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Summer Camps for Kids with Special Needs

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Supporting kids with unique challenges

What are special needs camps?

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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Camp Kirk

1083 Portage Road, Kirkfield, Ontario, K0M 2B0
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.

Overnight Camp – Special Needs

Northern Kawartha Lakes — Ontario
Camp Kirk

Accent Music Therapy

980 Fraser Dr. (Unit 209), Burlington, Ontario,
This Burlington Ontario after-school and day camp provides music therapy for kids with special needs.

Day Camp – Special Needs

Burlington — Ontario
Accent Music Therapy

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The Gow School Summer Program

2491 Emery Rd, South Wales, New York(USA), 14139
A New York summer camp where kids with special needs participate in horseback riding, swimming and more, including overnight camping.

Day & Overnight Camp – Special Needs

New York — United States
The Gow School Summer Program

Camp Kodiak

200 Kodiak Road, McKellar, Ontario, P0G 1C0
Integrated residential summer camp for children & teens with and without ADHD, LD, NLD and AS. Social skills program, academic program and 50+ activities.

Overnight Camp – Special Needs

Parry Sound — Ontario
Camp Kodiak

Camp Awakening

Head Office, #204-150 Eglinton Ave. E., Toronto, Ontario, K0M 2K0
Integrated summer camps, leadership & outdoor recreation programs for youth with physical disabilities. Programs across the province for campers 9-24 years.

Overnight Camp – Special Needs

Toronto — Ontario
Sharbot Lake — Ontario
Minden — Ontario
Camp Awakening

New Strides Day Camp

45 Crendon Dr, Toronto, Ontario, M9C 2Y2
Ideal for families from throughout the GTA, this special needs day camp includes children with ADHD and other learning disabilities.

Day Camp – Special Needs

Toronto — Ontario
New Strides Day Camp

Kinark Outdoor Centre

PO Box 730, Minden, Ontario, K0M 2K0
A northern Ontario summer camp for families and children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Day & Overnight Camp – Special Needs

Minden — Ontario
Kinark Outdoor Centre

Brightstart Camp

2950 Keele Street Suite 102 and 202, North York, Ontario, M3M2H2
This North York camp offers educational programming with support for kids with autism and other language delays. Ages range from preschool children to grades 1-7.

Day Camp – Special Needs

Toronto — Ontario
Brightstart Camp

Camp Kennebec

1422 Cox Road, Arden, Ontario, K0H 1B0
Offers special needs kids a summer camp in eastern Ontario. Individualized programs and more than 50 activities including sports, arts and more.

Overnight Camp – Special Needs

Sharbot Lake — Ontario
Camp Kennebec

Venture Academy for Troubled Teens Summer Program

Horseshoe Valley Road, Minesing, Ontario,
A supportive & therapeutic environment for struggling teens with locations in Ontario and British Columbia.

Overnight Camp – Special Needs

Barrie — Ontario
Kelowna — British Columbia
Venture Academy for Troubled Teens Summer Program
 

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