Summer Camps for Kids with Special Needs
Dates: Multiple Options
Locations: Various Locations
There are multiple JA camps across the country, falling into the categories of Family Camp, Resident Camp and Teen Retreat. Camp gives 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. Registration opens February 2020.
Dates: July 20-24 (for grades 1-5, as of 9.1.2020); July 27-31 (for grades 6-8 and 9-12, as of 9.1.2020)
Location: Dyslexia Center of Tulsa, 8988 D-1 S. Sheridan Rd.
Contact: Dr. Penny Stack, Occupational Therapist
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Brain camp will offer your scholar the tools to set goals, organize their homework, take notes, test taking strategies, listening skills, manage time, manage attention, organize their binder and much more! Registration is $250. dyslexiatulsa.com
Dates: Various Dates, see schedule here
Location: 901 Teas Trail, Purdy, MO
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. Find the Summer 2020 camp schedule here.
Dates: Various Week-Long Options, June 8 through August 7 (see schedule here)
Registration: Opens February 3, 2020. Due April 30, 2020
Location: The Bridges Foundation, South Campus, 1813 N. Ash St., Jenks
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.
Dates: Multiple Week-long Sessions Available
Where: The Center for Individuals with Physical Challenges, 815 S. Utica Ave.
Camp Get Centered is a Summer Day Camp for children and adolescents with physical challenges. Camp Get Center provides weekly camps with various themes each week. Campers must have a primary diagnosis of a physical disability and have independent skills of daily living including feeding and toileting. Camp activities can include adaptive sports & recreation, art, indoor climbing wall, swimming, yoga, group games & initiatives, field trips, and more. The goal of Camp Get Centered is to provide opportunity for youth with physical challenges to increase awareness of and actively participate in recreational and leisure activities, while building friendships and a social network. Scholarships are available. tulsacenter.org
Dates: Various Options
Location: 4900 W. 71st St., Tulsa, OK
“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.
Dates: July 28-August 2, 2020
Location: New Life Ranch Frontier Cove, Adair, OK
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.
Dates: Week 1, June 14-17; Week 2, June 21-24; Week 3, June 28-July 1; Week 4, July 12-15; Week 5, July 19-22
Location: 2002 E. Robinson St., Norman, OK
Camp ClapHans is a residential summer camp for kids with disabilities ages 8 to 18 and is an outreach program of the 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.
For more information, contact Camp Director Bobbie Hunter at 405.307.2865 or email@example.com.
Dates: June 5-7, 2020
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.
Dates: June 1-5, 2020
Location: Camp Loughridge, Tulsa
Hope’s Crossing Camp is a FREE one-week summer day camp for kids with disabilities, June 1-5, 2020. Campers’ challenges include cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, heart disease, cancer, spina bifida, and scoliosis. Hope’s Crossing Camp is held at Camp Loughridge in West Tulsa and activities include canoeing, archery, games, swimming, diving, basketball, soccer, zip line, fishing, arts and crafts, and more. Campers are matched one-to-one with a Counselor. Apply at www.hopescrossingcamp.org.
Dates: June 23-28, 2020
Location: Cross Point Camp in Kingston, OK
Kamp Kidney is not only the very first Cavett Kids camp but also the oldest kidney camp in the nation! This camp hosts over 100 campers all battling chronic kidney disease or are the recipients of a kidney transplant. Activities include all the traditional fun of camp like arts, crafts, ropes course and archery as well as a fishing tournament and of course, tubing on the lake!
Dates: June 12-15, 2020 (Deaf Camps: Children age 6 through 6th grade Deaf Teens 7th through 12th grade. Deaf Special Needs: age 6 through adult.) June 26-29 (CODA Camp for ages 6 through 12th grade)
Location: Oakridge Christian Camp; Anadarko, Oklahoma
580.618.4116 (Roy Woodall, Director)
Loving Hands Ranch is a Christian camp for Deaf Children, Deaf Teens, and CODAs. There is a lot of fun to have, friends to make, and things to learn. Campers get to do all kinds of things indoors and outdoors!
Dates: Various Options
Location: #1 Twin Cedar Ln., Guthrie, OK
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.
Dates: 2020 Dates TBA
Location: New Life Ranch Frontier Cove, Adair, OK
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.
Dates: July 19-22, 2020 (Tulsa Camp); June 29-July 2 (OKC Camp)
Location: Lake Tenkiller (Tulsa Camp); UCO (OKC Camp)
NewView Oklahoma believes that every child deserves to have a summer camp experience. OWL Camp was created in 2000 and has grown to two weeks of camp hosting 30 – 40 campers. Camp activities are carefully planned and designed to encourage collaboration, improve confidence, self-esteem, and independence, and challenge societal and self-imposed limits through a variety of indoor and outdoor activities, with a new theme each year! The Tulsa Camp is for youth ages 15-18, and the OKC Camp serves children ages 8-14.
Dates: July 7-20, 2020
Registration: Open January 15-February 28, 2020
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.
Dates: July 13-17, 2020
Location: TSHA, 8740 E. 11th St. A, Tulsa
Theme: “Let’s Get Cooking!” Activities will center around gardens, cooking, reading/following recipes and much more.
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.
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