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Camp Able at Coronado
Provides hundreds of children and adults with mental and physical disabilities the opportunity to experience aquatic activities such as kayaking, sailing, and swimming in the ocean.

Camp-A-Little and Camp-A-Lot
The ARC of San Diego’s summer camps take place at Cuyamaca Outdoor School in the mountains. Designed for children, teens, and adults with developmental disabilities, with or without physical limitations. Fully accessible facility; limited space available for persons with mobility restrictions and those needing 1:1 supervision.
3030 Market St.,
SD, 92102
619-685-1175 x255

Camp Beyond the Scars
Burn Institute
Traditional summer camp for burn-injured children 5-17 with  professional support for dealing with their unique physical and emotional challenges. Counselors include off-duty firefighters, medical staff and adult burn survivors.
Palomar Christian Conference Center
34764 Doane Valley Rd.
Palomar Mountain, CA 92060

Camp Huntington
Residential camp located in the Catskill Mountains designed for children ages 6 and up with ADHD, LD, PDD-NOS, ADD and ASD. Offers a unique program of adaptive therapeutic recreation including structured activities, nurturing care, a positive setting, and academic instruction to meet IEP goals. The local area offers many activities for the rest of the family.
High Falls, NY

Camp I CAN
In participation with the Autism Society, the YMCA offers this camp for children with Autism with 1:1 instruction. Register early—it fills up every year!
Toby Wells YMCA, Kearny Mesa:
Ecke YMCA, Carlsbad:

Camp Ivey
Summer horse camp dedicated to encourage the interaction of disabled and able-bodied children of all ages. Day camp for ages 7-17 with therapeutic horseback riding program, aviary and gardening.
110 Rancho del Oro Dr.
Oceanside, CA 92057

Camp Jaycee: Jewish Community Center
Variety of inclusive day camps, plus an Olympic-sized pool, theater, dance studio, science lab, ball fields and tennis courts.
4126 Executive Dr.
La Jolla, CA 92037

Camp Let It Loose
Week-long summer program for kids with special needs. Paired 1:1 with a teen counselor, campers enjoy yoga, art, music, baking, sports, water fun, face-painting and a field trip day.
16934 Chabad Way
Poway, CA 92064

Camp Ohr Lanu
Camp Ramah
Jewish children 4-14 with special needs, along with their parents and siblings, enjoy specialized, therapeutic programming in a supportive camp environment staffed with trained special educators and behavior and family education specialists. Individual counselors paired with each family.
Ojai, CA 

Camp Paivika
Camp near Big Bear offers overnight camp for ages 5-22 with developmental and physical disabilities, such as Autism, ADHD, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome and Epilepsy. Includes horseback riding, fine arts, adaptive sports, swimming, cookouts and campfires, arts and crafts, and nature hikes.
Cedarpines Park, CA
909-338-1102 x5003

Camp Stevens
Inclusive, traditional, fun-in-the-outdoors overnight camp for kids ages 8-15. Discuss the needs of your child with ASD, ADD/ADHD, and mild delay with counselors. Focus on interpersonal skills during archery, swimming, crafts, campfires and more.
Julian, CA

Camp Tuolumne Trails
Tuolumne Trails (located in the Sierras) is for groups with special medical needs. The camp provides the buildings, food service, management and general camp activities. Camping groups bring their own staff of professionals, medical staff and specially programs for their campers.
Groveland, CA

This wilderness camping experience, located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, is for youth ages 10-18 with physical disabilities. Founded by local climbing legend Stephen Wampler.

CIP (College Internship Program) Summer Program
Two weeks of college experience for teens ages 16-19 with Asperger Syndrome, high-functioning Autism, ADHD and other learning differences. College is not just about academics; it’s about fostering connections, learning skills to succeed and having fun.

City of Chula Vista Recreation Department Inclusive Day Camps
Students with disabilities are encouraged to attend all day camps. A two-week advance notice is required to complete an assessment and to assign an aide, if needed. Therapeutics/inclusion.
276 Fourth Ave.
Chula Vista, CA 91910

Club Xcite
Provider of camps, afterschool enrichment programs and skill building programs such as executive functioning and social skills at public and private schools.

