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.
Camp Discovery at North Star Reach
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1200 University Camp Drive
Pinckey, MI 48169
Name: Pam Bird
Phone: 800.377.6226 x1204
Camp Discovery at North Star Reach is a unique overnight camping experience for children with epilepsy ages 7 - 15. With the support of 24-hour medical staffing, experienced counselors (many of whom have epilepsy), and fully accessible facilities, campers are able to freely enjoy five days and four nights of social, recreational, and educational activities. This includes swimming, boating, fishing, cooking, arts and crafts, sports, an "Ask the Neurologist" session, and much more. Teens with epilepsy, ages 16 - 17, can attend Solstice Camp, a four-day/three-night camp for teens with chronic health conditions. In addition to recreational activities, this camp provides growth opportunities to help empower teens as they transition to adulthood. North Star Reach is located on 105 acres of natural beauty in Pinckney, Michigan. Camp Discovery at North Star Reach takes place from July 22 - 26, 2018, and Solstice Camp takes place from June 28 - July 1, 2018.
Camp Tall Turf
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816 Madison Ave. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49507
Camp Tall Turf
Mission: Equipping youth for lives of reconciliation in God's world.
Vision: To pursue and advance God's vision of wholeness, unity, justice, peace and healing for today's increasingly diverse and urban world by rebuilding relationships that make a positive and lasting difference in the lives of youth.
Youth Camp (ages 8-13)
Located on the shores of the beautiful Lake Campbell, Camp Tall Turf has been instilling the biblical message of reconciliation in our campers for over 40 years. Our youth camp sessions are specifically designed to teach our campers about the value of diversity. Campers who attend Tall Turf develop critical cross-cultural skills in a fun, safe and engaging environment. In recent years, over 80% of our campers left Camp Tall Turf saying that they befriended someone from a different background than their own. Many of our past campers say that their time at Tall Turf was one of the most transformative life experiences they have had!
Adventure Camp (ages 14-17)
Adventure Camp takes the fundamental principals of our youth camp sessions a step further. Designed for teens, Adventure camp focuses on the need for young leaders in the journey of reconciliation. Adventure Campers engage in various team building activities that are designed to break down existing barriers between groups and lays the foundation for relationships of trust and respect. Tall Turf's teen Leader's In Training serve as peer mentors and motivators in this five day session.
Family Camps (Ages 2 and up)
Camp Tall Turf offers two unique Family Camp opportunities created to engage the family unit in our mission and vision of reconciliation. All of our Family Camp sessions take place over a weekend to facilitate working families. Family Camp sessions are loosely organized around our curriculum of reconciliation, but also offer lots of time for families to hang out and interact. We believe that one of the best ways to break down barriers is to have fun together! Family Camp sessions are a great way to spend a weekend away with your family, neighbors and community.
Transportation: Free busing is provided for all summer camp sessions from Grand Rapids.
Translation Services: All registration materials are available in Spanish.
Individuals fluent in Spanish are available to assist with registration and answering questions.
To find more information or register for Camp Tall Turf visit www.tallturf.org
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.
Gerber Scout Reservation
Name: Ryan Kriesch - Reservation Director/Program Director for President Ford Field Service Council
Gerber offers many different year-round programs and are currently developing even more. We rent a large variety of our building out for your scouting events. More information are detailed below in the Year Round Programs and Services. If their is a program you would like to see offered reach out to the Reservation Director; we are always welcome to new ideas.
In recent years, Gerber Scout Reservation attendance has swelled from 900 in 1997 to over 2,500 in 2012. Much of this increase can be attributed to the 1998 initiation of the Betty Ford Cub Scout and Webelos Adventureland, a section of the camp dedicated to Cub Scouts. Gerber currently has the capacity to accommodate 425 Boy Scouts, 200 Cub Scouts each week or session.
Activities offered at the camp include the Waterfront, Climbing Tower/COPE, Scoutcraft, Handicraft, Environmental Resource Center, Archery, and Shooting Sports, and much more. The new facility on camp is our dining hall, named the Frank K. Merrill Centennial Dining Hall. Centennial Dining Lodge boasts state of the art facilities, a capacity of over 700, and a safe place to take shelter.
