List of Camps

This is a comprehensive list of camps catering to kids with special need in the Southern California area.

Check the sidebar for a more specific listing by special need.

Karate For All

Karate For AllKarate For All is a Community Occupational Therapy based Martial Arts Program in Orange County, developed specifically for children and adults with special needs. Using Occupational Therapy knowledge and skills, KFA combines the discipline of martial arts to achieve motor, cognitive, social and processing goals.



Each class is instructed by Pediatric Occupational Therapists that hold Black Belt Degrees in:

    Shōtōkan Karate

    Shitō-Ryū Karate

    Tae Kwon Do

    Jujitsu

Website:  http://www.karateforall.org

Contact: Wayne Centra karateforallbusiness@gmail.com

Phone:  714-731-4668

Location: 3002 Dow Ave. #114  Tustin, CA 92780
27341 Trabuco Circle  Mission Viejo, CA 92692

 

Reid’s Gift

Reid's GiftReid’s Gift offers summer camp and after school programs for teens with special needs in Los Angeles.

Dedicated to the memory of Reid Brian Thompson, Reid’s Gift aims to support all individuals with developmental disabilities through positivity and collaboration.

Typical peer mentors join their young people for fun, functional activities in West Los Angeles!

– Ages 14+ with special needs
– 10am – 3pm Monday through Friday
– $300/week
– June 16 – August 29

Activities include swimming, sports, music, arts and crafts, yoga, dance, and social skills.

Website:  www.reidsgift.org

Contact:  info@reidsgift.org ; (310) 853-0794

Administrative Office: 16639 Cantlay St.  Van Nuys, CA.  91406  (map)

Whispering Winds – Special Needs Family Camp

Whispering Winds Special Needs Family CampWhispering Winds believes that special kids and their families deserve a special weekend!  So, our Special Needs Family Camp brings families, which include a child with developmental and/or intellectual disabilities, together for a retreat of respite, support and fun on the mountain celebrating each other as God’s special gifts.

Special Needs Family Camp provides a weekend of dynamic, tailored programs for special needs children of all ages to enjoy in the accompaniment of their very own specially trained 1:1 aide. Additionally, their typical siblings get to enjoy supervised age/ability-appropriate, parallel camp programming while parents have the opportunity to participate in practical seminars and spend quality time together as well as with each of their kids.

This transformative weekend is being held Friday, July 18 – Sunday, July 20, 2014 and applications and financial assistance forms are available on the website (www.whisperingwinds.org)

Website:  Whispering Winds

Contact: Stephanie Kiesel stephanie@whisperingwinds.org

Phone:  (619) 464.1479

Office: 8186 Commercial Street  La Mesa, CA 91942

Camp Location: 17606 Harrison Park Road Julian, CA 92036

  (map)

Ability First – Camp Paivika

Camp PaivikaCamp Paivika offers overnight summer and winter/spring programs for children and adults with mild to severe developmental and physical disabilities such as autism, ADHD, cerebral palsy, epilepsy and Down syndrome.

Camperships currently available.  Click here for an application:

Scholarship-Application-2014

Camp Paivika opened in 1947 as one of the first fully accessible camps in the United States, and operates under a special use permit granted by the San Bernardino National Forest. Located in the beautiful San Bernardino National Forest, the camp is fully accredited by the American Camp Association.

Our programs allow campers to make friends, try new things and become more confident. Families are often surprised to find loved ones returning home with a new, can-do spirit, independently choosing clothes for the day, tying their shoes or brushing their teeth without assistance. And, of course, families appreciate the respite they can take from the rigors and challenges of providing 24/7 care.

Camp Paivika is completely accessible and capable of accommodating individuals who use wheelchairs, walkers or other adaptive devices. Staff are trained and prepared to provide personal care as needed including caring for individuals who are incontinent and who require assistance with transferring, bathing, dressing, toileting, feeding and other personal care.

Website:  Camp Paivika

Contact: Kelly Kunsek, Camp Director

Phone:  (909) 338-1102 /  (877) 768-4600

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

Camp Location: 600 Playground Drive, Cedarpines Park, CA 92322  (map)

AHEAD With Horses

Ahead With Horses

AHEAD WITH HORSES has an over 45-year history of providing unique, highly motivating and effective therapy, education and recreation through horses and related experiences to disabled, disadvantaged, at-risk and special-needs children and has earned recognition educationally, medically and scientifically.  Through vaulting (gymnastics on a moving horse), even severely disabled children learn and achieve with the goal of enabling them to lead more independent and productive lives.

Two unique aspects of equine therapy offered at AWH are the immediacy or response and visibility of its effectiveness across various areas.

PHYSICALLY: AWH takes children with disabilities through a complex series of movements while the horse rhythmically moves the body in a manner similar to the human gait. This improves the children’s posture, balance and muscle control.

MENTALLY: AWH increases concentration, improves sequential thoughts and helps children learn to speak and develop spatial awareness.

