Summer Programs for Special Needs:
"8 Important Things to Consider”
by Nancy Hopkins, Director of Admissions, Riverview School, East Sandwich, Massachusetts
As a parent of a child with special needs, you probably have mixed feelings about your child attending a summer camp program.
You may have worries, such as: Will my child have fun? Will they fit in? Will they be safe? What if the other kids don’t accept my child? I don’t know the faculty. How can the staff understand my child and their unique needs?
The following are 8 important criteria to consider when choosing a summer camp program for your child with special needs:
1. Safety Practices –Inquire about background checks and whether they are done on a national level. What level of supervision is provided during activities on camp grounds or in the surrounding community? What is the student to staff ratio?
2. Independent Living Skills -- Will the summer camp program help my child develop more independence? Many parents are amazed at how much their child can do when challenged. Good summer camp programs will help your child to stretch, grow and feel wonderful about their new independence and skills.
3. Friendship -- Will my child have the opportunity to make and maintain authentic friendships? The great thing about a summer camp program for children with special needs is that all of the participants have special needs of some sort. For many, this is the first time in their lives that they have felt true acceptance and enjoyed friendships and a busy social life.
4. Academics, Recreation or Both? – Are you looking for
Welcome to the Massachusetts Special-Needs and Disabilities Camps 2015 page
Adaptive/Inclusive Sailing Camp on Boston Harbor: East Boston. For ages 9-21 (ages 18-21 must have an IEP) inclusive program teaches all abilities basic sailing, safety, leadership, and teamwork with adaptive instruction and equipment. Siblings or friends without disabilities welcome. Fees apply. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 978.639.3257.
Adaptive Rowing Camp on the Charles River: Brighton. For ages 12 - 18, coaching and equipment for a broad range of abilities, an introductory non-competitive program, rowers will learn rowing terminology, how to handle the equipment, and develop a basic set of rowing skills. Time will be spent inside on ergs and outside on the Charles. Fees apply. Contact email@example.com or 978. 639.3257.
Aspirations Summer Camps, Sudbury & Hopkinton, neighboring communities. Recreation for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, in partnership with the Metrowest YMCA in Hopkinton. Contact susan_iaconosudbury.k12.ma.us or 978.639.3222.
Bina Farm Programs: Natick: For ages 6 – 16 and includes music, yoga, gardening and nutrition as well as daily riding, horsemanship and arts and crafts. For more information visit www.binafarm.org or contact 508-651-2462 firstname.lastname@example.org
BLIN'G (Better Living N' Girls) for girls with Spina Bifida: March 6th - 8th, 2015, Newton. For girls ages 12-18 living with Spina Bifida. Join Boston-Children's Hospital, Center for Spina Bifida and Spina Cord Conditions and SBAGreaterNE for the 4th Annual BLIN'G Weekend Includes two night stay, meals, seminars about healthy living, college, boxing, adaptive recreation, reiki massage, pool and makeovers. Fees apply. Contact edugan@SBAGreaterNE.org or 888-479-1900 or www.SBAreaterNE.org
Boston Ability Center (BAC) Camp, Wellesley Hills. Camp BAC is run by therapists. Campers work on social skills, language arts and literacy, gross motor games and fine motor activities. For ages 3-7. Contact 781.239.0100
Boston Summer Camps and Activities are on the Boston Public Schools Page
Boston Center for Youth and Families BCYF Summer Guide
Boston Navigator Youth Program on the Boston Navigator Page Search
Boston After School and Beyond is on the Boston Beyond page.
Boy Scouts of America, Milton, MA, 617-615-0004. Offers inclusive recreational activities. www.bsaboston.org
Boston Center for Youth & Families Page. Located in 35 centers across Boston, BCYF community centers offer summer opportunities for young people and their families, from summer camps and swimming pools, to sports programs, community cookouts, free drop-in enrichment activities, and summer jobs. There is also a list of affordable programs including preschool, school-aged & adult education, family literacy, violence prevention & intervention, senior activities, and recreation. Visit the BCYF page for all the info.
Boston Public Schools Camps & Summer Programs Page. For Pre-School through Young Adult. Basketball and Nike Camps, Shakespeare, Art at Lesley University, Wall Street at Bentley College, Health Corps at Beth Israel Deaconess, The Earn-A-Bike Program, Boston Architectural College, Ballet & Dance, Internships at Law Firms, Baseball, Theater, Employment & Skill Development, Canoe, Kayak and Boat Camps and much more.
- Boston Children and Elementary Camp Page.
- Boston Teens and Young Adults Camp Page.
Breezy Hill Farms, Holliston, MA 508-429-6233 or the Breezy Hills webpage. Offers those with physical, developmental and social delays horseback riding and therapeutic intervention.
Bridge Center Special Needs Camps, Bridgewater. Camp Connect for ages 4-22 with Asperger's Syndrome, HF Autism, and related disorders. Camp Discover for ages 4 -22 regardless of the nature or severity of the disability, Camp Sunshine for the general public, Camp Steppingstone for ages 22+ Aspergers, HF Autism and related disorders, Camp Endeavor for neuromuscular and related disorders, Camp Summit for emotional and psychiatric disorders. For more information contact 508-697-7557 ex. 12 or email Kellen@Thebridgectr.org or 508-697-7557 ext. 23 or see The Bridge Center's Summer Camp Page
Cambridge Adventure Day Camp & Daybreak Camp: Both camps offer inexpensive both activities that allow children with disabilities to experience the joys of summer camp without the high price. Complete the enrollment applications on their Camp Programs page.
Cambridge Recreation Department: For Cambridge residents only. Serving ages 3 – 22 with Autism Spectrum, Behavior Disorder, Chronic Health Impairment, Deaf, Dual Diagnosis - ID/MI, Mental Health, Epilepsy/seizure Disorder, Language Impairment, Learning Disabilities, Intellectual Disabilities, Multiple Handicap, Physical Disabilities, Speech Impairment, Cerebral Palsy email@example.com
Camp Apex-Marcus Lewis Day Camp: Westford, MA. Typical camp that accepts a limited amount of High-functioning children with Autism and Aspergers. Improve their social skills, learn to make eye contact and engage in conversation. Campers ust be approved prior to registering. Fees apply. Vist the Camp Apex Marcus Lewis Page for more infor.
Camp Arrowhead. Natick, MA. Social & physical recreation for disabled & non-disabled. 508-647-6530 or www.camparrowheadnatick.com
Camp Confidence, Needham, MA. For behavioral, developmental, and social needs of children ages 3-12 whose diagnoses may include PDD-NOS/autism, speech and language delays, ADHD, cognitive delays, and related challenges. Includes nature walks, cooking, creative arts, science, team building activities, goal setting. Visit the website or contact info@ConfidenceConnection.org or 781-433-9890.
Camp Connect, Bridgewater, MA. Developmental, social, and behavioral needs of children with Asperger's Syndrome, High Functioning Autism, and related disorders. Swimming, archery, horseback riding, exercises and social skills groups, friendship. Contact 508-697-7557 or info@TheBridgeCtr.org
Camp Echo Bridge, Auburndale, MA. For ages 5-21, day and overnight camps for children with MR. 617-796-1527, firstname.lastname@example.org
Camp Finberg, Norton, MA. YMCA camp for ages 3 – 14 with different abilities. Outdoor activities, swimming, Arts and Crafts, music, structured programs, predictable routines, social interactions, accommodations & supports for inclusion. Fees apply. Call 508-409-0741 or email email@example.com or visit the Attleboro YMCA Camp Page.
Camp Fire USA Eastern Massachusetts Council Inc., Boston, MA. Provides all-inclusive, coeducational programs. 617-591-0300.www.campfireusa-emass.org.
Camp Goodtime in Stoneham, MA. 781-895-3200, ext 24. For children 3-22 with Asperger's, PDD, Anxiety Disorders, and Non-Verbal Learning Disabilities. Focus is on language and social skills through structured fun activities.
