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Dahlem Center (Jackson, MI) -
Enjoy the beauty of nature at the John and Mary Dahlem Environmental Education
Center. Colorful gardens, luscious forests, green prairies, rolling meadows,
marshes and ponds dapple over 300 acres and highlight Michigan's changing
seasons. With five miles of hiking trails, including a half-mile special needs
trail, unique exhibits and year-round educational programs, visitors can spend
the day exploring the great outdoors and discovering the wonders of nature. The
Dahlem Conservancy is a public, non-profit organization that manages and funds
the Dahlem Center. Our mission is to bridge the gap from the human to the
natural environment. We function as an outdoor laboratory for school field
trips, workshops, public programs and anyone who is interested in and enjoys
nature. Come, explore, and see what makes Dahlem Center so special.
Registration Going on Now for 2009 A+ Summer College Youth Program - Kids in
grades 2-8 can take summer fun classes at Lansing Community College! Classes
will be held July 13th – August 7th at LCC East in East Lansing off of Hagadorn
Road. Additional classes will be held August 3rd – August 7th at the Livingston
Center in Howell for students entering grades 6-8. These week-long, half-day
classes provide hands-on learning opportunities in the visual and performing
arts, technology, language and science. For a list of classes visit
St. Francis Camp is a
non-profit organization dedicated to the belief that cognitively impaired
children and adults should have the right to experience life to its fullest. "I
find so many things impressive about this camp, like their 3 to 1 ratio, medical
accommodations, dietary accommodations with also gluten free diets, and so much
Camp Gives Special Kids Respite From Everyday Life - Since its inception in
1928, Camp Grace Bentley, located just north of Port Huron on the shore of Lake
Huron has been a dream come true for parents and kids with a range of physical
and mental challenges. For nine magical days in four sessions beginning in late
June and running through mid-August, kids get to feel no different from anybody
else -- they get to be themselves -- and parents get a much needed respite.
Whispering Hope Ranch (WHR)
provides a retreat for individuals with physical or developmental challenges,
their families and caregivers. The ranch is also a sanctuary for a hundred
animal residents that were born with physical differences or have come from
difficult circumstances. The unconditional affection of these animals provides a
unique therapeutic experience for Whispering Hope Ranch campers. The Ranch
consists of 47-acres adjacent to the Tonto National Forest in central Arizona.
Since being established, thousands of special needs children, elderly groups,
adults and families have visited the Ranch for day programs, retreats and
organized camps focused primarily on nature programs and animal assisted
an accredited camp anywhere in the U.S.
Resources & Information from SchwabLearning:
Summer Camp Database:
Select camps, by state, designed just for kids with learning or attention
Find Summer Camps for Kids with Learning and Attention Problems:
Learn how to find a summer camp that meets your child's needs, your
family plans, and your budget.
Tech Preparation: New Challenges and Opportunities for College-bound Teens with
LD and/or AD/HD.
CampPage Summer Camps Guide -
Children's summer camps and wilderness programs for boys and girls
in the United States and Canada.
Camp Carefree - A non
profit camp for children with chronic illnesses and disabilities
in NC. We offer a free one week camp experience to children
between the ages of 6 to 16. All of the activities are ones you
would find at any camp we just adapt them to the child's
individual needs. We have an on site medical staff 24 hours a
day, and a wonderful volunteer staff. Contact Michelle
Richardson with any questions at (336) 427-0966 or (336)
Camps: Kids Ready and Rearing to Learn (PDF) -
Last summer, 12-year-old Will attended a special summer camp in
Colorado where he gained skills in web design, graphic arts, digital video and
video game creation. Now Will is not only motivated in school, but is applying
his newly learned skills to his homework and starting a business. More
importantly, he has discovered a passion for technology, which has led to an
increase in self confidence and leadership roles in school.
Summer Camp Directory (PDF) - This is a directory of summer camps
from North Carolina. People from other states
might be interested in the first dozen or so pages which detail questions and
things to consider before selecting a summer camp - this applies to any state.
There are also nationwide camps listed.
For Years, YWCA Pool Has Been
Their Special Haven For the Summer - Bobbi
Kemerer's 6-year-old son, Jordan, has Fragile X Syndrome. The disorder causes
autistic behavior, making it hard for Jordan to learn to talk. But he has one
word down pat. It's "pool."
