Camp Floyd Rogers

Camp Floyd Rogers at the Eastern Nebraska 4-H Center in Gretna caters to kids with diabetes.


Medical concerns sometimes translate into no summer camp experience for kids. These programs combine traditional summer activities with medical education and care to assure that these special kids have a real camp experience.

Camp Floyd Rogers

Only youths with Type 1 diabetes can attend this overnight camp tailored to education, relationships and fun. Campers find camaraderie and friendship with other diabetics, both newly diagnosed and veterans, while taking part in traditional summer camp activities.

When: June 19-25

Where: Eastern Nebraska 4-H Center, Gretna

Who: Ages 8-18

Cost: $500

Information: campfloydrogers.com

Project Explore

Campers experience nature and participate in camp activities with an emphasis on the enhancement of self-esteem. Activities include swimming, archery, climbing tower, arts and crafts, games and more. Because this camp’s dates include the Fourth of July, expect fireworks and a parade.

When: July 3-9

Where: YMCA Camp Kitaki, Louisville, Nebraska

Who: Ages 8-17 for those who have been identified with a learning disability, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder or other high-functioning disability such as Asperger’s Syndrome without primary emotional or behavioral problems

Cost: $440 early-bird fee if paid in full before April 1. Two or more family members may attend with the early-bird discount. After April 1, camp fee is $480 plus a $50 deposit upon registration, with balance due June 1. Limited scholarship assistance available.

Information: D’Arcy Goodrich, 402-334-1677, proj.expl.camp@gmail.com

Fire and Safety Camp

Safety is the name of the game for participants in this camp hosted by the Bellevue Fire and Rescue Department. Campers will learn about fire safety, the importance of dialing 911, first aid and bike safety. The Nebraska State Patrol will demonstrate how seat belts can save lives in vehicle rollovers. A closeup look at a LifeNet helicopter is a possibility. And to finish off with a big bang, expect a huge water fight.

When: A Saturday in July or August with date to be announced in April

Where: Bellevue Fire and Rescue Department Training Center, 3100 Cornhusker Road, Bellevue

Who: Children and young adults with special needs, including autism, developmental delays, hearing impairment, visual impairment, etc.

Cost: Free

Information: Bellevue Fire and Rescue Department on Facebook or Brian Koontz, 402-917-2533

His Kids Ministry

Whether you’re a special-needs teenager or senior citizen, this Christ-centered camp pairs you with a buddy to enjoy outdoor adventures. These include hiking, archery, canoeing, swimming, games on the field, sports at the courts, arts and crafts, worship, Bible study, a talent show and movie night.

When: June 8-10, June 15-17, June 29-July 1; 3 p.m. Wednesday to 10 a.m. Friday

Where: Camp Luther, Schuyler, Nebraska

Who: Ages 13 and older special-needs campers, including adults, who are mostly self-sufficient; staff is not prepared to deal with severely disabled campers.

Cost: $225, with early-bird discount of $20 if paid in full by April 15

Information: campluther.org

Camp Spirit

Campers with juvenile arthritis can enjoy camp activities in a safe and fun environment. Activities include tower climbing, horseback riding, crafts, campfires, team building and more. Rest periods and onsite medical care are built in.

When: June 19-25, 3:30 p.m. to 10 a.m.

Where: YMCA Camp Kitaki, Louisville, Nebraska

Who: Ages 8-15 who have some form of juvenile arthritis or a rheumatic condition and their siblings who do or do not have arthritis

Cost: $470; scholarships are available for campers with any form of juvenile arthritis; siblings, $470

Camp YouCan

Children with epilepsy and their parents often hear “you can’t do that with epilepsy.” This camp shows kids what they can do, including fishing, boating, arts and crafts, games, a ropes course, archery and climbing. Yes, YouCan at this camp.

When: 4 p.m. June 9 to 11 a.m. June 12

Where: Eastern Nebraska 4-H Center, Gretna

Who: Ages 7-17 who have epilepsy

Cost: $125

Information: campyoucan.org

— Compiled by Sue Story Truax

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