"Cub Scout Resident Camp 2019 Dates For 2nd and 3rd graders in the fall of 2019 To register for Cub Scout Resident Camp at Gerber Scout Reservation, please visit us at https://scoutingevent. com/272-gcrc19 Session #1 July 4 - 6, 2019; Session #2 July 25 - 27, 2019; Session #3 July 28 - 30, 2019; Session #4 July 31 - August 2, 2019; Session #5 August 4 -6, 2019; Session #6 August 7 - 9, 2019
Webelos Resident Camp 2019 Dates For 4th and 5th graders in the fall of 2019 To register for Webelos Resident Camp at Gerber Scout Reservation, please visit us at https://scoutingevent.com/272- gwrc19 Session #1 June 23 - 26, 2019; Session #2 June 26 - 29, 2019; Session #3 June 30 - July 3, 2019; Session #4 July 7 - 10, 2019; Session #5 July 10 - 13, 2019; Session #6 July 14 - 17, 2019; Session #7 July 17 - 20, 2019; Session #8 July 21 - 24, 2019
Gerber Scout Camp Set near Twin Lake, Michigan inside the Manistee Forest, Gerber Scout Reservation boasts an amazing amount of opportunities for Scouts. When you arrive at Gerber Scout Reservation, you can expect a fantastic week of Scout's learning not only Scout skills but, life-long skills in communication, sportsmanship, high self-esteem and leadership.
Programs are offered for both the first-year camper and the more experienced Scouts. From our highly visited Handicraft area to our Power Cut program where Scouts will mountain board and cycle, Gerber has something for every Scout.
Have first-year and even second-year Scouts that are looking to earn their first advancements towards Eagle Scout? Our Eagle Quest program is the headquarters specifically designed just for these Scouts. Maybe you are looking for something a bit more hands on? Gerber's welding, and metalworking Merit Badges are some of the many examples of the advancement being taught in the Skilled Trades Center.
And we haven't even mentioned the aquatics area yet. Gerber's Big Britton Lake hosts a huge variety of Merit Badges that may be difficult to earn anywhere else. From canoeing, rowing, small boat sailing, kayaking, and swimming our waterfront staff is excited to help your Scouts succeed. It doesn't matter if you're a first-year Scout or a Scout leader, all are welcome to come and test their skills at the waterfront.
Make Gerber Scout Reservation part of a Scout's summer fun!
Boy Scout Resident Camp 2019
Dates To register for Boy Scout Resident Camp at Gerber Scout Reservation, please visit us at https://scoutingevent.com/272-brcgsr19
Session #1 June 16 - 22, 2019; Session #2 June 23 - 29, 2019; Session #3 June 30 - July 6, 2019; Session #4 July 7 - 13, 2019; Session #5 July 14 - 20, 2019; Session #6 July 21 - 27, 2019; Session #7 July 29 - August 3, 2019
Indian Trails Camp & IKUS Life Enrichment Services
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O-1859 Lake Michigan Drive
Grand Rapids, MI 49534
Our Mission here at Indian Trails Camp & IKUS Life Enrichment Services is to provide individuals with disabilities an enriched life experience through recreation, advocacy and meaningful relationships.
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 Camp brings adaptive recreation to campers in a safe, barrier-free environment. Campers participate in a wide range of activities while learning perseverance, teamwork, and self-reliance and experiencing empowering fun and friendship. At the same time, their families and caregivers are afforded some much-needed rest. What's not to love?
Summer Camp Dates 2017:
June 4-10 Travel Through Time: From dinosaurs to futuristic fun, journey through the decades with us at camp.
June 11-17 Color Wars: Embrace your ITC spirit in a friendly week-long competition between other cabins. This week also features the Big Dance.
June 18-24 Passport to Fun: Experience all the world has to offer, right here at ITC! Get your passport stamped as you take a safari through the rainforest, cook international foods, and cruise to new adventures!
June 25-July 1 Party in the USA: Join us for some Texas line dancing, a Hawaiian luau, a New York fashion show, and lots of other American fun.
July 9-15 Show Biz: ITC's got talent! Star in a music video, help your cabin compose an award-winning song, and perform on-stage during this week of show biz. This week also features the Big Dance.
July 16-22 Superheroes: It's a bird, it's a plane, it's Superman and more at ITC!
July 23-29 World of Wizardry: Cast charms, brew potions, and fight dragons; witches and wizards welcome at this magical week of camp!
July 30-August 5 There's No Place Like Camp: Follow the yellow brick road to ITC!
Indian Trails accepts campers with a wide range of disabilities including Cerebral Palsy, Epilepsy, Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy and 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 5 to 70 and beyond.
Program opportunities at Indian Trails Camp include organized activities in the areas of:
* Ropes Challenge
* Arts and Crafts
* Music and Drama
Additional components of the camp program include:
* Hay Rides
* Talent Shows
* Nature Studies
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 week-long 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.
"Camp gives me a chance to explore new things... Camp does not hold me back from being me."