'Emerging Sectors' Maps New Type
of Summer Camp - What will your kids tell classmates they did this
summer? Attend soccer camp? Swim at the pool? Study nanotechnology? Instructors
at Oakland Schools hope the response will be the latter as the school system is
modeling much of its summer enrichment programs after the county's Emerging
Gang Camp (VJGC) -
Founded by NASCAR driver Kyle Petty and his wife Pattie to honor their
late son, Adam, The Victory Junction Gang Camp enriches the lives of children
with chronic or life-threatening illnesses by creating camping experiences that
are memorable, exciting, fun, empowering, physically safe and medically sound.
Victory Junction is a member of Paul Newman’s Association of Hole In The Wall
Specialists to get started on your summer camp referral program! We'll help
you pick the perfect camp for your boys or girls, completely FREE! Our summer
camp experts will be happy to help you find the sleepaway camp that will satisfy
all your children's needs.
Camp Channel Search
- Provides selection boxes to help you search
for different types of camps.
A listing of over 24,000 programs available in the United States, Canada, Europe, South America, Australia, The Caribbean, Asia and
all over the world! Search by category including overnight camps, teen tours and adventures, day camps, military camps, sports camps, special needs camps, fine and performing arts
camps, academic programs, study abroad, self improvement, special interest, leadership, spring and winter break camps, family camps and more! Kids Camps is a partner of the
American Camping Association.
National Camp Association —
Camp Advisory Service - Provides referrals
to residential summer camps.
How to Choose
Summer Camps For Children With LD/ADD - If you are a parent of a child with learning disabilities then you probably
know summer camp can be one of two things: either a total success, or an
unmitigated disaster. Children with LD/ADD are often uncoordinated, or have
perceptual or behavioral problems.
Adaptive Recreation Organizations
Camp and Training Institute - Provides a summer
camp experience for Augmentative & Alternative Communication users 5 -17 years
of age, offers training opportunities for individuals who work with AAC users,
and supports siblings as they connect with others.
Michigan Summer Camps
Foundation of Michigan’s Camp Discovery
The only camp in Michigan for children with epilepsy. It provides
youth with epilepsy a safe, structured and encouraging home away from
home for 5 days and 4 nights. All participants will have the
opportunity to enjoy canoeing and kayaking, horseback riding, arts &
crafts, swimming and much more! Camp staff include Foundation
personnel, pediatric neurologists and registered nurses. Financial
assistance is available. For a camper application, please visit our
www.epilepsymichigan.org, call (800) 377-6226 option 1, ext. 231,
Conditioned Caterpillars Summer Camp
This program runs for eight weeks every summer. During this time,
we gradually fade children away from a one-on-one environment to more
of a typical classroom. The majority of the day is spent in small
groups but we also will pull children aside to work with them
one-on-one in specific areas they need extra help in such as writing
or completing worksheets. The morning session is for children that
will be transitioning into preschool or kindergarten in the upcoming
fall. The afternoon session is open to everyone. Contact us to find
out more information.
Contact: Jennifer Levine
Phone: (248) 988-9356
Location of Program: 2225 E. 14 Mile Rd. Birmingham, MI 48009
Bay Shore Camp
450 N. Miller Street
P.O. Box 624
Sebewaing, MI 48759
Bay Shore Camp & Family Ministries is located in Sebewaing,
Michigan. Our mission statement is that we exist to create
opportunities for people of all ages to encounter the person of Jesus
Christ and to put their trust in Him resulting in spiritual wholeness
and growth, and strengthened relationships in their families,
churches, peer groups and communities. There are 17 different summer
camping sessions available for children and youth grade 3 through
graduation of high school. Sports, art, music and traditional camps
are focused on the gospel of Jesus Christ and filled with many
different fun activities.
Bible Camp - Our camping programs include sessions for
elementary, junior high, and senior high. In addition we offer one
week of camp for the mentally challenged (called Freddy's Friends).
