Summer Camps for Kids with Special Needs

Arthritis Foundation Kids Camp

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.

Camp Barnabas

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.

Camp Bridges

Dates: 2020 Dates TBA



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 Get Centered (2020 Information Coming Soon!)




Camp Loughridge Autism Inclusion Program 

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.

Camp Cavett

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.

Camp ClapHans–J.D. McCarty Center 

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.

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

Camp Erin Tulsa–The Tristesse Grief Center

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.

Dyslexia Center of Tulsa–2020 Information Coming Soon!




Hope’s Crossing

Dates: 2020 Dates TBA


Hope’s Crossing Camp is a special camp for special kids. Our 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 Kidney

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!

Make Promises Happen (MPH)

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.

Oklahoma Firefighters Burn Camp 

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.

OWL Camps–NewView Oklahoma

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.

Paddy Rossbach Youth Camp–The Amputee Coalition

Dates: 2020 Dates TBA

Location: Camp Joy, Clarksville, OH

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 or call 888.267.5669. *Registration has ended for 2018*

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

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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