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Best 2024 Special Needs Summer Camps in Connecticut

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Early-Bird & Multiple Camper Discounts at Connecticut Special Needs Camps for Summer 2024

Some of the Best 2024 Special Needs Camps in Connecticut offer "Early Bird" and/or Multiple Camper Discounts if you enroll in camp before a certain date, or if you are enrolling more than one camper -- check each camp's listing & website for more info, and for info on any available Special Needs Camp Scholarships and Financial Aid.

Summer Special Needs Camps, Programs, Workshops, & Classes in Connecticut are Starting in July, 2024

Many of our Connecticut Special Needs Camps offer Summer Special Needs Programs, Activities, Workshops & Classes starting in July, 2024.

Be sure to check the "Year-Round Programs and Other Camp Info" headings of each camp listing for specifics, or give any Special Needs Camp you're interested in a call to check on Summer dates, times and availability.

Summer 2024 Special Needs Camp Open Houses & Reunions

Many of our Special Needs Camps will be hosting Summer Reunions for their previous campers, and Summer Open Houses for interested new campers and families. Each camp is different, and some offer activities for the entire family.

Contact the camp(s) directly to see if there are any Camp Reunion or Open House Plans for July, 2024.

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Bushy Hill Day Camp
Ivoryton, Connecticut

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860-767-2148 ext 104
253 Bushy Hill Rd
Ivoryton, Connecticut 06442

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TYPE OF CAMP: Day Camp. Weekdays, 8:30am-4:00pm with before and after care available. Transportation available.

CAMPER GENDER(S): Coed Campers.

BRIEF CAMP DESCRIPTION: The best nature, science, education-based camp on the CT Shoreline! 1-2 week session options; 10 wks total. Kids get unplugged and back to basics! Campers are grouped by age and are with the same counselor and field group for their full session, allowing them to build strong and lasting friendships. Field groups will spend the first half of the day exploring and playing in the woods, getting dirty and having fun, swimming, canoeing, completing group challenges on our low and high ropes in a non-competitive atmosphere. Optional overnight campout experience for ages 7 and up.

SPECIAL NEEDS CAMPERS: We work closely with parents and school Special Ed teachers and paras to bring the best experience to all of our campers. School paras and aides are welcome!

Swimming, Waterfront/Aquatics, Team Sports, Science, Adventure, Wilderness/Nature, and more. Archery
Cliff Jumping
Rope Swing
Low Ropes
High Ropes
Fires & Fire Safety
Survival Skills
Plant & Animal Identification

CAMP LOCATION: Our 750 acre wooded property surrounds a private mile-long lake and is conveniently located 2 hours from NYC and Boston along the CT Shoreline. Shopping outlets, malls, state beaches and parks are all less than 30 min from our camp. Please visit our website and follow our FaceBook page to see pictures and our video of our beautiful property.

CAMP FACILITIES: We have 750 acres off forests and wetlands surrounding a pristine, private, mike-long, spring-fed lake. Our hiking trails are well blazed, range in distance from 1/4 mile to 5 miles, with intermediate being the highest level of difficulty. campers spend the summer playing in and exploring the woods, hiking and learning as they go! The dirtier we get, the more fun we've had!

Our beautiful Bushy Hill Nature Center is home-base for our camp in the summer and a community hot-spot in the off-season. Just a short walk from the Nature Center is the Bushy Hill Farm, home to our playful goats, curious llamas, friendly pot-belly pig, and more!

CAMP PROGRAM INFO: Want your kids to have the time of their life, learn, make lasting friendships, and go home tired? Bushy Hill is the perfect place!

Our directors are both former public school teachers as well as former Bushy Hill campers themselves!

Summer camp counselors are at least 18 years old. Most are going to college for a degree in Education and/or the Sciences.

Assistant counselors are 16-17 years old and are on the path to go to college for Education or a field in the Sciences.

All staff are at minimum First Aid/CPR/AED certified. Most (if not all) are Lifeguard certified as well.

All counselors are trained in medication administration.

