CALLING ALL CAMPERS!
Updated: Apr 26
There are so many amazing camps in our state that offer opportunities for exceptional youth to experience making memories and having fun with friends. It is so hard to send your baby off to camp. It is even harder if your child has differing needs, and you do not know if the camp is equipped to meet those needs. Please check out the list below of several camps in our area especially for our amazing kiddos! Of course, there are a TON of camps in our area that are not included in this list. These camps are wonderful, too, and may be perfect for your child, but I wanted to make sure to highlight camps that are specifically just for kiddos with differing needs. I will add to the list if I come across anymore. Make sure to apply to these camps SOON as some close registration mid-April or fill up fast!
All my love and support, Anna
Let's celebrate kids of all abilities
Quick Info: York County YL Capernaum
A space for teenagers & young adults with disabilities to experience fun, friendships, & hear about Jesus!! YOU BELONG HERE!!
Contact Person: Callie Ploeger
CAMP SKYE AT STRIDES OF STRENGTH THERAPEUTIC RIDING CENTER
Quick Info: Camp Skye
Students will enjoy S.T.E.M. activities, reading, writing, math, social/emotional skills, equine activities, and manners bolstered and integrated throughout each session. Hands-on education with solid, safe teaching from our caring staff. Camp Skye is only offered to students completing 1st-3rd grades.
Contact Person: Beth Gaston
Bounce Out The Stigma
Quick Info: Bounce Out The Stigma
Join the Fun with Our Special Needs Basketball Co-ed Clinic. Ages 9-18 at Winthrop University Coliseum. A Program Designed for Those Facing the Challenges of Autism, ADD, ADHD, Epilepsy, Learning Disabilities, and Other Childhood Neurological Issues. Our Camps & Clinics are non-competitive and seek to empower participants through motor skill development, confidence building, fun challenges, and our unique blend of positive reinforcement. Personal attention is given to every child.
Phone: tel: 855.997.3900
Website: York County, Rock Hill SC Special Needs Bounce Out the Stigma Basketball Camp
Camp Burnt Gin
Quick Info: Camp Burnt Gin
Camp Burnt Gin’s mission is to enhance the quality of life for children, youth, and young adults with disabilities and chronic illness by providing a camp experience designed to improve self-esteem, independence, and skills necessary to develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Camp Burnt Gin accepts campers ages 7 through 25 years of age from South Carolina who have a physical disability or chronic illness. Acceptance is determined on an individual basis. Many factors are considered including the child’s physical disability; medical and personal needs; and whether the child has other recreational opportunities.
Contact Person: Marie Aimone
Website: About Camp Burnt Gin | SCDHEC
Quick Info: Camp Joy SC and Camp Joy NC
Camp Joy is a Christian Co-Ed camp serving those with Special Needs. It is coordinated by Christian Education Ministries. Now, Camp Joy has four individual sessions held each summer in Flat Rock, North Carolina; two in Aiken, South Carolina; one in Lake Wales, Florida; one in Virginia and starting soon one in Memphis, Tennessee. These sessions serve hundreds of special needs campers, counselors and staff members each year.
Phone: (803) 324-7534
Website: Special Needs Summer Camp in South Carolina | Camp Joy
Special Needs Summer Camp in North Carolina | Camp Joy
Quick Info: AN ENVIRONMENT OF UNCONDITIONAL ACCEPTANCE
Camp Spearhead is more than just a camp. It’s a place where children and adults with special needs are able to escape the social isolation they often experience; in this extraordinary place, they are understood, included, appreciated. Here, our campers intuitively sense they belong. Camp Spearhead offers opportunity, choice, self-determination and delivers experiences we all value and treasure – challenges to try new and exciting things, the development of new friendships, and the chance to “get away from it all” for a few days.
(864) 288-6470 (year-round office)
(864) 836-8028 (summer camp office)
Website: Camp Spearhead/Special Needs - Greenville County Parks Recreation & Tourism (greenvillerec.com)
Quick Info: Talisman Camp
Talisman Camp Programs provide exceptional summer camp opportunities for young people ages 6-22 with Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADHD, and other learning differences. Talisman Camps offers a wide variety of Autism, ADHD and Aspergers summer camps for both girls and boys of all ages. And when we say “all ages”, we really back that up! Current programs include youth on the Autism Spectrum from age 6 up through 22! Looking for an Aspergers summer camp for your son, daughter, friend or relative? Our camps are sure to have something to meet your child’s (or children’s) interests, offering both outdoor adventure curriculum as well as traditional camp experiences (plays, s’mores, and campfire songs, to name a few). We provide leadership opportunities, social skill-building, and enhance personal accountability while fostering increased independence and self-esteem.
Phone: (828)697 6313
Website: Aspergers Camp Overview - See Why Families Love Talisman (talismancamps.com)
Autism Charlotte 2023 Summer Academy
Quick Info: Autism Charlotte 2023 Summer Academy
Our Extended Learning & Development Summer Program is inclusion-based. Siblings are welcomed. Fun filled, yet focused on academic, social, and personal skill development, with daily recreational, cultural, and exploratory opportunities, and surprise visits from a few hometown heroes. Age/developmental groups for rising 1st to rising 12th grade students.
The John Crosland School Summer Camps K-12
Quick Info: The John Crosland School Summer Camps K-12
Camp Comets is a place for exploring the world around us and beyond! Each week provides new opportunities for academic, social, and physical growth for each student. All teachers have experience working with students that have learning and attention differences and class sizes are kept small. Check out the list of our 2023 summer camp sessions below to get an idea of what we offer.
Contact Person: Amber Dutcher: