iCan Shine Bike Camp

I Can Shine Bike Camp

iCan Shine is a non-profit organization that teaches individuals with disabilities to ride a conventional two-wheel bicycle through its iCan Bike program. This five-day camp, requiring riders to attend only one 75-minute session per day, takes place every July.

iCan Shine uses adapted equipment, trained professionals and volunteers. With 75 minutes of instruction over five days, over 80% of riders learn to ride a conventional bicycle independently by the end of camp. Camp is open to ages 8 and up.


Website:  iCan Shine

Contact: info@clubtwentyone.org

Camp Location: First Church of the Nazarene of Pasadena – 3700 E. Sierra Madre Blvd Pasadena CA 91007  (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)

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)


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)


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)

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)