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CAMPS AND ENRICHMENT PROGRAMS
Camp Able at Coronado
Provides hundreds of children and adults with a wide range of mental and physical disabilities the opportunity to experience aquatic activities such as kayaking, sailing, and swimming in the ocean.
Camp-A-Little and Camp-A-Lot
The ARC of San Diego’s summer camps take place at Cuyamaca Outdoor School in the mountains. Designed for children, teens, and adults with developmental disabilities, with or without physical limitations. Fully accessible facility, limited space available for persons with mobility restrictions and those needing 1:1 supervision. Activities for children (5-12) are run separately from teens (12-17).
ARC Personal and Leisure Services
3030 Market St.
Residential camp located in the Catskill Mountains designed for children with ADHD, LD, PDD-NOS, ADD and ASD 6 and up. Offers a unique program of adaptive therapeutic recreation including structured activities, nurturing care, a positive setting, and academic instruction to meet IEP goals. The local area offers many activities for the rest of the family.
High Falls, NY
Camp I CAN
In participation with the Autism Society, the YMCA offers this camp for children with Autism with 1:1 instruction. Register early—this camp fills up every year!
Toby Wells YMCA, Kearny Mesa:
Ecke YMCA, Carlsbad:
Summer horse camp is dedicated to encourage the interaction of disabled and able-bodied children of all ages, by providing educational and recreational activities. Day camp for ages 7-17 with therapeutic horseback riding program, aviary and gardening.
110 Rancho del Oro Dr.
Oceanside, CA 92057
Camp Jaycee: Jewish Community Center
Variety of inclusive day camps, plus an Olympic-sized pool, theater, dance studio, science lab, ball fields and tennis courts.
4126 Executive Dr.
La Jolla, CA 92037
Camp near Big Bear offers summer and winter overnight camp programs for ages 5-22 with developmental and physical disabilities, such as Autism, ADHD, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome and Epilepsy. Activities include horseback riding, fine arts, adaptive sports, swimming, cookouts and campfires, arts and crafts, and nature hikes.
Cedarpines Park, CA
Inclusive, traditional, fun-in-the-outdoors overnight camp for all kids ages 8-15. Discuss the needs of your child with ASD, ADD/ADHD, and mild delay with counselors. Focus on interpersonal skills during archery, swimming, crafts, campfires and more.
Camp Tuolumne Trails
Tuolumne Trails (located in the Sierras) is for groups with special medical needs. The camp provides the buildings, infrastructure, food service, management and general camp activities. Camping groups bring their own dedicated staff of professionals, medical staff and specially tailored programs for their campers.
Located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, The Stephen J. Wampler Foundation Wilderness camp is operated by the City of Sacramento, Department of Parks and Recreation, Access Leisure section in partnership with the Contra Costa Youth Council. This is a wilderness camping experience, founded by local climbing legend Stephen Wampler and is for youth ages 10–18 with physical disabilities.
CIP (College Internship Program) Summer Program
Two weeks of college experience for teens ages 16-19 with Asperger Syndrome, high-functioning Autism, ADHD and other learning differences. College is not all about academics; it’s about fostering connections, learning the necessary skills to succeed and having fun.
City of Chula Vista Recreation Department Inclusive Day Camps
Students with disabilities are encouraged to attend all day camps. A two-week advance notice is required to complete an assessment and to assign an aide, if needed. Therapeutics/inclusion.
276 Fourth Ave.
Chula Vista, CA 91910
Provider of camps, afterschool enrichment programs and skill building programs such as executive functioning and social skills at public and private schools.
CYT Musical Theater Summer
Overnight and Day Camps
Fun for children ages 5-18 featuring drama, dance and outdoor games. CYT welcomes all children and will accomodate their individual needs to participate.
1545 Pioneer Way
El Cajon, CA 92020
Traditional summer camp includes swimming, boating, fishing, archery, arts and crafts, ropes courses, boating and nature activities. Specifically designed for children with Autism, 22Q, Asthma and medical needs, and allows them to safely enjoy the activities of traditional camp.
