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  • Michigan List of Summer Camps

  • MI 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.

  • MI 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

  • MI 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 more."

  • MI 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 activities.

  • Find an accredited camp anywhere in the U.S.

  • CampPage Summer Camps Guide - Children's summer camps and wilderness programs for boys and girls in the United States and Canada.

  • NC 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) 427-6099.

  • CO Colorado Summer 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.

  • NC 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.

  • MI 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."

  • MI '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 Sectors initiative.

  • Victory Junction 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 Gang Camps.

  • Contact Camp 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

  • Building Bridges 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

The Epilepsy 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 website:, call (800) 377-6226 option 1, ext. 231, or e-mail

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.


Pine Ridge 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 mental growth.
For more information, contact Kevin Grifhorst at or visit


Camp Casey: 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 against cancer.


O.U.R. Camp, Inc. (Opportunity, Understanding, Recreation)

Visit 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.


Cran-Hill Ranch
14444 – 17 Mile Road
Rodney, MI 49342
(231) 796-7669

YMCA Camp 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 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 Read the Press Release: Camp Tuhsmeheta (Camp T) Offers Blind and Visually Impaired Children Challenges In summer 2004 in Dearborn, MI.


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.


MI 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.


Concordia 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.


MI 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.


Bay Cliff Health CampBay 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 email:


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 pdf version of the brochure (size=464kb) or click on the images below to download picture files (.jpg) of the brochure (page 1 size=825kb; page 2 size=844kb).



The 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 Colorado.


The 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


Mystic 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 tree climbing


Black 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 & other activities


Camp 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.

For Our Full Color Brochure and Video Contact Us at (248) 661-1890
Fax: (248) 661-1891


Camp Sea-Gull - 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 fun

  • Strong atmosphere of trust and self-reliance

  • 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 families.


CA Renaissance 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

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 - Camping/Outdoor Activities

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 for more information.

American Camping Association

Boy Scouts of America

Cooperative Wilderness Handicapped Outdoor Group

Girl Scouts of the USA

SPLORE Accessible Outdoor Adventures

VISIONS/Vacation Camp for the Blind

Voyageur Outward Bound School

Wilderness Inquiry

Wilderness on Wheels Foundation

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 other camp
~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 range

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  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 here.

What if I have other Questions?
If you have further questions, please do hesitate to contact one of our staff members:
• 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


 The 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 outdoors.

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