-Seedlings Camp ages 4-5
-Bushy Hill Day Camp ages 5-12
-Bushy Mountain Camp ages 13-15
-CIT program ages 15-16
-SCOUT Wilderness Survival Skills Camp ages 13-16
-Advanced SCOUT ages 16+
-Fringe SCOUT ages 16+

CAMP LEADERSHIP CIT/LIT PROGRAMS: The counselor in training program at Bushy Hill offers teens the unique opportunity to learn and develop skills as a counselor. Each session, the CITs will work with a counselor (a professional educator) in a small group setting for the first two days.

The following eight days, they will work with different field groups and age levels each day to practice their skills and observe various teaching styles.

At the end of each day there is a debrief so that they can discuss specific situations with each other and their counselor.

Skills Developed:
Conflict Resolution
Peer Mediation
Large & Small Group Management
Risk Management and Safety

CAMP SCHOLARSHIPS OR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE: Financial aid applications are available by request only. Up to 50% of the tuition can be awarded. Email Brendan Hylan brendan[AT]

FAMILY CAMP SESSION(S): Every other Saturday throughout the summer, on the weekend that falls WITHIN a two week session, we host a Family Fun Day and Open House. This is a chance for campers to share the fun of camp with their friends and family. Over the course of two hours, campers and their guests have the opportunity to explore the hiking trails, swim at our waterfront and meet our amazing staff!

YEAR-ROUND PROGRAMS: Bushy Hill Nature Center proudly works with the community, local schools of all ages, Boy and Girl Scouts, and professional organizations throughout the year through field trips, classroom visits, overnight trips, professional development opportunities, workshops, the Maple Sugar Shack, and more!

We offer birthday party options through the year.

In February and April we provide vacation camps for students on school break.

OTHER CAMP INFO: Campers bring a backpack with a lunch, water bottle, bathing suit and towel. They will carry their bag with them throughout the day. Closed-toed shoes are required at all times.

We offer an optional overnight experience for campers ages 7 and up. The overnights are split up by ages, each group having its own night, and each one has a different focus. The last two years the overnights have included campers sleeping in tents, our tipi, or just in a sleeping bag under the stars!


7-9 year old campers have guest visitors from A Place Called Hope, a local raptor rescue. APCH brings their resident owls to meet campers and share with them why they shouldn't be afraid of the woods at night. The noises are usually just a toad or a mouse rustling in the leaves, or the owls calling!

10-12 year old campers enjoy a sunset hike and canoe ride along our lake before heading out on their evening night hike, a sensory experience!

Bushy Mountain campers (ages 13-15) venture farther out onto our property, setting up camp, telling stories around the fire before heading out on a night hike.

SCOUT campers (ages 13-16) will spend the day leading up to the overnight building their debris hut shelters. Each shelter must be sturdy and waterproof (and will be put to the test!). In the evening the campers will use the skills taught during the session to make fire by friction, forage for a meal, make their spoons and bowls, etc.

Adanced SCOUT (age 16+) is for campers who have completed a minimum of 3 years in our SCOUT program, have demonstrated a near mastery level of basic survival skills. A group of campers and two staff members will spend a week in the woods using the skills they learned in the previous years to survive with the bare minimum of supplies. Campers must complete a skills test and must be at least 16 years old before they can be accepted into Advanced SCOUT.

Fringe SCOUT is a program for campers who have successfully completed Advanced SCOUT and who are interested in focusing and becoming a master of a specific skill set. Fringe SCOUT campers live in the woods for a week with the focus less on survival skills and more on knowledge, understanding, and development of one skill.

*note: CIT campers do NOT have an overnight option.

Please visit our website Our Camp Website Link: for the complete listing of session dates for each of our Day Camp programs.

Camp season: June 19-August 26

Before and after care available.
Transportation available.

Seedlings Camp (ages 4-5); ten 1-week sessions; 9am-3pm; Transportation not available for this program.

