Camps & Camping

Looking for information about camps and camping for individuals with disabilities? Check these sites.
2002 Summer Camps for Children Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
Compiled by the Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center, this 9-page directory (arranged by state) lists camps, family learning vacations and remedial clinics for deaf and hard of hearing children. It can be downloaded as a pdf or Word file.
American Camping Association (ACA)
This searchable database of ACA accredited camps can be limited by “physical or mental challenge.” The results list links to basic information about the camp, contacts, and websites, if available. ACA accredited camps must meet a wide range of standards involving staff screening and training, health care/safety/emergencies, camp activities, camp transportation, and camp facilities. The standards are outlined on the website.
Camp Channel
This camp database can also be searched by “Special Needs.” The results list links to very basic information and e-mail addresses or websites if available. Visitors should note that there is no indication of how many camps are in the database, and no stated criteria for inclusion in it. Camps must pay a fee to be listed.
Camps & Conferences Homepage
The “Specialty Camps” on this page include camps for kids with disabilities, terminal illnesses, and special health needs. Again, there is no stated criteria for inclusion, and camps must pay a fee to be listed.
Camps for Children with Diabetes
An extensive list from the Children with Diabetes website, arranged alphabetically and geographically. The results list leads to detailed information about the camp, including e-mail and web addresses. There is no stated criteria for inclusion.
Children’s Oncology Camping Association (COCA) International
This organization’s website includes a state-by-state guide to its member camps.
Directory of Summer Camps for Children with Disabilities 2002
Can’t find what you need online? This list of camp directories from the National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities (NICHCY) includes a wide variety of print and online resources.
Epilepsy USA Camp Round-up
The Epilepsy Foundation offers this sample of more than 30 camps, located throughout the United States, for kids and teens with epilepsy. Contact information is provided.
GoCamps has separate databases of day and overnight camps that can be searched by “Special Needs” (in the “Special Programs” field). The results lists link to a good overviw of the camp and its resources, including ACA accreditation if any. There is no stated criteria for inclusion, and camps must pay a fee to be listed.
Kids’ Camps “Special Needs Camps”
Find the section on “Special Needs Camps” and click on the child’s disability. Another click will take you to a neat searchable database, where you can identify pertinent camps by location, gender, religion, etc. and retrieve additional information about each camp. Listings are free to camp owners, but there is no state criteria for inclusion. Check out the companion site for Grown-Up Camps, too.
Summer Camps for Children with Physical Disabilities
A guide to camps for amputees or those born with congenital limb differences from the Amputee Coalition of America and National Limb Loss Information Center.
Summer Camps for Kids
This article from provides tips for selecting camps for kids with learning disabilities, and lists a variety of online resources for finding them.
Therapy/Respite Camps for Kids
This is a personal homepage “about summer camps that focus on therapy for kids with special needs and/or respite for the kids and their families.” It is arranged by geographic region, and links to each camp’s webpage. There is no state criteria for inclusion.
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