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Summer camps for kids with special needs

Supporting kids with unique challenges

Summer camps for children with special needs are designed to provide extra help for kids requiring physical, emotional, behavourial or medical support.

Whether the camp provides support staff or asks parents to have someone familiar and experienced attend and work closely with their child, families can rest assured that staff will be attentive to their needs as well as provide them an encouraging and fun environment to learn, grow and engage.

Why attend a special needs camp?

Kids who attend these kinds of specialty camps have the extra comfort and confidence of being with peers who have similar experiences and staff who understand their specific needs to fully support them and ensure an enjoyable time at camp.

Find the right special needs camp

When searching for a special needs camp, start by researching the location, programs, and other specifications that are important to your family and your child ahead of time. Some camps integrate children with certain needs, others are wholly focused on assisting the camper and their facilities are adapted for their well-being.

Other questions you may like to consider asking include:

  • Does the camp focus on a certain need or a range of special needs?
  • Would your child be comfortable with a day or overnight camp?
  • What is the staff to camper ratio?
  • What accreditations does the camp have and what credentials do the staff have?
  • Are the campers grouped by age or needs?
  • What type of medical staff are on hand?
  • What kind of focused programs and additional services does the camp offer that could benefit your child?

Once you have a short list of camps, speak with the camp director, staff and parents of other campers if possible about their experiences. If it’s feasible, plan to visit the camp ahead of time so you and your family can ask questions and get a feel for the environment firsthand.

For additional information on special needs camps, please take a closer look at our listings below.


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List of special needs camps and programs

Camps that specialize in special needs
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  • Camp Couchiching
    Camp Couchiching is an isolated community only 1.5 hours from Toronto. A camp that focusses on individual development and challenge by choice, we are all levels of awesome!!!

    Orillia

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 6 to 16
    • Coed
    • Overnight Camp
    from $1,700/2 weeks
    sessions & dates
    Overnight Camp Coed 1700 6-16 0 Orillia
    Muskoka Woods
    A Christian youth resort that welcomes young people to life-changing experiences. Camp guests choose from 50+ programs and activities. Creativity reigns, friendships flourish, confidence grows. FUN IS OUR TRADEMARK!

    Rosseau

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 7 to 17
    • Coed
    • Overnight Camp
    from $979/week
    sessions & dates
    Overnight Camp Coed 979 7-17 1 Rosseau
    YMCA Summer Day Camps
    YMCA Summer Day Camps offer 36 camps across the GTA. With over 48 camp programs, we are sure to have a program that meets the interests of your child! Busing & extended hours are available at many of our camp locations!

    Toronto Islands, Toronto; Oshawa; New Toronto, Toronto

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 4 to 16
    • Coed
    • Day Camp
    from $210/week
    sessions & dates
    Day Camp Coed 210 4-16 2 Toronto Islands, Toronto, Oshawa, New Toronto, Toronto
    Venture Academy Summer Program for Troubled Teens
    Supportive & therapeutic educational environment for struggling students. Assessment, education, life skills and outdoor activities. Earn school credit, acquire skills & stay safe!

    Kelowna; Barrie; Red Deer

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 13 to 18
    • Coed, Girls, Boys
    • Overnight Camp
    from $289/day
    sessions & dates
    Overnight Camp Coed, Girls, Boys 289 13-18 3 Kelowna, Barrie, Red Deer
    Harbourfront Centre Camps
    Since 1979, Harbourfront Centre Camps has provided a a unique setting in which learning and fun intersect. Our campers gain life skills through meaningful participation and in all facets of arts and contemporary culture.

    Harbourfront, Toronto

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 4 to 16
    • Coed
    • Day Camp
    from $188/week
    sessions & dates
    Day Camp Coed 188 4-16 4 Harbourfront, Toronto
    Bowmanville Zoo Eco Day Camp
    A unique opportunity for kids aged 4 to 16 to interact with animals, including lemurs, zebras, giraffes, New Guinea singing dogs, lions and tigers, and learn from animal experts.

    Clarington

    Science: Zooology/Animals
    • Ages 4 to 16
    • Coed
    • Day Camp
    from $207/week
    Day Camp Coed 207 4-16 5 Clarington
    Just Bounce Trampoline Club Inc.
    We are a family owned and operated trampoline gym offering PA day, school break, and summer camps that combine quality trampoline instruction with swimming trips, arts and crafts, outdoor games and more!

    Downsview, Toronto

    Sport: Trampoline
    • Ages 5 to 14
    • Coed
    • Day Camp
    from $35/session
    Day Camp Coed 35 5-14 6 Downsview, Toronto
    Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes
    Dream big for learning--a few weeks of instruction can change learning for life!

