Click here for a printable list of local 2016 summer camps and activities.


 MP Health Handwriting Camp

Camp Mariposas 
Handwriting Camp DATES
Early Bird Registration (before August 4th)
Regular Registration (by August 10th) 
Register before July 31st and you'll be entered to win a Handwriting Without Tears 'Goodie Bag!'
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Alpha Youth Services

Check it out in 2017!


Click here to visit ASPIRES - camp listings for kids and adults with Aspergers

California Learning Center


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

2017 Registration!!

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).

2016 camp sessions from June 16th through August 14th has ended.

For Junior Blind of America Camp Bloomfied call Phone: (323) 290-6296 Email:

Find out about off-season campground rental


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.

Register for 2017!


Camp Chit Chat


The Santa Barbara Language Center is a non-profit center that provides evaluations, referrals, parent education, and individual speech therapy for preschool-aged children. The Language Center has operated in Santa Barbara since 1984. The Center is philanthropy of the Scottish Rite, a concordant body of Freemasons. There are Rite Care centers and special programs for children throughout the United States.
In 2016 camp, a minimal cost to cover materials, BBQ, camp tee shirt is $75. Please note that your camp tuition is a tax deductable donation as the Scottish Rite Language Center is a non-profit 501(c)(3). Payment can be paid by cash, check or credit card and paid to the Scottish Rite Language Center.


2017 application!



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!

For 2017 Summer Camp, or 805-617-3900


Coelho Epilepsy Youth Summer Camp-Epilepsy Foundation of Northern California

The Epilepsy Foundation of Northern California’s Youth Summer Camp gives its young participants an unforgettable experience. For one week kids aged 9-16 will get together to enjoy the great outdoors and the friendships that come with a trip to camp – but also leave behind some of the challenges that epilepsy can bring to their daily lives. Surrounded – some for the first time - by dozens of other kids who know exactly what having epilepsy means, they need not worry about what people might think if they have a seizure because they'll be supported round the clock by physicians and nurses specialized in epilepsy care.Youth Summer Camp provides an enjoyable residential camping experience for children with epilepsy, develops self-esteem by promoting self-confidence and building lasting friendships, and fosters independence in a fun and safe environment away from home.

Watch past summer camps

2017 Summer Camp!


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!

2017 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. 

2017 summer camps!


Camp Mariposas


Welcome to CAMP MARIPOSAS! A summer camp program geared for young and school-aged children with speech and/or occupational therapy needs. Our summer camp program offers a unique perspective on helping children with specific speech, occupational, movement and sensory needs. Camp Mariposas creates opportunities for young children to engage in fun activities that enhance and facilitate their communication and sensory development. With licensed therapists, Camp Mariposas will ensure that every day of camp will foster the speech, language, social skill building and sensory/movement will be put into practice. 

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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.


2017 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.

2017 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.

2017 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.

2017 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)

2017 Child and CIT 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! 

2017 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!!!

2017 Camp at 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.

2017 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.

2017 camp Registration

Hearts Horse Adventure Summer Camp


Hearts Summer Horse Camp offers a safe and integrated horse experience for children ages 6-10 with and without disabilities.

This unique learning experience includes:
– Horse science projects
– Fun horse & rider bonding activities
– Team building events
– Horsemanship skills
– 1-hour riding lesson Monday, Wednesday, and Friday  with a PATH Certified Riding Instructor
Also included in the camp fee is a Horse Show at the end of each camp session where all participants can showcase their equestrian talents for family and friends!

All levels of ability are invited to attend this exciting program.  Participants are grouped according to similarities of age, riding experience and needs, to ensure that everyone has an unforgettable horse experience. Spaces are limited to 12 participants each session.

2017 summer camp at the ranch

Jay Nolan Camp/Lions Camp

Jay Nolan Camp is an inclusive residential camp program that is accredited by the American Camping Association. It is designed to bring children without disabilities and children with developmental disabilities together in a caring, fun environment. Children 8-15 enjoy an assortment of camp activities. Selected teens, ages 16-17, participate in the Counselor-In-Training Program. Activities include: swimming, sports, archery, arts and crafts, outdoor theatre, hiking/nature walks, campfire singalongs, camp dance and a camp talent show.The staff are American Red Cross Certified in First Aid and CPR, registered nurses are on sight at all times, an American Red Cross Certified Lifeguard is always on duty and a N.A.D.A Certified Archery Instructor is on duty.



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!

2017 Summer Camps

 Reid's Gift 2018 Summer Camps

Conejo Valley
June 18 - August 10
$375/week until May 1st
San Fernando Valley
July 9 - August 3
$400/week until May 1st

 Eric ‘RicStar’ Winter Music Therapy Camp


RicStar's Camp is held in honor Eric Richard Winter, who had cerebral palsy and a remarkable gift for music. Under the skill and heart of the Community Music School Music Therapy Clinical Services Program, part of the College of Music at Michigan State University , Eric was composing music shortly before he passed away in 2003 at age twelve. Because music added much to Eric's life, the Winter family directed all memorial gifts to the Community Music School to begin the Eric 'RicStar' Winter Music Therapy Camp.

RicStar's Camp provides life-changing opportunities for musical expression, movement, performance and social interaction for all people with special needs and their siblings in a welcoming summer camp setting focused on ability and inclusion. This ground-breaking, fun camp experience speaks to the power of music to change lives, as it honors my son's incredible life and legacy.

Camp fills up quickly! —Registering for 2017 now!

Santa Barbara Foresters  Baseball Camps

2017 Camps


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.

2017 Summer Camp

 Santa Barbara YMCA Camp Information


 Offering exciting camps all year round! 

2017 Summer Camps


SBFitKidz Summer Camp


Half-day (Ages 3 to 10) & Full-day (Ages 6 to 10)

Our All-Sports Day Camps include a variety of sports and kid-friendly activities. Our sports and fitness concepts are taught through play and friendly competition in modified games. Each portion of the camp has an emphasis on all things meant to inspire, educate, and motivate children. Campers will be exposed to a variety of team and individual sports, which will challenge their motor skills and enhance their desire to explore these activities for enjoyment in the future.

Mini-day (Ages 3 & 4)

Our mini-day has all the benefits of the All-Sports Day Camps, but shortened and modified into a morning full of games, learning, laughter, and fun! Our mini-day introduces the youngest campers to the very basics of sports and fitness. Practicing early fundamental movement skills can help prepare children for a healthy lifestyle, and serve as a bridge to developing future motor skillfulness.  

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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!

2017 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.

2017 Camps


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 2017!

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

Up to 90 hours of tailored educational fun. Register Now! Visit and click the Elings Park Inclusion Camp link.


Independent Living Skills Boot Camp

Summer 2017, 10am to 3pm, Mon - Fri, for young people ages 14-22 with developmental disabilities. Week long sessions, $250, register for 1 week or more!, 805-564-5421.



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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