Camp Wheez

Camp Wheeze asthma campCamp Wheez is a Santa Barbara day camp for elementary school children (grades 1-6) with asthma.

This unique camp experience, under the supervision of medical professionals and community volunteers, provides campers with an old-fashioned camp experience, while also teaching them about their asthma.

Camp is held one week per summer, and is free to those who attend.


Contact: Wendy Raffetto, AE-C, Camp Director

Phone:  805-681-7897

Camp Location:  First Baptist Church 949 Veronica Springs Road Santa Barbara, CA  (map)

Camping Unlimited – Camp Krem

Camping Unlimited - Camp KremCamp Krem enriches the lives of those with special needs, counselors and volunteers through fun and safe programs of recreation, socialization and education.  They thrive through understanding, acceptance and support from the communities they serve.

Campers of all disabilities are welcome at Camp Krem. Campers who typically attend experience symptoms of Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Autism, Asperger Sydrome, ADHD and other physical, emotional and developmental disabilities. Camp Krem offers summer camp opportunities for children age 5 and older, plus summer camp sessions for adults.

Their Summer Program provides a 1:3 staff ratio, and offers three options for adventure, Main Camp, Outdoor Adventure Camp and Travel Camp. They offer a range of activities and duration, so you are sure to find a camp that best suits your needs. They offer 6 summer sessions from June through August.  Signing up is easy using their on-line application process.

Website:  Camping Unlimited – Camp Krem

Phone:  (510) 222-6662

Office: 1300 E. Green Street, Pasadena, CA 91106

Camp Location: 102 Brook Ln, Boulder Creek, CA 95006 Santa Cruz Mountains   (map)

Casa Colina Outdoor Adventures Program

Casa ColinaFor more than 25 years, the Casa Colina Outdoor Adventures program has provided therapeutic outdoor experiences to thousands of people with disabilities.

The Outdoor Adventures Program focuses on empowering people with disabilities by creating opportunities through challenging and exciting activities. By focusing on abilities, not disabilities, the program enables its members to experience success both physically and emotionally. These recreation programs utilize the natural world to create unique opportunities where people with disabilities can:

  • Participate in day trips and adventures
  • Enjoy a sense of community with others
  • Gain self confidence by experiencing success through acquiring new skills
  • Share new outdoor experiences and adventurous activities with people of all abilities

Website:  Casa Colina Outdoor Adventures Program

Phone:  (909) 596-7733, ext. 4131 or (866) 724-4127, ext. 4131

Office: 255 East Bonita Avenue, PO Box 6001, Pomona, CA 91769-6001  (map)

Center for Developing Kids (CDK) – Sunkids

Center for Developing KidsSunkids is a therapeutic summer program open to all children 3-10 years-old, who are fully potty-trained and have the ability to work in groups.  Sunkids is run by occupational, physical, and speech therapists as well as trained volunteers.

Planned events and activities include water play, music, pet day, crafts, walking field trips, as well as gross motor and sensory motor play.  These activities are used to facilitate gross and fine motor skills, social interaction, and play in a safe and fun environment.

CDK also offers a separate one-week summer handwriting clinic designed to give children a jump-start on handwriting prior to starting the new school year. The development of skills necessary to provide foundations for good handwriting are addressed through a multi-sensory approach, including upper body strength and stability, postural control, fine motor skills and dexterity, visual perceptual skills, and eye-hand coordination. This clinic is taught by occupational therapists that specialize in handwriting.

CDK services include Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech Therapy and Nutrition Therapy.

Website:  Center for Developing Kids – Sunkids

Phone:  (626) 564-2700

Office / Camp Location:  200 E. Del Mar Blvd., Suite 112  Pasadena, CA 91105  (map)

Champ Camp

burn camp

Champ Camp is a residential summer camp for child burn survivors ages 5-16  About 130 children a year attend this weeklong summer camp at Wonder Valley in Sanger, California.  The camp is run by the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation.

Champ Camp, which is one week-long, is free to all burn survivors and it is fully staffed by medical doctors, nurses, program staff, volunteers and counselors – many of whom are also burn unit nurses, burn doctors, adult burn survivors and firefighters.

Activities at Champ Camp include team building activities, as well as canoeing, fishing, horseback riding, arts and crafts, archery, and water slides. The emphasis is on fun; allowing the children a fun reprieve from medical procedures and financial hardships.  Champ Camp offers burn survivors a safe environment where they can play, learn, grow, gain self-esteem, and make new friends.

Champ Camp is free to anyone who’s been treated for burns at California hospitals or are current residents of California.


Contact: Bonita “Bo Beep” Gomez

Phone:  (888) 492-2876

So. Cal. (Main Office): (818) 848-0223

Office: 2501 W. Burbank Blvd., Suite 201, Burbank, CA.  91505   (map)

Camp Location: Wonder Valley – Sanger, California  (map)