Whispering Winds – Special Needs Family Camp

Whispering Winds Special Needs Family CampWhispering Winds believes that special kids and their families deserve a special weekend!  So, our Special Needs Family Camp brings families, which include a child with developmental and/or intellectual disabilities, together for a retreat of respite, support and fun on the mountain celebrating each other as God’s special gifts.

Special Needs Family Camp provides a weekend of dynamic, tailored programs for special needs children of all ages to enjoy in the accompaniment of their very own specially trained 1:1 aide. Additionally, their typical siblings get to enjoy supervised age/ability-appropriate, parallel camp programming while parents have the opportunity to participate in practical seminars and spend quality time together as well as with each of their kids.

This transformative weekend is being held Friday, July 18 – Sunday, July 20, 2014 and applications and financial assistance forms are available on the website (www.whisperingwinds.org)

Website:  Whispering Winds

Contact: Stephanie Kiesel stephanie@whisperingwinds.org

Phone:  (619) 464.1479

Office: 8186 Commercial Street  La Mesa, CA 91942

Camp Location: 17606 Harrison Park Road Julian, CA 92036

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Ability First – Camp Paivika

Camp PaivikaCamp Paivika offers overnight summer and winter/spring programs for children and adults with mild to severe developmental and physical disabilities such as autism, ADHD, cerebral palsy, epilepsy and Down syndrome.

Camperships currently available.  Click here for an application:

Scholarship-Application-2014

Camp Paivika opened in 1947 as one of the first fully accessible camps in the United States, and operates under a special use permit granted by the San Bernardino National Forest. Located in the beautiful San Bernardino National Forest, the camp is fully accredited by the American Camp Association.

Our programs allow campers to make friends, try new things and become more confident. Families are often surprised to find loved ones returning home with a new, can-do spirit, independently choosing clothes for the day, tying their shoes or brushing their teeth without assistance. And, of course, families appreciate the respite they can take from the rigors and challenges of providing 24/7 care.

Camp Paivika is completely accessible and capable of accommodating individuals who use wheelchairs, walkers or other adaptive devices. Staff are trained and prepared to provide personal care as needed including caring for individuals who are incontinent and who require assistance with transferring, bathing, dressing, toileting, feeding and other personal care.

Website:  Camp Paivika

Contact: Kelly Kunsek, Camp Director

Phone:  (909) 338-1102 /  (877) 768-4600

Office: 1300 E. Green Street, Pasadena, CA 91106

Camp Location: 600 Playground Drive, Cedarpines Park, CA 92322  (map)

AYSO VIP Soccer Camps

AYSO VIP SoccerAYSO has a Very Important Player (VIP) Program that is for players with mental or physical disabilities.

With more than 40 years of experience, AYSO brings a “kids first” philosophy to soccer camps, creating a camp experience unlike any other.

The AYSO VIP (Very Important Players) Program provides a quality soccer experience for children and adults whose physical or mental disabilities make it difficult to successfully participate on mainstream teams.

VIP teams may include:

  • Blind or visually impaired
  • Amputees or with conditions that impair mobility
  • Mentally or emotionally challenged
  • Autistic
  • Down syndrome
  • Cerebral Palsy

Website:  AYSO VIP Program

Contactvip@ayso.org

Phone:  (800) 872-2976

BCR “a place to grow”

BCRBCR “a place to grow”, is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation that has operated in the City of Burbank since 1963.  The Center provides day activity and extended day care programs, as well as monthly evening dances, for children and adults with developmental disabilities — mental retardation, autism spectrum disorder, cerebral-palsy, seizure disorders and other disabling conditions.  BCR serves clients from Burbank, Glendale, the San Fernando Valley, and neighboring Los Angeles County communities.

BCR provides a safe, structured, and caring environment where participants are valued, accepted, and understood. Without BCR’s Monday through Friday programs, the majority of its consumers would be at home — sedentary, isolated from peers, and often lacking stimulation. BCR also offers a supportive milieu for families and caregivers, and provides them with essential hours of respite.

