Pilgrim Pines Camp

Pilgrim PinesPilgrim Pines is a traditional residential summer camp that provides mainstreaming opportunities for the developmentally disabled. Affiliated with United Church of Christ.

Pilgrim Pines offers programs for kids of all ages (grades 1-12), as well as three programs specifically tailored to individuals with special needs.  Seedlings (ages 10-14) Pinecones (15-21) and Pinesters (adults 22 and up) are special needs campers that enjoy traditional camp activities in an beautiful and fun inclusion setting.

Website:   Pilgrim Pines Summer Camp

Contact:   info@pilgrimpinescamp.org

Phone: (909) 797-1821

Location:  39570 Glen Road  Yucaipa, CA 92399  (map)

Pulsar Fit

Pulsar FitPulsar Fit caters to the specific recreational needs of individuals with disabilities. They have recently started Soccer Starz classes, and will soon be offering classes in dance, basketball, social interaction, softball, karate, fitness boot camp, swimming, social interaction, tumbling and sports skills.

Pulsar Fit is operated by experienced professionals that understand the value in physical activity. Their classes are designed to help students develop in all aspects of their physical, intellectual and general well=being.

Pulsar Fit students develop highter physical potential by developing the right skills at the right time for age-specific developmental windows.

Classes are run by experienced instructors who know how to adapt and accomodate to individuals with unique needs so that all their students learn, develop and become successful. All while being in a safe and productive environment.

Website: www.pulsarfit.com

Contact: Lis Mullins lis@pulsarfit.com

Phone: (323) 687-2334

Location: South Gate Park., South Gate, CA. (map)

Rose Bowl Aquatics Center

Rose Bowl Aquatics CenterThe RBAC offers programs for special needs swimmers of all ages.

The Stingrays swim team is for kids with special needs, ages 6-17 years old. This program focuses on stroke development, endurance, strength and overall health, and provides opportunities for individual instruction and team building.  The program includes swimmers with developmental disabilities including autism spectrum disorders, down syndrome, attention deficit disorder, cerebral palsy, motor planning problems, weight issues, lack of coordination and more, to develop their competitive swimming abilities, social and physical health.

The Stingrays host special events and competitions at the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center. They compete against two other special needs teams. The Stingrays also host social gatherings, including a summer barbecue, practice swim meets, fundraisers, and a holiday party.

The Mantarays swim team swim team is  for adults with special needs.  They focus on stroke development and strength training, and use this focus as a tool to build endurance, and for weight loss and weight management. Adults with special needs are at a higher risk for obesity and eating disorders. With proper training, nutrition workshops and the supporting social network of the team, they fight to combat this growing trend. The Mantarays also attend special events and competitions hosted by the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center and other social gatherings with the Stingrays including a summer barbecue and holiday party.

The Anderson Adventure Camp H2O  welcomes all children with special needs to this thrilling camp packed with art activities, sports games, field trips, swim lessons and more. With a ratio of 2 to 1 and a maximum of 10 per group, children  receive constant support and supervision from trained and experienced instructors. Parents may create their own schedule by picking the days they want. Camp is for the month of August only.

Website:  Rose Bowl Aquatics Center

Contact: Alethea Crespo, Kandis Pulliam

Phone:  (626) 564-0330 x409, x419, x417

Location: 360 N Arroyo Boulevard, Pasadena, CA 91103 (just south of the Rose Bowl)  (map)

Rosemary Johnson & Associates Clinic

Rosemary Johnson & Assoc.

A pediatric occupational and physical therapy clinic in Monrovia, CA.  They have been providing these services to children in our area for over 25 years.  Summer programs include Fit Kids (exercise), Movin’ & Dancin’ (dance and movement), and Writing Rocketeers (handwriting) and are open to children with and without special needs.

Website:  www.rjclinic.com

Contact: Susan Lorin  Sue@rjclinic.com

Phone:  (626) 357-9934

Office:  116 E. Walnut Ave.  Monrovia, CA 91016  (map)

Say N’ Play Camp

LA Speech and Language CenterThe Say N’ Play Summer Speech Camp, run by the Los Angeles Speech and Language Therapy Center, is an intense speech and language based program taught by licensed speech-language pathologists (SLPs).

Their innovative camp is thematically based and includes weekly field trips to exciting locations such as the Aquarium of the Pacific, Los Angeles Zoo and AdventurePlex. Additionally, select children receive individual or group pull-out speech therapy two times per week from our culturally diverse staff of SLPs.