Camp HOPe, Easton, MA. For ages 8 - 18 with a variety of disabilities, traditional camp activities and field trips. Call 508-205-0555, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.houseofpossibilities.org
Camp Grossman JCC, Newton, MA. Inclusive program offers campers with mild to moderate disabilities a regular camp program. Contact 617.244.5124 email@example.com.
Camp Joy, Boston, MA. Boston Centers for Youth and Families (BCYF) Camp Joy is for Boston residents ages 3-22 with disabilities and their siblings ages 3-7. The program is filled on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information 617.635.4920 or email Roberta.Smalls@cityofboston.gov or visit the Camp Joy, or visit City of Boston SummerGuide
Camp Pequossette Day Camp/Watertown Rec Department, serving Watertown, Waltham and Belmont. Inclusion program incoporates special-needs youth, 6 - 12, in the program. Finanical Aid Available. Arts, games, etc. Call 617-972-6494.
Camp Rec at the Recreation Education Center, Peabody. Full/half day summer program, for all students with disabilities, staff has strong backgrounds working with behavioral needs and children with autism. Contact 978-717-5062 or visit www.recreationaleducationcenter.com
Camp Triumph, Bedford, Danvers and North Reading, MA. For children with ADHD, Executive Functioning Disorder, Aspergers, Non-Verbal Learning Disability, Pragmatic Language Deficit, and Anxiety Disorder. Visit the Triumph Center or call 781-942-9277
Camp S.A.I.L., from EMarc, Wakefield. CAMP S.A.I.L. Summer Adventures, for ages 13-21 with developmental disabilities. Recreation, plan outings, and practice with different kinds of transportation. Campers need to be able to walk 1/2 mile with assistance, be independent with personal care and have the ability to be successfulin a staff/camper ratio of 1:4. June 26 – August 30, 2013. Fees apply. Contact www.theemarc.org/ or call 781.942.4888.
Camp Shriver, Boston. An inclusive, sports-oriented day camp for children with and without intellectual disabilities, ages 8-12, from Boston, Brockton and Quincy. Contact 617-287-7276 or visit www.csde.umb.edu
Camp Social Connection, Harvard. Partnered by the Peter Pan Center and Marcus Lewis Day Camp. Full and half days. July 1 - August 23rd. Socially supported peer experience and activities. Full day registration must be through the Marcus Lewis Camp program at their Registration Page or call 978-929-9997. For the half day program visit the Peter Pan Registration Page.
Camp Sunrise/Boston ABA, Belmont, MA. Camp Sunrise or 617.990.4356 for social skills and fun for children with autism and their typically developing peers.
Camp Steppingstone, Boxford, MA. Provides a six-week educational day program to students, ages 3 to 22 that have moderate to intensive/severe developmental delays or multiple disabilities. www.glec.org or 978 685-3000 ext 122.
Camp Wee-Kan-Tu at Camp Wing in Duxbury. Sponsored by the Epilepsy Foundation of MA & RI for children and teens ages 8-17 with epilepsy. 617.506.6041 ext. 11, or firstname.lastname@example.org or The Epilepsy of MA & RI
Camp Woodhaven, West Boylston, MA. Traditional day camp that welcomes special needs children. For ages 5 - 15. 508-835-9883 www.campwoodhaven.com.
Cardinal Cushing Centers' ACHIEVE Program, Hanover, MA. Transition program serves 17 -23 years old with mild to moderate intellectual or developmental disabilities, autism or Down syndrome. Focus includes vocational opportunities, budgeting and banking, time management, the use of public transportation/community resources, independence and self-advocacy. Visit www.coletta.org or call 781-829-1205.
Carrol Center for the Blind, Newton. Summer Youth Programs, CarrollKids, CarrollTeen, CarrrolKidsTeenWest, Programs include Learning And Living Together, Strategies For Achieving Curriculum Access & Personal Potential, Learning to Learn, Real World of Work Experience, Transition to College, Computing for College, Accessible iOS App Camp. Visit the Carroll Camp Page for more information.
Chit-Chat Summer Camp, Franciscan Hospital, Boston. Helps children who use augmentative-alternative communication (AAC) devices with communicative competence through intensive group services while participating in favorite camp activities. Visit their webpage or the Clinic Coordinator 617-245-3800 ext. 5643 RTherriault@fhfc.org
Class Inc's of Adventurelore Program: Lawrence, MA and Danville, NH, August 25th: Free. Experience the outdoors inclusive program for middle and high-school aged teens. Activities include: Group Challenges, Kayak/Canoe, Orienteering and Ropes Course with supervision of trained Adventurelore Staff. Contact Director of Family Services email@example.com 978-975-8587, ext.1273. Information is also available in espanol.
Comfort Zone Camp For Grieving Children, Beverly. Free for bereaved kids and teens 7 - 17 who have lost a family member or care giver to suicide. Build friendships, coping skills, enjoy traditional camp fun and age-based support groups. . www.ComfortZoneCamp.org or 866-488-5679.
Confidence Connection/Camp Confidence, Wellesley. For ages 3 – 12, program has developmental, social, and behavioral help for children with PDD-NOS/Autism, speech and language delays, ADHD, cognitive delays and related challenges. 508.479.6097 or visit The Confidence Connection. Daybreak Day Camp, Cambridge and Somerville. Providing supportive, therapeutic summer program for children, ages 5 through 11, with emotional and behavioral special needs who live in Cambridge and Somerville. www.cambridgecamping.org or 617-864-0960.
Dearborn Academy Summer Program, Arlington, Massachusetts. A six-week, day program for children with emotional, behavioral and learning challenges that provides summer experiences while teaching appropriate behaviors and skills. www.dearbornacademy.org) (781) 641-5992.
Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation's AccessSportAmerica Adaptive Water Sports Program. Boston, Canton and Duxbury. For children and adults on the Autism Spectrum. Windsurfing, canoeing, surfing, water-skiing, etc. Contact 508.270.8855 or or vist the AccessSportAmerica Page.
Drama Play Connections, Waltham, MA. Pragmatic Drama workshop for children and young adolescents withAsperger’s Disorder, NLD, ADHD, Social Anxiety, Shyness, and gifted children who struggle to connect with their peers. Call 781.899.1160 or visit www.dramaplayconnection.com
Dream Day Family Camp, at Nickerson State Park, in Cape Cod, MA. Free. For families who have children with life-threatening or serious illnesses and conditions. Each summer they can host up to 48 families (over 6 weeks). Visit www.dreamdayoncapecod.org, call 774-994-7346 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Duxbury Bay Maritime School - ACCESSail, Duxbury, MA-www.duxbayms.com-781.934.7555.
An outreach program that offers sailing programs for adult and youth students with cognitive and/or physical challenges.
EMarc Program, Reading. Offers special needs summer programs including Adaptive Dance, Expressive Movement, Swimming, Cooking, Karate, Music Therapy, Guitar, Hiking Adventures, High School and Social Clubs, Family and Special Olympics, and more 781.942.4888, or email@example.com or visit www.theemarc.org
End of Summer ABA Camp, Watertown, MA. Weeks of August 16, 23, and 30th. Children ages 3 – 5 participate with indoors group activities and social and language interaction and instruction. Contact Katie Carey, Advances Learning Center, 617-923-7575 x 30.
Framingham Parks and Recreation Department. Visit their Parks Department Page or call 508-532-5960.
FUSE Summer Camp, Lexington, MA. For autism spectrum disorder, anxiety, ADHD, language delays, sensory disintegration, preschool to entering fourth grade. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 617.251.6955 or www.fuseprogram.com
Girls Overnight Respite, House of Possibilties, North Easton, MA. June 1th, 2012. For girls 8 - 21 with special needs. Fees apply, financial help may be available. Visit www.houseofpossibilties.org, or call 508.205.0555, or email email@example.com
Girl Scout Camp, overnight in Brewster, Bradford NH, Pelham NH, and Plymouth MA, plus day camps across the region. Call 800-882-1662.
