Children's Mercy Kansas City understands the importance of all children having the experience of camping and is providing the following list as a resource for camping options. This list includes information about camps for children with and without special developmental or medical needs. Children's Mercy is providing this list of regional summer camps as a courtesy only, and the list is not exhaustive. The information does not constitute an endorsement or recommendation by Children's Mercy of the camps listed or the organizations associated with each camp. Children's Mercy is not responsible for individual outcomes or experiences at camps.
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Autism Works offers YEAR-ROUND support for families. Social Clubs are for children ages 5 and up and meet twice a month focusing on creating a fun environment to learn social skills. Kids Club is for children on the autism spectrum ages 5-8. Tween Club is for children on the autism spectrum ages 9-12, and Teen Club is for teens on the spectrum ages 13-18. Yoga Classes are offered for children on the spectrum ages 5 and up and also for mothers who care for them. Parent Support group is available for parents/caregivers of children on the spectrum, as well as workshops and plenty of resources. This summer CrAzY ArT & Tikitum Science Labs are available for grades 1-12.
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Blue Valley Rec offers many adapted and integrated leisure activities designed for individuals with disabilities. Includes swim lessons, bowling, dancing, cooking, open swim, open gym, a walking club, T-ball, softball, golf and bocce ball. Single day events include miniature golf, gardening, karaoke and much more!
Offers long-term camping experience to Boy Scouts with special needs.
Camp Barnabas is a residential camp which focuses on people with all types of disabilities. Campers can be anywhere from 7 to 35, depending on their disability. Each session is directed to specific needs: developmental disabled, physically disabled, autistic/Asperger's, blind/visually impaired, deaf/hearing impaired, amputees, chronic illnesses and others. Siblings are also welcome and have their own programming.
Camp Carousel is a weekend retreat for grieving families with school-aged children and teens. This retreat is hosted by Kansas City Hospice and offers relaxation and activities for family members of all ages.
Camp Centerview is a unique summer day camp for kids grades 1-6 with food allergies.
Camp Chimer, sponsored by Ronald McDonald House Charities Kansas City, is a summer camp specifically geared for children ages 9-17 who are undergoing peritoneal dialysis, hemodialysis or who have had a renal transplant.
Camp Courage is a 4-day/3-night, all-inclusive summer camping program for adults with special needs, including Down Syndrome, birth defects, cognitive delays and high functioning Autism.
Sponsored by Turning Point: The Center for Hope and Healing, Camp Courage is a 5-day/4-night camp for patients with Sickle Cell Disease and their siblings ages 6-14. This camp occurs in July and includes horseback riding, swimming, crafts, and many more fun and educational activities. For more information contact Annie Seal at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This camp encourages social growth, independence, and self-esteem in youth with autism spectrum disorders through a quality, overnight camp experience located in the greater Kansas City area.
Hosted by Kansas City Hospice and staffed by certified grief counselors, Camp Erin is a two day overnight camp for kids ages 6 to 17 who are grieving the death of someone close to them.
Camp Hickory Hill is a summer camp for children with diabetes. They offer a supportive medically supervised environment where children with type 1 diabetes, ages 8-17 have an opportunity to discover kindred spirits, build self-confidence, learn about managing their diabetes more independently and have a whole lot of fun.
Camp Hope is a summer camp for youth who have, or have had, cancer. It takes place each June at Camp Aldrich near Claflin, Kansas. Accredited by the American Camp Association, Camp Hope is open to children and teens between the ages of 5 and 17 years.
Camp MITIOG is a camp for young people with spina bifida. All of the traditional camping activities are offered, with a one to one camper/counselor ratio and medical staff on-site.
Camp Planet D is an overnight camp for kids with diabetes, ages 7 to 15. Newly diagnosed and first time attendees receive priority admission.
Camp Quality is an overnight camp for children with cancer, ages 3-17. Every child has an assigned adult “companion” and an on-site oncology specialist is available for every camper.
Sponsored by Congenital Heart Disease Families Association, Camp Systole is a medically supervised overnight summer camp and day camp for children living with heart disease. Camp Systole is free-of-charge and provides an old fashioned camp experience held at the Wilderness Retreat in Lawson, MO with hiking, arts and crafts, swimming, fishing, etc.The overnight camp is 4 days/3 nights for children with heart disease, ages 9-17. The 1 day day camp is for children with heart disease, ages 6-9 and their siblings.
