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10 Best Wheelchair Friendly Summer Camps

Posted by ROLAND REZNIK on June 07, 2016. 0 Comments

The Americans with Disability Act requires all summer camps to accommodate children in wheelchairs. This means children who use wheelchairs have just as many summer camp choices as able-bodied children. Finding the right camp that suits your child’s needs can feel overwhelming. However, making sure the camp has reasonable accommodations and an active itinerary is easier than you think. There are plenty of excellent wheelchair friendly summer camps to consider.

Here is our list of 10 best wheelchair friendly summer camps.

1. Camp Little Giant 

Camp Little Giant is a summer camp for those who love outdoor adventures. Campers can enjoy a variety of activities including adaptable sports, fishing, and even bread making. The camp is located in Carbondale, Illinois and is suitable for children with physical, developmental and cognitive disabilities. The age accepted, is 8 to 21 years old. The cost for summer camp ranges from $550 to $2100 depending on the session. 

2. Camp Oakhurst 

Established in 1906, Camp Oakhurst is a summer sleep-away camp for children with physical and developmental needs. The camp is fully accessible for wheelchair users. Camp Oakhurst provides activities such as a variety of sports, swimming, day trips, and cooking. It is located in New Jersey and is operated by the New York Service for the Handicapped. Camper’s ages 8 to 19 are welcome. The cost is based on income and scholarships are available.

3. Bradford Woods 

This fully accessible camp offers activities such as fishing, canoeing, hikes, archery and more. Bradford Woods summer camp is located in Martinsville, Indiana and is part of Indiana University’s Outdoor Center. Campers are grouped by disability and placed in a camp program that is best suited to their needs. Campers with physical disabilities often participate in camp Kan Du, Venture, and Riley. Campers ages 8 to 18 are welcome.

4. National Ability Center 

This camp offers day or overnight camp sessions for campers ages 6 to 24. The National Ability Center Camp focuses on the development of recreational skills, building friendships and strengthening physical agility. Campers can choose from a variety of sessions such as an adaptive sports camp or outdoor adventure camp. National Ability Center Camps are located in Park City, Utah. The cost ranges from $120 to $550.

5. Victory Junction 

Boundaries and limitations don’t exist at Victory Junction. This camp offers week-long sessions throughout the summer. The state-of-the-art facilities are fully accessible and include an indoor softball field, bowling alley, water park, miniature golf course and more. This program is free to campers ages 6 to 16. Victory Junction provides children with physical disabilities and their siblings the opportunity to enjoy a variety of summer fun. The camp is located in Randleman, North Carolina.

6. Camp Greentop 

This camp is located in Thurmont, Maryland and is operated by the League for the People with Disabilities. Campers between the ages of 7 and 21 are welcome to summer sessions. Camp Greentop provides accessible activities such as adaptable sports, performing arts, music, campfire activities and swimming. The price ranges from $580 to $1720.

7. Camp Accomplish 

Camp Accomplish is a fully inclusive program located in Nanjemoy, Maryland. Campers have the opportunity to enjoy a variety of activities including archery, horseback riding, talent shows, canoeing, creative arts, swimming and more. Campers ages 5 to 18 are welcome. The cost per session ranges from $260 to $950, depending on the type of session chosen.

8. Camp Without Barriers 

This camp is available nationwide and is created by the international charitable organization Easter Seals. The Camp Without Barriers program provides summer camp opportunities for children and adults. Easter Seals has developed 140 Camp Without Barriers recreation facilities throughout the United States. All facilities have adapted equipment and fully accessible grounds. Contact Easter Seals for the nearest location and pricing details.

9. Camp Thorpe 

This camp is nestled in the Green Mountains in Goshen, Vermont. Camp Thorpe welcomes campers 10 to 20 years old. They offer two-week summer sessions that include activities such as swimming, fishing, boating and more. The cost per session is $800.

10. Youth Wheelchair Sports Camp 

The Eastern Nebraska Wheelchair Athletic Association, also known as the ENWAA, offers a free recreation and sports camp for wheelchair users 6 to 18 years old. Campers have the opportunity to enjoy activities such as ceramics, pottery, photography, softball, basketball, tennis, basketball, archery and more. The camp session for 2016 is open to campers from July 25th through July 29th.

How to Choose the Right Summer Camp     


You can get started choosing the right summer camp for your child by following the suggestions below.

  • What activities does your child enjoy? – Does your child like sports or horseback riding? Make a list of the wheelchair accessible summer camps that offer adaptable sports and horseback riding.
  • Do you need a day or sleep away camp? – Summer camps offer a variety of sessions. Some last two weeks on a daily basis and others are sleep-away camps that provide accessible accommodations. Narrow down your list by choosing one of the two options.
  • How much can you afford? – The cost for accessible summer camp programs ranges from free to $2,000 or more. Find an option that suits your budget.

Your child might be determined to attend a specific summer camp this year. However, it might be above your budget. Some camps offer financial plans and assistance for their summer programs. Inquire directly with the accessible summer camp of your choice for further details. Remember to consider attending one of the best wheelchair summer camps on this list.

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