Horsing Around at the BINA Farm, Sherborn. Inclusive summer program for children with and without special needs, including siblings. Daily group therapeutic or recreational horseback riding and horsemanship, plus cooking, gardening, arts & crafts, music or yoga. For ages 4-14. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 508-651-2462
Horse Barn Summer Camp for Teens with Autism & Other Developmental Delays: West Newbury, MA. July 29th - Aug 2nd and Aug 19th - Aug 23rd, 2013. Integrated camp for teens ages 14 - 22 with autism and other developmental delays that want to care for and learn about horses and handling techniques. Must be able to fulfill program requirements to participate. For more information contact vist The Holland Project or contact email@example.com or 978-764-8611
JCC Inclusion Camp & Camp Kehillah: Join all the kids at JCC Camp during our Inclusion Campweeks. This camp works well for campers who have had success in a partial or full inclusion environment with shared support. The staffing levels are 2:1. Campers receive daily group swim instruction, participate in cooperative games, build social skills and learn self advocacy techniques. Inclusion weeks are: D1:August 5th - 9th and D2: August 12th - 16th
Landmark School Summer Program, Prides Crossing, MA. For emotionally-healthy students, age 7-20 in grades 1-12, with diagnosed language-based learning disabilities and dyslexia. Visit Landmark Summer Programs for more info or call 978-236-3000.
Learning Solutions Summer Social Skills, Norwood. For students ages 5 – 18, Social Skills Groups for those with ADD, ADHD, Anxiety, Aspergers PDD-NOS, High Functioning Autism, NLD, low average to above average cognitive intellect with similar social challenges. Fees apply. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 781.762.3750
Massachusetts Hospital School Summer Program, Canton. Adapted Aquatics, Creative Arts, Academic Support, Outdoor Adventures, Music and Drama, Sports,Boating & Water, Life Skills. For more information contact 781.830.8752 or email@example.com or 781.830.8755 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit The Massachusetts Hospital School Summer Program Page.
MGH Aspire: Autism Spectrum Summer Camp Programs, MGH at Charlestown & Westwood. For ages 5-18 with high functioning autism and related conditions. Summer Camp - ages 6-15, Summer Camp Junior - ages 5-7, Teen Explorations - ages 13-18. Hiking, swimming, making friends, etc. Contact 781.860.1900 or email@example.com
MinuteMan Arc, Concord. Special-Needs outing-based recreation program for ages 8 - 21. Outing-based recreation program for community exploration, motor skill development, and socialization. Fees apply. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-287–7936.
Musical Theater Inclusive Program, Framingham. The Performing Arts Center (PAC) of Metrowest offers this for grades 4-9. For more information call 508-875-5554 or visit www.pacmetrowest.org
New Horizons Inclusion Camps at Hockamock YMCAs, Foxboro, Franklin and North Attleboro: Provide youth and teens with special needs an opportunity to participate with typically developing peers in Y programs and activities. Improved social skills and self confidence, increased physical activity and independence, enhance mutual respect among people of all abilities. Fees apply. For Foxboro and Franklin contact 508.772.1327. For North Attleboro contact 508.643.5266.
New England Sports Academy, Westwood, has a variety of camps and programs that serve some neurological disabilities. 781- 493- 6345 or email@example.com www.nesacademy.com.
PathFinders Special-Needs Camp: Dedham & Surrounding Communities. July 7 - August 7, 2014. For special needs kids ages 6-17. Kickball, t-ball, whiffle ball, swimming, nature walks, field games, arts & crafts, story time, etc. Transportation is available. All facilities are fully accessible. Registration Deadline: May 31, 2014. For more information visit the Dedham Park & Recreation Pathfinders Page.
Perkins School for the Blind, Watertown. Outreach Services offers different age based camps for students. Visit The Perkins Community Outreach Page.
The Peter Pan Center, Ayer. Social skills, successful peer interaction, self-confidence, social coaching for children with ADD/ADHD, Aspergers, Non-Verbal Learning Disorders, Sensory Processing Challenges and Social Anxiety. For more information contact www.peterpancenter.com, or 978-772-1255l firstname.lastname@example.org .
Piers Park Sailing Center's Adaptive Sailing Program, Boston. This sailing program is run by the disability community for the disability community who live and teach sailing. 617-561-6677 email@example.com
Piers Park Sailing “Mini Week” for All Abilities. July 1 – 3, 2013, Boston Harbor. Inclusive, 3-day program for ages 18-30 looking to build on skills they learned during their time as PPSC Youth Sailors or first timers looking to try something new. Sail and socialize at Historic Boston Harbor. For more information visit The Piers Park Mini Week Adaptive Sailing page or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Rowing Program, Harry Parker Boathouse, Brighton. Adaptive program for youth and adults with a variety of physical and/or cognitive abilities. One -week day camp for adaptive athletes ages 18 and under, August 8-12. Free or sliding scale basis. Call 617-779-8277 or visit www.communityrowing.org
Scituate’s CORSE-Sponsored Inclusive Camps: All Stars Summer Games Spectacular, Maritime Adventures Week, All Stars Summer Youth Program, All Stars Tween Extreme, All Stars Teen Extreme. CORSE-sponsored programs through Scituate Recreation have 3:1 student to staff ratio. For more information visit the Corse Foundation Programs Page.
Social Fit Summer Camp, Westwood. July 7th - August 22, 2014. For high functioning youth in grades 1 – 8 with at least low average to above average cognitive ability and social challenges such as ADHD, HFA, AS, Anxiety, NLD, etc. Intake required for admission. For more information contact TStoll@NESAcademy.com or 781-493-6345 or email@example.com or visit NESA Academy.
Social Skill Building Short-Term Focused Workshops: Norwood. One day/week. Pet care, Hygiene, Home Safety, Taking Care of Myself, Party Practice, Bullying, Puzzle Projects. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 781-762-3750
Social Smart Kids Camp, Harvard, MA. For Autism Spectrum Disorders, ages 4 - 6, and 7 - 12. Contact 978-764-2758, email email@example.com or visit www.socialsmartkids.com.
Somerset Adaptive and Inclusive Recreation & Enrichment Summer Inclusive (Aire) Program. Inclusive programs such as Music & Movement and Theatre, Hip Hop Line Dance & More. Free introductory classes are available. Call 508-343-0573, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit somersetmaaire.org
Spina Bifida BLIN’G Camp weekend for teen girls. BLIN'G (Better Living N'Girls) March 2th-March 4th, 2012, Boston. For adolescent girls ages 11 -17 living with Spina Bifida and a parent. Seminars about healthy living, social activities, makeovers, etc. Contact edugan@sbaGreaterne.org or 888.479.1900 or www.SBAGreaterNE.org
Social Skills Camp, town of Harvard. For youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders, ages 4 -10. Conversation skills, understanding humor, making friends, etc. email@example.com or call 978-973-4026.
South Shore Support Services, East Weymouth. Music Therapy, Ages 13+, July 12 – Aug 16. Yoga for ages Ages 16 +, June 12 - July 24, in Cohasset. Bowling for ages 18+ in Hingham, June 13 - August 29. Fees apply. For more information contact 781-331-7878 ext. 19 or visit South Shore Support Services.
Spotlight Program Social Groups, Danvers. Summer 2014 6 weeks June 30 - August 8. Groups include On Cue, Social Scenes, Next Stage. For more information or to register 978-624-2335 or visit www.spotlightprogram.com
Sudbury Summer Inclusion Program. Behavioral support, activity adaptation and friendship facilitation for children entering grades K – 5. Participants must have an IEP or 504 to qualify. Scholarships available. July and August 2013. For more information contact 978-639-3257 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Sudbury Park and Recreation Department.
“Summer Socials” learning skills, Watertown. July 8 to August 24, 2013, direct instruction in functional social skills, practice skills and develop the skills for friendships. For more information contact Heather Ross at Advances Learning Center 617.923.7575 ext. 325.
