For parents working outside of their homes, finding childcare options that are affordable, safe, and fun is 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 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 856.629.4502 for more information.
Club Dreams is an extension of the Down Syndrome Association of New Jersey. It is an inclusive meeting space for kids, teens, and young adults with Down Syndrome or special needs. They provide academic support, enrichment, socialization, job skills, and career training. There are three weeks in the summer of 2022 where children grades K - 12 can have fun with a theme while doing arts and crafts, outdoor play, lunch, games, and more. Spots are limited. Tickets and registration can be purchased here.
Monmouth County Park System offers a variety of summer camps for youth at multiple locations. Inclusion services and supports are available to those who are differently able. For more information on the inclusion services and supports, contact the Therapeutic Recreation Division at 732.460.1167. For information about the camping program, call 732.842.4000 (ext. 4312) or visit their website.
Camp NOVA is a wonderful opportunity for children and young adults living with Epilepsy and other developmental disabilities. Camp NOVA 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 5 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. They also offer a Little Tykes camp for ages 2.5 to 5 years old. 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. Adult residential camps are available for two weeks during the summer and four weeks of day camp are provided for both adults and children. 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. Call 973.322.4430 for information on both the camp and the burn center.