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Summer Camp Is Not Off the Table

I was curious to see what options families have for sending their children to summer camp this year, even if the child has special needs or mental health issues. ImageHere’s what I found out:

Camp Buckskin (Ely, Minnesota) – has been helping young people with ADD/ADHD, Learning Disabilities, Aspergers or those who have been adopted learn and grow for over 50 years.

Camp Hand in Hand (Autism Society of Minnesota) AuSM-trained camp counselors and experienced program staff carefully plan and maintain a very well-run, relaxed and rewarding camp experience at Camp Knutson in Crosslake, Minnesota.

Camp Noah (Lutheran Social Services) The camp curriculum is specifically designed to help children process their experience with disaster and grief in a safe, supportive, and caring atmosphere that also offers fun and recreation at a time of intense stress.

Camp Character works to develop life and social skills for children with special needs ages 7-18. It is an overnight camp that will build confidence and behavioral skills.

Friendship Ventures – has several resident camps, including:Camp Adventure for children 6-15 with ADD/ADHD and other academic and/or social skill difficulties and their siblings; and Asperger’s Camp for children and young adults with Aspergers.

Need Financial Help? Many of the camps offer scholarships or financial aid for your child to be able to afford camp.  In addition, you might investigate some of these other options:

  • Churches and synagogues sometimes offer partial scholarships
  • Check your local Chamber of Commerce for a list of local civic organizations, such as Rotary, Elks or Lions Clubs that could offer funding.
  • Adoptive parents can sometimes get funding from state adoption agencies.
  • Metro Friendship Foundation offers scholarships for children with ASD to attend social skills camps, like Camp Hand in Hand.

Next, I’ll try to look at options for day camps and other recreational activities closer to home.