Hosts children ages 8 to 18 who have been hospitalized in burn units across the country for a very traditional camp experience with specially trained staff.
Children's Therapy Group is a multi-disciplinary clinic specializing in sensory integration therapy. In the past, they offered fine motor enhancement classes for preschoolers and kindergartners, a handwriting class for ages 6-8, cursive writing for kids 7-10, fun with language for kids 3-9 who have problems with social, pragmatic and expressive language, sensory motor group for preschoolers, creative arts for kids 6-9 and water fun for kids with behavioral, learning and motor coordination problems.
Children's Therapy Services offers a variety of summer camps and individual therapies for children with special needs. Camps include Social Language Preschool & Elementary Groups, Outdoor Preschool Playgroups, Speech Articulation, Kindergarten readiness and more. All camp curriculum are written by licensed speech pathologists or certified teachers.
Midnight Farm's Day Camp is for kids and young adults with autism and other intellectual/developmental disabilities. Activities include crafts, singing, animal interactions and more. Horseback riding is available for an additional fee.
Concerned Care, Inc. hosts recreational sports, youth day camp and vocational day camp for young people with developmental disabilities. Campers must be Clay County residents (due to funding issues).
The YMCA of Greater Kansas City's Express Yourself Camp helps children ages 6-14 deal with the unique feelings following a loss or life change. Small group activities will include music therapy, a multi-media project, physical activities, arts and crafts, skits and a closing ceremony. Campers will learn different ways to express their feelings of loss and to remember a loved one or a life change in a celebratory way.
Heartland Therapeutic Riding offers a one-week, inclusive horsemanship camp for kids 8-16 years old with or without special needs. PATH Intl-certified instructors and small camper/staff ratio ensure a safe, fun experience for all. Each day includes a riding lesson, horsemanship skills, crafts and lots of hands-on horse time.
Horsin’ Around is a horsemanship day camp for children ages 6-16 with or without special needs. Campers will learn riding skills, general horse knowledge and ground skills to help them become well-rounded riders. Camp will also include horse-themed crafts, games, pony parade and a horse show on the last day. Half-day Junior Camp, and full day Horsemanship Camp.
Joint Adventures is a five-night overnight camp for children with rheumatic diseases. For more information, contact the Department of Rheumatology at Children’s Mercy Kansas City.
The Joshua Center Summer Camp is available to children with a primary diagnosis of Tourette Syndrome, Asperger Syndrome, Pervasive Developmental Disorder or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Two camp dates: June 15-17 for grades (completed) 3-6; June 18-21 for grades (completed) 7-12.
A directory of summer camps: General Day and Overnight Camps, Science and Nature Camps, and Special Needs Camps.
Midwest Brachial Plexus Network, Inc. and Rotary Youth Organization offer a three day overnight camp for children with brachial plexus birth injuries.
Midwest Children's Burn Camp is held at Camp Sabra, a residential camp. This is a program for children ages 6-17 with burn injuries and offers traditional camp activities.
Muscular Dystrophy Camp is a one-week residential camp for anyone ages 6-21 with a neuromuscular disease. Contact the local MDA office for details.
The Three Trails Camp offers several camping options: Junior Camp Ages 7-10, Tween Camp Ages 11-12, Teen Camp ages 13-17 and Family Camp Parents/Children.
The Sertoma-Schiefelbusch Communication Camp is a collaborative effort between the Lawrence Sertoma Club and the Shiefelbusch Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic at KU. The camp is open to children ages 4-10 with and without communication challenges.
SCAMPS is a summer day camp for children ages 6-12 that specializes in providing social skills development; particularly peer interaction, conflict resolution, and self-confidence.
Camp Kidz Rock is for vocal children ages 4-10 with immature or delayed social and play skills, Asperger’s, High-Functioning Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Sensory Integration Dysfunction and related play/social delays.
Sugar Creek Equinapy offers summer therapeutic camp for special needs children.
These week-long family camps are designed to help families connect and help challenging children redirect their paths. This program is designed for children ages 4-12. The focus of camp is to renew, recharge, and empower each parent and child with effective techniques to increase love and laughter in their homes. Skill-building interventions are taught and practiced to build trust, honesty, self-control, and conscience development for each child.
Wilderness Camping & Retreat Center provides summer camp opportunities for children and youth.
Wonderland Camp is a residential camp for children with developmental and physical challenges. All of the traditional camp activities are offered. There are also special weeks for children with Prader Willi Syndrome and brain injuries. Plus a wheelchair accessible tree house!