Each session includes all of the camp activities, like go-carting,
rock climbing, swimming, and more, plus holistic learning
opportunities that will develop spiritual, physical, emotional, and
For more information, contact Kevin Grifhorst at
or visit www.pineridgecamp.com.
A Horse Camp for
Very Special Kids (Haslett, MI) - At Camp Casey, families
affected by cancer are able to enjoy a beautiful, peaceful setting as
they participate in a variety of unique experiences. By interacting
with horses - and each other - and by bringing families together,
children are able to apply the courage learned at camp to their fight
O.U.R. Camp, Inc. (Opportunity, Understanding, Recreation)
www.ourcamp.org for more information or to register.
Its purpose is to provide continuity with school year programs and to stimulate
the development of cognitive and social skills during the summer months.
Activities are designed to promote improved self-images and group interaction
skills. Campers are divided into groups of six and are supervised by two staff
members. Group activities are designed to promote a sense of responsibility,
team cooperation skills, and feelings of acceptance. Activities include music,
movement, arts and crafts, games and dramatic play to encourage the development
of language and motor skills. O.U.R. Camp's mailing address is PO Box
6059, Plymouth, MI 48170. The camp is now being held at Northville Christian
Church, 41355 Six Mile Rd., Northville, Michigan.
14444 – 17 Mile Road
Rodney, MI 49342
Manitou-Lin, Middleville, MI (Day and Overnight Camp) - Located on
beautiful Barlow Lake southeast of Grand Rapids, highlights include
swimming, canoeing, kayaking, sailing, and tubing. Other popular
activities include horseback riding, archery, arts & crafts, sports,
and much more. State licensed and accredited by the American Camping
Association and the Certified Horsemanship Association. Operating
since 1913. Visit
www.campmanitou-lin.org or call toll free 1-888-909-2267.
Michigan Summer Camps:
Summer Camp for Blind and Visually
Impaired Kids - Camp Tuhsmeheta is an outdoor education and recreation
camp for blind and visually impaired children and youth. Half of the summer
staff are blind or visually impaired themselves, making Camp T a wonderful place
to meet a role model as well as form group of friends who share blindness and
visual impairment. There are 6 sessions in the 2004 summer program, including a
4-day camp weekend for families with a blind or visually impaired member.
Camp Tuhsmeheta is located outside of Greenville, Michigan, near Grand Rapids.
Campers are welcome from any state. Transportation can be arranged for campers
traveling within Michigan. For more information, visit
www.campt.org. Read the Press Release:
Camp Tuhsmeheta (Camp T) Offers Blind
and Visually Impaired Children Challenges In summer 2004 in Dearborn, MI.
Governor Granholm Announces Launch of Michigan’s First
Statewide Online Summer School - Governor
Granholm today announced the launch of Michigan Virtual Summer School, a program
developed by Michigan Virtual High School (MVHS) to offer the state’s high
school students a more flexible option for participating in summer school
courses. The new online summer program gives Michigan’s high schools the
opportunity to expand current traditional summer school offerings to more fully
address students’ remedial and enrichment needs.
Programs for Youth Sponsored by the
Michigan National Guard - Michigan's youth
are its future. To this end, the Michigan National Guard is involved in a wide
variety of youth-oriented programs. In addition to the officially sponsored
programs, Michigan National Guard members participate in countless
community-based programs as mentors and volunteers.
Summer Camps for Kids
with Learning Disabilities or AD/HD -
The end of the
school year is fast approaching and if camp is part of your child’s summer
plans, it’s time to start looking. Choosing a summer camp is tough for any
parent, but add learning disabilities (LD) or Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity
Disorder (AD/HD) into the mix and the search can become downright overwhelming.
Fortunately, with a little planning, your camp search will be manageable and
you’ll confidently select the right summer program for your child.
Alternatives For Girls Offers
Summer Program for 80 girls in Southwest Detroit in grades K-7 - It's
not easy being a schoolgirl these days, and when you live in an area where kids
drop out of school at an alarming rate and girls often become pregnant at an
early age, it's even tougher. That's where Alternatives for Girls comes in. The
nonprofit organization's summer program, based in southwest Detroit, is designed
to give girls from kindergarten through the seventh grade the courage and skills
to make good lives for themselves.