Super Soccer Stars Shine, Danehy Park Cambridge and the Back Bay. For ages 6 - 18, July 8 – 12, Aug 12 – Aug 16th, 2013. Program uses soccer to teach life skills to individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities, including but not limited to Autism Spectrum Disorders, Down’s Syndrome, ADHD and PDD-NOS. Fees Apply. Contact Operations and Special Needs Coordinator Super Soccer Stars Boston 781.777.7171
or visit www.supersoccerstars.com
Summer Social Skills Groups, Watertown. July 2012, For ages 3 - 17. For an application and to schedule an intake, email email@example.com 617-923-7575 ex. 314
Summer Achieve at Cardinal Cushing Centers, Hanover. A residential summer program for individuals with mild-moderate intellectual disabilities or Autism, between the ages of 17-22. 781-829-1205, www.coletta.org, or firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunshine Programs, Framingham, MA. 508.877.1222. www.reedacademy.net Therapeutic summer day program for boys with a spectrum of mild emotional difficulties.
The Greater Beverly YMCA Adaptive programs are designed to give children and adults with disabilities opportunities to participate in a variety of recreational and therapeutic activities. Contact 978-927-6855 x 1229 or visit www.northshoreymca.org.
The Home for Little Wanderers has camps in Walpole, Plymouth and Jamaica Plain for boys and girls age 10-18 and 5 – 13 with emotional, behavioral, educational, and psychiatric issues. Visit www.thehome.org/sped or contact:
- Walpole: 508-668-7703 x-130
- Plymouth: 508-209-6430
- Jamaica Plain 617-264-5372 x2372
The Paul Center Extended Year Summer Program, Chelmsford, MA. For students ages 4-21 with moderate to severe range of disabilities. www.thepaulcenter.org, 978-256-4396.
The Price Center Summer Trips, West Newton. June 18th - June 21st. Trips to Walden Pond, Fenway Park, Roger Williams Zoo, and Strawberry Picking. For more information contact 617.332.7477, ext. 220.
The Spotlight Program in Danvers has three summer options:
On Cue: Play-based friendship skills groups for children ages 6-9. Learn and practice social skills in an activities-based setting. July-August, field trips, swimming, etc. www.spotlightprogram.com or 978-624-2335.
Next Stage: Transition preparation for 14-22. For social-emotional challenges such as Asperger’s, HF Autism, ADD/ADHD, anxiety, etc. July-August, community field trips, support groups, independent living skills, etc. www.spotlightprogram.com or 978-624-2335.
Social Scenes: Drama-based social pragmatics for youth ages 9-22. Social-emotional challenges such as Asperger’s, HF Autism, ADD/ADHD, anxiety, etc. July-August, filmmaking, field trips, swimming, etc. www.spotlightprogram.com or 978-624-2335.
The Summer Treatment Program at Judge Baker Children's Center, Boston, MA. Therapeutic summer day camp setting and treatment program is for children ages 6-12 with behavioral, emotional and learning problems. (617) 278-4261 or visit The Judge Baker Summer Page.
Visual Impairment Camp for Braille Literacy, National Federation for the Blind of Greater Springfield. July 16 – 27, 2012. For ages 4-12, activities include non-visual skills of blindness, Braille reading, writing, orientation, and mobility, games, field trips and more. Fees apply. For more information visit www.nfbmags.org or email KristinaConstant66@gmail.com or call 413-218-2339.
West Meadow Woods, Rutland, MA. For boys and girls ages 6 to 17 who are diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder and who would benefit from social skills training, small groups, structure, and building friendships with a group of peers. 508-886-4746, x. 322 or 330 or visit www.DevereuxMA.org
Wild Hearts Summer Horse Camp, West Bridgewater. Activities include grooming and bathing horses, obstacle courses designed to match the ability level of each participant, and individualized attention. For further registration information,visit the Wild Hearts page or call 617-970-6235
Windrush Farm, Boxford & North Andover, MA. Working horse farm with weekly summer clinics such as Recreational Day, non-riding Horsemanship and Youth-At-Risk, for children and adults with physical, emotional, and learning disabilities. www.windrushfarm.org, 978-682-7855.
Young Athlete Recreation Program, Cardinal Cushing Centers, Hanover. Offers children with developmental disabilities, ages 8 and younger, beginner sport and swimming skills. Visit www.coletta.org or call 781-829-1295.
Arc of Southbridge - Center of Hope, Charlton. Summer Camp for ages 6-21. Socialize and participate in recreational activities with peers, plus community trips. Limited scholarships are available for campers who may need additional financial help. Dates: June 23rd - August 29th, 2014. Contact 508)764-4085 or visit www.thecenterofhope.org
Berkshire Hills Music Academy Summer Program. South Hadley, MA. www.berkshirehills.org 413.540.9720.
Braille Rocks Program, Springfield, MA. For more info contact the National Federation of the Blind of Greater Springfield
Camp Brain Gym Summer Camp: Hopedale, Ma. Multisensory developmental activitie using Brain Gym® movements for emotional regulation, focus, independence, and social awareness. For more information contact 508 478-5164 or email@example.com or look at the Brain Fit brochure.
Camp Star Angelina, Springfield. An inclusive camp for children of all abilities, ages 3 to 22 years old. For more information visit Springfied Park and Recreation Department or call 413.787.6440
Circus of the Kids, JCC Springfield. August 3 - August 8, 2014. Children in kindergarten and older may learn circus skills like flying on a trapeze, trick roller skating, and more. Open to individuals with special needs, subject to the approval of the JCC Kehillah Special Needs director firstname.lastname@example.org or 413.739-4715. For more information visit the Springfield JCC Circus of the Kids page. Fees apply.
Clarke Summer Adventure, Northampton, MA. Two-week program for children, 9-13, who are deaf or hard of hearing, offers recreation, arts and crafts, hiking, swimming and more. www.clarkeschools.org 413-584-3450.
Communicare ACC Camp, Springfield, MA. August 20 - 24, 2012. Designed for individuals with complex communication needs who use augmentative communication (AAC) strategies and tools. Camp alllow partipants to develop their communication skills in a fun, motivating, environment. Partial scholarships and payment plans available. Contact Kehillah Special Needs Programs 413.739.4715
Dare to Dream Educational Farm Programs, Orange, MA. For children and adults of all abilties. visit www.crimsonacres.or/dream or call 978.575.0341
Eagle Hill Summer Program, Hardwick, MA. For students ages 10 - 18 who have been diagnosed with specific learning disabilties and/or ADD. Contact 413.477.6000
Elm Hill Center Summer Enrichment Program and Therapeutic Riding Program, Brookfield/Sturbridge, MA. For ages 6 -14 of all abilities. Call 508-347-8181 or visit Rehab Resources Inc.
Girl Scouts Camps Central and Western Mass, www.gscwm.org/camp.shtml or 800-462-9100
iCanShine Bike Camps, Upton and Chesire, MA. Bike Camps For Special Needs. For Upton contact email@example.com. For Cheshire, contact Community Resources for People with Autism contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit ICanShine program
JCC Inclusion Camp Kehillah, Springfield. These are both Inclusion and Substantially Separate Camps. Swimming, cooperative games, crafts projects, build social skills, learn self-advocacy techniques. Contact llapointe@ springfieldjcc.org call 413.739.4715 ext. 315 or visit Camp Kehillah.
Kamp For Kids, Westfield, MA. Serving communities throughout Western Massachusetts, offers children and young adults ages 3-22, with and without disabilities, inclusion and fun in a summer camp setting. Visit Kamp for Kids or call 413- 562-5678.
Kettleby Valley Camp, Toronto area. Integrated day camp for children who may benefit from having a One to One Counselor, including those with Asperger’s and High Functioning Autism. For more information visit www.kettlebyvalley.com or email email@example.com
Oasis at Camp Emerson, Hinsdale, Massachusetts. Summer Camp and Family Retreat for Families of Children with High Functioning Autism or Aspergers ages 10-17. August 8 - 12, 2012. Free Time for Parents, Family Activities, Siblings Invited. 800-782-3395, or Email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.campemerson.com/oasis
SAGE Crossing Foundation Farm Program, Harvard, MA. For young adults with autism spectrum disorders. Animal care, carpentry, horticulture therapy, real work of a farm, caring for animals, arts & crafts, physical activity, nutritional health, sensory development, relationships. Scholarships available. Visit www.sagecrossingfoundation.org.
