Vacation, Travel and Camps
- “>Buddy Cruise provides educational opportunities and resources for families, while promoting awareness, acceptance, and inclusion for individuals with Down syndrome through unique venues. http://buddycruise.org/pages/Default.aspx
- PALS Tours are four-day programs that provide adults with Down syndrome with opportunities to increase independence and develop life skills. Through a variety of fun and educational activities, PALS Tours foster long-lasting friendships. Together, PALS Tours works to not only support the Down syndrome community, but also to give back to the greater communities that we are visiting. http://www.palsprograms.org/camps
- Trips Inc. Special Adventures provides all-inclusive vacation packages for travelers ages 16 & older with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
The world is good at attaching names to our physical, intellectual or medical characteristics…..cancer, disabled, autistic, blind, deaf…..you’ve heard them. But this worldly tag doesn’t change the fact that God celebrates each of us as His creation. Here at Camp Barnabas we celebrate that, too. We are a God-centered organization that upholds the truths of God’s word and shares with all who come through our gates our belief that everyone is uniquely created by Him to live a life of ability. http://www.campbarnabas.org/#kids
- Hammer Travel We offer a variety of travel opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities. Travel provides unique and enjoyable experiences for everyone, it is our goal to meet the needs of each of our travelers to make your dreams come true! Our experienced team members work with you in all aspects of the travel process; ensuring a safe, fun and memorable trip.
- The Friendship Circle in West Bloomfield, Michigan has options for social skills day camp, overnight camp, baseball through the Miracle League and the “Lose the Training Wheels” program to learn to ride a two-wheeled bike. In the social skills day camp, children are placed in small groups headed by a volunteer. In the other programs, each child is matched with a one-on-one volunteer. The Friendship Circle also has 83 locations worldwide, each with its own menu of summer programs.
- Miracle League is an international organization serving over 200,000 children and adults with disabilities with a single mission: to make baseball accessible to people of all abilities. Miracle League fields are fully accessible to wheelchairs, and each player is paired with a non-disabled volunteer. The rules of the game are modified to give every player the opportunity to participate fully. There are now more than 250 Miracle Leagues in the USA, Canada, Puerto Rico and Australia.
- The Amputee Coalition’s Paddy Rossbach Youth Camp in Clarksville, Ohio is a 5-day traditional summer camp experience for children ages 10-17 who have lost arms and/or legs or who were born with limb differences. The camp offers challenging activities that build campers’ confidence regardless of skill level. The Coalition covers all expenses, including travel, for the campers. The average cost to send a child to camp is $1,500. Since its beginning in 2000, the camp has hosted more than 600 campers with limb loss or limb difference.
- National Ability Center in Park City, Utah has year-round day and overnight camps for youth with physical disabilities, cognitive disabilities and autism. Recreational, competitive and team-building programs are available in skiing, adventure learning, aquatics, water sports, archery, cycling, snowboarding, snowshoeing, sled hockey, climbing and equestrian sports.
- Camp Greentop, located in Catoctin National Park, near Thurmont, Maryland, has been welcoming children and adults with disabilities since 1937. Day and overnight camps offer a structured schedule of canoeing, fishing, swimming, horseback riding and campfire singalongs.
- All Abilities Horse Camp in Longmont, Colorado has day camp sessions that are either one or two weeks. Children with and without disabilities ages 4-17 can learn English or Western riding, and everyone participates in a horse show on the last day of camp.
- Camp Grace Bentley, located in Burtchville, Michigan on the shores of Lake Huron, hosts campers ages 7-16 with mild to moderate special needs. Each counselor is assigned to 3 campers, and each session is 9 days long. Activities include swimming, team sports, dances, bonfires, talent shows, carnivals, various games, arts and crafts, indoor games and movie nights.
- The Children’s Association for Maximum Potential (C.A.M.P.) in Center Point, Texas runs a summer camp and year-round respite club. The six day, five night summer camp sessions are for children and adults with special needs as well as their siblings. Traditional summer camp activities such as canoeing, swimming, horseback riding and outdoor sports are modified so that people of all abilities may participate. 24 hour medical care is available from the team of professional health care volunteers. Fees are assessed on a sliding scale based on each family’s income.
- <">Camp Horizons on Lake Probus in South Windham, Connecticut serves people with developmental disabilities. In addition to traditional summer camp activities, the camp incorporates a curriculum of life skills, language skills, music and movement, social skills and vocational training. http://www.camphorizonsva.com“>/
- Camp LeeMar in Lackawaxen, Pennsylvania adds speech therapy, vocational training, swim instruction, academic instruction and therapeutic arts to the usual menu of camp activities. Children with mild to moderate learning or developmental disabilities participate in a 7 week residential camp.
- Ramapo for Children in Rhinebeck, New York has a 1:1 counselor to camper ratio in order to provide an inclusive environment. Children with special needs ages 6-16 enjoy traditional camp activities on the wooded lakefront campus: swimming, boating, fishing, sports, wilderness exploration, a ropes course, petting zoo, art, music and much more.
- Camp Meadowood Springs in Pendleton, Oregon has two overnight camps: one specifically for children with autism and Asperger Syndrome, and another with intensive speech therapy conducted during camp activities such as swimming, canoeing, nature walks, zip lines, adventure courses and arts and crafts.
- The Arthur Luf Children’s Burn Camp in Union, Connecticut is free for children with burn injuries. All camp counselors are volunteers, many of whom are active or retired firefighters or medical personnel trained in treating burns. Camp activities include campfire singalongs, hiking, fishing, archery, boating, and a ropes course.
- Camp Bon Coeur in Eunice, Louisiana serves children ages 7-16 who are cardiac patients. The camp infirmary is staffed by nurses. The nursing staff also teach a heart class so that the children can learn more about their health conditions. Camp activities include swimming, non-contact sports such as volleyball, art class and a talent show.http://heartcamp.com/
- Deaf Camps, Inc. combines a traditional camp experience with lessons in American Sign Language. The kids camp is in Knoxville, Maryland and the young adult camp is in West River, Maryland.