kids camping

Cal Poly Pomona- Motor Development Clinic
Bldg. 43, Room 146, Cal Poly Pomona (909) 869 – 4340
A movement therapy program for children between the ages of five and 13 who are experiencing movement problems. Summer program with a referral from school, doctor or parent. The summer program focuses on the enjoyment of movement in a setting that is more general by providing a chance for the children to put into practice what they learned during the school year. It also concentrates on a wide variety of activities including but not limited to physical attributes, rhythms and locomotor, games and manipulation, fine motor, water play and experiences, and sport skills.

Camp Paivika- Ability First
San Bernardino National Forest
Offers year-round camp programs for children, teens and adults with physical and developmentsl disabilities. Open for eight sessions during the summer, beginning in June. Winter camp offered on various weekends during February, March, and April. The five-night (children) to six-night (teen and adult) programs include all of the traditional activities of camping: horseback riding, archery, swimming, cookouts and campfires, arts and crafts, and nature hikes and activities, as well as fine arts. Camp Ages; Children’s Camp – 9 to 12 years, Teen Camp – 13 to 19 years, Adult Camp – 20 years and older. Financial aid may be available. Minimum cost to family portion is $150.

Casa Colina – Summer Day Camp, Handwriting Workshop, Outdoor Adventure
255 East Bonita Avenue, Pomona
(909) 596-7733 x4200 or 1 (800) 926-5462
Ages 4-10, summer fun runs M-F 9-12 for 4 weeks. Starts end of July through end of August. Camps for children with special needs and typical siblings. Contact in April for registration package. Campers are registered on first come first serve. Also has a Writing Workshop during summer for children ages 6 -12 who struggle with the mechanics of handwriting cursive or printing. Class held in the summer, 2 times a week for 2 hours, a total of 10 sessions.

Cuyamaca Outdoor School Summer Camp
San Diego County
(619) 685-1175 ext. 255 and/or e-mail at
Summer resident camp for children, teens and adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities, ages 5 and older. Staff to camper ratio is 1:1 through 1:5, depending on needs of individual. Camp is accredited by American Camp Association. Camp sessions are in July. Scholarships may be available, contact us for more information.

Chasing 7 Dreams
Since its inception in 2015, Chasing 7 Dreams through the dedication and guidance of our Founder, Ms. Tenika Doyle, has forged the path creating an innovative summer camp experience with Autism. The experience of going to camp daily and organized program participation that Ms. Doyle has developed is something that have been missing for children on the spectrum. Her dream is to give back and provide access to many of our participants as Chasing 7 Dreams develops into a top of the line organization in special needs youth camp programs. It is the desire of the Ms. Doyle and the Board of Directors that each participant have a unique youth summer camp experience.

College Internship Project – Summer Programs for High School Students and Beyond High School
Each Summer Program has an all-inclusive cost of $4,400 ($300 will be handed back as cash to practice budgeting and handling money and is pre-budgeted for some meals and activities). The cost covers all activities, room and board, optional airport pick up and drop off, 24/7 staffing and support and 1 college credit.

Kris’ Camp
Idyllwild, CA
Kris’ Camp is a non-profit organization first established in 1995 as a therapy intensive/respite camp for children with special needs (with a focus on autism) and their families. Provides therapy for special kids, and, respite and support for the siblings and parents of special kids. Vendorized through Inland Regional Center. Limited space.

Our Own Family Camp
(626) 252-0106
An annual family camp at YMCA Camp Oakes near Big Bear over Labor Day weekend is exclusively designed for families with a member affected by Down syndrome – including those with Autism and DS. This is a wonderful way to have an inexpensive, memory-making vacation with families in a supportive and non-judgmental environment. Support and encouragement is provided for parents, siblings, and extended family members.

Surfers for Autism
A free, one day camp to expose children with ASD to surfing. Camp dates posted on April 1. Registration must be completed online. First come, first serve.

U.S. Adaptive Recreation
Big Bear
(909) 584-0269
Must make reservations well in advance. Offers a 2 day, 2 night water sport program. Camp, fish, and water sports. One week in August. Vendorized through Inland Regional Center. For winter sports programs see website.

Whispering Winds
(619) 464-1479
Special Needs Family Camp. Has been hosting Family Camp weekends for families of all faiths for the past 25 years, but this year we are dedicating a weekend for the first time just to special needs families July 26-28, 2013. The camp is located about 45 minutes outside of San Diego, just 4 miles from Julian. 3 days and 2 nights deluxe lodging accommodations, meals (special diets can be accommodated); Exciting age/ability-appropriate camp activities, crafts and recreational opportunities for the special needs kids and their typical siblings; Outstanding parent speakers focused on families living with disability to include special needs education and trust attorneys; educators and therapists; Swimming, horseback riding, ziplining, hiking and more for the whole family to enjoy together. Cost is $46/person (age 3 and under are free) + either deluxe lodging ($440) or RV hookups ($225). $250 campership vouchers from the Boys and Girls Club Foundation available as well as LOADS of other private financial aid as well. So, no one should hesitate enrolling based on financial hardship as we can likely find funding to help them.

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