School Age I & Family Skill Building - Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, Springfield, MA. Children ages 6 to 13, with ADD/ADHD, Behavioral and Mental Health Challenges, Speech Impairment, Learning Disabilities. Swimming, Socialization, Arts and more, 413-746-3655.
Summit Academy Therapeutic Enrichment Program: Worcester. For children with Aspergers, PDD-NOS, ADHD, NV LDs and HF Autism. Maintain progress made during school year, gain new social communication and adapability skills. July - August. www.summitacademiesma.com or 508-751-8500.
Tikvah Program at Camp Ramah: Palmer. Serves Jewish campers with a wide range of disabilities, including (but not limited to) cognitive impairments, autism, cerebral palsy and seizure disorders. Consists of Amitzim camp program, Tochnit Avodah vocational training program, Post Voc-Ed, and Inclusion. For more information email email@example.com or call 781/702-5290 x108
Turn Back Time Camp, Paxton. For all ages and capabilities, connect with animals and nature through farm education and play. Contact 978-760-3707, or visit www.tbtinc.org or email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.facebook.com/turnbacktimeinc
United Cerebral Palsy/Northern Berkshire Support Services in Pittsfield. Serving Northern Berkshire County, Pre-School to Young Adult. Autism Spectrum, Behavior Disorder, Blind, Multiple Disability, Deaf, Developmental Delay Birth to 3, Hard of Hearing, Learning Disabilities, Visual Impairment, Intellectual Disabilities, Speech Impairment, Physical Disabilities. Swimming, Therapies, Golf, Horseback Riding, Cooking, Arts, Sports. www.ucpberkshire.org or email@example.com or 413-442-1562.
Whole Children, Hadley, MA. Ages 3-6 Movement and Social Skills, ages 7-13 activities, gymnastics, games and Pokemon, and teens with theater games, outdoor activities, weekly themes, outings, adventures, and vocational training. For more informationvisit Whole Children or call 413-585-8010.
YMCA Camp Harrington, Worcester, MA. www.ymcach.org 508-869-0586. An Inclusion program for children with moderate special needs.
New England, NY, PA, Others
Adaptive Sports Camp, West Hartford, CT. Hospital For Special Care HSC Ivan Lendl program for physical disabilities. For children and young adults, up to age 19. August 2011. Wide vareity of sports, life and friendship skills. 800-220-7723 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Camp Allen, Bedford, NH. For physical and/or developmental disabilities. 603-622-8471. www.campallennh.org.
Camp Akeela, Strafford, VT. Helps campers improve social skills, and includes campers with Aspergers and non-verbal learning disabilities. www.campakeela.com or 866-680-4744
Camp Calumet, West Ossippee, NH. For both adults and children with developmental disabilities. 617-539-4773 or www.calumet.org
Camp CaPella, Holden, ME. All campers, ages five to adult, regardless of ability, partake in adaptive learning, fitness, socialization, and educational, peer and independent lifestyles goals making. (207) 843-5104, email@example.com or www.campcapella.org.
Camp Fatima, Gilmanton Iron Works, NH. Special Needs weeks for children with mild to moderate mental disabilities. 603-364-5851 or www.diocamps.org.
Camp Kaleidescope, Starksboro, VT. For autistic children and their families. 800-430-2667 or www.cgcvt.org
Camp Kingswood, Bridgton, ME. Inclusion camping program, Zohar, for ages 10 - 18, with developmental disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, neurological and/or learning challenges. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 617-558-6531, or visit www.kingswood.org.
Camp Kodiak, Ontario, Canada. For children and teens ages 6-18 with and without learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder & Aspergers Syndrome. 905-569-7595 email@example.com or www.campkodiak.com
Camp Maple Leaf, Wallingford, VT. For ages 8-17. Camp activities focus on social and leisure/relaxation skills, for children and adolescents with Nonverbal Learning Disabilities, Aspergers Syndrome, High Functioning Autism and PDD-NOS. (802) 446-3577, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.mapleleafclinic.com.
Camp Ramapo, Rhinebeck, NY. Camp Ramapo provides a traditional residential summer camp experience for children with social, emotional, or learning challenges, including autism spectrum disorders, who have difficulty building and maintaining healthy relationships with peers and adults and would struggle in a less supportive setting. Visit www.ramapoforchildren.org call 845.876.8403, or e-mail email@example.com.
Camp Starfish, Rindge, NH. For children with emotional, learning and behavioral problems. 978.368.6580 or www.campstarfish.org
Camp Sequoia, Philadelphia area. For children ages 8-17 who need help developing their social skills. Program integrates Michelle Garcia Winner's Social Thinking framework into a traditional camp program. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or 610-771-0111, or www.camp-sequoia.com
Camp Wediko, Southern New Hampshire. www.wediko.org. 617-292-9200. Social, emotional and psychological therapeutic program.
Kelberman Camps: Utica, NY. Kelberman Family Campout - July 28, 2012, for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families. Awesome Summer Days Camp, recreation-based summer day camp designed to develop social skills for ages for ages 5-13. Awesome Summer Days Overnight Camp, integrated overnight camp program to develop social for ages 12-17. Visit www.kelbermancenter.org or email email@example.com or call 315-797-6241.
Kettleby Valley Camp: Just North of Toronto near Aurora.. Traditional day camp, with an optional overnight program, offers an integrated day camp program for children who may benefit from having a One to One Counsellor. Can be tailored to fit any individual need, including Asperger’s and High Functioning Autism. For more information visit www.kettlebyvalley.com or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Neuromuscular Disorder - Jett Foundation Easter Seals Camp, Hebron Connecticut. For ages 12 -35, who want older activities such prom night, pranks, college, vocational opportunities, and discuss planning for the future and relationships & dating. July 31 - August 6, 2011. 781-254-2669 or www.jettfoundation.org
Northeast Rehabilitation Health Network. Salem, NH. 603-893-2900 ext.766. www.northeastrehab.com. Six-week education and therapy based program for ages 3 -16 includes therapeutic pool, ADL sessions, social skills classes and more.
Shake-A-Leg, Newport, Rhode Island. 401-849-8898 or email@example.com. Shake-A-Leg offers adolescents and adults with spinal cord injury or other related neurological disorders the Confidence Is Cool day camps for kids and teens, Adaptive Sailing and The Easterner Program for people with disabilities and to children with cancer.
Summit Camp, Honesdale, PA. Provides traditional recreational experiences for youth with AD/HD, Asperger’s Disorder, and NVLD for children and adolescents aged 8-19 years. For more information contact 973-732-3230 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.summitcamp.com
Timbertop Camp, the Hampshire Country School Summer Program, Rindge, NH. Small, family-style camp for boys ages 9 - 13. For more information, visit www.hampshirecountryschool.orgor call 603-899-3325, or email email@example.com
February Break 2015 Vacation Camps
Easthampton - February 18th, 2015 - Central Rock Hadley rock climbing gym, Please vist the Central Rock Hadley Facebook page for more info.
Registration is required
Hadley - Whole Children, Feb 17-20:
Ages 3-6, Music, Movement & Play, Registration Page
Pokemon and Minecraft Lunch Club Build, Bounce, and Bust a Move! Registration Page
Teens (Ages 13+) 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Independence Week. Registration Page
Sudbury Recreation - February 17 - 20, 2015.
Childhood Adventures Preschool, ages 3.5–6
Adaptive Super Soccer Stars Shine, ages 5–10
Legos, Grades K–2, 3–5
Wicked Cool Science
Pre-School Pals, Soccer
For more information visit the Sudbury Inclusive Recreation page or contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-639 – 3257
Westwood - For ages 2 - 14.- Basketball, Cheerleading Camps, Soccer, Academics, Gymnastics, Baseball, and Frisbee, Dodgeball, Handball, Extreme Sports, Mixed Sports, and more. For more information visit www.nesacademy.com or call 781-493-6945
Weymouth: Teen Vacation Camp, February 16 – 19, Teen Vacation Camp. For developmentally disabled child and a buddy ages 13+. Staff members also available. Disney on Ice Frozen, Snow Tubing, Glassblowing Class. For more information contact Renee McCorkle at 781-331-7878 ext. 19, or visit www.soshoresupport.org
The programs below have in the past offered vacation camps, however we do not have 2015 information yet.
