Is finding an accessible summer camp on your to-do list right now? If your child has a spinal cord injury, the number of camps that you can choose from is growing every year.
Some camps cater specifically to kids who use wheelchairs, while others have incorporated ADA compliance into their camp layout and activities. Whichever you choose, with these camps, your kids will be making memories that will last a lifetime.
1. Moran Camp Xtreme – Brenham, TX
At Moran Camp Xtreme, it’s all about sports. Campers can choose from outdoor activities like horseback riding and archery, or more traditional sports like football and softball.
Kids are encouraged to participate in healthy competition — the camp has two teams that compete for highest score at the end of the experience.
2. University of Illinois Individual Basketball Skills Camp – Champaign, IL
We’re big fans of wheelchair sports here, and the U of I camp is an awesome opportunity for any teen who wants to step up their basketball skills.
U of I has a reputation for being one of the most accessible colleges in the country, so this camp is also a good chance to check out the campus.
3. Camp Without Barriers – various locations
Various dates and ages
Easterseals provides more recreation and camping services for people with disabilities than any other organization. With over 30 camps across the nation, there’s a camp near you.
Activities range from outdoor sports to arts and crafts, so there’s something for everyone.
4. Victory Junction – Randleman, NC
Victory Junction is a one-of-a-kind organization that serves people with a wide range of illnesses and disabilities. Each session caters to different diagnoses, so the camp can cater to each campers’ needs. It also allows campers to bond with peers who they have more in common with.
Its state-of-the-art facilities include an accessible mini golf course, horseback riding, and an adventure tower. Victory Junction also has a medical center and pharmacy that can provide routine and emergency care.
5. Bradford Woods – Martinsville, IN
June 26-July 1; July 17-22
Grades 4-8 (campers)
Grades 11-12 (counselor in training)
Bradford Woods’ Environmental Explorer’s summer camp is a fully accessible summer camp that’s operated by the Indiana University of Bloomington.
The camp isn’t catered specifically to children with disabilities, but Universal Design principles were included in the development of the grounds. Campers can enjoy an Olympic-sized swimming pool, high universal course, and more.
6. National Ability Center – Park City, Utah
Various dates and ages
The National Ability Center operates programs of all kinds, including extreme sports. Campers can choose from several sessions throughout the year, based on diagnosis and activities.
To encourage inclusiveness, campers are encouraged to bring a friend or sibling along.
Do you have a child headed to a great summer camp this year. Or, have you been to one of these camps? Tell us about it in the comments. We’d love to hear your story.
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