EMOTIONALLY: AWH provides the opportunity for children to bond with the horse, instructors and volunteers, building confidence and trust. Contact with the horse and vaulting provides a non-competitive setting for learning where the children develop self-discipline and improve concentration. Most importantly, the sheer sense of joy raises their spirits and brings smiles to their faces

SOCIALLY: AWH nurtures a positive self-image. For the first time in their lives, children with sever disabilities often experience a sense of independence.

AWH serves children throughout the Los Angeles area. These are disabilities including—but not limited to:

  • Autism/Autism Spectrum
  • Down syndrome
  • Cognitive Disabilities
  • Developmental Delays
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Spina Bifida
  • Congenital Disabilities
  • Chromosome Disorders
  • Paraplegia
  • Quadriplegia
  • Deaf
  • Seizure Disorders
  • Speech Disabilities
  • Blind/Visual Disabilities
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • and many more!

Website:  www.aheadwithhorsesla.org

Contactaheadwithhorses@yahoo.com

Phone: (818) 767-6373

Location: 10157 Johanna Avenue  Shadow Hills, CA 91040   (map)

Almansor Center

Almansor CenterOver the last 30 years, the Almansor Center’s mission has been to empower individuals to take charge of their own learning process and become competent, caring and contributing members of society.

Almansor’s 225 professional and support staff work collaboratively to offer a full-range of services in five program areas: Special Education Day School, Mental Health Services on 40 public and private school campuses, Early Education programs, Transition and Adult Services, and Community Outreach Services to 94 Head Start sites and the Juvenile Justice System.

Website:  www.redesignlearning.org

Contact:  www.redesignlearning.org/ContactUs

Phone:   (323) 341-5580

Administrative Office: 625 Fair Oaks Ave #200  South Pasadena, CA 91030  (map)

ARC

ARCARC (Activities, Recreation and Care) is an adult day program that focuses on recreational, academic, arts and independent living skills for individuals with developmental disabilities.

Services include adult educational, educational classes, adaptive living service, respite care, a hand bell & chime choir, adult education, and Saturday recreational camp.

SATURDAY CAMP: Each Saturday, for 5 to 7 hours, ARC Saturday Camp provides therapeutic recreation and socialization, swimming, basketball teams, softball teams, special field trips, dancing, Special Olympics training, arts and crafts, music and more. Clients learn how to get along with others and how to make good use of their leisure time.

Website:  ARC – Activities, Recreation and Care

Contact: Jane Sarture, Director  info@arcandadults.org

Phone:  818-762-4365

Location: 6456 Whitsett Ave.  North Hollywood, CA 91606  (map)

Armory Center for the Arts

Armory Center for the Arts

The Armory is a Community arts center, located near Old Town Pasadena, offers innovative approaches to creating and presenting visual arts to students of all ages and abilities.

The Armory’s education and exhibition programs have encouraged children and adults to experience, understand and appreciate contemporary art by actively being involved in the creative process of art making.

Special summer programs are available.

Website:  www.armoryarts.org

Contact:   information@armoryarts.org

Phone: (626) 792.5101

Address: 145 North Raymond Avenue  Pasadena, California 91103  (map)

AYSO VIP Soccer Camps

AYSO VIP SoccerAYSO has a Very Important Player (VIP) Program that is for players with mental or physical disabilities.

With more than 40 years of experience, AYSO brings a “kids first” philosophy to soccer camps, creating a camp experience unlike any other.

The AYSO VIP (Very Important Players) Program provides a quality soccer experience for children and adults whose physical or mental disabilities make it difficult to successfully participate on mainstream teams.

VIP teams may include:

  • Blind or visually impaired
  • Amputees or with conditions that impair mobility
  • Mentally or emotionally challenged
  • Autistic
  • Down syndrome
  • Cerebral Palsy

Website:  AYSO VIP Program

Contactvip@ayso.org

Phone:  (800) 872-2976

BCR “a place to grow”

BCRBCR “a place to grow”, is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation that has operated in the City of Burbank since 1963.  The Center provides day activity and extended day care programs, as well as monthly evening dances, for children and adults with developmental disabilities — mental retardation, autism spectrum disorder, cerebral-palsy, seizure disorders and other disabling conditions.  BCR serves clients from Burbank, Glendale, the San Fernando Valley, and neighboring Los Angeles County communities.

BCR provides a safe, structured, and caring environment where participants are valued, accepted, and understood. Without BCR’s Monday through Friday programs, the majority of its consumers would be at home — sedentary, isolated from peers, and often lacking stimulation. BCR also offers a supportive milieu for families and caregivers, and provides them with essential hours of respite.

BCR “a place to grow” is Regional Center vendored.

Website:  www.bcraplacetogrow.org

Contact:  info@bcraplacetogrow.org

Phone: (818) 843.4907

Address: 230 E. Amherst Drive   Burbank, CA 91504  (map)