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Summer camps for kids with special needs

Supporting kids with unique challenges

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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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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.  [ view profile ]

Special Needs
  • Ages 6 to 13
  • Overnight Camp
  • Coed
  • $1,262 to $1,350
,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13, 2015-07-02 1262-1350
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!  [ view profile ]

Special Needs
  • Ages 6 to 22
  • Overnight Camp
  • Coed
  • $1,500 to $2,500
,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22, 1500-2500
Barrie
Kelowna, British Columbia
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!  [ view profile ]

Special Needs
  • Ages 13 to 18
  • Overnight Camp
  • Coed
  • Varies
,13,14,15,16,17,18, 0-0
Minden Kinark Outdoor Centre

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

Special Needs
  • Ages 8 to 21
  • Day & Overnight Camp
  • Coed
  • Varies
,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21, 2015-04-27 0-0
Throughout Ontario
Tichborne, Ontario
Minden, Ontario
Camp Awakening

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

Special Needs
  • Ages 9 to 24
  • Overnight Camp
  • Coed, All Girls, All Boys
  • Varies
,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22,23,24, 2015-06-29 0-0
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.  [ view profile ]

Special Needs
  • Ages 8 to 16
  • Day & Overnight Camp
  • Coed
  • $3,800 to $7,300 USD
,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16, 3800-7300
Belleville Heartfit Respite

Welcome to Heartfit Farm Holidays, a non profit program for adults 14+ with developmental differences.  [ view profile ]

Special Needs
  • Ages 14 to 65
  • Overnight Camp
  • Coed
  • $1,550
,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22,23,24,25,26,27,28,29,30,31,32,33,34,35,36,37,38,39,40,41,42,43,44,45,46,47,48,49,50,51,52,53,54,55,56,57,58,59,60,61,62,63,64,65, 2015-06-28 1550-0
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.  [ view profile ]

Special Needs
  • Ages 6 to 18
  • Overnight Camp
  • Coed
  • $1,239 to $1,425
,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18, 1239-1425
Session Name Specialty Date Age/Type Cost Start Cost Age Description Activities
Sports and More
Brightstart Camp
Autism/Pervasive development delay Aug 03-21 Ages 4 - 18
Coed
Day
Varies 2015-08-03 0-0 ,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,

Have your child learn the basic skills they need in sports.  This fun and supportive program encourages students to learn how to play sports such as soccer and hockey.  We work in small groups to get your child to increase their strength while working on kids motor planning skills.

Students learn how to be a team player while being encouraged to gain independance in many different sports activities


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BARGAIN BARN WEEK
Heartfit Respite
Down Syndrome Aug 10-14 Ages 19
Coed
Overnight
$999 2015-08-10 999-999 ,19,

A shorter stay if you're not quite sure about being a farmer. OR  never been away from home . You get all the benefits but in  a mini fashion. You will get a taste then WANT to come back for more.


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Curiouser and Curiouser ages 10-12
Purple Carrots Drama Studio
Performing/Theatre Arts Aug 10-14 Ages 10 - 12
Coed
Day
$358 - $602 2015-08-10 358-358 ,10,11,12,

“If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn't. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn't be. And what it wouldn't be, it would. You see?” Alice, Alice in Wonderland.

Leap down the rabbit hole and enter a magical Alice in Wonderland adventure with your friends! Meet the Mad Hatter, Tweedledee and Tweedledum, the Queen of Hearts and the Cheshire cat. Create your very own Wonderland characters through improvisation, movement, scene work, singing and dancing. 

Includes: Drama, Musical Theatre, Craft, Music, Therapeutic Drumming and Outdoor Exploring.

Full and Half Day Options Available.  See website for details www.purplecarrotsdrama.com

 


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Arts & Crafts(Recreational)Cooking(Recreational)Performing/Theatre Arts(Intense or Competative)
Session 4 Boys
Camp Awakening
Physical Disability Aug 13-26 Ages 14 - 16
All Boys
Overnight
Varies 2015-08-13 0-0 ,14,15,16,
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Session 4 Girls
Camp Awakening
Physical Disability Aug 13-26 Ages 14 - 16
All Girls
Overnight
Varies 2015-08-13 0-0 ,14,15,16,
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Session 4
Camp Kirk
Aug 16-25 Ages 6 - 13
Coed
Overnight
$1940 2015-08-16 1940-1940 ,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,
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another 1-2 week block
Heartfit Respite
Down Syndrome Aug 16-29 Ages 19
Coed
Overnight
$1550 - $3200 2015-08-16 1550-1550 ,19,

you can stay 1 week in July another in August.  OR do your 2 week stay at the end of the summer.  Summer end activities are the same as all the others FUN FUN FUN!!!


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Make a Scene!
Purple Carrots Drama Studio
Performing/Theatre Arts Aug 17-21 Ages 19
Coed
Day
$358 - $602 2015-08-17 358-358 ,19,

How do actors create interesting characters and dynamic scenes? 

Learn about the given circumstances of a scene: Who? What? When? Where? and Why?, and how these circumstances colour dialogue and create characters. Explore movement, voice, improvisation and scripted scene work to improve your social skills, confidence and self expression. The last half hour of each day is Chat Time- a time to work on conversation skills at Artscape Youngplace's great coffee shop!  

Includes: Drama, Musical Theatre, Singing, Crafts, Therapeutic Drumming and Outdoor Exploring

Full day and Half Day Options Available.  See website for details.


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Arts & Crafts(Recreational)Cooking(Recreational)Performing/Theatre Arts(Intense or Competative)
Free To Be Me
Purple Carrots Drama Studio
Performing/Theatre Arts Aug 24-28 Ages 13 - 17
Coed
Day
$358 - $602 2015-08-24 358-358 ,13,14,15,16,17,

This workshop explores identity and the joy of self-acceptance. Voice work, movement, improvisation and scene work help to facilitate self- expression while improving social skills, conversational skills, language and confidence. Enjoy drama, musical theatre, crafts, music and outdoor exploring, led by professionals in each field.

The last half hour of each day is Chat Time- a time to work on conversation skills at Artscape Youngplace's great coffee shop!  All activities are designed to guide participants in discovering the liberating power of both individuality and teamwork.  

Includes: Drama, Musical theatre, Singing, Crafts, Music, Therapeutic drumming and Outdoor Exploring

Full day and Half day options available.  See website for details www.purplecarrotsdrama.com


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Cooking(Recreational)Performing/Theatre Arts(Intense or Competative)
Inclusion (Special Needs)
Ontario Pioneer Camp
Physical Disability Aug 31-Sep 05 Ages 5 - 19
Coed
Overnight
$740 - $2500 2015-08-31 740-740 ,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,

At Ontario Pioneer Camp, we believe that all people are uniquely and wonderfully made in God’s image. Our award winning Inclusion Program was birthed out of our desire over 35 years ago to offer a fun, safe, and transformational camp experience to all young people.

To register go to www.pioneercamp.ca or call 1-800-361-CAMP (2267).


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3- day fall school programs
Kinark Outdoor Centre
Aspergers Syndrome Sep 07-Nov 13 Ages 8 - 16
Coed
Overnight
$65 2015-09-07 65-65 ,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,

Through the sring and fall Kinark Outdoor Center offers residential leadership, adventure, education, team-building, and discovery-based experiences. We cater to elementary and secondary ages. The KOC staff team is a professional, fun, safe, and extremely well trained group. The KOC program coordinators will plan every detail of your trip so as to achieve your goals and exceed your expectations. Price varies based on size of your group.


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