Santa Barbara Summer Camps by Rec and Parks

Summer is underway, and we've got awesome summer camp opportunities for all... here are

a few featured camps that are coming up.

EduCraft Technology Camps

Ages 7-15

If your kids and teens love technology, EduCraft is everything.

Fun, interesting projects teach valuable skills in a range of fields, including engineering, coding/programming, robotics, circuitry, and 3D printing.

This summer EduCraft will have a very diverse schedule of STEM based Summer Camps for campers ages 7 – 15.  Each summer camp will focus on one area of interest in the ever-growing world of technology.  EduCraft will be offering summer camps on Making, Robotics, Programming, and Engineering.  For more information on each of our different camps please click a link below.  All summer camps are offered through Santa Barbara Parks and Recreation and held at Garden Street Academy.
Sign up for EduCraft
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AAA Beach Volleyball Camp

Ages 14-18

One of our most popular summer camps, AAA Beach Volleyball Camp offers top-level coaching from one of Santa Barbara’s best-loved, highly-respected coaches.

Jon Lee, recently-retired renowned local volleyball coach, has created a new beach volleyball clinic for high school-aged players with advanced skills.

Looking for a less-advanced beach volleyball summer camp? Jon Lee also teaches our regular Beach Volleyball Camp for ages 9-17.

Next session starts next week (Monday, June 25)!
Sign up for AAA Beach Volleyball Camp
Sign up for "Regular" Beach Volleyball Camp

LEGO-Inspired Engineering Camps

Ages 5-10

LEGO-Inspired Engineering Camps: Dream It. Build It. Wreck It. Repeat.

Looking for a fun LEGO-inspired engineering camp? Join Play-Well TEKnologies as they use LEGOS to teach kids engineering principles in a fun and creative environment. Themed camps explore imaginative worlds that kids know and love such as Star Wars, Minecraft, and Ninjago. Kids will have a blast in these LEGO-inspired camps!
Sign up for LEGO Camps

Junior Tennis and Swim Camp

Ages 7-15

Chris Millner's martial arts camps build a foundation of discipline, respect, and confidence.

Play tennis, swim and play more tennis with our most amphibious summer camp, Junior Swim and Tennis Camp!
Sports enjoyed for life! Swim at Los Baños Pool and improve tennis skills and stroke techniques at Pershing Park. Drop off and pick up is at Pershing Park Tennis Court No. 1.

Tennis instruction will focus on the fundamentals of tennis while improving eye-hand coordination and footwork. Children will be placed into appropriate age and ability groups for both activities. Lifeguards will be on duty at the pool.

Sign up for Junior Tennis and Swim Camp
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Camp Rad

Ages 8-12

We saved the best for last: Camp Rad is the raddest summer camp in Santa Barbara!

This one-week camp will introduce your child to a variety of radical, challenging and unique activities aimed at maximizing fun while developing physical fitness.

Unique activities keep kids engaged as they build physical fitness. Field trips add to the excitement as campers are introduced to a wide range of sports. We’ll visit a rock-climbing wall, race go-carts, soar on trampolines, and try out kayaking, surfing, and more. 

Sign up for Camp Rad
Thanks for reading, and please let us know how we can help you with your summer camp planning!

If you haven't set up your new online registration account with us this year, you can do that now at

If you have any questions for us, give us a call at (805) 564-5418 or send an email to

 MP Health Handwriting Camp

Handwriting Camp DATES
Session 3: July 23 - August 11
Camp Mariposas | MP Health | (805)253-2547 |
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Alpha Youth Services

2018 summer programs!

California Learning Center


Wizardry Camp, Spanish Camp, Math Madness Camp, Creative Writing & Comics Camp, Tech Camp, ACT/SAT Combo Class, SAT, and Games Galore!

2018 Registration for Writer's Block Workshop

Camp Bloomfield

Junior Blind of America’s Camp Bloomfield provides children and youth who are blind, visually impaired or multi-disabled with a natural and safe environment to develop self-esteem, build independence and fully experience the joys of childhood. Nestled in the Santa Monica Mountains in Malibu, this 40-acre campground offers various week-long camp sessions for children of all ages and disabilities. The largest of its kind in the Western United States, Camp Bloomfield serves hundreds of campers free of charge each summer and is accredited by the American Camping Association (ACA).

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Camp Care

CampCare provides a special time when individuals with special needs make friends, have fun and explore their gifts and talents in a warm nurturing environment. CampCare celebrates individual differences and focuses on the needs of each camper. The goal of CampCare is to provide a safe and positive “camping” experience away from home while encouraging independence and happy memories.

