These camps for special needs kids are sure to fill their summer with field trips, fun and friendship.


Campers will enjoy everything from canoeing and archery to nature education. These therapeutic recreation activities provide children who have intellectual and physical disabilities the opportunity to have fun in a safe environment.

When: June 16-Aug. 9; day camps run 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; overnight camps run from Sunday at 3 p.m. to Friday at 1 p.m.

Where: Camp High Hopes, Sioux City, Iowa

Who: Age 5 to adults with any disability

Cost: $208 for day camp sessions; $598 for overnight sessions



For three days, campers will have the opportunity to make new friends while enjoying nature. With retreat-style bedrooms and large spaces, campers are invited to take part in a joyful, Christian community and have a good time.

When: June-July; Wednesday-to-Friday or Sunday-to-Tuesday sessions

Where: Camp Carol Joy Holling, Ashland

Who: Youth ages 13-21; adults 21 and older

Cost: $230 with a $50 deposit


What do s’mores, wagon rides, songs around the campfire, swimming, archery, dancing, zooming down the water slide, canoeing, kayaking and growing in your faith in Jesus have in common? This year’s His Kids Camp, of course.

When: Weeklong sessions, June-July

Where: Camp Luther, Schuyler, Nebraska

Who: Ages 12 and older

Cost: $225-$375



Fun, friendship and play are the major themes for this camp that welcomes anyone age 5 to 100 of any ability. With an on-site registered nurse and a large staff, campers and caretakers alike can simply relax and enjoy.

When: June-July, various themes and age groups; overnight camps, 4 p.m. to 10 a.m.; day camps, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Boy Scouts Camp Eagle, Cedar Bluffs, Nebraska

Who: Ages 5-100 with any disability

Cost: $730 for day camp sessions; $300 to $1,100 for overnight sessions; camperships, respite care waiver units available



Field trips, anyone? This six-week day camp is offered to kids with developmental disabilities, who will participate in activities such as art, cooking, gardening and weekly field trips.

When: Late June to early August, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday-Friday

Where: Munroe-Meyer Institute, University of Nebraska Medical Center

Who: Ages 3-21 with developmental disabilities

Cost: $195


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