Summer Camps for Children with Spina Bifida and/or Special Needs

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.
Summer camps for special needs kids
Take a look at our compiled list of various camp and programs across the United States. Some are even available year-round!

Alabama

Camp ASCCA (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.

Arkansas

Camp Aldersgate

Creating life-changing experiences for children with spinal cord disabilities and spina bifida ages 6-16.

California

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.

Colorado

Challenge Aspen

Week-long day camps including an outdoor adventure camp, music and dance camp, teen camp, and a 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 Roundup

River Ranch is a medically supported camp for kids with chronic and life-threatening illnesses.

Connecticut

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 charge.


Camp Harkness

Camp providing individual support, with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Southeastern CT.
http://www.thearcnlc.org/camp.php

Hospital for Special Care Ivan Lendl Adaptive Sports Camp

Week-long day wheelchair sports camp for children ages 7-18 living with physical disabilities.

Delaware

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.

Florida

Camp Boggy Creek

For ages 7-16 who have been diagnosed with a chronic or life-threatening condition.

Easter Seals Florida Camp Challenge

Week-long fully accessible overnight or day camp for children and adults with disabilities or special needs, ages 6+.

Georgia

Camp Krazy Legs

Overnight summer camp for children and teens with spina bifida 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.

Camp Sparrowood

Ages 8+, one-week sessions for high functioning, special needs individuals. Includes nature activities, crafts, games, and swimming.

Camp Twin Lakes

Ages 7+, traditional camp with swimming, sports, nature activities, canoeing, and archery for campers with a variety of medical disabilities.

Illinois

Camp IndependenceRun by the YMCA of Metro Chicago and Illinois Spina Bifida Association
Overnight camp designed especially for people with spina bifida. Designed to learn self-care, develop new friendships, and try new adaptive sports.

Indiana

Camp Millhouse

Surrounded by 45 acres of woods, a residential camp for differently-abled people of all ages.

Iowa

Camp Sunnyside

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.

Kentucky

Center for Courageous Kids

Camp for children living with life-threatening illnesses to have fun and forget about their everyday struggles.

Maine

Camp CaPella

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.

Maryland

Camp Greentop

Year-round camping & therapeutic recreation program provides life-changing experiences in a safe environment for youth and adults with disabilities.

Easter Seals Camp Fairlee

Accessible camping opportunity located near Chestertown, Maryland. Residential/recreational camp for ages 6 and up.

Massachusetts

Camp Howe

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.

Michigan

Camp Grace Bentley Camp

Hosts campers with a range of physical and mental challenges ages 7-16.

Minnesota

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.

Mississippi

Camp Dream Street

5-day camping program for children with physical disabilities.

Missouri

Camp MITIOG

A week-long summer camp in Excelsior Springs, MO devoted to
children living with spina bfiida.

New Hampshire

Camp Allen

Private, non-profit residential summer camp for individuals with physical and/or developmental disabilities. Located in Bedford, New Hampshire.

New Jersey

Camp Merry Heart

Recreation and activities for people of all ages and all types of disabilities and special needs in Hackettstown.

Camp Chatterbox

Therapy camp for non-speaking or severely speech-impaired children, ages 5 -16, who functionally use synthesized augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices.

New York

Camp Paquatuck

Camp for children and young adults, ages 6-21, with physical and developmental disabilities.

Camp Anne

A fun-filled, safe environment for children and adults who require various levels of support, and who may also have physical and/or medical needs.

Camp Huntington

Offers therapeutic recreative programs during summer and weekends for individuals with developmental disabilities.

Southampton Fresh Air Home

Serving physically-challenged children ages 8 to 18.

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 Oakhurst

Camp options for adults and children, available for those with physical or developmental disabilities to enjoy a memorable summer experience.

North Carolina

Victory Junction

Victory Junction offers nine weeks of summer camp and is open to children with special needs, ages 6 to 16. Each week serves children with different needs and medical conditions, including one week just for kids with Spina Bifida. Victory Junction serves up to 128 kids at a time and works to enrich the lives of children with illnesses and special needs by providing fun and empowering camp experiences at no cost to children or their families.

Camp Carefree

Free one-week camping experience for kids with chronic illnesses including spina bifida and spinal cord injuries.

All Abilities Camp

Ages 5 to 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 great outdoors.

Ohio

Camp Echoing Hills

Different camp opportunities for various age groups and mild to severe physical and/or developmental disabilities.

Camp Cheerful

Camp for children with disabilities and autism. Therapeutic horsemanship sessions are also offered year-round.

Oklahoma

Kamp Wildfire

Five-day retreat for children with spina bifida. Also open to children with Cerebral Palsy. Located in Pryor, OK.

Camp ClapHans

Residential summer camp for children with disabilities for ages 8-16.

Oregon

Camp Attitude

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 skills.

Pennsylvania

FireFly Camps & Retreats

Provides year-round opportunities for personal development and skill-building for individuals with spina bifida and related disabilities.

Club LilyCamp

For adults 19 and up 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 for those with disabilities ages 5-21.

Adams County Day Camp

Three-week Adams County day camp in a therapeutic environment.

Camp Woodlands

Camps available for children and adults with disabilities and chronic illnesses.

Camp Spifida

A camp for children with spina bifida ages 6-18. A week full of fun activities like arts and crafts, fishing, swimming, paddle boats, hayrides, rope courses, climbing walls, and more.

South Dakota

Spirit Camp

Designed to enhance self-confidence and improve independence.

Texas

Camp John Marc

Six-day residential camp for children with Spina Bifida ages 8 to 15.

Camp For All – Camp LIFE

Created to promote an inclusive environment for all kids accepting children with a variety of special needs including 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!

Utah

Camp Kostopulos

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, and more.

Virginia

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.

Washington

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 families.

West Virginia

Mountaineer Spina Bifida Camp

Held at Cedar Lakes in Ripley for ages 8-18. Swimming, socialization skills, sports and more.

Wisconsin

Badger Camp

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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