Easter Seals Camp

Easter Seals CampEaster Seals’ camps offer children and adults with disabilities the same excitement and activities available at other camps.

For over 40 years, campers and volunteers from all walks of life have come together for one magical week of camp. Activities include crafts, hayrides, talent shows, dances, swimming, horseback riding, canoeing, archery, hiking, concerts, storytelling, and a high and low ropes course.

Easter Seals Camp is a week-long resident camp serving children and adults in the San Bernardino Mountains.  It is held at Camp Oakes, an accredited American Camping Association site.

    • The camp is co-ed and campers must have some communication skills
    • The counselor to camper ratio is approximately 1:2.
    • Campers stay in dormitories or 3-sided cabins
    • Restrooms and showers are available
    • A registered nurse is on 24-hour dut
    • Camp elevation is 7,300 feet
    • Easter Seals provides a subsidy, but there is a fee to attend.  Partial camperships are available.

Website:  Easter Seals Camp

Contact:  Amanda Showalter  amanda.showalter@essc.org 

Phone:  (951) 264-4855

Office: 401 S. Ivy Street, Escondido, CA. 92025

Camp Location: YMCA Camp Oakes 47400 Monte Vista Dr. Big Bear City CA 92314  (map)

Help Group – Kids Like Me Camps

Help Group Kids Like MeThe Help Group’s Kids Like Me program conducts four unique camps, each one specifically designed to address varying ages, abilities and needs of children with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental challenges. The four camp programs create exciting opportunities for children and teens to engage, experience and explore.

Village Glen Day Camp is a unique, specialized social skills camp for children ages 3-13 with Asperger’s Disorder, high-functioning Autism, and related social challenges. Experienced Help Group therapists and counselors facilitate a fun, creative, and enriching camp program that promotes skills development in areas critical to social growth and building friendships.

Camp Sunshine is a popular program developed for children between the ages of 3 and 21 who have moderate to severe autism spectrum disorder and other special needs. A multidisciplinary team of professionals oversees a creative summer program designed to help each child reach his or her highest potential and develop unique strengths and abilities. Campers are grouped by age and ability and maintain a 1:3 counselor to camper ratio to maximize individual attention.

Camp Discovery is a one week only day camp adventure at the exciting Tumbleweed Day Camp site for children ages 4-13 with mild to moderate special needs. An exceptional staff team helps young campers safely explore, experience, and enjoy a wide variety of fun, traditional outdoor camp and nature activities.

Teens on the Go is a unique weekly social skills camp designed especially for teens ages 13-18 with Asperger’s Disorder, high functioning Autism, and related social challenges. Lead by highly trained Help Group therapists, this special summer program features daily trips, activities, and adventures with peers throughout Los Angeles.

Teens on the Go Travel Camps are 6 day, 5 night fun-filled adventures for teens ages 13-18 with Asperger’s Disorder, high functioning Autism, and related social challenges.  Professional Help Group staff facilitates these exciting trips where teens visit and explore different cities each summer. Each trip provides a true bonding experience for participants creating memories to last a lifetime

Websites:  Help Group Kids Like Me Summer Camps

Village Glen Camp

Camp Sunshine

Camp Discovery

Teens On The Go / Teens On The Go Travel Camp

Contact: Nicole Webb  nwebb@thehelpgroup.org

Phone: (818) 778.7136

Main Location: 13164 Burbank Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA.  91401 (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)

MACH 1 – Move a Child Higher

Move A Child HigherMACH 1 (Move A Child Higher) is a therapeutic horsemanship and horseback riding program that offers equine assisted activities to students with disabilities and is based at the Pasadena Equestrian Center in the Hahamongna Watershed Park in Pasadena.  The program is a PATH Int’l Premier Accredited Center and has been in cooperation with the City of Pasadena for 17 years.  Approximately 80% of MACH 1 students are from low to  moderate – income families.

Website:  www.moveachildhigher.org

Contact: Joy Rittenhouse  joymach1@yahoo.com

Phone:  (626) 798 – 1222

Office: 1430 Topeka St.  – Pasadena, CA  91104

Camp Location: Pasadena Equestrian Center – Hahamonga Watershed Park  (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)

 

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)

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 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)

Thousand Oaks Therapeutic Recreation Unit

Therapeutic Recreation UnitThe Therapeutic Recreation Unit in Thousand Oaks, CA. provides year-round recreation, sport and leisure programs for children, teens and adults who have difficulty participating in recreation due to the presence of a disability. Participants of Therapeutic Recreation programs include individuals with cognitive, neurological, physical, or emotional disabilities, and/or sensory impairments. A formal disability diagnosis is not required for participation.

They strive to provide a safe and nurturing environment in which your child can play and develop at his or her own pace. The provided activities are designed to capitalize upon campers’ existing interests while motivating and supporting engagement in new experiences, promoting new learning, and providing the opportunity to generalize prior learning.

Campers will have a choice of many activities and opportunities to express themselves and learn about the world. Activities such as: sports, sensory experiences, games, arts and crafts, cooking, music and movement, swimming, water play, therapeutic horseback riding, educational presentations and entertainment will be offered through the camp schedule. Older campers will be offered differentiated content and outing opportunities.

Both the design of the camp setting and pre-camp staff training provide for the use of sensory regulation strategies, visual supports, positive behavioral support, and encouragement of emerging communication and social skills. The camp also supports communication between parents, camp staff, and campers, through the pre-camp questionnaire, the use of daily communication logs, and the encouragement of daily informal discussion between parents and camp staff.

Website:  Therapeutic Recreation Unit

Contact: Cecilia Laufenberg, RTC or Devon Herbert, RTC  therapeutics@crpd.org

Phone:  (805) 381-2739

Location: Old Meadows Center, 1600 Marview Drive  Thousand Oaks, CA.  91362   (map)

Trips, Inc – Special Adventures

Trips Inc Special AdventuresSpecial Adventures provides all-inclusive vacation packages for travelers ages 16 & older with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Trips Inc. has over 21 years experience in special needs travel and has provided peak experiences and treasured memories for more than 12,000 travelers from all 50 states. This innovative organization has earned high praise featured in many major daily newspapers across the country.

They offer a ratio of one chaperone for every three or four travelers. Their average group size is 20 and they strive to match the mobility, ages, social skills, and capabilities of trip participants.

Trips Inc. offers a variety of trips to numerous destinations throughout the year.

Website:  Trips Inc. Special Adventures

Contact:  trips@

Phone:  800-954-2873

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