Camp Oasis

crohns camp

The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation operates Camp Oasis for children in 12 locations throughout the country.

Camp activities include swimming, arts and crafts, team sports, and  evening activities such as campfires, talent shows and scavenger hunts.

Any child with medically stable Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis is invited to apply.  Age requirements, capacity, session dates, and application deadlines vary by location.




Phone:  (310) 478-4500

Location: 10350 Santa Monica Boulevard, Suite 120, Los Angeles, CA.  90025   (map)

Camp Ohr Lanu


Camp Ohr LanuCamp Ohr Lanu is designed to bring Jewish families together for a retreat of study, prayer, respite, support and fun in the beautiful hills of the Ojai Valley.

Children with special needs ages 4 to 14, along with their parents and siblings, will enjoy specialized, therapeutic programming in a supportive environment. Ohr Lanu’s warm, caring staff includes trained special educators, behavior and family education specialist, and individual counselors paired with each family.

Each special needs child will choose a focus – dance, music, art or drama-facilitated by a trained therapist in that area. Siblings will participate in their own group activities, helping create bonds in a supportive environment. Parents will engage in texts, networking and relaxation.

Together families will enjoy everything Camp Ramah offers: an Olympic size swimming pool, ropes course, hiking trails and more.

Website:  Camp Ohr Lanu

Contact: Elana Naftalin-Kelman, Director of the Tikvah Program

Phone:  (310) 476-8571 or (888) Camp-Ramah

Office Location:  17525 Ventura Blvd, #201 · Encino, CA 91316

Camp Location:  Ojai, CA.  (map)

Camp Okizu

cancer campMore than 3,000 children with cancer have experienced the thrill of summer camp at Camp Okizu since 1982.  At camp, the children rediscover that they are children and not just cancer patients.  For many, it is the happy memories of camp and the anticipation of next year that help them through their painful treatments and diagnostic procedures.  Camp Okizu makes a real difference in a child’s ability to cope with his or her disease.

Expert medical supervision is provided by the pediatric oncology departments, social workers and recreation therapists from the participating hospitals. All prescription medications (oral, inhaled, inject and intravenous) are administered at camp as needed, on schedule, by licensed nurses and physicians.

Camp Okizu is located at Berry Creek, California, 70 miles north of Sacramento.  Air-conditioned buses provide transportation to camp from Palo Alto, Oakland, Sacramento and the Fairfield area. You may also drive your child to camp.

There is no charge to send your child to camp.  Children between the ages of 6-17, with approval from a parent or guardian and their physician, are eligible to attend.


Phone:  (415) 382-9083

Location: Berry Creek, California  (map)

Camp Quest / Camp Coelho

Epilepsy campThe Epilepsy Foundation of San Diego county runs two summer camps for children with epilepsy.

Camp Quest is for children ages 8-12, and Camp Coelho for ages 13-15.

Camp Quest is a 6 day/5 night summer camp at Camp Marston in the high mount district of Julian, outside of San Diego.  It’s designed to offer an exciting and challenging summer camp experience to children with epilepsy, providing a safe and medically supervised setting which gives parents the confidence to send their children without worry.

Camp Coelho, located in the Yosemite Ridge at Camp Wawona, is open to all children ages of 13-15 with a diagnosis of epilepsy who are residents of California.  The goals of Camp Coelho are to provide a safe, enjoyable camping experience, build self-esteem by promoting self-confidence, competency, and social interaction, and to foster independence in a safe environment away from home. Activities include: Archery, Arts and Crafts, Camp Fires, Horseback Riding, Ropes Course, Swimming, and Team Sports.

Camp scholarships are available to San Diego and Imperial County families in need. Out-of-area applicants are placed on a waiting list and notified if space is available.


Phone:  (619) 296-0161

Office: 2055 El Cajon Blvd., San Diego, CA. 92104   (map)

Camp Locations: Camp Quest: Camp Marston, 4761 Pine Hills Rd, Julian, CA 92036   (map)

Camp Coelho:  8110 Forest Drive, Wawona, CA, 95389 United States   (map)

Camp Ramah / Tikvah

Camp Ohr LanuThe Tikvah program at Camp Ramah is designed for Jewish adolescents, ages 11 to 18, with learning, emotional, and developmental disabilities. The Tikvah campers, known as the Amitzim group at camp, are included in all the programs at Camp Ramah. All of the campers come to camp for the same reasons: to have fun, make friends, and learn about Jewish things. They are included with their non-disabled peers throughout the day. During the academic hour, a teacher with special education training is able to provide self contained education to those campers for whom it is more appropriate.