2018 Camps!

C.A.S.T. for Kids Fishing Camps


One day fishing and boating events designed to accommodate children with a wide range of special needs.

These adaptive events create a Least Restrictive Environment where anyone can achieve success and increase awareness regarding the abilities of populations with specials needs.

Participants are hosted at a local lake, or body of water, supplied with a fishing rod & reel, t-shirt, hat, and tackle box, partnered with an experienced volunteer angler and escorted onto a boat where, with the supervision of a parent or guardian, they are shown proper fishing techniques and receive natural resources education.  Participants and volunteers all then return from their morning fishing excursion to a BBQ lunch and an awards ceremony.

C.A.S.T. for Kids Fishing

Locations in California 

Cloud 10 Jump Club

Our Air Camps will put your kids on Cloud 10! It is impossible to frown while on a trampoline! We have an entire room full of them, they even go up the walls! Your child will have a blast learning to “fly right” in our brand new trampoline club and Air Academy Training Center! We are new in Santa Barbara, but we are not new to trampolines and gymnastics. The owners have built 16 trampoline parks and have run gymnastics facilities for 20 years. We love to teach all ages that fitness can be fun!

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Camps with Help Group Kids Like Me

The Help Group Camps, offered in Summer, Winter, and Spring, provide campers with a safe and enriching atmosphere for children with autism spectrum disorder and other special needs. Our four unique day camps, located in the Los Angeles area, create opportunities for children and teens to engage, experience, and explore. Each camp strives to developmentally and chronologically match children across the spectrum to ensure an appropriate peer group for learning and fun. Children and teens will participate in many daily camp activities, such as field trips, art projects, sensory play, outside games, special events, animal assisted activities, and much more!

2018 Summer Camps!!


Camp Grizzly

Camp Grizzly accepts children between age 7 and 15 who are deaf or hard of hearing or has parents or siblings who are deaf or hard of hearing. All camp counselors are deaf, hard of hearing or fluent in sign language. Sports include archery, golf, soccer, softball, frisbee, volleyball, basketball, and water activities. Recreation including arts & crafts, rope courses, outdoor skills, nature study, and campfires. Educational programs including drug/alcohol prevention, self-defense, "I Can Sign!", water safety and first aid.

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Camp Krem

Camp Krem, a beautiful summer camp in the Santa Cruz Mountains offer various summer camps and all-year-round programs. Camp Krem is 60 miles South of San Francisco, (1 hour from San Jose). It serves children and adults who have developmental disabilities, i.e. Down Syndrome, Autism, Cerebral Palsy and other emotional/physical differences. 

2018 summer camps!


Camp Paivika


Camp Paivika operates under a special use permit granted by the San Bernardino National Forest. Located in the beautiful San Bernardino National Forest, the camp offers overnight summer and winter/spring programs for children and adults with mild to severe developmental and physical disabilities such as autism, ADHD, cerebral palsy, epilepsy and Down syndrome.Camp Paivika is completely accessible and capable of accommodating individuals who use wheelchairs, walkers or other adaptive devices. Staff are trained and prepared to provide personal care as needed including caring for individuals who are incontinent and who require assistance with transferring, bathing, dressing, toileting, feeding and other personal care.


2018 summer programs

Camp Ronald McDonald


Accredited by the American Camp Association, Camp Ronald McDonald at Eagle Lake is a fully accessible, residential summer camp for children who are 'at-risk' with a variety of special medical needs, economic hardship and/or emotional, developmental or physical disabilities. In partnership with the Lassen National Forest, each summer Camp collaborates with other non-profit groups to provide a week of traditional camp activities including arts & crafts, hiking, fishing, canoeing, sports, swimming, talent shows and campfires. Campers typically have special challenges that would normally hinder their ability to experience the joys of nature and camp; however, this is not an issue at Camp Ronald McDonald at Eagle Lake. Here all barriers, physical and mental, are removed.


While Camp Ronald McDonald at Eagle Lake is only open during the summer months, the Charity works hard to keep supporters up to date about the upcoming summer session and how to get involved.

2018 Summer Camp!

Camp Wheez

Camp Wheez is a day camp for elementary school children, grades 1-6 with chronic asthma, providing them with a camp experience designed for their special needs. It is free of charge and open to the community. Campers learn about their asthma while they participate in recreation and arts and crafts. Parents attend a brief workshop which provides an update on asthma care and a time to have their questions answered by an asthma specialist, followed by a play presented by the children.