Success Oriented Achievement
Realized (SOAR) -
SOAR is a wilderness adventure program for youth with learning disabilities and
attention deficit disorder and serves both males and females, ages 8 – 18
offering programs in Florida, North Carolina, Colorado, Wyoming, Belize and
Costa Rica. Programs are available in the summer, winter, spring and fall
seasons. SOAR is not a therapeutic boot camp or wilderness therapy program.
However, neither is SOAR a traditional summer camp. SOAR utilizes the natural
environment and adventure activities to work with students on personal goal
attainment and to provide them with opportunities for success. SOAR encourages
students to explore their incredible talents and gifts with the belief that
their future is intertwined with these strengths and abilities.
Grand Rapids Academic Summer
Program For All Michigan Kids: The GRASP program is a nine week
correspondence summer program written by Grand Rapids Public Schools staff in
math and reading. It is designed for children who have completed grades K-8.
Children receive a packet of materials for the nine weeks of summer, and mail in
a lesson a week. The lessons are scored, results recorded, and lessons returned
to the children.
Language Villages - A program of Concordia College, Moorhead,
Minnesota. Language immersion experiences for students ages 7-18. 14
different language villages are available. Campers live, eat, learn etc. in a
setting that simulates a foreign country. One week and two-week sessions are
offered as well as one-month high school and college credit sessions. Credit
abroad programs are available. Call 1-800-222-4750.
Camp Literacy jump-starts kids for school success -
Seven-year-old Felicia Wojciechowski was having trouble reading, but
by the end of Camp Literacy last summer she was reading at a much higher level.
Cliff Health Camp - Bay Cliff
is a non-profit, non-denominational, summer health camp for
children. For over sixty years, Bay Cliff's primary mission has
been to improve the lives of children with physical disabilities.
Today, Bay Cliff is a therapy center serving 180 children each
summer with every kind of orthopedic, speech, hearing, and visual
disability. Through an intensive program of daily therapy and
traditional camp activities, children learn to become more
independent and are inspired to believe in themselves and their
potential. The children work towards the
goal of increased independence and living a fuller life.
Eastern Michigan University's Theatre Camp: SUMMERQUEST
Eastern Michigan University's
Theatre Dept. has a 2 week program in the summer called SUMMERQUEST, in which
kids grades 10-12 can learn about theatre, forensics, or health related fields
while living on campus. Camp staff is willing to work to accommodate
special needs wherever possible. For more information call 734-487-1220 or
Great Lakes American Cancer
Society Sponsors FREE Camp
The Great Lakes Division of the American Cancer Society sponsors
a free, one week residential summer camp in July for kids who have or have had
cancer. The facility is staffed 24 hours a day by oncology doctors and nurses
who can administer many treatments, if necessary.
Other services include Young Camper's Day for children ages 4-6 and a
teen retreat for young adults age 16-20. The camp is available for kids ages
4-20 in Michigan and Indiana who have or have had cancer.
Call 517-371-2920 for more information.
Trails Edge Camp
Trails Edge Camp will be hosting
their 14th camping season this summer from June 1st-6th! Children from the age
of 4 to 18 who are ventilator dependent or assisted for all or part of the day
are accepted. Camp is provided free of charge and is staffed 3 to 1 volunteer to
child ratio with over 75% of camp volunteers being medical professionals. This
camping opportunity is provided by Mott Children's Hospital in Ann Arbor,
Michigan. Click here to download the
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Learning Camp is a unique summer camp program that focuses on
helping children with learning disabilities such as dyslexia,
attention deficit disorder (ADD), attention deficit
hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and other learning challenges
build the self esteem and confidence needed to cope in the academic
world. Our program blends academic tutoring with the wonderful
adventures that can be found in the heart of the Rocky Mountains of
JCC of Metropolitan Detroit, a constituent agency of the Jewish
Federation of Metropolitan Detroit, has two locations in suburban
Detroit--Oak Park and West Bloomfield. Each facility provides a place
for people of all ages with a place to socialize, participate in
sports and recreation, receive a quality Jewish education, attend a
variety cultural events and more. Whether you want to work out, attend
a cultural event, spend quality time with your family or celebrate a
holiday, the JCC has programs for all ages and interests. Our two
locations are in the heart of your neighborhood.
