Summer Camps for Kids with Special Needs


Arthritis Foundation Kids Camp

Dates: Multiple Options

Locations: Various Locations

arthritis.org

From arthritis.org: “While JA Camps may look a little different this summer, the Arthritis Foundation is ready to bring camp and fun to campers at home! Our new virtual JA Camp experience will bring the magic of summer camp to all campers with JA, wherever you happen to be. Virtual camp activities are designed to mirror activities typically offered at camp. While we cannot replace being in person together, we are excited to give your camper an alternative option for connection and fun.

Learn more about JA Camp offerings here.


Camp Barnabas

Dates: Multiple camp options available. See 2022 schedule here: campbarnabas.org/serve/register

Location: 901 Teas Trail, Purdy, MO

417.708.5298
www.campbarnabas.org

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. Each camp is about 6 days, and there are different options available.


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Camp Bridges

Dates: Weekly sessions, June 13-July 28 (excluding the week of July 4)

Location: The Bridges Foundation, South Campus, 1813 N. Ash St., Jenks

918.299.2656
bridgestulsa.org

A day camp for children and young adults ages 10-high school graduation 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 Get Centered 

Dates: June 6-August 5, 2022, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Where: The Center for Individuals with Physical Challenges, 815 S. Utica Ave.

Ages: 6-17

Camp Get Centered is a full-day day camp for children and adolescents with physical challenges. Camp activities include recreational activities, adaptive sports and cooperative games while building a social network with peers and meeting their individual needs and goals.

Campers must have a primary diagnosis of a physical disability and have independent skills of daily living, including feeding and toileting, or have a caregiver to provide this assistance.

Scholarships are available.


Camp Loughridge Autism Inclusion Program 

Dates: Various Options

Location: 4900 W. 71st St., Tulsa, OK

918.446.4194
www.camploughridge.org

“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.


Camp Cavett

Dates: August 3-7, 2022

Applications Open January 3, 2022

Location: New Life Ranch Frontier Cove, Adair, OK

info@cavettkids.org
www.cavettkids.org

While Cavett Kids offers camps all over the U.S., their biggest camp is Camp Cavett, located at New Life Ranch Frontier Cove in Adair, OK. 2020 Camp Dates are July 28-August 2. Camp Cavett is for any child ages 10-18+ who has been diagnosed with a life-threatening or chronic illness. Learn more here.


Camp ClapHans–J.D. McCarty Center 

Dates: Various sessions available. See registration form here.

Location: 2002 E. Robinson St., Norman, OK

jdmc.org

Camp ClapHans is a residential summer camp for kids with disabilities ages 8 to 18 and is an outreach program of the J.D. McCarty Center. Five camp sessions are offered each summer. The camp is located on the center’s campus and features two cabins and an activities building that are located next to an 11-acre lake.

Activities for campers include archery, arts and crafts, canoeing, fishing, horseback riding, talent shows and swimming.

Each camper is assigned to a counselor with the camper/counselor ratio of 1:1. Learn more here. Find the 2020 Camp Brochure here.

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


Camp Erin Tulsa–The Tristesse Grief Center

Dates: June 3-5, 2022

Location: Camp Loughridge, Tulsa, OK

Camp Erin Tulsa is a free, weekend bereavement camp for youth who are grieving the death of significant person in their lives. Children and teens ages 6 to 17 attend a weekend camp experience that combines grief education and emotional support with fun, traditional camp activities. Led by bereavement professionals and caring volunteers, campers are provided a safe environment to explore their grief, learn essential coping skills, and make friends with peers who are also grieving. Register here.


Hope’s Crossing

Dates: July 5-8, 2022

www.hopecrossingcamp.org 

Hope’s Crossing Camp is a FREE one-week day camp in Tulsa for kids with disabilities such as cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, heart disease, cancer, and spina bifida. Each camper is matched one-to-one with a volunteer counselor. Activities include swimming, fishing, canoeing, archery, basketball, soccer, arts and crafts and a Zip Line! Counselors receive up to 50 volunteer hours.  APPLY NOW at www.hopescrossingcamp.org. JOIN US!


Connections

Dates: June 23-26, 2022

Registration Opens January 3, 2022

Location: Camp Trivera in Oklahoma City
www.cavettkids.org/camps

Our Connections camp is designed for teens ages 13-18 who have been diagnosed with any chronic or life-threatening illness. This camp offers a variety of traditional summer camp activities and focuses on connecting campers with other teens who have a similar illness.


Make Promises Happen (MPH)

Dates: Various Options

Location: #1 Twin Cedar Ln., Guthrie, OK

www.centralokcamp.org
405.282.2811

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 physical or intellectual disability. Camps are offered throughout the year.


Oklahoma Firefighters Burn Camp 

Dates: August 3-7

Location: Camp Egan, Tahlequah

918.857.6351
www.okffburncamp.com

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 and is free of charge.


Paddy Rossbach Youth Camp–The Amputee Coalition

Dates: August 10-13, 2022

Registration: 

Location: Clyde Austin 4-H Camp, Greenville, TN

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 18-19. 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.


See My Ability

Dates: June 27-30

Location: NSU Broken Arrow, 3100 New Orleans St., BA

Children and adults with disabilities ranging in age from 12-25 in the Tulsa Metro area will benefit from a four-day visual arts summer camp at no cost. Teachers will provide a specialized curriculum utilizing an arts integration program where students will get to display their artwork at the end of the camp during a gallery walk through on the NSU Broken Arrow campus.

During the first 3 days of camp participants will attend for a half day hands-on arts based experiences workshop allowing instructors to teach two classes in the morning for participants 12-17 and two classes in the afternoon for participants 18-25. Students will learn through direct instruction, hands-on activities, and guided practice that focus on visual arts concepts such as creating dance maps, narrating theatrical scenes, using music as text, creating observational artwork, and creating cultural collages. All visual arts lessons are aligned to the National Arts Standards as well as literacy, math, writing, social studies, and science content areas but will be presented on the participants achievement level while also encouraging each participant to unlock their own creativity. Every lesson is also culturally responsive that incorporates artwork, books, music and prompts that reflect a variety of cultures.

This camp is being put on free of charge thanks to a grant from the Oklahoma Arts Council. There will be a total of 40 spots available for those 12-17 and 40 spots available for those 18-25.


Total Source for Hearing-loss and Access (TSHA) Summer Kids Camp

Dates: July 18-22 (Enrollment deadline is July 11)

Location: TSHA, 8740 E. 11th St. A, Tulsa

918.832.8742
dhiggins@tsha.cc
www.tsha.cc

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.


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

 

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