Summer Camps for Individuals with Disabilities
*COVID-19 ("Coronavirus") Announcement: Due to the pandemic, it is to be expected that normal camp plans and schedules have been modified. The details shared on this page and related pages reflect what was planned for the 2020 camp season. Beginning July 6, youth day camps, including municipal summer programs, will be able to operate so long as they comply with required social distancing and other mitigation policies. We recommend that you check camp websites and call to learn about actual upcoming schedules. Residential and overnight camps are prohibited from operating.
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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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.
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 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.
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.
Richard Hall Community Mental Health Center offers summer programming for youth. Check their website for more information on these programs.
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.
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.
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).
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.