Summer Camps for Individuals with Disabilities

For parents working outside of their homes, finding child care options that are affordable, safe and fun is even more essential. Camp, be it a day or residential program is one alternative to explore. Activity programs are often available through town recreational departments and local civic groups. Research to learn what is available in your area should begin in the early spring for most of the camping programs. It is then that you will be able to participate in open house activities and apply for financial assistance if you are eligible. 

Following is a list of options that are speficially offered to those individuals with disabilities. Financial assistance may be offered at most of the locations. Early registration offers the best opportunity for this kind of help. This list is by no means exhaustive. Activity programs abound in the summer months.

To find more camps, search our resource database by typing "summer camp" in the search bar at the top of this page. Many of the camps listed in our database are residential and are often located a distance away. Because of this, you will retrieve the best results if you do not limit your search geographically. If you are only interested in camps close to home, limit your search geographically to find the most appropriate resources in your local area.

Atlantic County

The Arc of Cumberland County, Camp Fisher, is offered during the summer weeks for students with a developmental disability between the ages of 5 and 20 years old. Camp Fisher serves local individuals located in Atlantic, Cumberland, Gloucester, and Salem Counties. Campers will be provided with the opportunity to engage in recreational, social, educational, and leisure activities in a well supervised, fun-filled environment. 

Bergen County

The Arc of Bergen and Passaic Counties offers Camp Rainbow. Camp Rainbow uses a thematic approach for its' weekly activities. For adolescents, the program involves them in daily living activities designed to help them better work independently as well as develop confidence and self-esteem. 

Cumberland County

The Arc of Cumberland County, Camp Fisher, is offered during the summer weeks for students with a developmental disability between the ages of 5 and 20 years old. Camp Fisher serves local individuals located in Atlantic, Cumberland, Gloucester, and Salem Counties. Campers will be provided with the opportunity to engage in recreational, social, educational, and leisure activities in a well supervised, fun-filled environment. 

Gloucester County

The Arc of Cumberland County, Camp Fisher, is offered during the summer weeks for students with a developmental disability between the ages of 5 and 20 years old. Camp Fisher serves local individuals located in Atlantic, Cumberland, Gloucester, and Salem Counties. Campers will be provided with the opportunity to engage in recreational, social, educational, and leisure activities in a well supervised, fun-filled environment. 

The Arc of Gloucester County, Camp Sun-N-Fun offers children and adults with developmental disabilities an opportunity to participate in and enjoy summer recreational acitivities. Camp Sun-N-Fun provides opportunities to make new friends, opportunities to develop independence and opportunities to gain self-esteem through success in fun activities such as nature appreciation, arts and crafts, sports and games, music and dance, theme parties and much more. Both residential and day camp opportunities are availalbe. 

Hunterdon County

The Arc of Hunterdon County, Camp Horizons, is a summer day camp for children ages 7-12. Deadline for registration is April 20th each year. 

Mercer County

Encouraging Kids Family Resource Center offers an Extended School Year (ESY) program for children with special needs. Find out more information and register for this program here

Passaic County

The Arc of Bergen and Passaic Counties offers Camp Rainbow. Camp Rainbow uses a thematic approach for its' weekly activities. For adolescents, the program involves them in daily living activities designed to help them better work independently as well as develop confidence and self-esteem. 

Salem County

The Arc of Cumberland County, Camp Fisher, is offered during the summer weeks for students with a developmental disability between the ages of 5 and 20 years old. Camp Fisher serves local individuals located in Atlantic, Cumberland, Gloucester, and Salem Counties. Campers will be provided with the opportunity to engage in recreational, social, educational, and leisure activities in a well supervised, fun-filled environment. 

Somerset County

JCC Camp Ruach provides campers with a summer experience filled with activities, friendships and memories that will last a lifetime. 

Sussex County

Camp NOVA is a wonderful opportunity for children and young adults living with Epilepsy and other developmental disabilities. Camp NOVA, which provides an exciting and independent camping experience in an environment filled with fun experiences and memories that last a lifetime, is a one-week overnight camp for young people ages 12 and up. Camp activities include acting, arts & crafts, fishing, boating, karate, swimming and yoga. 

Union County

The Arc of Union County, Camp Star, is offered 4 weeks in August. This is a safe, structured environment for children and teens ages 3 to 21 years old with special needs, and their siblings. Camp is designed to enhance personal and social development, language and communication skills, learning, motor and muscle coordination. Camp Star also provides children and teens the opportunity to participate in planned programs in inclusive settings, such as day trips (museums, sporting events, performances) swimming, arts & crafts, adaptive physical education, nature exploration, hiking, karate, games and music appreciation. 

Warren County

The Arc of Warren County, Camp Warren, provides quality camping experiences and supports for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. Camp Warren operates for all ages. View the camp program here



Page last modified/reviewed on June 19, 2017

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