This is Part 2 of our Summer Camps series. Part 1 is Delaware Summer Camps for Special Needs – Summer 2015 Edition.
Choosing the “best fit” summer camp for your child with specialized needs or chronic medical issues can be a daunting task. Is the camp adequately prepared to successfully manage those specialized medical issues? Does the camp staff have the proper training to know how to react appropriately if your child has a melt down, or requires medication during camp?
Delaware Family Voices understands a parent’s need to find a “best fit” summer camp for their child with specialized needs or chronic medical issues. We understand your desire to find a camp that provides a safe, nurturing environment, and we are here to help! Listed below are summer camps in the Delaware area that can accommodate highly specialized needs. Enroll early! Many camps fill up fast.
Asthma Camp is a week-long day program for Delaware children ages 7-11 with asthma. Supervision is provided by a full medical staff, including physicians, nurses and respiratory therapists. Activities include arts and crafts, outdoor activities, and nature explorations.
Asthma Camp DE is June 11-12 at Children’s Beach House, Lewes DE.
For Asthma Camps outside Delaware, check the Consortium on Children’s Asthma Camps.
Autism / Aspergers Spectrum Disorders
Easter Seals Camp Fairlee Manor
Camp Fairlee Manor offers multiple camp sessions for children ages 6-21 on the Autism Spectrum. Campers safely enjoy many activities including canoeing, swimming, high ropes course, rock wall climbing, camping, fishing, and horseback riding. Camp has a one-to-one counselor to camper ratio, is staffed 24/7 with a nurse, and includes a sensory room.
Check Camp Fairlee Manor for specific camp dates.
The Explorer’s Club Summer Camp
The Explorer’s Club Summer Camp is designed for children ages 4-21 with ADHD, Austism Spectrum Disorder, PDD, and other behavior challenges. Behavior analysts and occupational therapists engage children in activities including arts and crafts, water play, horseback riding, yoga, music, cooking and more.
Explorer’s Club Camp is at The King’s Christian School, Cherry Hill, NJ. Three Monday to Friday sessions are offered in August.
Camp Possibilities is a camp for children ages 8-15 who have diabetes. Campers can experience swimming, fishing, arts and crafts, sports and other activities in a safe environment.
Camp Possibilities is July 26-31 at Camp Ramblewood, Darlington, MD.
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.
Camp Victory’s Keystone Diabetic Kids’ Camp (KDKC) is dedicated to children with Type 1 Diabetes, ages 8-15. Click here for KDKC camp dates.
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 is July 27-31 at the University of Delaware’s McDowell Hall.
Camp PALS – Philadelphia & The Poconos
Camp PALS is for teenagers and young adults with Down syndrome. Each camper is paired with a counselor with whom they will room and travel with throughout the week. Camp focuses on fostering camper independence.
Camp PALS Philadelphia is June 21 – 27, ages 12-18 at Cabrini College.
Camp PALS Poconos is July 19-25, ages 16-21 at the University of Scranton.
Deaf Camps Inc.
Deaf Camps Inc provide fun, communication-rich camps for deaf and hard of hearing children and children learning American Sign Language.
Deaf Camp (ages 7-19) and ASL Camp (ages 7-18) is August 2-7, 2015 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 of having speech-language or social and/or pragmatic language needs.
Contact The Speech Clinic for 2015 Camp dates.
Camp Spifida offers exciting activities for children ages 6-18 with spina bifida. Campers will enjoy crafts, fishing, swimming, dancing, hayrides, paddleboats, campfires, woodworking, a challenge course, and a 26 foot high climbing wall. On-site medical staff is at camp throughout the week.
Camp Spifida 2015 is July 16 – 21 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 2015 camp dates and child eligibility.
Let’s Go To Summer Camp 2015!
There are many summer camps offered through out the area and across the country. Check Healthy Delawareans With Disabilities Camps for camps not mentioned here, or for camps in other geographic locations. Also check the Delaware Family Voices Summer Camps page for additional summer camp possibilities.
Do you know of a summer camp that accommodates children with specialized needs that isn’t listed here? One that other Delaware families might be interested in? Please share it with us.
The Delaware Family Voices website includes links to other Internet and third party resources. These third party resources are for your consideration only. Their products and services are not intended to be considered an endorsement by Delaware Family Voices.
Images from Camp Fairlee Manor, Camp PALS, and ClipArts (children).