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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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  • Kinark Outdoor Centre
    A northern Ontario summer camp for families and children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

    Minden

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 8 to 21
    • Coed
    • Overnight Camp
    from $1/week
    sessions & dates
    Overnight Camp Coed 1 8-21 0 Minden
    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
    Abilities Centre
    A traditional summer camp in a fun and educational environment for growth and development. Camp activities include sports and recreation, arts, cooperative games, swimming and more, all in a fully inclusive environment!

    Whitby

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 4 to 13
    • Coed
    • Day Camp
    from $190/week
    sessions & dates
    Day Camp Coed 190 4-13 2 Whitby
    Kandalore
    Kandalore is the finest traditional summer camp in Canada, providing the best of both canoe tripping and in-camp activities. Specialized leadership programs for 16 and 17 year olds.

    Minden

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 6 to 16
    • Coed
    • Overnight Camp
    from $2,340/2 weeks
    Overnight Camp Coed 2340 6-16 3 Minden
    Kids n Bricks
    Minecraft, Robotics, Programming, Digital Media & LEGO Builders after-school classes & camps for kids 5-16 years, in Mississauga and Oakville. Kids develop skills for real life and discover that learning can be fun!

    Oakville; Oakville

    Computer (multi)
    • Ages 5 to 16
    • Coed
    • Program
    from $99/session
    sessions & dates
    Program Coed 99 5-16 4 Oakville
    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 (9)

    Art : Theatre Arts
    • Ages 3 to 14
    • Coed
    • Day Camp
    from $93/week
    sessions & dates
    Day Camp Coed 93 3-14 5 Mississauga, York Mills, Toronto, Oakville, Cambridge, Hamilton, Vaughan, Burlington, Waterloo, Richmond Hill, London
    Sylvan Learning Centre of Erin Mills
    If you're looking to learn something new this summer while having fun, join us for a STEM or Academic summer camp at Sylvan Erin Mills (Mississauga).

    Mississauga

    Education (multi)
    • Ages 3 to 18
    • Coed
    • Program
    from $250/week
    sessions & dates
    Program Coed 250 3-18 6 Mississauga
    Sylvan Learning Hamilton
    For kids in JK to Grade 12, we offer fun, educational weekly themed STEM camps with a math, science or writing focus, Read-Ahead camps and High School Prep camps, as well as after-school enrichment programs and tutoring.

    Hamilton

    Education (multi)
    • Ages 3 to 18
    • Coed
    • Day Camp
    from $195/session
    Day Camp Coed 195 3-18 7 Hamilton
    Airborne Trampoline
    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 8 Newmarket, Vaughan
    McMICHAEL ARTVENTURE CHILDREN’S CAMPS & PROGRAMS
    Art classes, programs and camps for kids to get creative: after-school, summer camp and March break camps. Located in Vaughn, north of Toronto.

    Vaughan

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 5 to 15
    • Coed
    • Day Camp
    from $104/session
    sessions & dates
    Day Camp Coed 104 5-15 9 Vaughan
    Sylvan Learning Centre of Beaches
    If you're looking to learn something new this summer while having fun, join us for a STEM or Academic Summer camps at Sylvan in the Beaches (Toronto).

    Birch Cliff, Toronto

    Education (multi)
    • Ages 3 to 18
    • Coed
    • Program
    from $250/week
    sessions & dates
    Program Coed 250 3-18 10 Birch Cliff, 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 $40/week
    sessions & dates
    Program Coed 40 11-17 11 Brockton, Toronto
    Oakville Arts Studio
    Art Summer camps sketching, painting, illustration, sculpture, printmaking Musical training, hiper realism, studio times, gallery space 2 musical nights per month, latin and jazz for ages 3 and up, teens & adults; .

    Oakville

    Art : Visual arts (multi)
    • Ages 3 to 99
    • Coed
    • Program
    from $66/week
    sessions & dates
    Program Coed 66 3-99 12 Oakville
    Sylvan Learning Ottawa
    Sylvan Ottawa offers STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) camps, tutoring and homework help programs for kids in JK to Grade 12. Attend full full day, half day or 1-hour after-school programs.

    Ottawa; Ottawa

    Education (multi)
    • Ages 4 to 18
    • Coed
    • Day Camp
    from $224/week
    sessions & dates
    Day Camp Coed 224 4-18 13 Ottawa
    Sylvan Learning Thornhill
    Educational summer camp will spark the creativity of campers through various hands on STEM related activities, such as robot building, math/science projects and creative writing.

