Jay Nolan Camp

Jay Nolan CampJay Nolan Camp (run by Jay Nolan Community Services), is an inclusive residential camp program, accredited by the American Camping Association, designed to bring children without disabilities and children with developmental disabilities together in a caring, fun environment. Children 8-15 enjoy an assortment of camp activities.  Selected teens 16-17 participate in the Counselor-In-Training Program.

Activities include: •  Swimming •  Sports and games •  Archery •  Arts and crafts •  Outdoor theatre •  Hiking/nature walks •  Campfire•  Sing-Along • Camp dance •  Camp talent show.

Campers have the opportunity to succeed based on their unique abilities with the assistance and encouragement of their highly trained staff.

Jay Nolan Camp offers staff that are American Red Cross Certified in First Aid and CPR., registered Nurse on site at all times, American Red Cross Certified Lifeguard and a N.A.D.A Certified Archery Instructor.

The mission of Jay Nolan Community Services, Inc. (JNCS) is to enable individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other Developmental Disabilities to live fulfilling lives as members of the community by providing support services customized to their individual needs.

Website:  Jay Nolan Community Services – Jay Nolan Camp

Contact: Melissa Smith msmith@jaynolan.org

Phone: (818) 361-6400 x151

Office Location:  15501 San Fernando Mission Blvd. #200  Mission Hills, CA 91345  (map)

JEMS Special Camp

JEMS Special CampSince 1975, the Japanese Evangelical Missionary Society (JEMS) has sponsored a week long Christian Camp primarily for individuals with developmental disabilities of Asian descent. This “Special Camp” held at the Mount Hermon conference grounds in Northern California, originated under the direction of Rev. Saburo and Marion Masada. This couple’s daughter is developmentally disabled, and others like her, needed a camp program designed specifically for their special needs. Over the years, the ministry of this camp has changed the lives of many people – both conferees and volunteer staff. Special Camp will be under the leadership of directors Bruce and Val Satow.

The goal of this Special Camp is to provide an opportunity for individuals with developmental disabilities to experience a fun-filled time of activities in an atmosphere of Christian Love.

The campers participate in arts and crafts, bible lessons, and praise and worship singing. Activities include bowling, swimming, a presentation at JEMS Family Camp, a carnival, and Special Olympics. Throughout the week of camp, God’s love is communicated to the campers. By the end of the week, relationships are built; “barriers” broken down, and both campers and aides have learned a tremendous amount about themselves, each other, and God.

All of these events and activities add up to a fun-filled and meaningful camp ministry designed specifically for individuals with developmental disabilities. Special Camp is a place where they can come, learn, fellowship, worship, and grow in the Lord.

Special Camp touches the hearts of many people. The Lord has used the camp to reach out not only to the campers, but also to their families and the volunteer staff.

A typical day at camp begins with everyone getting up and dressed for breakfast, followed by morning exercises, worship, Bible lessons, and arts and crafts. After lunch, there is a different activity every day such as bowling or carnival. After dinner, we have an organized game time followed by worship and carnival time. After the campers go to bed, there is a staff devotional time and a staff meeting.

Though many of the volunteers have never worked with the developmentally disabled before, they have shared how they were humbled and convicted by witnessing such simple childlike faith. in God’s amazing plan, He uses these special ones to minister to the “normal” people of the world.

Website:  JEMS Ministry – Special Camp  and  www.jemsspecialcamp.org/live/

Contact:  info@jemsspecialcamp.org

Phone: (213) 613-0022

Location:  948 East Second Street  Los Angeles, CA 90012  (map)


Jill’s House Lake Arrowhead

Jill's HouseRecently launched in Southern California as part of their mission to serve as many families as possible , Jill’s House Lake Arrowhead strives to give your child experiences every child deserves, regardless of their disability.

It is their hope that with camp respite weekends, they are able to serve more families and children who need the gift of respite. They are excited to see your child take part in activities, like roasting marshmallows, taking hikes, trying a canoe ride, and having a vibrant weekend full of singing and joy while you and the rest of your family enjoy some much-needed respite.

Who? – Camps are open to children, ages 6 to 17 (and their siblings), who are interested in new, fun opportunities!

What? –  Jill’s House camps allow your child to spend a weekend away meeting new friends, trying fun and exciting activities and gaining independence in an exciting, safe environment. These camp weekends involve various activities which can include – nature hikes, ropes courses, swimming and archery…just to name a few!

When? – Year round, Jill’s House Lake Arrowhead will be offering this program up to 1-2 weekends per month!  You drop off your child at a specified location on Friday evening and pick them up on Sunday afternoon.

Where? – In the greater Los Angeles area, the Jill’s House Lake Arrowhead program enjoys Thousand Pines Camp in Crestline, CA near Lake Arrowhead.  This camp meets their safety – and fun! — standards. In case of emergency, each location is near a medical center, and nurses are on hand at camp around the clock to ensure your child’s safety is always put first.

Ready to Learn More?  Your family may sign up for one weekend each month camp is offered.  Please contact via the information below:

Website: www. jillshouse.org

Contact:  Ashlyn Gruss – Local Program Supervisor Ashlyn.gruss@jillshouse.org , or Christine Walls – Director of Distributed Programs: Christine.walls@jillshouse.org

Phone: Ashlyn Gruss (661) 600.2302; Christine Walls (703) 639.5688

Camp Location: Thousand Pines Camp in Crestline, CA near Lake Arrowhead  (map)

Kids Music N’ Motion

Kids Music N MotionKids Music N’ Motion is an educational team inspiring children and adults to have fun learning music together. They offer Summer Music Camps for children ages 3-12, and they always love to have special needs children participate.

