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 Manitou-Lin, YMCA
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1095 Briggs Rd N.
Middleville, MI 49333
Name: Bill Hinton
Phone: 269-795-9163 ext 9227
OVERNIGHT CAMP: Ages 7-12
A week away at camp is a very special time and is remembered forever. Hidden among the awesome adventures of new friendships, outdoor water sports, horses, climbing walls, and campfires are enriching experiences that teach responsibility, confidence, and self-discipline.
DAY CAMP: Kindergarten- Age 11
Our Day Camp program is the perfect way to fill your child's summer with nonstop activities like canoeing, swimming, nature hikes, climbing the tower, sports, horses, and adventure. Our caring professional counselors supervise kids from one jam-packed day of fun to another.
HORSE DAY & OVERNIGHT CAMPS: Ages 8-15
Horse camp allows campers to not only ride, but learn more about all aspects of horses. Campers learn about tacking, grooming, riding and the responsibilities related to horses. Each day campers will have a chance to try out a traditional camp activity.
Bring the whole family out for a wonderful bonding experience. We offer extended family camp over Memorial Day and Independence Day weekends.
SPECIAL NEEDS CAMPS: (Ages 7-18, 19-26)
Exciting camp activities are adapted from traditional camp and made accessible for those with special needs.
ADVENTURE TRIPS: (Ages 12-16)
Venture out and experience hiking, backpacking, and campfire cooking. Choose from rustic camping at Yankee Springs State Park, Pine River canoeing, or South Manitou Island.
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.
Indian Trails Camp
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O-1859 Lake Michigan Drive
Grand Rapids, MI 49534
Our Mission here at Indian Trails Camp 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 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 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.
2015 SUMMER CAMP DATES
Week 2 - Hollywood Week- 6/7-6/13 -Ages 18-99
Week 3 - ITC's Got Talent- 6/14-6/20 -Ages 7-99
Week 4 - Superheros Week- 6/21-6/27- Ages 7-99
Week 5 - ITC Palooza- 7/5-7/11- Ages 18-99
Week 6 - Holiday Celebration- 7/12-7/18- Ages 18-99
Week 7 - Under the Big Top (Circus)- 7/19-7/25- Ages 18-99
Week 8 - Jungle Fever- 8/2-8/8- Ages 7-99
2015 Day Camp Dates (Monday-Friday from 9 AM-4:30 PM) (Ages 5-26)
Week 1 (June 8-12)
Week 2 (June 15-19)
Week 3 (June 22-26)
Week 4 (July 6-10)
Week 5 (July 13-17)
Week 6 (July 20-24)
Week 7 (July 27-31)
Week 8 (August 3-7)
Opportunities Unlimited for the Blind (OUB Camps)
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 visually impaired - they "walk the walk" every day and are the best teachers for our students. Staff members who have good vision ensure safety, as does our 1.5:1 staff to camper ratio for most camps. We operate at Camp Optimist, with an outdoor swimming pool, teaching kitchen and lodge and over 100 acres of woods and wetlands to explore and participate in activities at Indian Trails Camp, only a few miles away.
Here are the 2015 camp offerings at OUB:
Blindness Immersion I - June 14 -21
Blindness Immersion II - June 21- 27
Stay for one week or two, or just come for the second week. Everything we do at camp for these two weeks is focused on fun and learning that is totally adapted for you! Cook and taste your own creations! One-on-one cooking lessons with our wonderful staff! Create 3D art to share with family and friends! Learn how to do your own grocery shopping! Learn life skills such as doing your own laundry, using public transportation, and much, much more! Visit Meijer Gardens, go to a baseball game, movie night, picnic at a park, and singing at the mall! Take on a cooking challenge! If you are a singer or you play an instrument or you want to learn about the joy of music, join us! Get smarter through your fingertips! Find out more about what makes the world go round! Make great memories with great people! What more could you want - join us to experience the Blind Planet! For more information on our collaboration with Summer in the City, please call the OUB office at 989.855.2430 or email Gwen Botting at email@example.com.
June 28 - July 3 Matt's Cookin' & Jammin' Camp
Come join the staff of OUB for a fantastic experience, Culinary Camp and Music Camp all rolled into one terrific week! Named for long-time camper Matt Clew who passed away last summer who loved both food and music, this camp will explore the great wide world of culinary arts and musical diversity. You will be able to try your hand at new recipes and skills. Come tune your ear and become a better musician as we explore the music scene. Of course, there will also be games and challenges and the usual camp stuff like swimming and nature, a talent show, special dinner, and lots of campfire songs.
July 5 - July 12 Survivor Art Camp
Explore the Grand Rapids art scene - made even more exciting by Art Prize - AND the challenge of sleeping in tents, doing fun survivor activities, cooking our own food, creating our own art, and generally having a blast at camp together! A mystery trip!! This camp is SELF-DIRECTED, meaning that the participants are decision makers as to daily activities and projects. Campers practice being leaders, followers and team members, learning to work together to create a week in which everyone wins!
July 13 -July 23 Adventure Camp
Come join us for a time of high adventure in the BIG CITY. Adventure meets Chicago! Come learn how to navigate your way through the city using trains and buses. We will camp by night and explore by day. This trip will be sure to have all the important things in life, food, fellowship, fun, and yes, campfires!
For more information, visit our website at www.oubmichigan.org. Registration is available online. If you have any questions, please call Gwen Botting, executive Director, 989.855.2430 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 nearly 70 years of experience serving children, youth and special needs campers. Pine Ridge offers overnight and day camp programs through the summer weeks with activities including go-carts, rock climbing, swimming, horsemanship, petting farm, water sports, arts & crafts, water slide, basketball, target sports, frisbee golf, playground, BMX bikes, and so much more.
To share and model the message of Jesus in a safe, innovative, and relational setting.
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 youth offer unique and challenging off-site trips.
Day Camps: Grades 1st-4th
Day Camps give children an opportunity to explore all the fun and learning activities at Pine Ridge. Lunch is provided by Pine Ridge.
Pine Ridge offers two sessions of camp each summer for youth and adults with special needs. 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.
Retreats and Guest Groups:
Pine Ridge has a beautiful new Retreat Center with 72 bed spaces to accommodate and host retreats for churches, schools, Girl Scouts, and other organizations.
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!