-- Joe M., Camper
Opportunities Unlimited for the Blind (OUB Camps)
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10324 Lovers Lane NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49544
Name: Gwen Botting
Opportunities Unlimited for the Blind offers summer camps for children and youth who are blind or visually impaired. Our mission: building life skills, self-confidence and independence for children and young adults who are blind or have low vision. At OUB Camps, campers learn life-skills that teachers and parents may not have time or skills to teach. Many OUB staff members are also blind or have low vision - they "walk the walk" every day and are the best teachers for our students. Our 1.5:1 staff to camper ratio for most camps ensures a great experience!
We operate at Camp Optimist, with a teaching kitchen, garden and lodge and over 100 acres of woods and wetlands to explore. We also participate in activities at Indian Trails Camp, only a few miles away.
OUB Camp Schedule 2017
June 18-23 Service Leadership Camp, ages 12 - 19
This camp is designed to help our teenagers learn important skills of leadership and giving back to the community. Our kids are often passed up for opportunities to be officers in school clubs or leaders on team projects because of their vision issues and/or social skills. Also, for many of our kids, adults and sometimes other kids are constantly giving them directions, tips, ideas, trying to correct what appears to be missteps, and things that they think will help them. But our kids rarely get the opportunity to help others, and helping others is a critical component of feelings of confidence and competence. Service Leadership Camp will address the key components of leadership and service and why it is important that our kids become leaders and community servants. Also includes the usual camp fun of campfires, swimming, boating and more!
June 25-30 Cookin' and Jammin' Camp, ages 7-14
By far our most popular camp for several years running, Cookin' and Jammin' Camp (cooking and music!) gives our campers a more extensive experience in the world of food, and tons of fun listening to, playing and creating music. A wide range of culinary and musical genre's will be explored, and also all the usual fun of swimming, boating, hiking and much more! Camp is full - taking names for waiting list.
July 5-9 Elementary Camp, ages 7-12
This camp, beginning on the Wednesday following July 4th and ending on Sunday afternoon, is great for the younger camper or anyone who has not been away from home before. There will be plenty of fun to go around and lots of skill building, field trips, and other exciting opportunities! Camp is full - taking names for waiting list.
July 13-21 Adventure Trip, ages 14-19
While less rugged than our 2016 rustic canoe trip, this is the Adventure Trip for the Adventurous! We will be visiting three places: Turkey Run State Park in Indiana, famous for great hiking trails and unusual sandstone formations; Berea, Kentucky, home to artist colonies dedicated to producing American handcrafts such as pottery, weaving, leatherwork, woodwork and more, and then on to Mammoth Cave in Kentucky to explore the wonders of the underground! Some younger campers may be accepted by permission of the Camp Director. It's going to be AMAZING! Don't miss it!
Pine Ridge Bible Camp
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8415 17 Mile Rd.
Cedar Springs, MI 49319
Pine Ridge is a nonprofit inter-denominational Christian Camp with over 70 years of experience serving children, youth and special needs campers. Pine Ridge offers a variety of overnight and day camp programs through the summer weeks as well as year-round private group rentals. Activities are crafted and prepared to offer every age group a variety of appropriate options. Activities at camp include go-carts, laser tag, airsoft, paintball, rock climbing, swimming, horsemanship, petting farm, water sports, arts & crafts, water slide, basketball, soccer, target sports, playground, and so much more.
To share and model the message of Jesus in a safe, innovative, and relational setting.
Retreats and Guest Groups:
Pine Ridge has a beautiful Retreat Center overlooking Pine Lake housing up to 72 guests. Dining Hall, meeting spaces, and game room are also housed in the Retreat Center to conveniently host retreats for churches, schools, and other organizations all from the comfort of one building. A Virtual tour is available on our website. Please feel free to contact us about retreat pricing.
Overnight Camp: Grades 1st-12th (entering in the fall)
Pine Ridge offers age specific programs for all grades. Mini-camps are offered for young children and several camp weeks for teens offer unique activity options and challenging off-site trips.
Day Camps: Grades 1st-4th
Day Camps give children an opportunity to be introduced to camp and explore our beginner programs. Lunch is provided by Pine Ridge for all Day Camp options.
Pine Ridge offers two camp sessions each summer for youth and adults with special needs. These campers enjoy specifically designed activities to allow them to enjoy everything we offer. Each camper needs to be interviewed by Pine Ridge for acceptance into the program.
With sibling discounts, Fetchin' Friends incentives, food sale programs, scholarships and payment plans - we believe every child should have the opportunity to come to Pine Ridge.
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!