Summer Camp Resources 2017

Your child’s teacher, Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) and other parents are a great source of information and ideas for summer camp options. In addition, local park and /or recreation departments may have weekly programs that offer inclusive activities for children. Some may have programs designed for children with special needs.

You also can call local chapters of major disability organizations about camps in your area. Many organizations publish lists of camps and can connect you with camp directors and former campers.

Also try religious organizations, other community groups, your local YMCA and Boys and Girls Club to find out about summer camp opportunities for your child.

Camp Fairs

You might have a special-needs camp fair in your area. SPED Child and Teen Special Needs Camp 2017 lists upcoming camp fairs.

Camp Guides

Summer Fun Camp Directory
Federation For Children with Special Needs
Provides a links to over 200 camp web sites serving children with disabilities.

ACA Accredited Camps
The American Camp Association is the national accrediting organization for camps. ACA provides information for campers with and without special needs.

On-line Camp Search Engines and Resource

In addition to Searching for camps on Disabilityinfo.org, the following offer searchable camp websites:

SPED Child and Teen Massachusetts Special Needs Camp 2017

  • inclusive February vacation activities and camps
  • lists camps by region
  • lists camp fairs

Autism Speaks: Camps in Massachusetts

Camp Channel Special Needs Camps

Camps for Children with Diabetes

Easter Seals Summer Camp

Kids’ Camps.com
Well maintained site allowing searching by geographic area and by program type. Select “Special Needs Camps” category. Ages: children and adolescents. Various disabilities. Day- and overnight-camps listed.

MySummerCamps.com
Comprehensive directory and guide of summer camps for kids and teens with “special needs camps”.

Summercamps.com
Summer camp directory with “Special Needs” category.

Summer Camps for Amputees and Children with Limb Differences

Free Referral Services

INDEX
Disabilityinfo.org
Toll Free: 800-642-0249
Phone: 774-455-4056
Email: info@disabilityinfo.org

Summer Camp and Trip Resources
45 Sloane Drive
Framingham, MA 01701
Phone: 508-877-3648
Toll Free: 800-362-CAMP (2267)
Contact:  Judy Levine
Email: judy@summercampsandtrips.com

Free referral service that matches child’s needs with appropriate summer programs [overnight camps, day camps, teen trips, community service programs, specialty programs, programs for children with special needs (specifically ADD, ADHD, nonverbal learning disabilities, asperger’s, pervasive disability and mild intellectual disability), specialized therapeutic programs, Jewish cultural camps and conventional camps]. Serves ages seven to eighteen years of age.

Possible Financial Assistance Option

Helpful Tips on Finding a Camper Scholarship (Autism Speaks)(PDF)
Many disability specific organizations like Asperger’s Association of New England, local autism support centers, United Cerebral Palsy, and Easter Seals may be able to provide some funding for its summer programs

Find out if your child qualifies for an extended-school year (ESY). An Individual Education Program (IEP) that includes summer goals may qualify for summer programming. For additional information about special education extended school year program go to Massachusetts Department of Education.

  • If you can prove that your child will be working on the skills outlined in his/her IEP at the summer program, the school
    district may pay for it. Talk to the school administrator early in the IEP process if you will be asking for school district
    to cover some of your child’s summer program.

You can help fund your child’s camp experience by applying for a scholarship.  It is best to do so from December – March, because the money is depleted by April or May.

Fraternal Organizations. There are charitable organizations called fraternal organizations that can also provide assistance.

Most of these organizations send the scholarship money to the camp in the child’s name.

Fact Sheet last updated on: 1/9/2017