BCR “a place to grow” is Regional Center vendored.

Website:  www.bcraplacetogrow.org

Contact:  info@bcraplacetogrow.org

Phone: (818) 843.4907

Address: 230 E. Amherst Drive   Burbank, CA 91504  (map)

Cali Camp

Cali CampLocated on a 21-acre campus in the heart of Topanaga in the Santa Monica Mountains – just minutes from the west side of Los Angeles, Cali Camp offers summer camp and year-round day camps for boys and girls, ages 3 to 14.

Activities include Aerial Arts, Academics, Equestrian, Leadership, Mountain Biking Camp, Skateboard Camp, and Sports Camp – including Basketball Camp, Soccer Camp, Tennis Camp, and more.   Over 30 fun-filled activities designed to fill a single day camp, a whole week, or an entire summer camp season in Los Angeles. Transportation included!

They always try to fulfill great summers for all kids, which includes kids who have challenges physically, different learning rates and more complex emotional needs. While we can’t guarantee enrollment, their Inclusion Coordinator is available to discuss if there are specific questions and to help coordinate.

Website:  www.calicamp.com

Contactwww.calicamp.com/contact-us

Phone:   (310) 455-0404

Camp Location: 1717 Old Topanga Canyon Road  Topanga, CA 90290  (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

Contact: camp@LBymca.org

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

Casa Colina Outdoor Adventures Program

Casa ColinaFor more than 25 years, the Casa Colina Outdoor Adventures program has provided therapeutic outdoor experiences to thousands of people with disabilities.

The Outdoor Adventures Program focuses on empowering people with disabilities by creating opportunities through challenging and exciting activities. By focusing on abilities, not disabilities, the program enables its members to experience success both physically and emotionally. These recreation programs utilize the natural world to create unique opportunities where people with disabilities can:

  • Participate in day trips and adventures
  • Enjoy a sense of community with others
  • Gain self confidence by experiencing success through acquiring new skills
  • Share new outdoor experiences and adventurous activities with people of all abilities

Website:  Casa Colina Outdoor Adventures Program

Contactadventures@casacolina.org

Phone:  (909) 596-7733, ext. 4131 or (866) 724-4127, ext. 4131

Office: 255 East Bonita Avenue, PO Box 6001, Pomona, CA 91769-6001  (map)

Center for Developing Kids (CDK) – Sunkids

Center for Developing KidsSunkids is a therapeutic summer program open to all children 3-10 years-old, who are fully potty-trained and have the ability to work in groups.  Sunkids is run by occupational, physical, and speech therapists as well as trained volunteers.

Planned events and activities include water play, music, pet day, crafts, walking field trips, as well as gross motor and sensory motor play.  These activities are used to facilitate gross and fine motor skills, social interaction, and play in a safe and fun environment.

CDK also offers a separate one-week summer handwriting clinic designed to give children a jump-start on handwriting prior to starting the new school year. The development of skills necessary to provide foundations for good handwriting are addressed through a multi-sensory approach, including upper body strength and stability, postural control, fine motor skills and dexterity, visual perceptual skills, and eye-hand coordination. This clinic is taught by occupational therapists that specialize in handwriting.

CDK services include Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech Therapy and Nutrition Therapy.

Website:  Center for Developing Kids – Sunkids

Contactinfo@centerfordevelopingkids.com

Phone:  (626) 564-2700

Office / Camp Location:  200 E. Del Mar Blvd., Suite 112  Pasadena, CA 91105  (map)

City of Pasadena

PasadenaThe City of Pasadena offers recreational programs serving teens with disabilities, including 10-week Saturday sessions providing developmentally appropriate activities, social skills development and recreation. The program also includes field trips, art programs, dances. Volunteer opportunities are also available.

 

Website:  City of Pasadena – Human Services and Recreation

Contact: Jackie Scott   jscott@ci.pasadena.ca.us

Phone:  (626) 744-7257 or  (626) 744-4386

Camp Location:  Jackie Robinson Center  100 N. Garfield Ave. Room 328  Pasadena, CA 91109  (map)