Along with the regular Ramah programming, Tikvah campers are fortunate to have the opportunity to be involved in many special programs in camp. A buddy program pairs Tikvah campers with campers from our oldest group. Buddies learn about each other and work on special projects while making new friends. In addition, time is spent with the Madors (counselors in training) and the Lishma adult studies program. Our programming is designed to increase independent living and self-help skills.

The counselor/camper ratio is greater in the Amitzim tents, to provide increased individual attention. Counselors in the Tikvah program have prior experiences as Ramah counselors, and receive an intensive special training during staff week. An advisor with experience in working with children with special needs is available at all times.

Website:  Camp Ramah / Tikvah

Contact: Elana Naftalin-Kelman, Director of the Tikvah Program

Phone:  (310) 476-8571 or (888) Camp-Ramah

Office: 4311 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 530  Los Angeles, CA 90010  (map)

Office Location:  17525 Ventura Blvd, #201 · Encino, CA 91316  (map)

Camp Location:  Ojai, CA.  (map)

Camp Reach For The Stars

cancer camp

Camp Reach For The Stars is for children with cancer and their siblings and immediate families.

Held annually in South Forest Home Ojai Valley (South Camp) located in Ojai, California (for families who live between Lompoc/Santa Ynez and Simi Valley).

The camp offers many recreational activities, and is staffed by healthcare professionals in a lovely forest and ocean setting.

The American Cancer Society underwrites the camp, and there is no charge to attend.


Phone:  (800) 227-2345

Location:  South Forest Home Ojai Valley (South Camp)  Ojai, California  (map)

Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times

cancer camp

Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times offers a wide variety of Camp programs designed to meet the needs of every patient, sibling and family who attends.  At camp, boys and girls and their families thrive in the safe environment created especially for them, by recapturing the hope, enthusiasm, and love of adventure that are essential parts of their youth.

Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times programs have expanded in recent years to provide year-round  programs supporting families and children impacted by cancer.

Services are free for patients, who range in age from newborns to young adults, and their families.



Phone:  (310) 268-8488

Office: 1250 Lyman Place, Los Angeles CA  90029

Camp: 56400 Apple Canyon Road, P.O. Box 35, Mountain Center, CA. 92561  (map)

Camp Scherman

Camp Scherman

Camp Scherman is an extraordinary place where girls of all ages and abilities are welcome. Nestled in the San Jacinto Mountains, the 700 acre camp award-winning camp is recognized as one of the finest youth camps in southern California. In the camp’s nurturing, healthy environment, girls can break away from their summer routine and venture into new experiences that help them grow and become more independent and responsible.

Camp Scherman is a fully-integrated camp. Staff “awareness aides” help the camper join in all of her group’s fun activities, but they are not nurses. Campers must be able to take care of their own bathing, restroom and feeding requirements. Awareness Aides can assist with reminders to use the restroom and provide simple help at meal times. Parents are asked to fill out the application form, and to provide as much information as possible about their camper’s special needs so that she can be placed in an appropriate unit. Every attempt will be made to place girls with disabilities in units with girls who are close in age. Girls in high school will be placed with older campers, usually girls in grades 7-9. Camp staff will follow up with the parents once the applications are received.

Website: Camp Scherman

Contact:  Erin

Phone: (949) 461-8800

Camp Location:  San Jacinto Mountains, near Idyllwild, CA.  (map)

Camp Sunburst

HIV AIDS campCamp Sunburst has been offering therapeutic programming to children and teens living with HIV/AIDS at no cost to the families since 1988. Campers between the ages of 6-18 and living with HIV, or live in a household with HIV to be eligible to attend Camp Sunburst.  They must also be aware of the HIV diagnosis in order to attend camp.


Phone: 916-440-0889 ext. 307

Location: 1025 19th Street, Suite 1A, Sacramento, CA 95811  (map)

Camp Wheez

Camp Wheeze asthma campCamp Wheez is a Santa Barbara day camp for elementary school children (grades 1-6) with asthma.

This unique camp experience, under the supervision of medical professionals and community volunteers, provides campers with an old-fashioned camp experience, while also teaching them about their asthma.

Camp is held one week per summer, and is free to those who attend.


Contact: Wendy Raffetto, AE-C, Camp Director

Phone:  805-681-7897

Camp Location:  First Baptist Church 949 Veronica Springs Road Santa Barbara, CA  (map)