Camp Funtasia

LA Parks and RecreationThe Mason Park Recreation Center in Chatsworth operates Camp Funtasia, which is a traditional day camp program for summer and school vacations. Run by the city Department of Parks and Recreation, they serve children ages 6-11.

They will work with children with special needs with aides.

Website:  Camp Funtasia


Phone: (818) 998-6377

Location:  10500 Mason Ave., Chatsworth, CA 91311   (map)

Camp Gluten-Free

CDF Camp Gluten Free At the Celiac Disease Foundation’s Camp Gluten-Free, campers with celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity enjoy sports, swimming, arts, and high adventure in a strictly gluten-free environment. Camp is held for one week every at Camp Fire Camp Nawakwa, located in the Barton Flats Area of the San Bernardino Mountains in Southern California.  Camp is accredited by American Camping Association.

Camp Gluten Free was recently featured in the Los Angeles Times.

Website:  CDF Camp Gluten Free

Contact: Johnny McLaughlin, Camp Executive Director  email

Phone:  818-716-1513

Camp Location:  Camp Fire / Camp Nawakwa, Barton Flats – San Bernadino Mountains.

Office:  20350 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 240, Woodland Hills, CA 91364  (map)

Camp Good Grief

Grief Camp Los AngelesA 3-day camp experience for children and teens 10-16 years old who have had a sibling or parent die.

The purpose of Camp Good Grief is to provide a place for kids to meet others their own ages who are also learning about and understanding their grief, and to come together in an atmosphere of love and acceptance.  Camp gives kids an opportunity to laugh, play, and be themselves – and to really have a great time!

Various locations throughout Southern California.

Camp activities include:

  • Grief activity sessions
  • Campfire fun
  • Art activities
  • Group games
  • Ropes course
  • Nondenominational morning prayer and music


Contact: Dorothy Brooks, Director – Camp Good Grief

Phone:  (909) 558-4073

Office:  11234 Anderson Street  Loma Linda, CA.  92354  (map)

Camp Keepsake

cancer camp

Camp Keepsake, a program of Cancer Hope Foundation, is a place where adults with cancer and cancer survivors can go with their family and friends to spend time away from the hectic and often stressful routine of doctor visits and treatments.

The camp is cost-free, and offers a variety of fun activities and for people of all ages in a woodsy camp environment, always mindful of the safety and special needs of the campers.

Primary applicants for Camp Keepsake are adult cancer patients/survivors. However, since each accepted adult applicant can bring up to 5 guests cost free (enabling the accepted camper and his/her guests to all attend cost free), accepted guests (of accepted campers) can be of any age.

Camp Keepsake provides an environment where family and friends can also learn more about cancer related topics. It is a place to laugh, cry, and embrace life together.

Persons with illnesses closely related to cancer, patients in remission, and/or people with other situations wherein the Camp Keepsake directors deem attendance appropriate, are also welcomed under special circumstances.



Phone:  (805) 384-5445

Location: Forest Home Ojai, CA  (map)

Camp Kindle

Camp Kindle - HIV / AIDS campCamp Kindle offers a broad range of programs to enhance the overall well-being of children and young people infected with or affected by HIV and AIDS.  The camp provides HIV infected and affected youth with a safe and accepting refuge from the challenges of living with HIV.  Camp Kindle strives to better each individual campers creativity, self assurance, leadership and character, while offering hope in a non-threatening environment.

Camp Kindle offers camp at no expense to the camper and their family (including travel-related costs)   Camp staff are top notch and give 110% each day they spend with the campers. These volunteers make the Camp Kindle experience unforgettable!

Camp Kindle also operates an HIV AIDS camp in Hordville, Nebraska.


Contact: Eva Payne, Founder and Executive Director

Phone:  (877) 800-2267 ext.702

Location: 28245 Ave. Crocker, Suite 104, Santa Clarita, CA.  91355  (map)

Camp Laurel

HIV AIDS campThe Laurel Foundation is committed to improving the lives of children living with HIV and AIDS,  Through their day camp and residential HIV AIDS camp programs, they strive to contribute to the development of each child’s self esteem, self-awareness and self-fulfillment.

Founded in Los Angeles in 1992 by Margot Andrew-Anderson, The Laurel Foundation’s educational and support programs are designed to improve the quality of life of over 500 children, youth and families affected by HIV/AIDS each year.

The Laurel Foundation’s medically supported residential programs are based on traditional camp programs, yet cater to the fragile physical and mental health of children living with HIV/AIDS, while also helping them develop life skills needed to create healthy, happy and prosperous lives. With a focus on sports, recreation, and wilderness activities, (including swimming, archery, canoeing, hiking, camping, teambuilding and mountain biking) participants are engaged in the idea of healthy lifestyles, while trained volunteer counselors help campers develop basic life skills, such as independence, communication, conflict resolution and problem solving. Campers set personal goals throughout the week with support from counselors and peers in achieving them.

The Laurel Foundation also holds Day Camp programs through out the year.



Phone: (626) 683-0800

Location: 75 South Grand Avenue, Pasadena, CA.  91105  (map)

Camp Max Straus

Camp_Max_StrausEstablished in 1938 by Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles, Camp Max Straus has been providing memorable experiences to youth-in-need for over 75 years.

Camp Max Straus is a non-sectarian, summer residential camp located on 112 acres in the spectacular Verdugo Mountains of Glendale, California.  From June to August, Camp Max Straus offers seven sessions, each session is five days long. Camp Max Straus features sports, art and recreation activities that include: archery, swimming, dance, music, drama, arts & crafts, photography, hikes, horseback riding, animal care, nature, games, cooking and gardening – to name a few.

Throughout the year, Team Max Strausgenerously funded by the Amy Phillips Foundation, is an opportunity for youth, ages 7-12 to experience in-depth sports and arts activities during one weekend in the fall and one weekend in the spring. Additionally, campers ages 13-15 come to camp on the weekend and participate in a program designed just for teens!

And during Spring, Summer and Winter, Kibbutz Max Straus weave Jewish values, culture, and traditions into the fabric of camp, helping campers to connect to their own identity and the larger Jewish community. Spirited and dynamic staff members will use experiential learning to reveal what makes Jewish religion and culture so unique in today’s world. At camp, Jewish and Israeli culture is celebrated through song, food, art, and dance.

Website:  Camp Max Straus


Phone: (323) 456-1152

Location: 1041 Shirlyjean St, Glendale, CA  (map)

Camp Nomowheezin – AAFA Asthma and Allergies Camp

Asthma Camp Los AngelesCamp Nomowheezin, for children ages 8 to 14 with asthma and allergies, provides a week during the summer of fun and adventure.

For over 35 years, the Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America has taken vulnerable children who suffer from asthma and allergies and sent them to a free week-long camp to teach them how to control their disease.

The camp promotes self-confidence and an understanding of ways to manage asthma through education, while being supervised and educated by board-certified allergists, pediatricians, nurses, and other medical professionals.


Contact: Zach Scott, Camp Director

Phone:  (323) 937-7859

Camp Location:  Camp Nawakwa, San Bernardino Mountains

Office Address: Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America
5900 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 710 Los Angeles, CA 90036   (map)

Camp Nugget

Camp Nugget

Camp Nugget is a low cost summer day camp program for children with special needs and disablities ages 5 through 12. The camp provides activities in swimming, sports & games, fitness, relaxation, and breathing exercises.

The camp is operated by California State University, Long Beach and held each year in their Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education.

The program is for four weeks and begins at the end of June and meets Monday through Friday, from 9 A.M. to Noon.

Website:  Camp Nugget at CSULB

Contact:  Dr. Barry Lavay  Coordinator of Adapted Physical Education Program in the Department of KPE at CSU, Long Beach

Phone:  (562) 985-7969

Office: 49er Camp  1250 Bellflower Blvd  Long Beach, CA 90840-7707

Camp Location: CSULB – Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education  (map)

Camp Oakes

Camp OakesFor over 50 years, Long Beach YMCA’s Camp Oakes, located in Big Bear, CA., has taken generations of children, groups, and families to new heights with new friends at their sides.  Oakes is the ultimate camp experience, providing high quality programs including fishing, rifles, archery, canoeing and more!  Our attentive and supportive camp staff is available to provide a truley unique and enriched camp experience!

Every summer, YMCA Camp Oakes provides the experience of a lifetime for nearly 3,300 campers and, year-in-total, will serve about 11,000 people.

YMCA Camp Oakes makes it a priority to make sure that no camper ever feels left out. All activities are led with respect for all individual beliefs and faiths in mind. Participation is open to everyone without regard to sex, age, race, religion, handicap or national origin.

Website:  Long Beach YMCA – Camp Oakes


Phone: Camp Oakes: (909) 585-2020

Camp Location:  Big Bear City, CA.  (map)

Office Location:  YMCA Long Beach 3605 Long Beach Blvd, Suite 210  Long Beach, CA 90807