Note: this is Part 2 of a three part Summer Camps series. This post focuses on camps for individualized special needs. Part 1 focused on camps for a wide variety of special needs, and Part 3 will focus on tips for finding and choosing the best-fit camp for your special needs child.
Choosing the “best fit” summer camp for your child with specialized needs or chronic medical issues can be a daunting task. How do you know if that camp can manage those specialized medical issues? Will they be able to react appropriately if your child has a melt down, or requires medication during the camp session?
We at Delaware Family Voices understand the need to find a summer camp that offers the camp experience in a safe, nurturing environment for our children who have specialized needs or chronic medical issues. Listed here are summer camps in the Delaware area that can accommodate highly specialized needs.
Asthma Camp is a week-long day program for Delaware children ages 7-11 with asthma. Supervision will be provided by a full medical staff, including physicians, nurses and respiratory therapists. Activities include arts and crafts, outdoor activities, and nature explorations.
Asthma Camp Lewes will be July 14-18 at St. Jude the Apostle Church.
Asthma Camp Wilmington will be June 23-27 at United Cerebral Palsy Center, Wilmington DE.
Autism / Aspergers Spectrum Disorders
Easter Seals Camp Fairlee Manor
Camp Fairlee Manor offers camp sessions dedicated to children ages 6-21 who are on the Autism Spectrum. Campers can safely enjoy canoeing, swimming, high ropes course, rock wall climbing, camping, fishing, horseback riding, and so much more. The Camp includes one-to-one counselor to camper ratio, is staffed with a nurse 24/7, and includes a sensory room. Check the Camp Fairlee Manor website for Autism summer camp dates.
The Explorer’s Club Summer Camp
The Explorer’s Club Summer Camp is designed for children between the ages of 3 and 15 with Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADHD, and behavioral challenges. Behavior analysts and occupational therapists engage children in activities including arts and crafts, water play, horseback riding, yoga, music, cooking and more.
Four sessions will be offered in 2014: July 30-August 3, August 6-10, August 13-17 and August 20-24. Camp will be held at Westfield Friends School, Cinnaminson NJ.
Camp Possibilities is a camp for children with diabetes between ages 8-15. Campers can experience swimming, fishing, arts and crafts, sports and other activities in a safe environment.
Camp Possibilities will be July 27 – August 1 at Camp Ramblewood, Darlington, MD.
Keystone Diabetic Kids Camp’s Camp Victory is dedicated to providing a camp experience for children who live with chronic health problems, physical or mental disabilities, or the aftermath of catastrophic illness. Camp Victory is located in Millville PA.
KDKC is now accepting applications for it’s June 15-20 camp for Children with Type 1 Diabetes, ages 8-15. Click here for camp application forms.
Kamp for Kids
Kamp For Kids: Diabetes and You is for children ages 4-14 with diabetes and their siblings and friends. The camp’s goal is to assist campers to better understand diabetes and to live a healthy life. Campers will learn about health and wellness through fun and exciting activities.
Kamp for Kids will be July 21-25 at the University of Delaware’s Newark campus.
Camp PALS Philadelphia
Camp PALS Philadelphia is for young adults with Down syndrome between the ages of 12-18. Each camper is paired with a counselor with whom they will room and travel with throughout the week. Camp will focus on fostering independence in all campers,
Camp PALS Philadelphia will be June 22 – 28 at Cabrini College, Radnor PA.
Deaf Camps Inc.
Deaf Camps Inc provide fun, safe communication-rich camps for deaf and hard of hearing children and children learning American Sign Language, between the ages of 7 and 19.
Deaf Camp 2014 and ASL Camp 2014 will be August 3 – 8 at Manidokan Camping and Retreat Center, Knoxville, MD.
Speech and Language
Speech Clinic Camp
The Speech Clinic Summer Camp is for children ages 3-5 who have been diagnosed with or are suspected to have speech-language or social/pragmatic language needs.
Camps run from Tuesday, June 17 through Thursday, July 31st in Hockessin DE.
Camp Spifida offers exciting activities for children ages 6 to 18 who have spina bifida. Campers will enjoy crafts, fishing, swimming, dancing, paddleboats, campfires, hayrides, woodworking, a challenge course, and a 26 foot high climbing wall. Camp is fully staffed with medical personnel throughout the week.
Camp Spifida will be July 20 – 25 at Camp Victory, Millville PA.
Camp SunnyBrook for The Blind is a six-week long summer day camp for blind and visually impaired children living in either New Castle or Kent Counties. Campers will experience swimming, arts and crafts, nature programs, music, field trips and more. All activities are adapted for blind and visually impaired children.
Contact Delaware Association for the Blind for 2014 camp dates.
Summer Camps Outside the Delaware Area
There are many summer camps offered through out the area and across the country. Check the National Dissemination Center for Children With Disabilities page, Camps for Children With Special Needs, for other camps not mentioned here, or for camps in other geographic locations.
Do you know of a summer camp that accommodates children with specialized needs that isn’t listed here? Please share it with us.
This post is Part 2 of a three part Summer Camps series:
- 2014 Summer Camps for Children With Special Needs – Part 1
- Tips to Finding and Choosing A Summer Camp for a Special Needs Child – Part 3
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