Special Needs Camps

Finding a summer camp for any child is hard. Finding the perfect special needs summer camp is even harder. We are here to lighten the load. We've put together a list of overnight camps perfect for children with special needs. Be sure to check back soon for our day camp listings!

BlazeSports Georgia Blaze Camps. Several locations. Ages 8-18. Two-day and one-week sessions. Sports summer camps for youth with physical disabilities. 404-270-2000 www.blazesports.org.

Camp ASCCA - Easter Seals. Jackson Gap, Ala. Co-ed, ages 6 and up. One-week sessions for people with disabilities. Aquatic activities, arts and crafts, canoeing, ropes course, horseback riding and more. 256-825-9226. www.campascca.org.

Camp Barney Medintz. Cleveland, Ga. Co-ed, grades 2-10 Two- and four-week sessions. An overnight camp celebrating Jewish culture that features the Chalutzim (Pioneers) Program for children with developmental disabilities. 678-812-3844. www.campbarney.org.

Camp Lee Mar. Lackawaxen, Pa. Co-ed, ages 5-21. Mild to moderate developmental challenges, features traditional camp activities, plus academics, vocational preparation, speech and language therapy. 215-658-1708. www.leemar.com.

Camp Sparrowood. Dahlonega, Ga. Co-ed, ages 8 and up. One-week sessions for the high functioning, special needs individual. Nature activities, cookouts, crafts, games, overnight campout, swimming. 1:2 counselor-camper ratio. 706-864-6181. www.campglisson.org.

Camp Sunshine. Camp Twin Lakes, Rutledge, GA. Ages 7-18. One-week sessions. Overnight camp for children who have or have had cancer. 404-325-7979. www.mycampsunshine.com.

Camp Twin Lakes. Rutledge, Winder & Warm Springs, Ga. Co-ed, ages 7 and up. 5 day sessions. Traditional camp with swimming, sports, nature activities, canoeing, archery for campers with a variety of medical disabilities. 404-231-9887. www.camptwinlakes.org.

Florida Diabetes Camp. Several locations. Co-ed, ages 6-18. One-week sessions. Traditional camp with swimming, sports, arts and crafts and diabetes education. Medical care provided. 352-334-1321. www.floridadiabetescamp.org.

Georgia Lions Camp for the Blind. Waycross, Ga. Co-ed, ages 4 and up. One- and two-week sessions. Campers must have a visual loss of 20/70 or greater. Indoor/outdoor activities, field trips and swimming. 888-297-1775. www.glcb.org.

Landmark School Summer Programs. Prides Crossing, Mass. Co-ed, grades 8-12. Four-week session. Offers academic skill development and activities for students with language-based learning disabilities. 978-236-3000. www.landmarkschool.org.

Soar’s Summer Adventures. North Carolina, Florida Keys, Wyoming, California and Costa Rica. Co-ed, ages 8-18. Post grad course 19-25. 10-28 day program sessions. High-adventure camps for LD and ADHD youth. 828-456-3435. www.soarnc.org.

Talisman Programs. Zirconia, N.C. Ages 8-22. Two- and three-week sessions. Adventure camp for youth with ADHD, LD, high-functioning autism or Aspergers. Builds social competence in a wilderness setting. 855-588-8254. www.talismancamps.com.

Camp Twin Lakes has developed partnerships with more than 58 organizations, which recruit campers and provide volunteer counselors and medical staff for their groups while at camp. Camp Twin Lakes,  located on 500 acres in rutledge, provides the facilities, programming, staff and medical supervision, and subsidizes 70 percent of the costs. For this year’s camp partners, visit camptwinlakes. org for a  complete list.