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Summer Camps for Kids with Special Needs

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Camp Kirk

1083 Portage Road, Kirkfield, Ontario, K0M 2B0

Northern Kawartha Lakes
Camp Kirk

Summer camp for children with special needs offering various activities including martial arts, leadership building, swimming and many other sports in a non-competitive and nurturing environment. [more info]

  • Ages 6 to 13
  • Overnight Camp
  • Special Needs

Camp Kennebec

1422 Cox Road, Arden, Ontario, K0H 1B0

Sharbot Lake
Camp Kennebec

An amazing summer camp experience for campers with special needs. All the fun of camp, with supportive and experience staff to give your camper the summer of their life! The focus is on fun first! [more info]

  • Ages 6 to 22
  • Overnight Camp
  • Special Needs
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Venture Academy Summer Program for Troubled Teens

101 1865 Dilworth Drive Suite 338, Kelowna, British Columbia,

Barrie  •  Kelowna
Venture Academy Summer Program for Troubled Teens

Supportive & therapeutic educational environment for struggling teens. Locations in Ontario and British Columbia. Assessment, education, life skills and outdoor activities. Earn school credit, acquire skills & stay safe! [more info]

  • Ages 13 to 18
  • Overnight Camp
  • Special Needs

The Gow School Summer Program

2491 Emery Rd, South Wales, New York(USA), 14139

New York
The Gow School Summer Program

A New York summer camp where kids with special needs participate in horseback riding, swimming and more, including overnight camping. [more info]

  • Ages 8 to 16
  • Day & Overnight Camp
  • Special Needs

New Strides Day Camp

45 Crendon Dr, Toronto, Ontario, M9C 2Y2

Toronto
New Strides Day Camp

Ideal for families from throughout the GTA, this special needs day camp includes children with ADHD and other learning disabilities. [more info]

  • Ages 10 to 21
  • Day Camp
  • Special Needs

Camp Awakening

Kilcoo Camp (boys);Camp Oconto (girls); Geneva Park (leadership), Minden;Tichborne; Orillia, Ontario, K0M 2K0

Throughout Ontario  •  Tichborne  •  Minden
Camp Awakening

Integrated summer camps, leadership & outdoor recreation programs for youth with physical disabilities. Programs across the province for campers 9-24 years. [more info]

  • Ages 9 to 24
  • Overnight Camp
  • Special Needs

Accent Music Therapy

980 Fraser Dr. (Unit 209), Burlington, Ontario,

Burlington
Accent Music Therapy

This Burlington Ontario after-school and day camp provides music therapy for kids with special needs. [more info]

  • Ages 1 to 29
  • Year-Round Program
  • Special Needs

Camp Kodiak

200 Kodiak Road, McKellar, Ontario, P0G 1C0

Parry Sound
Camp Kodiak

Integrated residential summer camp for children & teens with and without ADHD, LD, NLD and AS. Social skills program, academic program and 50+ activities. [more info]

  • Ages 6 to 18
  • Overnight Camp
  • Special Needs

Kinark Outdoor Centre

1766 Queen's Line, Minden, Ontario, K0M 2K0

Minden
Kinark Outdoor Centre

A northern Ontario summer camp for families and children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. [more info]

  • Ages 8 to 21
  • Day & Overnight Camp
  • Special Needs
 
 

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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