
Offers seven six-day overnight sessions geared toward
various ages and disabilities.
Year-round camping & therapeutic recreation program
provides life-changing experiences in a safe environment for youth and adults
Easter Seals Camp Fairlee
Accessible camping opportunity located near Chestertown,
Maryland. Residential/recreational camp for ages 6 and up.
Provides day, overnight, and weekly camping programs for
persons of all ages with a primary focus on creating a community in which
everyone is included and has a sense of belonging.
Bay Cliff Health Camp's Camp Independence
One-week camping program for adults with physical disabilities with a wide variety of activities and special events.
Bay Cliff Health Camp's Spina Bifida Family Camp
Camp for families of those with Spina Bifida. This year, it will take place in the fall. Dates to be announced. Follow link for more information.
Camp Grace Bentley
Hosts campers with a range of physical and mental
challenges ages 7-16.
Camp Friendship, Camp Courage, Camp Courage North, Camp Eden
Wood, Camp New Hope
Providing life-changing experiences that enhance
independence and self-esteem for children and adults with disabilities.
Follow link for more information and 2014 schedule.
Camp Fish Tales
Wheelchair-accessible camp on 67 acres devoted to providing a unique camping atmosphere for those with special challenges.
Camp Dream Street
5-day, 4-night camping program for children with physical disabilities.
A week-long summer camp in Excelsior Springs, MO devoted to
children living with spina bfiida.
Private, non-profit, residential summer camp for individuals with physical and/or developmental disabilities. Located in Bedford, New Hampshire.
Camp Merry Heart
Recreation and activities for people of all ages and all
types of disabilities and special needs in Hackettstown.
Therapy camp for non-speaking or severely
speech-impaired children, ages 5 -16, who functionally use synthesized
augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices.
Camp for children and young adults, ages 6-21, with physical and developmental disabilities.
A fun-filled, loving, nurturing, and safe environment for
children and adults who require various levels of support, and who may also
have physical and/or medical needs.
Offers therapeutic recreative programs during summer and
weekends for individuals with developmental disabilities.
Southampton Fresh Air Home
Serving children ages 8 – 18, accommodating severely as well
as mildly and moderately physically challenged children.
Double H Ranch Summer Camp
Camp for ages 6-16 dealing with critical or life-threatening
illnesses giving them a chance to experience the magic of the Adirondacks.
Camp options for adults and children, available for those
with physical or developmental disabilities to enjoy a memorable summer
Free one-week camping experience for kids with chronic
illnesses including spina bifida and spinal cord disorders and injuries.
All Abilities Camp
Ages 5-16, open to children with and without disabilities.
Campers participate in a variety of activities, including horseback riding,
arts and crafts, and more.
Camp Free Spirit
Ages 2 and up, for those with physical or developmental disabilities.
Day camp that uses outdoors and animals, especially horses, to teach
individuals everyday living skills and an understanding of animals and the
Week-long camp located in Greenville, NC, for ages 5-21 with
developmental or physical disabilities.
Camp Echoing Hills
Different camp opportunities for various age groups and mild
to severe physical and/or developmental disabilities.
Camp for children with disabilities and autism. Includes day camp, weekend respite camps, and more. Therapeutic horsemanship sessions are also offered year-round.
Five-day retreat for children with spina bifida. Also open
to children with Cerebral Palsy. Located in Pryor, OK.
Residential summer camp for children with disabilities for
Christian camp with a safe and inclusive environment for kids with special needs.
Camp Yakety Yak
A two-week, therapeutic day camp that helps children with
special needs grow socially and emotionally by improving their communication
FireFly Camps & Retreats
Provides year-round opportunities for personal development,
skills building, and family respite for individuals with spina bifida and
For adults 19 and up with any disability.
A week-long, co-ed overnight camp for children 7-17
with any disability.
York County Day Camp
A six-week York County day camp, specifically designed for
those with disabilities ages 5-21.
Dauphin County Day Camp
Three-week day camp specifically designed
for those with disabilities ages 5-21.
Cumberland County Day Camp
Three-week, Cumberland County day camp, specifically
designed for those with disabilities ages 5-21.
Adams County Day Camp
Three-week Adams County day camp, designed for those with
disabilities in a therapeutic environment.
Camps available for children and adults with disabilities
and chronic illnesses.
A camp for children with spina bifida ages 6-18. A week full
of fun activities like arts and crafts, fishing, swimming, paddle boats, patoon
boat rides, hayrides, ropes course, climbing wall and more.
Designed to enhance self-confidence and improve
Camp John Marc
Six-day residential camp for children with Spina Bifida ages 8
Camp For All – camp LIFE
Created to promote an inclusive environment for all kids
accepting children with a variety of special needs including, but not limited
to, autism, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, and more.
Camp That Love Built
Completely adaptive summer camp that gives those with Spina
Bifida opportunities for independence and FUN!
Dedicated to improving the lives of people with
disabilities through the medium of recreation and leisure education. Offers
fishing, horse riding, swimming, campouts, arts and crafts, rop course, and
Camp Easter Seals UCP
Camp designed to offer children and adults with disabilities
the opportunities for sing-a-longs and talent shows to canoeing, nature walks,
swimming and arts and crafts.
Easter Seals Camp - Stand By Me
Fully accessible recreational camp for children and adults
with any disability.
Camp Holiday Trails
A camp for children with special health needs.
Outdoors for All Summer Day Camps
Provides an active camp environment for children with and
without disabilities ages 5-21.
Camp Prime Time
A camp for terminally ill and disabled children and their
Mountaineer Spina Bifida Camp
Held at Cedar Lakes in Ripley for ages 8-18. Swimming,
socialization skills, sports and more.
Provides a positive natural environment where individuals
with developmental challenges can learn about their surroundings and realize
their full potential.
Although the contents of this list are believed to
be reliable when posted, 180 Medical cannot
guarantee this information to
be current, accurate or complete. Please contact the
organization holding the camp for additional details regarding the events.
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