Camps for kids with special needs in Maryland and beyond

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SpecialNeedscampAre you looking for just the right camp for your child who has special needs? Maybe you need a camp to help a child with a learning disability or maybe you want to find a camp for a child with autism or something special for a child with asthma.

Check out our list below to help you find camps that cater to children with different types of special needs. Be sure to call the camp for more information.

Also read our article on Finding a Camp for Kids with Special Needs to learn what to look for and questions to ask when selecting a camp progarm.

Updated February 2017

Special needs day camps

Brendan Sailing Camps
Annapolis and St. Mary's, 202-638-2788
brendansailing.org
Ages 11-14 (day camp) and 15-18 (overnight camp)
Day and overnight camps that offer kids with learning differences the opportunity to learn how to sail on the water to build confidence and grow self-esteem.

Camp Accomplish
Nanjemoy, 301-870-3226
melwoodrecreation.org
Ages 5-18
Overnight and day camping for campers of all ability levels. A focus on a specific activity such as swimming lessons or equestrian programs available.  New teen camp for ages 13-18 introduces teens to work experience.

Camp Aristotle at the Auburn School/The Auburn Summer Adventure
Baltimore, 410-617-0418
Fairfax, 703-793-9353
Silver Spring, 301-588-8048
theauburnschool.org
Grades K-9 and 10-12 (rising)
For kids who experience challenges associated with Asperger's Syndrome, autism, anxiety and ADHD. Not all campers have a formal diagnosis. The Auburn Summer Academy at the Fairfax campus is for rising grades 10-12. Camp Aristotle offers full- and half-day programs for rising kindergartners through grade 9.

Camp Attaway
Laurel, 410-730-2633
campattaway.org
Ages 7-13
Three-week day camp for kids with emotional and behavioral disorders that incorporates swimming, cooperative games, rock climbing,  arts and crafts, nature and drama plus a weekly support and education group for parents.

Camp Greentop
Sabillasville, 410-323-0500
campgreentop.org
For youth and adults with a variety of disabilities, including physical, emotional, cognitive and a combination. Offers traditional camp, league pioneers, travel camp and family adventure weekend.

Camp Summit
Edgewater, 410-798-0005
thesummitschool.org
Ages 6 years-8th grade
Summit School offers an academic and recreational summer camp program for children entering grades 1-8 who are experiencing difficulty in reading, written expression, math or organizational skills. The morning is devoted to academics; afternoons include recreational activities.

Easter Seals Camp Fairlee
Chestertown, 302-324-4444
de.easterseals.com/fairlee
Day and overnight camps for children and adults with all types of disabilities.

Summer Sensations Day Camp
Columbia, 410-997-8081
Summersensationscamp.com
Full-day camp for children with sensory processing differences. Camp includes occupational therapy, speech therapy, music therapy, art therapy, gross motor instruction, self regulation and bike riding instruction.

Verbal Beginnings
Columbia, Bel Air, 888-344-5977
Ages 4-18
verbalbeginnings.com
A six-week summer program where children with special needs develop new friendships with peers and learn and develop new social skills. Offers full- and half-day programs that include creative arts, music, group activities, water play, communication and social skills.

Click next below for overnight camps for kids with special needs


Overnight special needs camps

Camp Accomplish
Nanjemoy, 301-870-3226
melwoodrecreation.org
Ages 8-18
Overnight camp includes activities such as swimming, horseback riding, creative arts, climbing wall and more for campers of all abilities.

Camp Greentop
Sabillasville, 410-323.-500
Campgreentop.org
Traditional camp program for youth and adults with all types of disabilities.

Easter Seals Camp Fairlee
Chestertown, 302-324-4444
de.easterseals.com/fairlee
Ages 6-21 and adults
For children and adults with all types of disabilities. Children and adults are grouped by ages in sessions. A few sessions are dedicated to children with Autism with a 1:1 ratio.

Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center Camp Superkids
New Freedom, PA, 717-578-0465 or 410-550-0374
hopkinsbayview.org/campsuperkids
Ages 7.5-12
Weeklong residential program for children with asthma. Campers enjoy traditional camp activities and learn how to manage their asthma.

Wediko Summer Program
Windsor, NH; 617-292-9200
Wediko.com
Ages 9-19
A 45-day residential program for kids with social, emotional and behaviorial issues that incorporates fun activities and self-esteem building.

Read our story on how to select a camp for your child with special needs.

For more information on these and other camps visit our Day Camp Directory and Overnight Camp Directory.

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