    Don Mills, Toronto

    Academic/Tutoring: Instructor lead (one on one)
    • Ages 4 to 100
    • Coed
    • Program
    from $125/session
    sessions & dates
    Program Coed 125 4-100 7 Don Mills, Toronto
    YMCA Wanakita
    1,000 acres on Koshlong Lake in the Haliburton Highlands. Co-ed, 1, 2 and 4-week overnight sessions and weekly day camp sessions. We offer leadership development, a wide range of activities, friendship and fun!

    Haliburton Highlands

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 7 to 16
    • Coed
    • Overnight Camp
    from $675/week
    sessions & dates
    Overnight Camp Coed 675 7-16 8 Haliburton Highlands
    YMCA Cedar Glen
    Give your child an experience they will never forget! YMCA Cedar Glen is an outdoor day camp just north of Toronto in King Township. Located on 263 acres, all programs are supervised by highly trained YMCA staff.

    King

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 4 to 16
    • Coed
    • Day Camp
    from $210/session
    sessions & dates
    Day Camp Coed 210 4-16 9 King
    Frontier Trails Camp & Outdoor Education Centre
    Adventure Begins at Summer camp! Day and overnight programs and many activities including horseback riding,ESL, paintball, archery, whitewater rafting and more. Offering Awesome memories to campers from Ottawa to China.

    Ottawa; Eganville

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 4 to 16
    • Coed
    • Overnight Camp
    from $589/week
    Overnight Camp Coed 589 4-16 10 Ottawa, Eganville
    CEFA Early Learning Summer Program
    BC's leading summer program exclusively designed for children aged 1 through 5. Choose from one of 15 locations across the Lower Mainland and Kelowna.

    British Columbia (15)

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 1 to 5
    • Coed
    • Day Camp
    from $695/month
    sessions & dates
    Day Camp Coed 695 1-5 11 Langley, Coquitlam, Burnaby, Vancouver, North Vancouver, Richmond, New Westminster, Surrey, Kelowna
    Mi-A-Kon-Da
    This rustic Ontario overnight camp offers various outdoor activities including sailing, wilderness trips, arts activities and more. Campers choose their activities, 2 & 4 weeks, all girls.

    Parry Sound

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 7 to 16
    • Girls
    • Overnight Camp
    from $1,915/2 weeks
    sessions & dates
    Overnight Camp Girls 1915 7-16 12 Parry Sound
    Brantford Circle Square Ranch
    We are committed to providing an outstanding summer camp experience. Our beautiful location, fun & safe environment, excellent programs, and experienced staff are just a few reasons to choose Circle Square Ranch.

    Brantford

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 5 to 16
    • Coed, Girls, Boys
    • Day & Overnight Camp
    from $180/week
    sessions & dates
    Day & Overnight Camp Coed, Girls, Boys 180 5-16 13 Brantford
    Focus Learning
    Build self-confidence and skills while learning and having fun! Specialized camps for academics, STE(A)M, ESL, coding, robotics, and chess. Small groups (max. 6), OCT teachers, outdoor activities & free extended care!

    Newtonbrook, Toronto

    Education (multi)
    • Ages 4 to 17
    • Coed
    • Day Camp
    from $335/week
    sessions & dates
    Day Camp Coed 335 4-17 14 Newtonbrook, Toronto
    Real Programming 4 Kids
    With locations in Leaside, Etobicoke, London, Oakville, Richmond Hill, Brampton, Kitchener Waterloo and Ottawa, RP4K introduces kids and teens to the fundamentals of computer programming. FREE 45 min trial class.

    Ontario (6)

    Computer : Computer programming
    • Ages 7 to 17
    • Coed
    • Day Camp
    from $495/week
    Day Camp Coed 495 7-17 15 London, Kingsview Vilage, Toronto, Oshawa, Waterloo, Oakville, Ottawa, Richmond Hill, Leaside, Toronto
    YMCA of Oakville
    YMCA of Oakville camps are found at several locations across the city with activities including swimming, day trips and more. Learn more!

    Hamilton; Oakville; Oakville

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 4 to 17
    • Coed
    • Day Camp
    from $180/session
    Day Camp Coed 180 4-17 16 Hamilton, Oakville
    Adventure Valley
    Summer day camp for Toronto kids yearning for outdoor adventure. Sports activities include soccer, tennis, swimming and a variety of other outdoor activities.

    Throughout Greater Toronto Area

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 2 to 15
    • Coed
    • Day Camp
    from $325/week
    sessions & dates
    Day Camp Coed 325 2-15 17 Throughout Greater Toronto Area
    Willowgrove Day Camp
    Located on a private 100 acre farm property that includes a forest, pond, clean running creek, sports fields, play grounds, in-ground swimming pools, wall climbing gym, animal barn and more.

