Special Needs Camps
Many camps have policies and accommodations for children with disabilities. See each camp's special accommodations on their website.
Grand Valley State University's Autism Education Center provides an additional resource for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Friendly Camps across Michigan which can be found here.
Conductive Learning Center
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2428 Burton Street SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546
Name: Andrea Benyovszky, Program Director
For children with cerebral palsy, spina bifida, and motor delays
Day Camp Program July 12- August 6, 2010
9 am -3 pm Ages 2-22 years
Summer Camp at The Conductive Learning Center is an opportunity for kids of all ages to come for an intensive four week session of conductive education. Groups of children of similar ages who all face similar physical challenges, learn mobility skills and independence, functional daily living skills, and do all this together in a supportive group with an atmosphere of fun and adventure.
Each age group examines a specially selected topic and curriculum while moving to the next level of independence. Swimming and pool activities are included in the program. The final day of camp each group gives a performance or demonstrates a group activity based on the theme they have been examining for the past four weeks. Families are encouraged to attend.
The 4-week day camp meets for five to six hours per day depending upon the group and the age of the child. Four week programs are also available September through May.
Indian Trails Camp
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O-1859 Lake Michigan Drive
Grand Rapids, MI 49534
Indian Trails is a remarkable facility that brings adaptive recreation to the lives of each camper. It is simple in theory, but daunting in task. Indian Trails offers a barrier-free camp setting in which those with disabilities can participate in all manner of activities the outside world is ill-equipped to provide. It is a place filled with fun, recreation and friendship. Campers learn perseverance, team-work and self-reliance. They leave for home loaded with love, respect, and memories.
Indian Trails accepts campers with a wide range of disabilities including Cerebral Palsy, Epilepsy, Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy, Spina Bifida. Inclusion and mainstreaming play key roles in making campers feel a part of things. With a capacity of up to 84 coed participants per session and serving over 700 people per year, ITC welcomes campers aged 6 to 70 and beyond.
Program opportunities at Indian Trails Camp include organized activities in the area of:
* Ropes Challenge
* Arts and Crafts
* Music and Drama
Additional components of the camp program include:
* Hay Rides
* Talent Shows
* Nature Studies
Each year, Indian Trails Camp hosts a variety of sessions that embody the summer camp experience. While most sessions are based on a "traditional" camp program and are set up according to age groups, other sessions provide a more specialized approach to camping - focusing on a specific theme of activities for varied age groups of campers. Specialty sessions include Creative Camp, Camp Kaleidoscope, Adventure Camp and Leadership Camp.
While summer camp is the main focus, Indian Trails also provides respite opportunities during the fall, winter and spring seasons. Respite weekends offer similar programs to those in the summer but with a seasonal emphasis. In addition, ITC offers Holiday Camp over the New Year holiday. This weeklong program provides campers the opportunity to enjoy activities in great contrast to the summer sessions.
Each session of camp is not only an opportunity for campers to partake in fun but also afford families and caregivers a much needed rest and vacation.
#1 ADULT 18 & UP 6/13-6/19
#2 CREATIVE CAMP 7 & UP 6/27-7/3
RESPITE #1 7 & UP 7/3-7/4
#3 OUTDOOR ADVENTURE 7 & UP 7/4-7/1
RESPITE #2 18 & UP 7/10-7/11
#4 ADULT 18 & UP 7/11 -7/17
#5 TRADITIONAL 7 & UP 7/25-7/31
RESPITE #3 7 & UP 7/31-8/1
#6 4-DAY CAMP 7 & UP 8/1-8/5
Pine Ridge Bible Camp
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8415 17 Mile Rd.
Cedar Springs, MI 49319
Pine Ridge Bible Camp consists of two distinct camps, "The Oasis" and "The Ridge," stretching across 100 acres of beautifully wooded trails, open fields, marshes and beach front property on Pine Lake. Campers from ages six to 17 enjoy dozens of great activities as part of this camp's action-packed, innovative programs which are designed to share and model the message of Jesus Christ in a safe and relational atmosphere. We also have special programs for families and physically/mentally challenged campers of all ages.
Spring Hill Camps
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PO Box 100
Evart, MI 49631
SpringHill Camps is a nonprofit inter-denominational Christian camp with more than 40 years of experience reaching and serving children. All of our programs reach kids through a very specific ministry model, the SpringHill Experience. The SpringHill Experience consists of being God-immersed, embracing, innovative, integrating, professional, and community focused. We possess a passionate commitment to reaching the lost and being relevant as we share Jesus' message of grace, hope and love. Currently, we reach kids through overnight camp property in Michigan and Indiana. We also provide SpringHill Day Camps hosted at local churches and schools in Michigan, Indiana, Illinois and Ohio.
To create life-impacting experiences that enable young people to know and grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ.
Overnight Camp: Grades 1st-12th
At SpringHill we focus on bringing the message of Christ to our youth while offering a cutting-edge ministry. With unique programming, activities and housing, your child is sure to try new things, meet great friends and grow in their relationship with God.
Day Camps: Grades Kindergarten-4th
At SpringHill's Summer Day Camp kids have five full days of SpringHill fun right in their hometown. This is one week out of the summer they will never forget. From the Climbing Wall and Flying Squirrel to Six Square, wild water games and stretching their creativity through cool crafts - they will have more fun than they can imagine while meeting new friends and learning more about Jesus.
At SpringHill, we've made it easy for you to build unity, have fun and experience God as a family! At our family camp you'll spend quality time with each other, have interactive sessions and learn how to strengthen your relationships as a family with Christ at the center.
-Memorial Day Weekend: May 25-28, 2012
-Summer Family Camp: July 13-15, 2012
-Labor Day Weekend: August 31 - September 3, 2012
All young people are made in the imagine and likeness of Christ and deserve to feel complete worth regardless of where they are spiritually, physically, emotionally, or socio-economically. Our value of embracing all kids is something that constantly shows Christ's love throughout their experience at SpringHill.
We understand the economy is uncertain. With discounts, friends for $50, scholarships and payment plans - we want to come alongside your family to help your kids experience camp this summer.
Retreats and Events:
SpringHill not only offers weeks of summer camp, but also short weekend retreats with that same SpringHill Experience condensed for groups and families.
Rent us! Have you ever considered bringing your Girl Scout troop or sports team to camp? Let us design an amazing retreat for you that will create a memorable experience for everyone. We have had several groups, churches and schools come to camp over the last few months that have had an amazing time!