Easter Seals Camp Oakes
Week-long, resident camp in the San Bernardino Mountains serving children and adults with disabilities. Activities include crafts, hayrides, talent shows, dances, swimming, horseback riding, canoeing, archery, hiking, concerts, storytelling, and a high and low ropes course.
Summer day camp designed for children ages 8 and up with disabilities to learn to ride a bike. Through the use of elaborate equipment, this progressive program teaches children increased independence. All equipment is provided, so children do not need to bring bicycles or helmets.
Jr. Adaptive Sports Camp
Campers ages 4-18 are introduced to a variety of adaptive sports including softball, basketball, tennis, rugby, archery, bocce ball, kayaking, water ski, sailing, yoga, handcycling, and much more at our Crown Point and Southwestern College locations.
Adaptive Sports and Recreation Association
The Painted Turtle
Summer camp and year-round programs for children ages 7-16 with a variety of medical conditions. Full medical staff onsite, 24/7. Special foods available for a variety of dietary needs.
Lake Hughes, CA
Rancho Family YMCA Inclusive Camps
Exciting, inclusive camps offered to children of all abilities. Assessment provided for areas of camp support. Financial aid available.
9410 Fairgrove Ln., SD, 92129
San Diego Park and Recreation
Full range of inclusive summer and winter day camps offered to children of all abilities. Schedules online.
SOAR Adventure Camps
Camps for students with LD, AD and ADHD give students the opportunity to increase independence by participating in camping, rock climbing, whitewater rafting, scuba diving, sea kayaking, and horseback riding. Students are involved in many decision making processes, such as setting individual goals, developing group guidelines, as well as trip and meal planning.
Weekly summer camps using Lego bricks and other materials to teach STEM and STEAM concepts in a fun and creative way. Weekly classes and workshops also include Connections (social skills), Minecraft, Video Game Design and preschool programs.
4204 Adams Ave.
Summer Session at NewBridge School
Half-day learning program/camp for students in grades K–8 with language-based learning disabilities, Dyslexia, memory, executive functioning, and processing difficulties. Teaches students to be effective learners in a fun, active, camp-like setting.
12285 Oak Knoll Rd.
Poway, CA 92064
The Autism Society in partnership with Aqua Pros Swim School offers surf camp for persons with Autism.
Surfin Fire Surf Camp
(See listing under Recreation)
Experiential learning camp program for children with ADD, ADHD, LD and Asperger’s that helps children develop physical and social competence in an atmosphere that encourages and supports self-regulation and self-direction.
Therapeutic Approach to Growth
(See listing under Behavioral and Mental Health)
ThoughtSTEM Coding and Computer Science
The world of technology offers a unique experience to draw upon the abilities of students with Asperger’s and high functioning ASD. Students 8-18 engage in fun projects while becoming expert coders. In afterschool programs, weekend workshops and camps, teachers and college mentors use familiar games like Minecraft and child-friendly programs to teach computer science and game design.
Upward Bound Camp
Christian-based recreational and educational camp experiences for persons with disabilities, 12 years of age and over in an environment that presents opportunities for growth outside the individual’s usual routine.
Watersports Camp at the Mission Bay Aquatic Center
Adaptive swim camp sponsored by the Torrey Pines Kiwanis and inclusion supported by KIT (Kids Included Together).
Peninsula Family YMCA
1001 Santa Clara Point
Xcite Steps Camps
Summer and winter camps for kids and teens with cognitive disabilities such as Asperger Syndrome, high functioning Autism, PDD-NOS, MDD, CDD, social anxieties, or other disabilities.
YMCA of San Diego County Camps
Summer day camps, overnight camps, swim lessons and sports leagues for children preschool and up. Kids learn, grow and thrive making lasting friendships and memories. Children with special needs are always welcome at the Y.
3708 Ruffin Rd., SD, 92123
YMCA Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Family Camp
Provides an opportunity for children who are deaf and hard-of-hearing and their families to come together in a positive environment.