CYT Musical Theater Summer
Overnight and day camps for children ages 5-18 featuring drama, dance and outdoor games. CYT welcomes all children and will accommodate their individual needs to participate.
1545 Pioneer Way
El Cajon, CA 92020

Digital Media Academy Tech Camps
Full-day and overnight summer tech camps for students 7-17 at the UC San Diego campus. Courses offered: 3D Modeling + Design, Coding + Artificial Intelligence, Film + Photography, Game Design, Music Production, and Robotics +Engineering.

Dragonfly Forest
Summer camp designed for children with Autism, 22Q, Asthma and medical needs, allows them to safely enjoy traditional camp activities such as swimming, boating, fishing, archery, arts and crafts, ropes courses, boating and nature activities.
Conshohocken, PA

Easter Seals Camp Oakes
Resident camp in the San Bernardino Mountains serves children and adults with disabilities. Activities include crafts, hayrides, talent shows, dances, swimming, horseback riding, canoeing, archery, hiking and a ropes course.

iCan Bike
Summer day camp designed for children ages 8 and up with disabilities to learn to ride a bike. Through the use of elaborate equipment, this program teaches kids increased independence. All equipment is provided.

Junior Adaptive Sports Camp
Campers ages 4-18 are introduced to adaptive sports such as wheelchair basketball, tennis, lacrosse, archery, water skiing, sailing and more at Crown Point and Miramar College at the end of July.
Adaptive Sports and Recreation Association

Little Language Ambassadors
(See listing under Education)

The Painted Turtle
Summer camp and year-round programs for children ages 7-16 with a variety of medical conditions. Full medical staff onsite 24/7. Special foods available for dietary needs.
Lake Hughes, CA

Rancho Family YMCA Inclusive Camps
Exciting, inclusive camps offered to children of all abilities. Assessment provided for areas of camp support. Financial aid available.
9410 Fairgrove Ln.,
SD, 92129

San Diego Park and Recreation
Inclusive summer and winter day camps offered to children of all abilities. Schedules online.

SOAR Adventure Camps
Camps for students with LD, AD and ADHD help students increase independence by participating in camping, rock climbing, whitewater rafting, scuba diving, sea kayaking, and horseback riding. Students are involved in decision making, goal setting, developing group guidelines, and meal planning.
Balsam, NC

Summer Day Camp uses Lego bricks and other materials to teach STEM and STEAM concepts in a fun and creative way.  Weekly workshops include Connections (social skills), Minecraft, video game design and preschool programs.
4204 Adams Ave.
SD, 92126

Summer Session at NewBridge School
Half-day learning program/camp for students in grades K–8 with language-based learning disabilities, Dyslexia, memory, executive functioning, and processing difficulties. Teaches students to be effective learners in a fun, camp-like setting.
12285 Oak Knoll Rd.
Poway, CA 92064

Surf Camp
The Autism Society in partnership with Aqua Pros Swim School offers surf camp for persons with Autism.

Surfin Fire Surf Camp
(See listing under Recreation)

Talisman Camps
Experiential learning camp for children with ADD, ADHD, LD and Asperger’s that helps children develop physical and social competence in an atmosphere that encourages and supports self-regulation and self-direction.
Zirconia, NC

Therapeutic Approach to Growth
(See listing under Behavioral and Mental Health)

ThoughtSTEM Coding and Computer Science
Technology offers a unique experience to draw upon the abilities of students with Asperger’s and high functioning ASD. Students 8-18 engage in fun projects while becoming expert coders. Teachers and college mentors use games like Minecraft and child-friendly programs to teach computer science and game design.

Upward Bound Camp
Christian-based recreational and educational camp experiences for persons with disabilities, ages 12 and up in an environment that encourages for growth outside the individual’s usual routine.
Stayton, OR

Watersports Camp at the Mission Bay Aquatic Center
Adaptive swim camp sponsored by the Torrey Pines Kiwanis and inclusion supported by KIT (Kids Included Together).
Peninsula Family YMCA
1001 Santa Clara Pl.
SD, 92109

Xcite Steps Camps
Camps for kids and teens with cognitive disabilities such as Asperger Syndrome, high functioning Autism, PDD-NOS, MDD, CDD, social anxieties, or other disabilities.

YMCA of San Diego County Camps
Summer day camps, overnight camps, swim lessons and sports leagues for children preschool and up. Children with special needs are always welcome at the Y.
3708 Ruffin Rd.
SD, 92123

YMCA Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Family Camp
Provides an opportunity for children who are deaf and hard-of-hearing and their families to come together in a positive environment.

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