Summer Camps for Kids with Special Needs


Arthritis Foundation Kids Camp

Dates: Multiple Options

Locations: Various Locations

arthritis.org

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.


BRAIN CAMP—DYSLEXIA CENTER OF TULSA

Dates: 2021 Dates TBD

Location: Dyslexia Center of Tulsa, 8988 D-1 S. Sheridan Rd.

Contact: Dr. Penny Stack, Occupational Therapist

Start off the school year strong!

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


Camp Barnabas

Dates: Various Dates, see schedule here

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. Find the Summer 2020 camp schedule here.


Camp Bridges

Dates: Various Week-Long Options

Registration: Opens February 3, 2020. Due April 30, 2020

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: 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


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: 2021 Dates TBD

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: 2021 Dates TBD

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

campclaphans.com

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.

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: 2021 Dates TBD

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: 2021 Dates TBD

Location: Camp Loughridge, Tulsa

www.hopecrossingcamp.org 

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.


Kamp Kidney

Dates: 2021 Dates TBD

Location: Cross Point Camp in Kingston, OK
www.cavettkids.org/camps

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!


Loving Hands Ranch

Dates: 2021 Dates TBD

Location: Oakridge Christian Camp; Anadarko, Oklahoma

lhrcamps.com
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!


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: 2021 Dates TBD

Location: New Life Ranch Frontier Cove, Adair, OK

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.


OWL Camps–NewView Oklahoma

Dates: 2021 Dates TBD

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.


Paddy Rossbach Youth Camp–The Amputee Coalition

Dates: 2021 Dates TBD

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.


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

Dates: 2021 Dates TBD

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.

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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