Overnight Summer Camps for Kids with Special Needs
Camp Twin Lakes has developed partnerships with more than 69 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. Below are just some of this year’s camp partners.
Camp AcheAway: Arthritis Foundation, Georgia Chapter. For kids with juvenile arthritis and related diseases.
Camp Braveheart: Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. For kids with heart defects and heart transplant recipients.
Camp Breathe Easy: American Lung Association in Georgia. For kids with asthma.
Camp Courage: Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. For kids with craniofacial disorders.
Camp ESP: Extra Special People. For youth and young adults with developmental disabilities.
Camp Hardgrove: Brain Injury Association of Georgia. For children and young adults with brain injuries.
Camp High Five: For kids who are affected by HIV.
Camp Horizon: For kids who have been abused and/or neglected.Camp Independence: National Kidney Foundation serving Georgia. For kids with kidney disorders and transplants.
Camp Infinity/Under the Stars Weekend: FOCUS. Support for children and teens with disabilities and their families.
Camp Journey: Spectrum Clubs for kids with autism.
Camp Kudzu, Inc.: For kids living with Type I diabetes.
Camp New Hope: Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia. For kids with sickle cell disease.
Camp Oasis: Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America – Georgia Chapter. For kids ages 7-17 with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.
Camp Oo-U-La: For kids with serious burn injuries.
Camp Rainbow: MCGHealth Children’s Medical Center. For kids with cancer and rare blood disorders.
Camp Strong Hearts: MCGHealth Children’s Medical Center. For kids with heart disorders.
Camp Sunshine: For children and teens with cancer.
Camp TBI – To Be Independent: Walton Foundation for Independence-Walton Rehabilitation Health System. For kids with acquired brain injuries.
Camp Twitch and Shout: Tourette Syndrome Association of Georgia. For kids with Tourette’s syndrome.
Camp Walk ‘N Roll: Muscular Dystrophy Association. For children with muscular dystrophy.
Camp Wannaklot: Hemophilia of Georgia, Inc. For children with hemophilia or other
inherited bleeding disorders.
Camp You B You: Marcus Autism Center. For kids with autism spectrum disorders.
Center for the Visually Impaired: For children and youth with visual impairments.
Second Chance Family Weekend: Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. For kids with solid organ transplants and their families.
Camp Krazy Legs: Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. For kids and teens with spina bifida.
Camp ASCCA – Easter Seals: Jackson’s Gap, Ala. Co-ed, ages 6 and up. One-week sessions. Aquatic activities, arts and crafts, canoeing, ropes course, horseback riding and more. 256-825-9226.
Camp Barney Medintz: Cleveland, Ga. Co-ed, ages 10-20. Two and four-week sessions in June. An overnight camp celebrating Jewish culture that offers the Chalutzim (Pioneers) Program for campers with special needs. 678-812-3844.
Camp Dream: Warm Springs. Co-ed, all ages welcome. Four-day sessions. Where disabilities disappear. One-to-one camper counselor ratio, all disabilities, ages and income levels accepted. 678-367-0040.
Camp Lee Mar: Lackawaxen, Pa. Co-ed, ages 7-21. One-week sessions with weekend stay overs available. Mild to moderate developmental challenges, features traditional camp activities, plus academics, vocational preparation, speech and language therapy. 215-658-1708.
Camp Living Wonders: Atlanta. Coed, 7-15. 10 and 12-day sessions. Jewish residential camp and intentional community built to empower people with developmental disabilities and their families. 404-358-5098.
Camp Sparrowood: Dahlonega, Ga. Co-ed, ages 9 and up. One-week sessions. Nature activities, cookouts, crafts, games, horseback riding, swimming. 1:2 counselor-camper ratio. 706-864-6181.
Georgia Lions Camp for the Blind: Waycross, Ga. Co-ed, ages 6 and up. One-week sessions. Campers must have a visual loss of 20/70 or greater. Indoor/outdoor activities, field trips and swimming. 888-297-1775.
SOAR: North Carolina, Florida, Wyoming, California and International. Co-ed, ages 8-18. 10-26-day program sessions. High-adventure summer camps for youth with attention issues. 828-456-3435.
Talisman Programs: Zirconia, N.C. Ages 6-22. Five, 13, 16, and 19-day sessions. Summer camp for youth with high-functioning autism, ADHD, or LDs. Increase social competence, make friends, have fun! 828-697-6313.