Crystalaire Camp &
Camp Lookout: Residential coed camp Frankfort, MI. Small,
non-competitive, loosely structured child centered camps. Lookout
accessible only by boat. Crystalaire has special sessions for teens.
Traditional camp activities including: arts/crafts, sailing, mountain
biking, wilderness trips. One to three week sessions. Ages 7-16
Phone: (231) 352-7589
Lake YMCA Camp, Lake, MI (Day and Resident Camp) --- 600 acres;
private land; 90 acre private lake; campers thrive in noncompetitive
atmosphere; traditional camping programs; specialty camps; technical
River Farm & Ranch Inc, Croswell, MI (Resident Camp) Girls just
wanna have Fun. Our all girl program lends to increased self-esteem
and stress free FUN. BR offers Western Horseback riding, Vaulting &
Walden, Cheboygan, MI (Resident Camp) --- Camp Walden offers a
noncompetitive, supportive environment where children learn to play
together, build social skills and gain self-esteem.
Our Full Color Brochure and Video Contact Us at (248) 661-1890
Fax: (248) 661-1891
- Traditional all-girls summer camp
for ages 7 to 16. Located in Charlevoix, Michigan, offering small
groups with 3:1 camper-to-staff ratio. Photos, enrollment forms and
program information available.
Camp Sea-Gull Advantages:
Supportive, all girls environment
Focus on success, accomplishment and
Strong atmosphere of trust and
Approximately 100 campers
3:1 Camper/Staff ratio
Summer Camps For Kids: The end of the school year is fast
approaching and if camp is part of your child’s summer plans, it’s
time to start looking.
Highfields Challenge & Adventure Camp
5123 Old Plank Road, P. O. Box 98, Onondaga, Michigan 49264
Summer day camp program located 30 minutes from Lansing or Jackson and
offering outdoor activities that provide powerful learning experiences
for youth, ages 10-16.
Ability Camp, Inc.
- Offers 5 week therapeutic sessions for children with Cerebral Palsy.
Much like a sports training camp for able-bodied children, our 5-6
hour days help teach children new skills, encourage, and build
self-confidence as they learn to become more independent. Ability Camp
offers $100/day sessions including free accommodations for the family.
Visit their website for a free video about the program.
Camp Huntington - A co-ed
residential camp for LD, ADD, Neurologically Impaired and mild to
moderate mentally retarded children. Located in the beautiful Catskill
Mountains. Offering 3, 5, and 8 week sessions. 40th year serving
Academy - Children can enjoy a summer full of great activities while
sharpening their academic skills at Renaissance Academy's Summer School. Nine
weeks of academics and fun that lasts from June to August.
Camp Glucose is a residential
camp for boys and girls ages 8 to 18, as well as a day camp for children ages 4
to 18. We are located at Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA and Wake Forest
University in Winston-Salem, NC. We work with children who are overweight or
have type 2 diabetes due to being overweight. Programs are tailored to meet
specific age levels to ensure the best experience for the individual child. We
are the only camp that is completely supervised by medical staff, registered
dietitians, nutritionists and medical students. As we enter our fourth year, we
have seen how well our program works and are very excited to return for another
great summer. We still have financial aid left for the summer of 2006, contact
us at 1-877-226-7458 or visit us online at
Adaptive Recreation Organizations -
Camp Diversity (Vermont) -
Instead of sending your kids off for another year of soccer, computer or Boy
Scout camp, consider sending them to a retreat that teaches cooperation and
compassion. At Partners in Adventure, a unique camp for kids both with and
without disabilities, they'll do more than make crafts and sing campfire songs.
The camp is designed to honor diversity by encouraging people ages 12-21 to
build partnerships in which each person has the chance to safely explore the
camp, lend a helping hand and learn more about the ways others live. Log on to
Boy Scouts of
Wilderness Handicapped Outdoor Group
Girl Scouts of the
Camp for the Blind
Voyageur Outward Bound
Victory Junction Gang Camp (VJGC)
What is VJGC?
The Victory Junction Gang Camp is about fueling ill children with memories
that will sustain and inspire them! For the children, it's as simple as kicking
back and relaxing, making friends with other children who have illnesses, not
worrying about being different, experiencing the fun and activities of summer
camp and making memories.