2018 Summer Camp Application!

Dos Pueblos High School Swim and Camps

Programs for kids and adults running all summer at Dos Pueblos High School.


Swimming, baseball, basketball, cheer, diving, triathlon, video, volleyball, wrestling and more for kids.


Spinning, yoga, lap swimming and more for adults.


Dream Street Camps


Each summer, 125 children, ages 4-14, come for 7 fun filled days at Camp Dream Street. With over 100 volunteers and a team of medical experts consisting of pediatric doctors and registerdd nurses, the camp provides 24 hours a day care for any medical needs they may have. Activities include swimming, horse back riding, baseball, basketball, blow up jumpers, exotic petting zoo, archery, and nightly dances. There are also more relaxed activities such as arts and crafts.
This camp is FREE for children; there is no charge for coming to Dream Street Camp.

2018 Summer Camp Application!

 Safety Town

  Through multimedia, songs, and guest visits, the Safety Town program trains children to evaluate “safe” from “unsafe.”  Under the guidance of volunteer youth instructors and credentialed teachers, children practice and experience their lessons in Safety Town, a miniature city layout built to the scale of a small child. Safety Town is a 17.5 hour course (3.5 hours per day, M-F, for 1 week). Topics discussed during the week include pedestrian, earthquake, fire, 9-1-1, bicycle, beach and pool, drugs, strangers, general play, along with personal and home safety. Children are visited by community safety professionals such as police, firefighters, forest rangers, paramedics, water safety professionals, and more. Program includes one off-site field trip, (ride on city bus reserved for Safety Towners only)

2018 Applications!

Evergreen Learning Centers Summer Camp

 Evergreen Summer Camp is a half day program specifically designed for children ages 2 years to entering 1st grade, running approximately July-August each year. This is a unique opportunity for your preschooler to join a high quality camp lead by experienced and professional teachers in the field of Early Childhood Education. Each weekly camp is uniquely themed that is age appropriate, safe, and well supervised.

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Humane Society Summer Critter Camp

The Santa Barbara Humane Society has been offering a summer "Critter Camp" since 2004 for children between the ages of nine and eleven, or those entering fourth through sixth grade. The camp is a unique program that appeals to kids who love animals and would like to learn more about them. Critter camp gives children the opportunity to have fun learning about companion animal care and the humane treatment of all animals. Our activities include lessons and activities on caring for animals and animal behavior, animal-related presentations, crafts, games, and much more! Camp is held in our Education Center, which has lots of space to allow for many activities. Each day has a particular animal-related theme and the activities, crafts, books, videos, and games correspond with the day's theme. Some of the highlights for our campers are playing "Animal Jeopardy",  learning how to clicker train dogs with a local dog trainer, visiting the cats, and much more! 

2018 Critter Camp!

iCanShine (formerly) Lose the Training Wheels

Click on above link to find a location near you.

This camp aims to teach riders of ALL abilities how to ride a bike WITHOUT training wheels! This camp will strive to make large gains in self-esteem, independence and pride in all those participating!

Volunteers, Sponsors and participants wanted!

Last year's Bike Camp was a huge success!!!

2018 Camp @ Aliso Viejo, CA

Easter Seals Camp Harmon

Camp Harmon is a residential camp for children and adults with disabilities, ages 8-65. Campers attend 6 or 8 day sessions and participate in nature, farm and garden, arts and crafts, swimming, and many other activities. There are limitless opportunities to make new friends, try new things, decrease social isolation and become more independent. Each of the eight sessions are divided into peer groups based on type and degree fo disability and developmental age. There are summer/winter/spring sessions each year.

2018 Camp Harmon

Happy Adventure Camp (Cornerstone House)



A Day Summer Enrichment Program for Persons with Developmental Disabilities from the greater Santa Barbara, California area. We offer participants the opportunity to enjoy creative activities designed to enhance their social and recreational skills. The camp is designed specifically for children and young adults with developmental disabilities. Staff-to-camper ratio is 1-2, and in some cases 1-1. Operated by Cornerstone House of Santa Barbara, the Happy Adventure Camp is committed to providing children and young adults with developmental disabilities with the opportunity to experience the joys of summer camp. Staff is specially trained to work with G-tubes, seizures & medication administration.

2018 camp Registration



National Ability Center

Discover your unique abilities while making lasting friendships and social connections at camp with the National Ability Center! Our adaptive recreation camps are the perfect place to build relationships, strengthen physical agility and develop recreational skills, while having the time of your life. Whether you are a teen with a visual impairment or an individual with autism, you can find a camp specifically designed for your different abilities and needs. We work with all populations and ages, and offer summer camps, winter camps and adaptive sports camps throughout the year. Ask us about designing your own camp experience with our custom group opportunities for individuals and families!

