Camps for Children with Special Needs

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Closeup of two marshmallows toasting on the end of a poker.Updated May 2013
Updated by Kyrie Dragoo, NICHCY

Enjoy NICHCY’s quick links to camps and summer opportunities. Some of the listings below identify camps available to all children, while some are especially for children who have disabilities. It is also very likely that your community has summer camps or recreational opportunities available that you won’t find listed here.

To find what’s available in your community, consult local sources of information such as your child’s teachers, parks and/or recreation departments, area private schools, religious organizations, other community groups, parent centers, and fellow parents.


General Camp Info and Opportunities

ActivityHero |

American Camp

Association of Independent


CampPage Guide to Summer


My Summer

Summer Camp Search |

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Camps for Those with Special Needs

Be sure to check out the National Center on Physical Activity & Disability‘s Fun & Leisure section on camp resources, available at:

And now let’s look at camps that are described as supporting children with specific types of disabilities. The list is alphabetized according to the disabilities mentioned.

Amputees and Those with Limb Differences

Asperger Syndrome and Other Developmental Disabilities


Deaf or Hard of Hearing



Easter Seals Directory of Day and Residential Camps

Hemiplegia and Stroke (CHASA)

Special Needs in the Metro New York Area

Special Needs Camps

Special Needs Camps

Special Needs Camps

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Really now, why don’t they have summer camp for grown-ups?!

In which of the above would YOU enjoy spending a long summer day?

Well, guess what?  There’s actually a site identifying grown-up camps—its tagline is “Why should kids have all the fun?”

Use the link below to connect with “fantasy camps, recreational adventures, volunteer & enrichment vacations for the adult traveler!”

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