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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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  • 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 0 King
    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 1 Don Mills, Toronto
    Camp Kodiak
    An integrated residential summer camp for children & teens with and without ADHD, LD, and high-functioning ASD. We provide a social skills program, academic program and 50+ activities.

    Parry Sound

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 6 to 18
    • Coed
    • Overnight Camp
    from $4,475/session
    sessions & dates
    Overnight Camp Coed 4475 6-18 2 Parry Sound
    Room for Learning
    We provide education/special education, behaviour, and assessment services to children and youth of all abilities.

    South Annex, Toronto

    Education (multi)
    • Ages 2 to 21
    • Coed
    • Program
    from $50/session
    sessions & dates
    Program Coed 50 2-21 3 South Annex, 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 4 London, Kingsview Vilage, Toronto, Oshawa, Waterloo, Oakville, Ottawa, Richmond Hill, Leaside, Toronto
    Toronto School of Art
    TSA offers art courses in winter, fall and spring and summer art camps. Young artists ages 11-17 are taught by skilled instructors who foster creativity & artistic expression in a supportive hands-on studio environment.

    Brockton, Toronto

    Art : Visual arts (multi)
    • Ages 11 to 17
    • Coed
    • Program
    from $320/week
    sessions & dates
    Program Coed 320 11-17 5 Brockton, Toronto
    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
    Day Camp Coed 93 3-14 6 Mississauga, Bayview Village, Toronto, Oakville, Cambridge, Hamilton, Vaughan, Burlington, Waterloo, Richmond Hill
    The Gow School Summer Program
    A summer camp for students with dyslexia, ADHD and SLD. Academics, traditional camp and weekend trips round out the program.

    New York

    Education (multi)
    • Ages 8 to 16
    • Coed
    • Day & Overnight Camp
    from $4,000/5 weeks
    sessions & dates
    Day & Overnight Camp Coed 4000 8-16 7 New York
    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 8 Eganville
    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 $1,120/week
    sessions & dates
    Overnight Camp Girls 1120 4-16 9 Huntsville
    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 10 Bloor West Village, Toronto
    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 11 Downtown West, 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 12 Temagami
    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 13 Newmarket, Vaughan
    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
    Day Camp Coed 250 6-18 14 Mississauga
    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 15 Pickering

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