Your child will be introduced to singing, listening, rhythm, creative movement and dancing. A developmentally appropriate and enjoyable music program that will enhance your child’s awareness of music.  Eye hand coordination, laterality, spatial awareness, directionality and body awareness will be learned through creative movement and dancing.Furthermore, students will learn group participation and socialization in addition to individual musical activities.

Offering classes in 3 locations:  Rancho Palos Verdes/San Pedro, Bellflower and Cypress.

Website:  http://www.kidsmusicnmotion.com/

Contact:  Annette Gunderson kidsmusicnmotion@cox.net

Phone: (310) 373-0280

Locations: Rancho Palos Verdes/San Pedro, Bellflower and Cypress.   (map)

Kris’ Camp

Kris CampKris’ Camp offers therapy-intensive/respite camp sessions for children with special needs (focusing on children with autism/autistic-like challenges) and their families in Idyllwild.  Ages 4-15.

Kris’ Camp is a non-profit organization first established in 1995 as a therapy intensive/respite camp for children with special needs (thus far focusing on children with autism/autistic-like challenges) and their families. It is motivated by three mutually enforcing goals:

  • To provide therapy for special kids, and
  • To provide respite and support for the siblings and parents of special kids.
  • To provide theoretical and hands-on education and training to students, caregivers, and professionals working in the field of autism and other developmental disabilities.

The camps are named after Kris Moore (5/30/1988 – 11/9/1993), a wonderful little boy who touched many people in his brief life.

Their licensed therapists make up a multidisciplinary team focusing on the following areas: sensorimotor, education and communication. More specifically, therapy teams may include physical, speech, occupational, art, and/or music therapists as well as educational specialists. The goal of each program is to meet those specific needs, providing accommodations and opportunities for skill development, in order to maximize independence and self-esteem, while focusing on the family as a whole.

Website:  www.kriscamp.org

Contact:  Leidy van Ispelen, Assistant Director  leidy@kriscamp.org  or info@kriscamp.org

Phone: (801) 733-0721

Office Location:  3359 Creek Road  Salt Lake City, Utah  84121

Camp Location: Idyllwild, CA.  (map)

Leaps N Boundz Camp

Camp Leaps N Boundz

Every child deserves to experience the wonders of camp!

Our exciting day camp runs Monday through Friday during school breaks including Summer, Spring, and Winter!

On-site activities include gymnastics, arts and crafts, music, dance, recreational and group games. Off-site activities include field trips, surfing, swimming, and more! Camp days are staffed at a maximum of a 3:1 ratio to support a pro-social camp experience for campers of all abilities!

Cost: $130 per day

Website:  www.leapsnboundz.com

Contact: Heather@leapsnboundz.com

Phone:  (310) 821-0963

Main Office: 5433 Beethoven St  Los Angeles, CA 90066

Camp Locations: Los Angeles, Pasadena, Van Nuys  (map)

Los Angeles School of Gymnastics

Los Angeles School of GymnasticsThe Los Angeles School of Gymnastics proudly offers a nationally recognized Special Needs Program for Gymnastics. They offer unique training methods that have been designed to meet the needs of children and adults by utilizing gymnastics as a primary tool for rehabilitation. Their trainers have specialized training and certification in proper training techniques for children with special needs (Autism, Asbergers, Down Syndrome)

The Los Angeles School of Gymnastics is vendored with EVERY major funding organization in California.


Website:  Los Angeles School of Gymnastics

Contact:  Coach Darryl Thompson 

Phone:  (310) 204-1980 ext. 31

Location: 8450 Higuera Street  Culver City, CA 90232  (map)

Martin Luther King Jr. Therapeutic Recreation Center

MLK Recreation CenterMartin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center is an inclusive recreation facility in South Los Angeles that offers a variety of programming for youth with and without disabilities.

Their focus is promoting healthy lifestyles through recreation; they empower families to develop healthy habits through fitness and exercise, nutrition, and life long learning. They provide support for busy families through our Afterschool Club, Homework Time, Camp and free LA Kids Classes. They invite the community to take advantage of all MLK Jr RC has to offer for both adults and youth; their primary goal is to improve the quality of life for our participants. Parks Make Life Better!

Website:  MLK Jr. Therapeutic Recreation Center

Contact:  mlk.therapeuticcenter@lacity.org

Phone: (213) 847-0878

Location:  3916 South Western Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90062 (map)


Pasadena Child Development Associates (PCDA)

PCDAPasadena Child Development Associates, Inc. is a multidisciplinary group of professionals that work together providing a wide range of therapy services to children with developmental challenges and their families.

Using the DIR®/Floortime approach, PCDA has become an innovator of quality programs and services for children with developmental challenges. Additionally, their team offers educational programs for parents and professionals.

PCDA offers a variety of services for children with special needs. Social/play skills intervention in-home. Music therapy, social skills groups in summer. They serve infants to children up to 12 years old.

Website:  www.pasadenachilddevelopment.org

Contact:  Christine Kim  pcda@pasadenachilddevelopment.org

Phone: (626) 793-7350 ext 283

Location:  620 North Lake Avenue  Pasadena, CA 91101  (map)

Penny Lane Centers

Penny Lane CentersPenny Lane is a private special education day school for children with developmental disabilities that runs during the regular school year with summer school hours.

Penny Lane’s mission is to foster hopes and dreams by empowering children, youth and families to reach their highest potential.

They welcome all clients regardless of gender, race, age, religion, disability, marital status, ethnic background, sexual orientation, sexual expression and identity.

Penny Lane has eight locations throughout Southern California.

Website:  Penny Lane Centers


Phone: Individual Center Contact Info

Locations: North Hollywood, North Hills, City of Commerce, Santa Fe Springs, Antelope Valley, Lancaster, Palmdale and Santa Ana.   (map)