    Whitchurch - Stouffville

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 3.5 to 15
    • Coed
    • Day Camp
    from $292/week
    sessions & dates
    Day Camp Coed 292 3.5-15 18 Whitchurch - Stouffville
    Camp Tanamakoon
    This all girls summer camp located on its own lake in Algonquin Park offers a variety of camp activities, along with specialty programs for canoe tripping, mini camp and kindercamp! We offer a safe and fun adventure!

    Algonquin Park

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 4 to 16
    • Girls
    • Overnight Camp
    from $1,020/session
    sessions & dates
    Overnight Camp Girls 1020 4-16 19 Algonquin Park
    Kids of Canada Summer Camps
    WE HAVE SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE. We offer 4 Day Camps in Richmond Hill & an Overnight Camp near Haliburton. Choose traditional multi-activity or specialized Sports, Dance, Hockey & CIT Programs.

    Thornhill; Haliburton Highlands

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 4 to 16
    • Coed
    • Day & Overnight Camp
    from $800/week
    sessions & dates
    Day & Overnight Camp Coed 800 4-16 20 Thornhill, Haliburton Highlands
    Kidnetix
    Be creative, have fun and meet new friends in our March break and Summer camps in Brampton and Yorkdale. Dynamic programming includes: Lego Robotic's, swimming, sports, arts & crafts, guest speakers and field trips.

    Brampton; Downsview, Toronto

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 2.5 to 12
    • Coed
    • Day Camp
    from $125/week
    sessions & dates
    Day Camp Coed 125 2.5-12 21 Brampton, Downsview, Toronto
    Camp Wanapitei
    Overnight wilderness canoe-tripping camp based in Northern Ontario, paddling Ontario, Quebec and the Territories. A strong tripping program is complemented by caring staff, community focus and a diverse in-camp program.

    Temagami

    Adventure: Wilderness Out-tripping
    • Ages 7 to 18
    • Coed
    • Overnight Camp
    from $725/week
    sessions & dates
    Overnight Camp Coed 725 7-18 22 Temagami
    Glen Bernard Camp
    A traditional overnight summer camp for girls offering wilderness adventure, horseback riding, sailing, swimming and lifesaving, arts and many other activities!

    Huntsville

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 4 to 16
    • Girls
    • Overnight Camp
    from $1,075/week
    sessions & dates
    Overnight Camp Girls 1075 4-16 23 Huntsville
    Airborne Trampoline Woodbridge
    Jump through summer with Airborne's Summer Trampoline Classes & Day Camps. Camp includes trampoline lessons and games, arts and crafts, games and movie room, daily outings, and a trip of the week.

    Newmarket; Vaughan

    Sport: Trampoline
    • Ages 3 to 80
    • Coed
    • Program
    from $149/session
    sessions & dates
    Program Coed 149 3-80 24 Newmarket, Vaughan
    AFTERFOUR
    Technology driven day-camps and workshops specializing in Animation, Digital Art, LEGO® Mindstorms™, Music Production, Stop-Motion Movies and Video Game Programming! Register Today!

    Leaside, Toronto

    Science: Robotics
    • Ages 6 to 13
    • Coed
    • Day Camp
    from $275/week
    sessions & dates
    Day Camp Coed 275 6-13 25 Leaside, Toronto
    Hidden Acres Mennonite Camp
    A traditional summer camp with a variety of specialized camp programs.

    Kitchener

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 5 to 30
    • Coed
    • Day & Overnight Camp
    from $210/week
    sessions & dates
    Day & Overnight Camp Coed 210 5-30 26 Kitchener
    Me to We Take Action Camp
    Take Action Camp is where young people will discover their potential through interactive team-building, specialized workshops, games and hands on volunteer experience, all in a fun and inclusive environment!

    Arizona; Bethany

    Education (multi)
    • Ages 9 to 18
    • Coed
    • Overnight Camp
    from $900/week
    sessions & dates
    Overnight Camp Coed 900 9-18 27 Arizona, Bethany
    Oakville Galleries
    Taught by qualified art instructors at our lakeside studios in Gairloch Gardens, Oakville Galleries' art programs encourage children to explore the furthest reaches of their imaginations and maximize their creativity.

    Oakville

    Art : Visual arts (multi)
    • Ages 6 to 14
    • Coed
    • Day Camp
    from $38/session
    sessions & dates
    Day Camp Coed 38 6-14 28 Oakville
    Magical Horses Summer Camp for Kids & Teens
    A small low ratio horse camp, set on a farm in the Ottawa Valley that will nurture your child’s interests. With a natural and holistic approach we can be flexible to your child’s special requirements and personality.

    Eganville

    Sport: Horseback Riding/Equestrian
    • Ages 9 to 14
    • Coed
    • Overnight Camp
    from $990/session
    sessions & dates
    Overnight Camp Coed 990 9-14 29 Eganville
    Camp Presqu'ile
    A co-ed, overnight summer camp affiliated with both Rotary and YMCA. For kids aged 6 to 16.

