Youth Programs and Summer Camps for Kids
Finding the Right Camp
Decide early in the process what type of program you want for your child. Camp should be fun, relaxing, and healthy. Camp should offer positive and rewarding experiences that foster independence and self-esteem. Some camps are for military children. Some camps are free. Some camps offer scholarships. Some camps are specifically for children with special needs.
Making Camp Work for Your Child. This article,from the National Resource Center on AD/HD, a program of CHADD, describes how proper planning can make most summer camps work for children with AD/HD. The first step is to find a camp that works. The NRC offers some guidance on this in the FAQ Can You Help Me Find a Summer Camp for my Child?
Finding a Camp for Kids with Special Needs. Trying to figure out which camp is best? Whatever the special need, there's likely a camp out there to suit your child.
Tips for Finding a Summer Camp for Your LD Child. How do you find a camp that will best nurture your child? Ann Cathcart, founder of The Learning Camp and the mother of a child with a learning disability, suggests that you take the time to talk with the camp director at length, ask for references, and talk to other parents who have sent their children there.
Discover Camp - What Questions to Ask. Discover Camp is a resource for parents of children with disabilities selecting a camp for their child for the first time.
Summer reading can bridge the gap over the school holiday when kids can forget up to 30% of what they learned during the school year.
National Summer Learning Assocation - Know the Facts. To succeed in school and life, children need ongoing opportunities to learn and practice essential skills. This is especially true during the summer months. .
10 Weeks of summer reading adventures for you and your kid from Reading Rockets.
DoD/Military Summer Reading Program for children, teens and adults.
Let's Read! Let's Move! - Help to prevent summer learning loss by helping kids to read during the summer months.
Stopping the Summer Slide in Your Student's Reading Skills. Researchers know that children tend to lose academic knowledge and skills over summer vacation, and experts agree that children who read during the summer gain reading skills, while those who do not often slide backward.
Reading is Fundamental - Summer Reading Resources. By the end of 6th grade children who lose reading skills over the summer will be 2 years behind their classmates.
Avoid summer brain drain - kid friendly interactive e-learning.
Summertime and the Learning is Easy. Make reading a priority, and don't forget about writing.
Camps for Children with Special Needs. The National Dissemination Center for Children with Special Needs (NICHCY) provides this quick connect to camps and summer opportunities (March 2011).
Camp Dream - GA. Georgia Jaycees in partnership with the Roosevelt Warm Springs Institute for Rehabilitation designed and built Camp Dream to be barrier-free for people of all ages with a wide variety of disabilities and severity levels.
Surfers Healing Camp - Day camps nationwide for children with autism where kids and their families experience the joys of surfing. Amazing!
Camp Guides and Resources from the National Center on Physical Activity and Disability.
NCPAD Directory of Programs for people with disabilities and health conditions, including camps, therapeutic recreation, and adapted PE programs. Browse the programs by name, state or country, or you can search by a specific zip code and list only the programs closest to you.
American Camp Association - Find a Camp.
SOAR, Inc. is a non-profit wilderness adventure program for AD/HD and LD youth.
National Camp Association - Guidance and referrals. This free public service from a recognized authority on summer camps provides you with personalized guidance and referrals to the finest summer camps for children worldwide.
Christian Camping International (CCCA) provides valuable resources both for those seeking a Christian camping experience and for those who are leaders at Christian camp/conference ministries.
CampSpecialists.com - summer camp referral program.
Very Special Camps is an online directory by state of camps and programs for people with a wide range of special needs.
Top Summer Camps for Gifted Children from the Gifted Children Guide at About.com. These camps, often sponsored by universities or gifted organizations, offer courses providing in-depth study of a variety of subjects.
Family Village has a directory of leisure and recreation resources including special needs camps.
Special Needs Summer Camps. Finding a summer program that suits your child's special needs - listings will direct you to programs that cater to children like yours, and help you get your child ready.
YMCA Camp Search. YMCA summer camp, sleep-away camp, overnight camp -- whatever you call it, the YMCA has been doing it for more than 130 years! We have terrific Y camp locations all across the United States.
Camp Kekoka on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay, VA Peninsula Metropolitan YMCA.
Bridges4Kids has a comprehensive listing of Summer Camps for MI and across the nation.
Therapy/respite Camps for Kids. Helpful resources about summer camps that focus on therapy for kids with special needs and/or respite for the kids and their families from Kris Moore's dad.
ADHD Summer Enrichment Camp at the Leelanau School. Introductury program from July 18-23 intended for students entering grades 5 through 12 and their parents.
Camp T.A.L.K (SC) is an inclusive social skills day camp for children ages 10 and up with a focus on students who have a diagnosis of Asperger's Autism or PDD-NOS. Check out Camp T.A.L.K. Extreme for ages 15 through college age ASD students.
5 Ways to Keep Summer Camp Affordable from Military.com. (July 23, 2012)
Operation: Military Kids (OMK) is the U.S. Army's collaborative effort with America's communities to support the children and youth impacted by deployment.
Operation Military Kids has partnered with National 4-H Clubs, state universities, Boys and Girls Clubs, Cooperative Extension Services, YMCA, Boy Scouts, and many more to offer free summer camps to military kids across the nation. Go to Operation Military Kids and click on your state to find programs available in your area.
Space Camp scholarship from The Military Child Education Coalition that funds The Bernard Curtis Brown II Memorial covering full tuition, round trip transportation (from student’s home base to Space Camp), meals, lodging and program materials.
Children’s Association for Maximum Potential (CAMP), Lackland Air Force Base, began when a group of Air Force physicians realized how important a camping experience could be to their pediatric patients with special needs. Founded in 1979, CAMP was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 1980. Today, children and adults with disabilities and special health care needs (the majority from Texas, from across the U.S., and beyond) attend week-long camping sessions held each summer from May through August.
YMCA Military Outreach Initiative.The Armed Services YMCA offers YMCA memberships to eligible military families and personnel who may not have access to a nearby military facility, and also offers respite child care services for children whose parent or guardian needs temporary respite from their role as primary caregiver in the absence of a deployed spouse.
Contact your local Child,Youth and Family Services Office for information on summer camps and programs.
Camp Corral is an amazing week of non-stop fun and excitement in the great outdoors for the children of our American military heroes.
The ACT Today for Military Families, a dedicated fund to assist military families impacted by autism on a quarterly basis. Previous grants awarded have included funding for quality of life supports (including music therapy, social skills groups, summer camps, etc.). More info/application.
Operation Appreciation: Blue Star Museums, offers active duty service members, including activated Guard and Reserve, and up to five of their immediate Family members free admission to participating museums from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Over 600 museums in 50 states and the District of Columbia are participating in the program.
American Wanderer RV Camps for Kids, American Wanderer Foundation offers some scholarships for military kids.
Our Military Kids provides grants for sports, fine arts, camps, and tutoring programs.
Summer Camp Locator - locate a camp designed especially for military kids. Parents can also call Military OneSource at 1-800-342-9647 to request a customized report.
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