Ayer - Peter Pan Center, Ayer. For times, fees and RSVPs contact (978) 772-1255 or visit www.peterpancenter.com
Bridgewater - The Bridge Center. For ages 4-22, Camp & Horse Camp. Sports, Animal Adventures, Cooking and More. Visit the Winter Programs page for more information or email AWOOD@thebridgectr.org
Hopedale - Social Skills Camps for ages 5 - 8. Themes include cooking, science, and architecture. For more information contact 508-381-1231 visit www.senseabilitygym.com
Marlborough - Greater Marlboro Programs. For ages 7 - 18, Siblings welcome. Fees apply. For more information contact Catlin@gnomical.orgy or visit www.gnomical.orgy
** End of Winter Break Programs
Camp Fairs 2015
Camp fairs may not be disability-specific, but many have inclusive programs attending
Discover Summer! Camps & Activities Fair: March 7th, 2015, Avery Elementary School, 336 High Street, Dedham, 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Not disability specific. Meet and talk with representatives from day and overnight camps as well as organizations offering unique summer activities. The range of organizations includes academic enrichment, arts, sports and traditional camps. Free. For more information visit - www.facebook.com/discoversummer.campfair or email DiscoverSummerCampFair@gmail.com
The Charles River Center Open House: March 12, 2015, 6 - 7 p.m., The Charles River Center, Needham. For children with intellectual and developmental disabilities from ages 7-22, with programs such as include field trips, arts and crafts, fitness, cooking and more. RSVP to Kelly Atkins, Family Support Program Coordinator 781-972-1060 or email@example.com or visit The Charles River Center Summer Open House Page.
Chelmsford Summer Camp & Activities Fair: March 14, 2015, 11:30 - 2:00 p.m., McCarthy Middle School, 250 North Rd, Chelmsford. Not disability specific. For more information contact 978-501-6021 or visit www.marcuslewisdaycamp.com
Cohasset's Recreation Department’s Health & Safety Fair: March 22nd, 2015, 1 - 4 p.m., Deer Hill School, Cohasset. Not disability specific. Includes free health screenings and info, local and New England resident and day camps, and summer programs from the Cohasset Recreation Department. For more information visit the Cohasset Recreation Department or contact firstname.lastname@example.org 781-383-4109 x 102
JCC All-Camp Fairs: March 29, 2015, Leventhal-Sidman JCC, 333 Nahanton Street, Newton, 2 - 4 p.m. Hear about the Zohar Special Needs Program of JCC Camp Kingswood for youth ages 10 to 17 with developmental disabilities, high functioning spectrum disorders, and neurological and learning challenges, and a Special Needs Vocational program serving ages 17-21 experiences in independent living and work skills. For more information, contact email@example.com or 617-558-6531 or visit the JCC Camps Page.
Past 2015 Camp Fairs
Boston Parents Paper’s 2015 Camp & Summer Expo: January 10, 2015. Brookline, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., Clay Center at Dexter Southfield. Special-Needs included! Free. More than 75 day, overnight, camp and summer programs, including for children with special needs. Areas served include all of Massachusetts, New England, and Canada. For more information contact 617-284-1425 or visit The Boston Parents Paper Camp Page
Kids Involved During Summer (K.I.D.S.) Summer Camp Fair: January 11, 2015, Brookline, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Not disability specific. Meet summer camps from all over New England, including day and overnight camps; art, music, and computer-focused camps; and academic enrichment programs. RSVPs required but event is free. To register contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-651-1543 or visit
the Steps to Succes Kids Fair
Westford Summer Camp & Activities Fair: January 17th, 2015, 11:30-2:00 p.m., Crisafulli School, Westford. Not disability specific. Programs may include soccer, basketball, baseball, computers, weight loss, recreation, gymnastics, performing arts, football, nature, travel, softball, tutoring, and more. Contact email@example.com for any questions or additional details, or visit Mass Camp Fairs.
Parent Talks Camp Fair: January 20th, 2015, Newman Elementary School, Needham, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Meet area camps, not disability specific. For more information contact 508-320-8323 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Sponsored by the Needham Park and Recreation Commission. For more information contact Parent Talk Camp Fair Page.
Boston Spedpac Special Needs Camp & Resource Fair: January 22, 2015, The Richard J. Murphy School, Dorchester. Some camp exhibitors include: Toward Independent Living and Learning, Boys and Girls Clubs of Dorchester, Way Point Adventure, Sensibility Gym, Mass Siblings Support Network, Shriver Center, Girl Scouts, Franciscan Hospital for Children, Boston Medical Center Autism Program, Partners for Youth with Disabilities, CANDI (neurodev) Program, and many more. For up-to-date details visit the Boston SpedPac or contact email@example.com
Lincoln-Sudbury Summer Camp & Opportunities Fair - January 25, 2015, Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School from 11:00am – 2:00 pm,. Free admittance. Not disability specific. Sponsored by the Loring PTO. summer opportunities including programs focusing on academic enrichment, adventure, travel, arts and crafts, sports and community service from camps from around New England and more. For more information contact SudburyCampFair@Gmail.com 978.443.5124 or www.sudburycampfair.org
Camp West Woods Open House: January 25th, 2015, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., 808 West Street, Stoughton. Day Camp, Gymnastics Camp, and Adventure Bound Travel Camps where bullying, teasing, and cruel behavior are not allowed. Not disability specific. Open house features an Animal Show by Joe’s Crazzy Critters, Gymnastics Obstacle Courses, Moonwalk and Face Painting. More info at www.campwestwoods.com or call 781-341-4424.
Lexington Summer Camp & Activities Fair: January 31st, 2015, 11:30 - 2:00 p.m., Lexington High School Cafeteria, Lexington. Not disability specific. Specialties may include soccer, basketball, baseball, computers, weight loss, recreation, premium day camp, gymnastics, performing arts, football, nature, travel, softball, tutoring, athletic training, and others. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions or additional details, or visit Mass Camp Fairs
The 25th annual Summer Opportunities Fair: February 1st, 2015, Smith Center, Phillips Academy, Andover. Free and open to the public 12 noon - 3:00 p.m. Not disability specific, facility is wheelchair-accessible. Find 100+ local, national and international middle and high school summer programs for academics, language, community service, sports, arts, research, internships, outdoor adventure, international travel & gap year. For more information email email@example.com or visit the 25 Annual Summer Opportunities Page.
Teen Summer Program Expo - February 2, 2015, 5:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Newton South High School Cafeteria, Newton, MA. Free. Not disability specific. Meet personally with directors of more than 90 summer programs for middle and high school students that feature travel, community service, language immersion, academic enrichment, arts, music, theatre, sports and more. To see what inclusion and disability programs are attending please contact the Expo directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit The Camp Source Network or call 617-244-3316.
Acton/Merriam Summer Camp Fair. February 5th, 2015, 5 p.m. to 8 .p.m., Parker Damon Building, Acton. Free. Over 85 camps from the local area, around New England, and abroad, with specialties in academics, art & music, digital media & programming, outdoor & social experiences, sports, and more. Free child care for children ages 4 and up. For more information visit The Acton Summer Camp Fair Merriam Page or email email@example.com
The Peter Pan Center Open House & Camp Event: February 7, 2015, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m, Peter Pan Center, Ayer. For ages 7 -12, either non-diagnosed or for those dentified as having ADD/ADHD, Aspergers, Non-Verbal Learning Disorders, Sensory Processing Challenges and Social Anxiety. For more information visit the Peter Pan Center, or contact 978-772-1255 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Meadowbrook School of Weston. February 8, 2015, Weston, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 .pm. Free. Not disability specific. Registration is open for day camp program for ages 4 1/2 to 12 1/2 and for the Teen Adventures Program for current 7th & 8th graders. For more information contact email@example.com 781-647-0546 or visit the Meadowbrook Day Camp Page.