What is the Mission of VJGC?
To enrich the lives of children with chronic or life-threatening illnesses
by creating camping experiences that are memorable, exciting, fun, empowering,
physically safe and medically sound.
What disease groups do we serve?
This summer we will serve children ages 7-15 with the following diseases and
conditions: Arthritis, Asthma, Burn survivors, Cancer, Epilepsy,
Gastrointestinal disease, Genetic diseases, Heart disease, Hemophilia and other
blood disorders, Immunology deficiencies/HIV, Kidney disease, Liver disease,
Neurological disease, Sickle cell disease, Skin disease, and Spina Bifida. Final
selection for camper admissions will be determined by the Victory Junction
Medical Advisory Team.
What is Siblings Week?
Our siblings week for the summer is for the healthy siblings (only) of
children who come to camp. As you can imagine, it is a very popular session, so
we can’t guarantee that a child will be accepted. It’s the same application
process for all campers.
What is the Selection Criteria?
~Severity of child's illness which would prohibit child’s attendance at any
~Extenuating circumstances affecting the child
~Child requires complex medical care
~Mental ability to participate in and benefit from the active camp program
~We serve children ages 7-15 with developmental skills appropriate to this age
How do I refer patients?
Please visit our website to view our programming schedule. I have attached
the dates for our summer camp. You can also download our camper application and
more from our website at
www.victoryjunction.org. Click on “The Camp” at the top, then scroll
to the bottom of that page and click on “How to Apply”. The forms are located
What if I have other Questions?
If you have further questions, please do hesitate to contact one of our
• R. Emmylou Ferris, Camper Recruiter (336) 495.2017 or
• Peter Sim, Medical Director (336) 495.2015 or
• Mark Hendrickson, Medical Communications (336) 495.2018 or
• Emily Parenteau, Nursing Director (336) 495.2020 or
• Angela Campbell, Assistant Camper Recruiter (336) 495.2019 or
Fowler Center for Outdoor Learning
Each year The Fowler Center serves thousands of children and adults with
disabilities by providing access to the outdoors in a safe, comfortable, loving
environment that fosters a sense of accomplishment, independence and increased
self-esteem. Their programs and facilities are specifically designed to meet
special physical, social, intellectual, emotional and motivational needs of
participants. Programs include Camp Fowler, a 9-week summer camp, Spring
sessions, monthly weekend respite camps, Camp Barefoot for adults with traumatic
brain injuries, Travel Adventures, Winter Camp and Group Events. The Fowler
Center also offers the Mah Meh Weh Horse Ranch Program with two or three
one-week sessions, dependent on enrollment, for teenaged girls without
disabilities. In 1957, special education teacher Jack (John) Fowler was
frustrated with the lack of outdoor recreational opportunities for youth with
disabilities. So was his wife, Reta (now deceased). Together, they decided to do
something about it – by starting a non-profit camp called the Fowler Center.
Over the years, the Fowler Center has developed into a year-round center
available to youth and adults with special needs such as mental and physical
challenges and brain injuries. The camp began by serving nine boys from Detroit
with mental disabilities. However, the need was so great that Jack and Reta
continued working and expanding the camp. Today, it serves over 4,200 campers
each year, providing access to the outdoors in a safe, comfortable, loving
environment that fosters a sense of accomplishment, independence and increased
self-esteem. Programs and facilities at the camp are specifically designed to
meet special physical, social, intellectual, emotional and motivational needs of
participants. Emphasis is placed on the ability of each camper to participate in
the camping experience according to individual physical, mental and
psychological abilities. A concerted effort is made to remove any possible
barriers and to create a secure, positive and reinforcing environment. Jack
Fowler continues to be actively involved in overseeing this camp, and in
planning its future growth – despite the fact that he suffers from cerebral
palsy himself. The compassion and drive of this extraordinary man have keep this
camp going – and growing. The center Jack and Reta began almost fifty years ago
has opened up a whole new world for people who could not go to a traditional
camp. Today, people with disabilities can enjoy brand new experiences – and
build greater skills and self esteem by taking on the challenges of the