2018 Summer Camps

Santa Barbara Foresters  Baseball Camps

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Santa Barbara Rock Gym

 Santa Barbara Rock Gym’s Climbing Camp is the best way for your developing climber to spend the gloomy days of winter. Aside from climbing basics, campers will learn the importance of teamwork and community. Let our dedicated and experienced staff create a memorable and fulfilling summer for your up and coming climber. Please call for cost and more information.

2018 Summer Camp

 Santa Barbara YMCA Camp Information


 Offering exciting camps all year round! 

2018 Summer Camps


For over 35 years, SOAR camps for kids with ADHD / ADD and LD have helped youth with learning differences develop self-confidence, social skills and life skills. Campers participate in exciting adventure activities such as rock climbing, horseback ridingSCUBA divingllama treks, whitewater rafting, surfing, and much more! We are proud to be accredited by the American Camp Association.

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The Painted Turtle Camp

Welcome to The Painted Turtle where children with serious medical conditions celebrate just being kids! Through innovative, camp-based programs that offer a great big dose of fun and support, children with more than 70 medical conditions visit The Painted Turtle each year, reclaiming the joys of childhood.  A member of Paul Newman’s renowned SeriousFun Camps (formerly the Association of Hole in the Wall Camps), The Painted Turtle has offered thousands of children and their families hope and encouragement through its Summer and Family Weekend camps since it opened its gates in 2004.

There is no billing department at The Painted Turtle—campers and their families attend free of charge. And there’s no limit to the amount of laughter campers take home with them either!

2018 Camp Calendar



Camp Tuolumne Trails

Tuolumne Trails is an accommodations camp for groups of children with special medical needs. The camp provides the buildings, infrastructure, food service, management, and general camp activities. In addition, camping groups will bring their own dedicated staff of professionals, medical staff and specially tailored programs for their campers.

Tuolumne Trails offers a unique camp experience. All the brand-new log cabin style buildings are designed especially to accommodate children with special medical needs. The camp is available for group bookings in week-long sessions. Typical group size is 72 campers, plus counselors and sponsoring agency staff.

In addition to onsite medical staff and local Groveland doctors, the camp is just minutes from Pine Mountain Lake Airport, should emergency transport be required.

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UCSB Summer Day Camp

The goal of the UCSB Summer Day Camp is to provide a safe, fun and active environment in which children can develop new skills, self-esteem and friendships. Children with Special Needs are welcome and adaptively included in all activities with the help of a one-on-one aide.

We pride ourselves on offering an action-packed, varied and exciting camp. Highly trained and qualified counselors provide a warm, family atmosphere in which each child is special and all children are taught to respect and value others.

Campers enjoy daily swimming at the Recreation Center and Campus Pool, access to the UCSB gymnastics facility as well as weekly visits to the Ropes Adventure Course.

Registering for Summer Camps 2018

Friendship Camp at Elings

Once again, Camp Elings is proud to announce a partnership with PeerBuddies to provide a summer camp program tailored for children with special needs.  Activities will include: hiking, tag, relay races, basketball, soccer, arts and crafts and more! Your child will receive professional and dedicated support, including:

  • Pairing with same aged or slightly older Peer Buddy (Camp ages 4 years old to 19 years old)
  • Individualized Social Skills Goals targeted throughout camp
  • 2:1 camper to adult ratio
  • Feedback given to parents daily
  • Trained Facilitators
  • Adaptive PE Camp Counselors
  • Supervision by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Camps 2018 Summer



2018 Junior Wheelchair Sports Day Camp

July 10-14, 2017

UCSB Recreation Center

The free sports camp is designed for youth athletes ages 6-19 with physical disabilities who use, or could use, a wheelchair to participate in sports. For camp information, see last years webpage, or contact Rene Van Hoorn at 805-569-8999 x82102 or

A parent run website of special needs community resources: events, specialists, workshops, clubs, activities and travel ideas.

Volunteer Opportunities

Reid's Gift  sign up for summer camp internship!

Best Day Foundation Santa

Barbara sign up for helping out with some ocean funs!

"321 Playhouse" Down Syndrome Family Support always welcome volunteers. Call Tara Vasquez at (803) 269-6313 to  register.


Hearts Therapeutic Santa Barbara is looking for dedicated volunteers who are willing to commit to a weekly 4-hour shift.

See their webpage for details


Hidden Wings, a non-profit for autism, welcomes volunteers of all talents

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