Spotlight Program. February 10th, 2015, 6 - 7:30, 6 Southside Road, Danvers. Open house and information session about social programs for ages 9 - 18. Also includes transition, job readiness, Independent Living, Health & Social Wellness. For more information call Chris at 978-624-2334 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://spotlightprogram.com/
2014 Camp Fairs
Summer Social Connection Program Meet & Greet Open House: June 17, 2014, 6:30-7:30 PM, Peter Pan Center, Ayer, MA. Find out about a socially supported peer experience and summer fun. More information can be found on their Event Page
Cotting Open Houses & Information Sessions: May 1st, 2014, Cotting School, 453 Concord Avenue, Lexington.
• Bridging the Gap Camp: Social & Recreational program, for campers ages 10-14 with disabilities and their typically developing peers. For more information visit Cotting's Bridging the Gap page.
• Talk2U Camp: Free summer day camp program for tweens and teens whose primary mode of communication is high-tech or low-tech Augmentative and Alternative Communication. Campers will create a fun music video about the power of Communication, including interpersonal communication, self-advocacy, personal development. For more information and application, go to Cotting's Talk2U page or contact Talk2UCamp@cotting.org
JCC Camp Fair - Special-Needs Included! March 30, 2014, Leventhal-Sidman JCC, 333 Nahanton Street, Newton. Open to the entire community, see the JCC website for specific times. Day, overnight camps with arts, sports, technology, and science for preschool to high school, transportation from many locations throughout Greater Boston.
• Camp Kingswood Zohar Program (special needs)
• Grossman Camp • JCC Sports Camps
• Kaleidoscope Creative Arts & Science Camp
• Empow Camp (formerly icamp)
• Early Learning Center preschool summer
• School Vacation Programs
• Camp Kingswood & Camp Kingswood Family Camp
• Camp K'tzat
For more information, visit the JCC's Camp page or contact email@example.com or 617-244-5124.
Running Brook Day Camp & Aspen Adventures Open Houses: March 9th, 2014, 785 Beaver St Waltham, MA. (snow date February 16, 2014). All Open Houses are held 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. For more information visit summer.chch.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Chelmsford Summer Camp & Activities Fair Date: March 15th, 2014, 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., McCarthy Middle School, 250 North Road, Chelmsford, MA 12 Green Rd, Bolton, MA. For more information contact the Marcus Lewis Day Camp or visit the Open House Page.
JCC Springfield Summer-Inclusion Camps Registration: March 16th, 2014 during the JCC's Purim Carnival, 12:30 - 3 pm. Hear about their:
• All-Inclusive Camp for campers who have success in a partial or full inclusive environment with supports.
• Substantially Separate Special Attention to Special Needs
Contact Kehillah Director, Linda LaPointe for more information at email@example.com or 413-739-4715 ext 315.
Nashoba Summer Camp & Activities Fair Date: March 1st, 2014, 11:30- a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Nashoba Regional High School 12 Green Rd, Bolton, MA. For more information visit Marcus Lewis Day Camp or visit the Open House Page.
Massachusetts YMCA Summer Camp Open Houses: March 1, 2014. Open houses for the following YMCAs: Burbank, Charles River, Dorchester, East Boston, Egleston, Huntington Ave, Thomas M. Menino, North Suburban, Laughing Loon (NH), Oak Square, Roxbury, Waltham, Wang - Chinatown, West Roxbury. Check online for contacts and details for each location at www.ymcaboston.org/camps
Summer Camp & Activities Fair (Campamento de Verano y Feria de Actividades): March 5, 2014, 5:30 p.m., Healey School, 5 Meacham Street, Somerville. Learn about summer camps, recreational, and learning opportunities. Aprenda acerca del campamento de verano, recreacional, y oportunidades de aprendizaje. Kan pandan Ete & Aktivite Enstalasyon Machandiz Aprann de kan yo pandan ete a, ak opòtinite rekreyasyonèl yo pou aprann. Feira de Acampamentos e Atividades de Verão. Saiba mais sobre acampamentos, oportunidades de lazer e aprendizado de verão. For more information contact 617-629-5476 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Somerville Learning Collaborative . In case of snow or a weather related emergency, the SFLC event on that day will be cancelled. Please check our website
Concord Carlisle High School Summer Opportunties Fair: January 13th, 2014, 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Concord Carlisle High School, 500 Walden Street, Walden, MA. For more information, visit the Concord Carlisle High School Calendar.
Merriam Camp Fair: January 30, 2014, 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. , Parker Damon Building, 11 Charter Road, Acton. Over 80 summer programs for ages 4 - 18, for academics, art, computers, community service, drama, family camps, musics, studying abroad, travel and sports. Food, entertainment and childcare available with registration. For more information visit http://merriamcampfair.camp7.org or email email@example.com.
Past 2013 Camp Fairs
Littleton Summer Camp & Activities Fair, January 19th, 2013, 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Saint Anne Parish, 75 King Street, Littleton, MA. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions or additional details.
Masco Summer Camp Fair, January 19th, 2013, Masconomet Reg. High School, Topsfield, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m., www.MascoMusicParents.org, contact email@example.com or 978-886-0198.
23rd Annual Summer Opportunities Fair, January 20, 2013, 12 Noon - 3 p.m., Phillips Academy, Smith Center, Dwight Street, Andover. Free and Open to the Public. Meet over local, national and international programs. Focus on academic programs, language study, community service, camps, sports, arts, research, internships, outdoor adventure, international travel and gap year opportunities. For more information contact Summerfairpa@gmail.com or call 978.749.4480.
Bolton Summer Camp & Activities Fair, March 2nd, 2013, 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Nashoba Regional High School, 12 Green Rd, Bolton, MA. Contact Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions or additional details
Chelmsford Summer Camp & Activities Fair, March 16th, 2013, 11:30-2:00 p.m., McCarthy Middle School, 250 North Road, Chelmsford, MA.
Summer Camp and Recreation Expo for Children with Special Needs, March 3rd, 2013, 12 - 3 p.m., Framingham High School Cafeteria, 115 A Street, Framingham, MA. For more information visit www.f-sepac.org or email email@example.com
Methuen SEPAC Recreation & Resource Fair: March 3rd, 2013, 3 p.m. – 6 p.m., Timony Grammer School Gym, Methuen. Features, activities for the kids, demonstrations, guest speakers. Exhibitors include Summer camps, Social Groups, Recreation Programs, Resources, Academic Support and more. For more information visit the Methuen SEPAC or email firstname.lastname@example.org
APRIL 2014 SCHOOL VACATION CAMPS
Arlington: ICanShine Bike Camp For Special Needs.
Hosted By Nina Fischer, April 21 - 25. For more information contact email@example.com or visit the icanshine Bike Program
• American Sign Language (ASL) "Kamishibai Story Time", ASL Interpreted Program, April 22, Boston Childrens Museum, 1:15 p.m. and 2:15 p.m. Kamishibai is a traditional style of storytelling in Japan.
• ASL interpreted guided tour of the Japanese House in between the story times. Included with paid Boston Children's Museum admission
Visit the Boston Children's Musuem or contact firstname.lastname@example.org 617-426-6500.
Danvers: 10tg Annual Bike Clinic at Autism Support Center at the Northeast Arc, April 24th. For kids ages 5 and above. For details and registration form, contact Autism Support Center staff via the information in their Events Calendar
Natick: Autism Alliance April Vacation Programs. Sibiling welcome.