    Owen Sound

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 6 to 16
    • Coed
    • Overnight Camp
    from $435/week
    sessions & dates
    Overnight Camp Coed 435 6-16 30 Owen Sound
    Oxford Learning High Park
    Oxford means a personalized learning experience for your child. Brain Camps explore creative themes through engaging activities and field trips. Tutoring takes a fun turn. Our students are excited to learn!

    Bloor West Village, Toronto

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 4 to 10
    • Coed
    • Day Camp
    from $300/week
    sessions & dates
    Day Camp Coed 300 4-10 31 Bloor West Village, Toronto
    Hub Climbing Fitness Yoga
    Hub Climbing is Ontario's largest climbing gym, an accredited tourist facility and is a recognized leader in safe, fun adventure and discovery programs for kids.

    Markham

    Sport: Rock Climbing
    • Ages 6 to 12
    • Coed
    • Day Camp
    from $225/week
    Day Camp Coed 225 6-12 32 Markham
    Doe Lake
    Various summer, winter, and March Break camp programs offered for girls and their families.

    Doe Lake

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 5 to 17
    • Girls
    • Overnight Camp
    from $250/week
    sessions & dates
    Overnight Camp Girls 250 5-17 33 Doe Lake
    Fraser Lake Camp
    Welcoming overnight camp on a private 260 acre waterfront property that offers summer camp activities including kayaking, rock climbing, wilderness trips, and more!

    Bancroft

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 8 to 16
    • Coed
    • Overnight Camp
    from $624/week
    sessions & dates
    Overnight Camp Coed 624 8-16 34 Bancroft
    Camp Otterdale
    Summer camp for kids and teens in Eastern Ontario offers theatre arts along with sailing, water skiiing and other sports.

    Ottawa

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 7 to 16
    • Coed
    • Overnight Camp
    from $750/week
    sessions & dates
    Overnight Camp Coed 750 7-16 35 Ottawa
    STEAMlabs
    A hi-tech maker space for curious hands-on kids. We use the latest tools and technologies, like 3D printing and laser cutting, to help your child bring their ideas to life.

    Downtown West, Toronto

    Education (multi)
    • Ages 7 to 17
    • Coed
    • Program
    from $15/session
    sessions & dates
    Program Coed 15 7-17 36 Downtown West, Toronto
    YMCA of Simcoe Muskoka
    A variety of values based camp programs offered through our day, family, leadership and overnight camps throughout the Simcoe Muskoka region

    Orillia; Midland; Barrie

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 6 to 17
    • Coed
    • Day & Overnight Camp
    from $175/week
    sessions & dates
    Day & Overnight Camp Coed 175 6-17 37 Orillia, Midland, Barrie
    Great Big Theatre Company
    Camps in your neighbourhood ! One-week sessions, performances every week. Our experienced, caring staff will introduce your kids to stage performance & guide them toward self-expression. A great confidence-builder !

    Ontario (8)

    Art : Theatre Arts
    • Ages 3 to 14
    • Coed
    • Day Camp
    from $93/week
    sessions & dates
    Day Camp Coed 93 3-14 38 Mississauga, Bayview Village, Toronto, Oakville, Cambridge, Hamilton, Vaughan, Burlington, Waterloo, Richmond Hill
    Innovation Camp Thinnox
    Technology,Engineering & Design Programs for kids & young adults.Animation,Game Programming,Architecture, Robotics,UI/UX Graphic Design,Full Stack WEB Dev,Fashion...try Innovation Camp & Programs Thinnox in Mississauga.

    Mississauga; Mississauga

    Computer (multi)
    • Ages 6 to 18
    • Coed
    • Day Camp
    from $250/week
    sessions & dates
    Day Camp Coed 250 6-18 39 Mississauga
    Heroheads
    A superhero physical skills development camp for kids 4-9 including, 12 kinds of balls, paint archery bows, a balance beam, target tarps, a climbing wall, crawling nets, a ladder and daily obstacle courses.

    Alberta (2); British Columbia (4)

    Arts: Fantasy/superhero
    • Ages 4 to 9
    • Coed
    • Day Camp
    from $179/week
    sessions & dates
    Day Camp Coed 179 4-9 40 Calgary, Humber Valley Village, Toronto, Vancouver, North Vancouver, Victoria, Richmond, Don Mills, Toronto
    City of Pickering Camps & Programs
    Summer day camps with choices to meet every childs interest and every parents expectation!

    Pickering

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 3 to 15
    • Coed
    • Day Camp
    Cost Varies
    Day Camp Coed 0 3-15 41 Pickering

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