    Thornhill; Markham

    Education (multi)
    • Ages 3 to 18
    • Coed
    • Day Camp
    from $299/week
    Day Camp Coed 299 3-18 14 Thornhill, Markham
    Sylvan Learning Centre of Pickering
    If you're looking to learn something new this summer while having fun, join us for a STEM or Academic summer camp at Sylvan Pickering.

    Pickering

    Education (multi)
    • Ages 3 to 18
    • Coed
    • Program
    from $250/week
    sessions & dates
    Program Coed 250 3-18 15 Pickering
    True North Climbing - Day Camp
    True North Climbing offers a fun and safe environment for children to rock climb, slackline, do crafts and a variety of indoor and outdoor games for Summer Camp, Winter Break, March Break, Passover Break and PA Day Camp.

    Downsview, Toronto

    Sport: Rock Climbing
    • Ages 7 to 12
    • Coed
    • Day Camp
    from $225/week
    Day Camp Coed 225 7-12 16 Downsview, Toronto
    Sylvan Learning London
    Sylvan EDGE camps and classes will introduce your child to new and fun experiences in the world of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). Tutoring & homework help also available.

    London

    Education (multi)
    • Ages 6 to 12
    • Coed
    • Program
    from $150/session
    sessions & dates
    Program Coed 150 6-12 17 London
    Sylvan Learning Oakville
    At Sylvan of Oakville, we know how to engage and motivate each child in a personal way—building confidence and smiles, as well as skills and better scores.

    Oakville

    Education (multi)
    • Ages 4 to 18
    • Coed
    • Program
    from $100/month
    sessions & dates
    Program Coed 100 4-18 18 Oakville
    Sylvan Learning South Mississauga
    We offer both individualized programs and group programs. Choose from Science, Engineering, video game coding, math and more. Fun, affordable and educational. All led by Ontario Certified Teachers!

    Mississauga

    Education (multi)
    • Ages 3 to 18
    • Coed
    • Program
    from $145/month
    sessions & dates
    Program Coed 145 3-18 19 Mississauga
    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 20 Eganville
    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 $750/week
    sessions & dates
    Overnight Camp Coed 750 7-18 21 Temagami
    Sylvan Learning Centre of Vaughan
    If you're looking to learn something new this summer while having fun, join us for a STEM or Academic summer camp at Sylvan Vaughan (near Vaughan Mills).

    Vaughan

    Education (multi)
    • Ages 3 to 18
    • Coed
    • Program
    from $250/week
    sessions & dates
    Program Coed 250 3-18 22 Vaughan
    Sayu Healthy Living Camps
    A Fun & Unique Co-ed Camp involving Outdoor Activities, Healthy Foods, Art, Music & Hands-On Cooking. Each week includes Field Trips, Guest Musician & Yoga Instructor, Games, Playful Workshops, & more...

    Islington Village, Toronto

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 6 to 12
    • Coed
    • Day Camp
    from $350/week
    sessions & dates
    Day Camp Coed 350 6-12 23 Islington Village, Toronto
    Vianney Academy of Learning Inc.
    Vianney's campers enjoy a balanced mix of academics and activities. This is a unique opportunity for your children to enjoy a break from school while keeping their minds engaged.

    Mississauga

    Education: Academic/Tutoring
    • Ages 4 to 14
    • Coed
    • Day Camp
    from $250/week
    sessions & dates
    Day Camp Coed 250 4-14 24 Mississauga
    Sylvan Learning Centre of Markham
    If you're looking to learn something new this summer while having fun, join us for a STEM or Academic summer camp at Sylvan Markham.

    Markham

    Education (multi)
    • Ages 3 to 15
    • Coed
    • Day Camp
    from $150/week
    sessions & dates
    Day Camp Coed 150 3-15 25 Markham
    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 26 Downtown West, Toronto
    The Play Series
    Innovative drama programs designed to introduce (active) kids to a lifelong love of theatre arts in a fun and nurturing environment.

    Willowdale, Toronto; Downtown East, Toronto

    Art : Theatre Arts
    • Ages 7 to 13
    • Coed
    • Program
    from $20/day
    sessions & dates
    Program Coed 20 7-13 27 Willowdale, Toronto, Downtown East, Toronto
    Sylvan Learning Centre of Etobicoke
    If you're looking to learn something new this summer while having fun, join us for a STEM camp at Sylvan Etobicoke (Islington and Bloor).

    Islington Village, Toronto

    Education (multi)
    • Ages 5 to 18
    • Coed
    • Program
    from $250/week
    sessions & dates
    Program Coed 250 5-18 28 Islington Village, Toronto

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