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Summer Camps for Kids with Special Needs


Arthritis Foundation Kids Camp


There are approximately 50 JA camps across the country. Camp give children with arthritis the opportunity to have a traditional outdoor camp experience while meeting and connecting with other kids living with arthritis. Camp is open to children with juvenile arthritis or a related disease. Find a list of camp locations here

Camp Barnabas

901 Teas Trail
Purdy, MO 65734

1380 Eternity Lane
Shell Knob, MO (at Table Rock Lake)


A Christian summer camp dedicated to providing summer camp experiences to people with special needs, physical or intellectual challenges, and their siblings from throughout the United States. Two locations. 

Camp Bridges

1813 N. Ash
Jenks, OK


A day camp for children and young adults ages 10 -21 with moderate to mild developmental disabilities.  Participants must be able to feed and dress themselves, follow personal hygiene and participate in group activities. They must be able to follow simple instructions and stay with a group. 

Camp Loughridge Autism Inclusion Program 

4900 W. 71st St.
Tulsa, OK 74131

"In 2010, the Autism Inclusion Program began at Camp Loughridge. The mission of this program is to open up the camping experience to a group of children who were traditionally left out of summer camp programs due to the need for additional understanding of the disorder as well as the need for specially trained summer camp counselors." Learn more here.

Cavett Camps


Cavett Kids Foundation's motto is “Where illness does not define the child.” Summer camp is for any child between the ages of 10-18 that has been diagnosed with a life-threatening or chronic illnesses. The free camp is held the second week of July at Lake Texoma. Children may have different illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, kidney disease, GI disorders, sickle cell or lung disease, but together they learn coping skills due to the education process entwined in camp activities.

Camp Erin Tulsa--The Tristesse Grief Center

Dates: May 31-June 2, 2019

Location: Camp Loughridge, Tulsa, OK

Cost: Through the generosity of New York Life, camp weekend is free.

Overnight camp for kids age 6-17

One in seven children will lose a parent or sibling before they are 20. Research links untreated grief with depression, struggles in school, drug and alcohol abuse, and death by suicide. Kids that have experienced a loss can feel isolated, different. They may feel like no one understands what they are feeling. Coupling this with the pressure to be strong or to “get over it” can crush little hearts.Children are resilient, but they need help coping with their loss. They need a safe place to tell their story and heal. Healing Hearts Camp gives them that place. Find more information at www.thegriefcenter.org.

Hope's Crossing


Dates: June 4-8, 2018

Hope's Crossing Camp is a special camp for special kids. Campers have unique needs, disabilities and physical challenges such as heart disease, cancer, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, spina bifida and Down syndrome. The purpose of Hope's Crossing is to provide a life-changing experience that is fun and socially enriching. 

Kamp Courage (Includes Kamp Wildfire, Kamp Kidney and Kamp PKU)

Held at Dry Gulch in Pryor, OK


These camps serve kidney patients, spina bifida patients, and cerebral palsy and PKU patients. For information, e-mail info@cavettkids.org or call 405.271.2271. 

Camp ClapHans--J.D. McCarty Center 

2002 E. Robinson St., Norman, OK

The camp is for kids ages 8 to 18 and is an outreach project of the J.D. McCarty Center for children with developmental disabilities. Registration closes March 9, 2018. Find a registration packet here

The camp is located on the hospital's campus at 2002 E. Robinson St. in Norman. It features two cabins, an activities building and an 11-acre lake.

Camp activities include horseback riding, archery, arts and crafts, swimming, scavenger hunts, fishing and canoeing. Other activities include talent shows, dance parties and stargazing. Learn more here

For more information, contact Camp Director Bobbie Hunter at 405.307.2865 or bhunter@jdmc.org

Make Promises Happen (MPH)

1 Twin Cedar Ln
Guthrie, OK 73044

A program of Central Christian Camp & Conference Center  dedicated to providing outdoor recreational opportunities for individuals with special needs. Serves youth and adults ages 6 and older with any disability.

New Hope Oklahoma

501 South Cincinnati Ave.

Tulsa, OK 74103


Camp New Hope is a camp for children age 8-15 who have a parent in prison. New Hope also provides community and after-school programs, weekend retreats, holiday assistance and social service coordination.

Oklahoma Firefighters Burn Camp 

(918) 857-6351

Offers children ages 6-16 who have suffered major burns or disfiguring injuries a place of unconditional love and acceptance. OKFFCB is a five-day summer camp help in August each year at Camp Dry Gulch U.S.A. in Adair, OK.

Paddy Rossbach Youth Camp--The Amputee Coalition

This camp is a 5-day traditional summer camp experience for children ages 10-17 who have lost arms and/or legs or who were born with limb differences. All camp costs are covered, including travel.There is also a Leadership Camp for young adults ages 17-18. The Amputee Coalition arranges travel plans for all camp attendees, including scheduling and purchasing flights for campers. For information and an application, go to www.amputee-coalition.org or call 888.267.5669. *Registration has ended for 2018*

Total Source for Hearing-loss and Access (TSHA)

8740 E. 11th St.
Tulsa,OK  74112-7957

Summer Day Camp for deaf, hard-of-hearing children, siblings and children of deaf adults. Children ages 7-13 may attend. A deaf education instructor leads camps, with volunteers assisting. Sign language and voice communications are used. Volunteers welcome.

2018 Camp Dates are July 17-20, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Learn more here


If you know of other similar camps to add, please email tara.rittler@gmail.com

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