Since it’s inception in the late ’90s, this fun-filled camp has gained in popularity, drawing staff and families from around the country.

 The staff to child ratio is 1:4 or 1:2, depending upon each child’s need, as determined by their team.  Support staff are college students from across the country, many of who return each year.  They also include very responsible high school volunteers  – the best and brightest from local private schools – whom they affectionately call “speech buddies”, who serve as “buddies” to the children while also stimulating speech and language in an unobtrusive manner.

Also included are behavior interventionist support staff who assist with our children who present behavior challenges.

Say N’ Play Camp hosts two sessions each summer, and space is limited as sessions fill up quickly.

Call for a free 30 min screening to determine you child’s needs and their appropriateness for the  camp.

Website:  Say N’ Play website

Contact: LA Speech & Language Therapy Center

Phone:  (310) 649-6199

Office: Los Angeles Speech & Language Therapy Center, Inc.  5761 Buckingham Parkway  Culver City, CA. 90230  (map)

Shooting Stars Basketball

Shooting Stars BasketballThe Saddleback Valley Unified School District’s Department of Recreation & Community Services in South Orange County offers the Shooting Stars Basketball program for special needs athletes.  Players will be grouped by ability to create competitive teams and provide any needed support. League stresses fun and participation. Registration includes Orientation Day, jersey for all new players, and a trophy. All games will be played on Sundays. Every week players will practice, and then will play a 45 minute game.

Website:  Saddleback Valley USD Shooting Stars

Contact: Laurie & Richard Jimenez rlrcni@gmail.com

Location: Ranch Santa Margarita Intermediate School Gym, 21931 Alma Aldea, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA. (map)

Special Olympics – Southern California

Special OlympicsSpecial Olympics Southern California changes the lives of people with intellectual disabilities through sports training and competition.

Children and adults with intellectual disabilities who participate in Special Olympics develop improved physical fitness and motor skills, greater self-confidence and a more positive self-image.

More than 13,000 athletes in 11 counties participate in Southern California.

The mission of Special Olympics Southern California is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

Their vision is to provide sports and training programs for any individual with intellectual disabilities who chooses to participate, thereby improving their lives and the lives of everyone they touch.

Website:  www.sosc.org  Local program page: www.sosc.org/programs 

Contact:  info@sosc.org

Phone: (562) 502 1100  (check local program sites for specific neighborhood information)

Main Location:  1600 Forbes Way  Suite 200  Long Beach, CA. 90810

Special Camp for Special Kids

Special CampSpecial Camp for Special Kids is a non-profit summer camp program, located in Orange County, for kids and teens aged 6-21 with a wide variety of disabilities.

Each day of camp they take field trips all over Southern California – from the beach to Knott’s Berry Farm.  They pair campers one-on-one with high school and college aged volunteer counselors/friends. All counselors go through training and interviews and they are selective in their process. The staff is very experienced and there is always a nurse on staff.

Special Camp for Special Kids has provided a normal summer camp experience, long-lasting friends, and a fun-filled camp experience since 1992.

Website:  www.specialcamp.org

Contact: Lindsay Eres  lindsay.eres@smes.org

Phone:  (949) 661-0108  x699

Location: 31641 La Novia Avenue  San Juan Capistrano, California 92675  (map)

Stars Athletics

Stars AthleticsSTARS Athletic Foundation offers programs for children – including gymnastics, dance, cheerleading and martial arts.  They can accommodate children with special needs.

STARS is one of the best equipped sports learning centers of its type in Southern California. They offer classes small enough to provide lots of individual attention to each student.   Located in a modern 15,300 square foot building on the southeast corner of Las Tunas and Mission in the City of San Gabriel, they are a non-profit center serving the Foothill/San Gabriel Valley area.

Website:  www.starsathletics.org

Contact:  Joanne Bockian  starsathletics@yahoo.com 

Phone: (626) 292-7827

Location:  708 W. Las Tunas Dr.  San Gabriel, CA.  91776  (map)


Summer @Etta / Etta Israel Center

Summer at Etta

Summer@Etta is a unique social and life skills summer program designed specifically for Jewish teens and young adults with special needs.

Led by highly experienced directors, and staffed by peer counselors with activity specialistis, Summer@Etta emphasizes independence, growth, and summer fun!

Website: Summer @Etta 

Contact: Leah Schachter leah@etta.org

Phone: (818) 439-5951

Location: 12722 Riverside Dr. #105, North Hollywood, CA 91607 (map)