Special Needs Camps

California Lions Camp: Camp Pacifica

Held near Ahwahnee, CA.
(209) 489-7533.

(Residential Camp) Summer program for deaf and hard of hearing children ages 7-15, their siblings, and children of adults who can sign. Camper in Leadership Training (CILT) program available to young adults ages 16-17. Two sessions: July 20-26 or July 27-August 2. Call for cost. Provides a unique environment where children have opportunities to grow and understand themselves and others. Activities include swimming, canoeing, horseback riding, challenge ropes course (new), archery, arts and crafts, BMX track,  skits and drama, volleyball and evening campfires.


Camp Okizu

Berry Creek, CA.
(415) 382-9083.

(Residential Camps) Ages: 6-17. Summer camps run May-September. Other camps run year-round. Free. Offers “Oncology Camps” for children that have or have had cancer, “SIBS Camps” for their siblings, plus weekend “Family Camps” and “Bereavement Camps” for teens and families. At Oncology Camp, courage and hope are plentiful and friends abound. Children rediscover they are children and not just cancer patients. SIBS (Special and Important Brothers and Sisters) Camps meet  the often-neglected needs healthy children can have during their sibling’s treatment. Family Camp is designed to give  families a few days of support, fun and relaxation with families who share similar experiences.


Shasta Disabled Sports USA Summer Fun

Siskiyou County, CA, locations.
(530) 925-1531.

(Day and Overnight Camps) Ages youth-adult. Programs run June-Sept. Participation is free (donations appreciated), pre-registration required. Fun outdoor events for persons with any disability, led by enthusiastic volunteers. Activities include Lake Siskiyou Fishing/Swimming Days: kayak, fish, swim and relax; lunch and gear provided. Klamath River Rafting: day and overnight trips on Class 2 whitewater, life vests and water guns provided! Kangaroo Lake Camping (has wheelchair access): Fishing, rafting, kayaking, hiking, s’mores and fun! Check website for dates, call to register.


Surfers Healing

(1-877) 966-SURF.

(Day Camps) Free, fun single-day surf camps in California and other states, for children with autism. Camps fill quickly! Visit website for more information.


The Consortium on Children’s Asthma Camps


The Consortium offers a directory of camps for children with asthma nationwide,  including Northern California camps, helping advance the positive impact camps have on the lives of children with asthma. Visit website for more information.

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Updated: Apr 30, 2014 @ 9:50 am