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

by Jessica July 2 2014 15:51
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

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.
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

Camp Carefree
Free one-week camping experience for kids with chronic illnesses including spina bifida and spinal cord 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 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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Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for 5 years and currently holds the title of Purchasing and Marketing Coordinator. Her favorite things about 180 Medical are her great co-workers and getting to work for such a fun, caring company!