Summer Camps for Individuals with Disabilities

For parents working outside of their homes, finding childcare options that are affordable, safe, and fun is even more essential. Camp, be it a day or residential program, is one of the alternative options to explore. Below is a list of options that are specifically tailored to individuals with disabilities. Financial assistance is offered at most of the locations. Early registration is the best opportunity for this kind of help. This list is by no means exhaustive. 

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Bergen County

Camp Rainbow is a camp that is designed for individuals with developmental disabilities and uses a thematic approach for its' weekly activities. For adolescents, the program involves them in daily living activities designed to help them better work independently as well as develop confidence and self-esteem. 

Gloucester County

Camp Sun-N-Fun offers children and adults with developmental disabilities an opportunity to participate in and enjoy summer recreational activities. Camp Sun-N-Fun provides opportunities to make new friends, opportunities to develop independence and opportunities to gain self-esteem through success in fun activities such as nature appreciation, arts and crafts, sports and games, music and dance, themed parties and much more. Both residential and day camp opportunities are available. Call 856.848.8648 for more information.

Monmouth County

Monmouth County Park System provides accommodations for individuals with disabilities (who meet minimum eligibility requirements-with or without accommodation-documented for the specific program) to participate in regular Park System programs. For more information, visit their website, or call the Therapeutic Recreation Division at 732.460.1167 ext. 22 or ext.24. 

Passaic County

Camp Rainbow  is a camp that is designed for individuals with developmental disabilities and uses a thematic approach for its' weekly activities. For adolescents, the program involves them in daily living activities designed to help them better work independently as well as develop confidence and self-esteem. For more information call 201.343.0322.

Somerset County

Richard Hall Community Mental Health Center offers summer programming for youth. Check their website for more information on these programs. 

Sussex County

Camp NOVA is a wonderful opportunity for children and young adults living with Epilepsy and other developmental disabilities. Camp NOVA, which provides an exciting an independent camping experience in an environment filled with fun experiences and memories that last a lifetime, is a one-week overnight camp for young people ages 12 and up. Camp activities include acting, arts and crafts, boating, fishing, karate, swimming, and yoga. 

Union County

Camp Star is offered 4 weeks in August. This is a safe, structured environment for children and teens ages 3 to 21 years old with special needs and their siblings. Camp is designed to enhance personal and social development, language and communication skills, learning, motor and muscle coordination. For more information call 973.315.0000.

Warren County

Camp Warren provides quality camping experiences and supports for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families from the last week of June through the beginning of August. Camp Warren operates for all ages. For more information call 908.689.7525 (ext. 209).

Statewide

Arthur C Luff Children's Burn Camp is offered each summer to children between the ages of 8 and 18. The camp is located in Connecticut, and The Burn Center at St. Barnabas is able to send children to this camp at no cost to their families. It is a safe place where children can simply be children, despite their injuries.