WELCOME TO SPECIAL CAMPS!
Special Camps provides opportunities for children and adults with intellectual disabilities to experience new activities, form friendships, increase independence and self-esteem in 2-week long, loving, all volunteer run summer camps. With proper supervision by trained staff and 24-hour nursing, Special Camps is a safe overnight camp for both children and adults with intellectual disabilities, who could not otherwise attend a similar camp due to physical, medical or intellectual limitations.
Campers play alongside a teen volunteer, who introduces them to swimming, archery, sports, fishing, canoes and paddle boats, crafts, yoga, water sports, field games, talent shows, woodworking, and singing and dancing in a structured setting, under trained adult supervision. Evening entertainment encourages social skills and interaction through play which includes hayrides, bingo, campfire songs, dances and more.
Volunteers gain personal and professional growth, living side by side with our amazing campers.
Special Camps provides week-long respite to families and caregivers. Raising a child with special needs can be an enriching experience, but can also provide life-long care and financial challenges. That’s why Special Camps provides financial scholarships to campers in need.
Youth Camp equals 2 camps in one. Campers ages 8 – 13 and campers 14 – 23. Campers must have an intellectual disability to participate, be able to communicate their needs and desires, and be independent in toileting. Campers must not have behavioral that would prove challenging for a teen camp counselor.
For Campers ages 23 and over. Campers must have an intellectual disability to participate, capable of communicate needs and desires, and be independent in toileting. Campers must not have behavioral issues that would prove challenging for a teen camp counselor.
Special Camps is specially designed for the needs and desires of campers with intellectual disabilities. Campers + their volunteers look forward to Special Camps all year. The friendships we build, the compassion we show, and the great times we share last a lifetime.
Camper Registration will begin the first week in February!
High school and college-age volunteers are needed. You’ll participate in all the activities alongside your campers, have a great time and learn a lot from the campers you serve.
Counselor Volunteer Registration will begin the first week in February.
Are you an RN nurse? We are in need of additional nurses to dispense medications, tend to minor injuries, and play alongside our wonderful campers. You’d be working and playing alongside with experienced camp nurses. Three camp nurses are needed per session.