Summer & Day Camps
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Indian Trails Camp
0-1859 Lake Michigan Drive Grand Rapids 49534
This camp welcomes campers aged 7 yrs on up with a wide range of disabilities. They offer a barrier-free camp setting in which those with disabilities can participate in all manner of activities. It is a place filled with fun, recreation and friendship. This camp also provides several Spring Respite days. Please visit their website for more information.
PMB 200 430 E. 8th Street Holland 49423
This camp is for individuals with developmental disabilities aged 12-50. Each camper is paired with a volunteer counselor for 4 days/3 nights. Campers get the individual attention that he/she desires and an opportunity to participate in many activities. This camp also hosts a Registration for camp fills up quickly so register early. Applications go online in February.
5840 N. Canton Center Suite 290, Canton, MI 48187
Camp Zip provides opportunities for young adults (16 and above) to continue focusing on daily living, communication skills, socialization, and job readiness skills. Camp Zip is designed to serve the needs of families and young adults, 16 years and older, with Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Autism, Asperger Syndrome, ADHD and other physical, emotional and developmental disabilities.
Camp Horizon/Pioneer Trails Day Camp
1145 E. Wesley Ave. Muskegon 49442
Camp Horizon offers transition students, ages 16-26, a safe, fun and educational environment in which to test their skills for living independently. Students enjoy a wide range of traditional camp activities while learning budgeting, communication and self-advocacy. Pioneer Trails Day Camp is designed to serve children and young adults with a developmental disability to provide respite for families caring for children with special needs. Campers must be between the ages of 6 and 26 and still attending school. Each session of camps lasts three weeks and is in session Monday – Thursday.
St. Francis Camp
10120 Murrey Jerome 49249
St. Francis Camp on the Lake provides a personalized summer camp experiences and respite care for children and adults with developmental disabilities. Programs are designed to foster independence, improve physical health, and increase social function. The main objectives of camp are met through careful planning of sessions and modifying activities to meet the campers' needs, skills, interests and ages. Careful consideration is given to placement of each camper with the most suitable groups and activities. Campers are encouraged to partake in a wide array of activities which may include: Boating; Arts & Crafts; Fishing; Hiking; Sing-a-Longs; Aquatic Games; Dances; Campfires; Volleyball; Basketball: plus much, much more! Each activity is taught with a hands-on approach, allowing for a heightened awareness of all senses. This stimulation helps accelerate learning and makes it FUN!
Bay Cliff Health Camp
P.O. Box 310 Big Bay 49808
Bay Cliff is a year round, non-profit, nondenominational summer therapy camp for children. The primary mission of Bay Cliff is to serve children and adults with physical disabilities. The priority program is a two month therapy session serving children with orthopedic, speech, hearing, and vision disabilities. Through an intensive program of daily therapy and traditional camp activities children learn to become more independent and are inspired to believe in themselves and their full potential.
Camp Grace Bentley
211 Eileen Dr. Bloomfield Township 48302
Established in 1928. Camp Grace Bentley hosts campers with a range of mental and physical challenges aged 7-16. Sessions are nine days and run late June through mid August. It’s a place where kids can create a lifetime of memories, develop a greater sense of independence, have great adventures and work with others.
The Fowler Center
2315 Harmon Lake Road Maryville 48744
The Fowler Center has several programs for children, teenagers and adults. They work with persons who have many kinds of developmental disabilities including mental impairment, autism, cerebral palsy, down syndrome and others. Their programs and facilities are specifically design to meet the special physical, social, intellectual, emotional and motivational needs of participants. They offer a nine week residential summer camp, several Spring and Fall adult camps, monthly weekend respite camps and others. Please visit their website for more information on all their programs.
Cran Hill Ranch-Friendship Camp
14444 17 mile Rd Rodney 49342
Check out their website, scroll over Summer Camps and click on Special Needs Camp
This is a Christian based camp. Special Needs (Friendship) Camp is a 5 day/4 night summer camp opportunity for mentally impaired campers aged 15 and older. Staff to camper ratio is 1 to 3. Cran-Hill is a place with a lot of hills, gravel roads and steps therefore campers should be independently mobile and have reasonable balance.