• Yoga and Music with Elizabeth Tuesday April 22nd
• Trombetta’s Miniature Golf and Ice cream Wednesday April 23rd
• The Bubble Music Man April 24th
Registration is required to email@example.com or contact 508-652-9900
Sturbridge: Family i-PAD Club: April 22nd, 2014, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.. - Noon, Seven Hills Family Support Center, Sturbridge. i-Pads give voice to Adults and Children with Autism and other disabilities. Learn how to navigate APPS that assist with Communication, Social Skills, and Homework. Bring your i-pads, or use the Center's i-Pad. Free and open to the public, wireless available. For Adults, Children, Caretakers and Educators of those with disabilties. For more information contact 508.796.1954 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.sevenhills.org
Weymouth: South Shore Support Services Teen Vacation Camp, April 23-25. oTrips are for your developmentally disabled child and a family member or buddy ages 13+. A buddy is not required. For more information call 781-331-7878 ext. 19
Inclusive Feb. Vacation Camps/Activities
Ayer - Peter Pan Center Clubhouse: February Vacation Week 2014, T -Th, full or partial days. Wii, Air Hockey, Minecraft, Nerf, Beyblades, Board Games, Crafts, Movies, Snacks, PJ Day, etc. Kids can bring their electronics, i-Pads and other gadgets for Minecraft. Fees apply. For more information contact email@example.com or 978-772-1255 or visit the Peter Pan Center
Boston - "Morningstar Access" at Children's Museum: Monday, February 17th, 2014. Children with special and medical needs can enjoy the Museum in an uncrowded environment, with few visitors and less concern about infections. Pre-registration is required and limited to 100 guests, to lwamoto@BostonChildrensMuseum.org or call 617-986-3697 or visit the Morningstar Access Page. Fee $7.00, museum members attend free. You will receive a confirmation email within 3 business days
Boston Children’s Museum:
- ASL Interpreted "Critters & Creatures", February 15th, 2:15 & 3:15 p.m.
- Making America's Music: Rhythm, Roots and Rhyme.
- Kinetic Sculptures
- Art Studio Open daily
- Japanese House open daily
- Music & Movement Wednesday, 11:00 a.m., Sundays February 16 & 23
Danvers: Autism Support Center of the Northeast Arc February Vacation Events
- Coco Keys Water Resort Family Event: February 19th, Danvers. All ages, RSVPs required to 978-777-9135 or 978-624-3721
- Jump on In Lowell: February 19, Siblings Welcome. Registration required to 978-624-2305 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Vacation Week Arts: For ages 16 – 22 Peabody, Feb 18 – 20. For DDS Eligible Applicants only, fees apply. Contact 978-624-2342 or email@example.com
Danvers - Spotlight Social Skills Programs: “On Cue”: February 18 - 21. Therapeutic play-based friendship skills groups for children ages 6-9, 9 -22, 9 am - 12 pm and 2 p.m. Fees Apply. For more information contact Stacey Cruwys, M.A. Assistant Director The Spotlight Program 978-624-2310 or visit www.spotlightprogram.com
Hadley - Whole Children: February 18th - 21st, 2014. Separate programs for three different age groups:
- Younger Folk (3-6) - Music, Cooking, Art, and More!
- School Age (7-12) - Pokéman and Minecraft
- Lunch Club Teens (13+)
- It's Always Fun at the YMCA
Visit www.wholechildren.org or call 413-585-8010.
Haverhill-Newburyport: The Arc of Haverhill - Newburport will have activities for ages 14 - 25:
- Movie Night ages 14 – 25 , Feb 19
- Glow Bowling for ages 14 -25, Feb 21
- Cooking Night ages 14 – 25 , Feb 17
Visit www.thearcofghn.org or call 978-373-0552
Milford - Kennedy-Donovan's Center February Vacation Camp: Milford. For area DDS eligible children, ages 7 to 22. All activities will be appropriate for a wide range of ages and abilities. Includes, sports, swimming, bowling, and games. You may register your child for the full four days or just certain days. Parents are invited to stay and join in the activities or drop their child off and return at the end of the camp day. RSVP by February 12th 2014 to 508-473-5700, Ext. 204 or firstname.lastname@example.org or 508-473-5700, Ext. 201 or email@example.com or visit www.kdc.org
Newton - JCC Kids’ Choice February 2014 School Vacation: Kids' Choice Programs are open to JCC members and non-members in grades K-6. CIT program for grades 7-9 at a reduced cost. Choose sports, swimming, arts, dance, cooking and rock climbing, shows, etc. For more information contact bostonjcc.org/schoolvacations, or 617-558-6529 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Needham - Charles River Center February Vacation Camp for Kids & Teens: Registration is now open for Charles River Center's February and April vacation week camps! Programs are for kids ages 7 to 22 and run from 9 am to 3 pm. Please contact Kelly for more information at email@example.com or visit www.charlesrivercenter.org
Peabody - "Create to Connect" Vacation Program, February 18-20, 2014. Northeast Arc's Arts Enrichment program for youth ages 16-22. Participants will create puppets, staging and scenery. Using theater based social pragmatic exercises participants will create and explore a character for their puppet and celebrate with a final performance. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-624-2342.
Plymouth - Aspergers Association of New England Pizza & Game Night: Post high school and adults only, February 22nd. Fees apply For more information visit the AANE Plymouth Event Page or call 617-393-3824 ext. 44.
Sturbridge - Family i-Pad Club: Friday, February 21st, 1 - 3 p.m, Seven Hills Family Support Center, Sturbridge, MA. Free and open to the public, wireless available. For Adults, Children, Caretakers and Educators of those with disabilities. For more information contact 508.796.1954 or email@example.com or visit www.sevenhills.org
Sudbury - Park & Rec's Inclusive February Break: Atkinson Pool in Sudbury. Programs include Scratch That DJ Group, Ignite U Fitness, Martial Arts, H2k Fitness, Indoor Super Soccer Camp, All Hands On Deck-Music Video Project For Teens. For more info contact Anna Wood, at 978-639-3257 or email WoodA@sudbury.ma.us, or visit the Sudbury Park & Rec Infusive Program on-line PDF.
Sensory Friendly Films:
February 15th, 2014, The Lego Movie. AMC Theater Sensory Friendly films provides a family friendly, accepting and to special kids. The auditoriums have their lights up, the sound turned down and audience members may dance, walk, shout or sing! Local Massachusetts theaters include: Braintree, Burlington, Framingham, Methuen, Tyngsboro
Or for more information visit www.amctheatres.com
Sensory Friendly Film "A Place To Be Me" Lego Movie” Sensory Friendly Movie Experience: Cinemagic in Sturbridge: February 15 at 10 a. m. Seven Hills' "A Place To Be Me "is a support network for parents to have inclusive fun with the whole family, with lunch and play with Lego’s at the SV Family Support Center after the movie. Open to the public Autism Community and their families. To RSVP call to 508- 796-1950
Sudbury - Adaptive Snowshoeing with Waypoint: February 22nd, 10 a.m., Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge. Waypoint Adventures Adaptive and Accessible Snowshoeing and Winter Hiking encourages reaching individual or group goals while learning skills to travel safely and effectively through the winter wilderness. Free, with a suggested donation of $25. Visit www.waypointadventure.org or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Swansea - A. I. R. E. Funtime Inclusive Family Fun Week for February vacation.
- WiggleKids, February 17-21
- Sensory Adventure, February 17, 1:00-2:00 pm
- Game On, February 18, 1:00 - 2:00 pm
- Dance & Movement, February 19, 1:00 - 2:00 pm
- Fun with Teambuilding, February 20, 1:00 - 2:00 pm
- Gongs Of Joy, February 21, 1:00 - 2:30 pm
Fees apply. Visit www.airetimefoundation.com or contact 774-322-1753 or email@example.com
Wenham-Museum February Vacation Events:
- 5th Annual Lego® Train, February 15 & 16
- Gretchen Scott Mommy & Me Trunk Show, February 13 -February 21
- Legopalooza Tuesday, February 18, 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 2:15 p.m., Pre-registration advised; walk-ins welcome All ages
- Practically Perfect Poppins Fun, February 20; Drop-in 1- 3 p.m., included with admission, ages 3 and up
Please confirm times and dates with the museum www.wenhammuseum.org or 978-468-2377
Weston - Adaptive Skiing from the New England Nordic Ski Association (NENSA): Weston, Leo J Martin Golf Course. For youth ages 7-13 and older who have a mobility or visual impairment. Clinics:
- February 20th & 27th, 3 p.m.
- February 8 & 15, 9 a.m.
Adaptive skiers must have the strength and balance to propel themselves on cross country skis around a gently rolling cross country ski course, whether sitting or standing. The NENSA Adaptive program has a range of adaptive equipment at the Weston Ski Track so novice skiers can find the right set up.
To register contact Luciansnow@comcast.net or 1 617 833 9925