Able Abe’s Summer Camp
2075 E. West Maple Road Suite B.-204 West Bloomfield, MI 48322
This is a half day camp for children aged 4-10. This is a summer program designed for children with acquired and congenital delays in development. Campers participate in fun, educational, and therapeutic activities that focus on communication, socialization, and gross and fine motor skills development. Camp is created and run by a team of occupational therapists, physical therapists, and speech/language pathologists.
Bloomfield Hills SCAMP
2601 Lone Pine Road West Bloomfield, MI 48323
SCAMP provides a quality summer program for individuals with disabilities ages 3-26 in Metro Detroit. Therapeutic recreation is the core of our program where campers enjoy age and skill appropriate activities from a caring staff that look forward to working with your child/consumer. Swimming in Walnut Lake, arts & crafts, music therapy, social skill development, and language activities are embedded into each day centered on a weekly academic theme. We strive to make each summer the best for our participants and endeavor to build partnerships with parents, teachers, community agencies, and other school personnel to help each individual have the most successful summer at SCAMP.
P.O. Box 21023 Lansing, MI 48909
Camp Civitan is a camp for developmentally challenged individuals from ages 13 and up. The goals of the camp include helping each camper learn or improve self-care skills in dressing, personal hygiene, to increase self-confidence, and to appreciate nature and develop a responsible attitude toward our environment.
Camp Tall Tree
10407 North Fenton Rd. Fenton, MI 48430
Camp Tall Tree is an overnight camp for kids with autism and siblings of people with special needs. We run all three of our programs simultaneously, so families can have a week of true respite. Check out the website for all our programs.
Children’s Hospital of Michigan Autism Center
41935 W. 12 mile Rd. Novi, MI 48377
Offers programs for children with Autism and their siblings (ages 5-10). Highly qualified special education teachers are teamed with highly specialized behavior interventionists to provide a ratio of 3 to 1. Check out the website for more info—look under services tab for camp.
The Conditioned Caterpillar Camp
3285 Martin Road, Suite 104 Walled Lake, MI 48390
18300 West 12 Mile Rd. Southfield, MI 48076
1-248-559-5820 or 1-248-669-1230
An 8-week, ½ day structured summer program that provides group therapy using the ABA principles and techniques. The main focus is learning how to learn in a group environment. Other skills targeted include: attending to instructor, following directions, academic skills, increasing socialization, following classroom routines, appropriate classroom behavior, and appropriate play with others.
6389 Clarkston Rd. Clarkston, MI 48346
1-248-620-1882 or 1-248-623-4314
SCAMP is a five-week program developed and designed for children and young adults with special needs. The camp is more than just an exciting place for the SCAMPers; this program provides a growing and learning opportunity for both the young adults hired to be aides for the SCAMPers, as well as the volunteers. It provides the parents of the SCAMPers the calming effect of knowing that their child is in a safe haven and having a good time that they might not be able to experience any other way.
Comprehensive Summer Therapy Fun
2505 Ardmore SE Grand Rapids, MI 48346
Offer therapy sessions to children ages 1 to 12. Sessions are Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9am to noon. Sessions in Holland and Grand Rapids.
P.O. Box 700739 Plymouth, MI 48170
For ages 3-11 and that qualify for special education in their home school district and their siblings. Located in Northville, Michigan (only minutes west of Detroit), O.U.R. Camp is a specialized summer day camp for young children with developmental needs. Its purpose is to provide continuity with school year programs and to stimulate the development of cognitive and social skills during the summer months. Activities are designed to promote improved self-images and group interaction skills.
Pine Ridge Bible Camp- Freddy’s Friends
8415 17 Mile Rd. Cedar Springs, MI 49319
This is one of the few Christian camping programs in Michigan that ministers specifically to the mentally challenged. Campers attending Freddy's Friends at Pine Ridge may be challenged with cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, autism, and other medical diagnoses. Physical ages run from youth on up through adults. The campers will participate in fun activities that are geared for their abilities, making it possible for everyone to be encouraged as they get in on the action.
Skyline Camp and Retreat Center
1669 W.Maple Rd. Birmingham, MI 48009
Offers several special needs camps for individuals aged 6 on up. Please look at their website for more information on all the camps offered. Look under programs and events, summer camps, Camp Joy, Camp for Us, Camp for Me or Camp Far Away
Locations in both Michigan and Indiana. Spring Hill offers options for traditional summer camp with 1 on 1 buddies for individuals with developmental disabilities. They offer options for traditional summer camp with 1-on-1 buddies for kids with developmental disabilities.