Bushy Hill Day Camp (ages 5-12); five 2-week sessions with some 1-week session options; 8:30am-4:00pm

Bushy Mountain Day Camp (ages 13-15); five 2-week sessions with some 1-week session options; 8:30am-4:00pm

Bushy Hill SCOUT Wilderness Survival Skills Camp (ages 13-16); five 2-week sessions with some 1-week session options; 8:30am-4:00pm

Bushy Hill CIT Program (ages 15-16); five 2-week sessions with some 1-week session options; 8:30am-4:00pm

Bushy Hill Nature Center is hiring Day Camp Counselors for its summer day camp programs running June 19-August 25, with orientation starting June 12.

Bushy Hill is a nature and education based program with a strong emphasis on the environment, our relationship with nature and our relationships with each other. We are located on 750 acres surrounding a mile long spring fed lake in Ivoryton, CT. Campers range from 4 – 16 years old.

Counselor applicants must be at least 18 years of age. All applicants must have, or be willing to obtain, at minimum, First Aid and CPR training. Lifeguard certified preferred, but not required. Background check and references required.

Compensation based on experience. Room and board provided. To apply for a position, please download an application at Our Camp Website Link: and send it and/or your resume to Jen Malaguti, Director, at jen[AT] Please call Jen at 860-767-2148 ext. 104 for more information. Positions open until filled.

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Ignite Learning Academy Virtual Summer Camp
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CAMPER AGES: 3-17, depending on camp

TYPE OF CAMP: Online. M-Th, 2 hours/day

CAMPER GENDER(S): Coed Campers.

BRIEF CAMP DESCRIPTION: Summer camps are a great way to have fun, socialize, create, and explore! With new themes each week, there's sure to be a camp that excites your child! Weekly camp themes include cooking, art, LEGO, science, wizards & magic, around the world, coding, and many more! All camps take place via Zoom and one registration covers all children in the same household!

SPECIAL NEEDS CAMPERS: Children with special needs are welcome to attend!

Fine Arts/Crafts, Computers, Math, Science, Technology, and more. See Specialty Camp Info Below

CAMP PROGRAM INFO: All camps are run by Ignite Learning Academy, a fully accredited online private school serving students in preschool through grade 12. Camp leaders include faculty, administration, and external experts in the areas they will be teaching.

Around the World Camp
Art Camp: Arts & Crafts with Found Objects
Art Camp: Drawing
Art Camp: Painting
Cooking Camp
DIY/Pinterest Camp
Hawaiian Hullabaloo Camp
JavaScript Coding Camp
Leading Ladies Camp
Mad Science Camp
Outdoor Explorers Camp
Scratch Coding Camp
Wizards & Magic Camp
Storytime & Craft Camp

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Offer Day & Overnight Options

Some Connecticut Special Needs Camps offer BOTH Day and Overnight Camp options. Be sure to check each camp's description under "TYPE OF CAMP" for complete information, and exact hours.

Some Connecticut Special Needs Day Camps also offer Extended Camp Hours for Early Camper Drop-Off and Pick Up. If you need these services, you should contact the camp to confirm availability.


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TYPE OF CAMP: Overnight/Sleepaway. Travel Tours Camp

CAMPER GENDER(S): Coed Campers.

BRIEF CAMP DESCRIPTION: Camp Wego offers high-quality tours for teen and adults with special needs year around. Our travel programs are unforgettable adventures. We are not your ordinary travel Camp! On our exciting, supervised educational travel programs, individuals learn new skills, make lifelong friends and explore extraordinary cultures in United States and abroad.

SPECIAL NEEDS CAMPERS: Camp Wego is a Travel camp serving teens and adult with special needs ages 14-65. We are a small travel special needs camp that travel in the United States and abroad. We are able to provide low staffing ratios, 1 to 4. (1:1 if needed) We have highly credentialed and experienced staff so each individuals needs are met. We add new and innovative travel and activities each year.

Our travel is designed to enhance social, friendship, culture, and other vital life skills that promote independence. Camp Wego helps travelers make new friends while traveling in a safe, fun and educational environment.

We offer high-quality supervised tours for teens and adults with special needs year around. Our travel programs are specialized for individuals with Developmental Disabilities, Autism, Learning Disabilities, ADHD and Asperger's syndrome.

Individuals must be ambulatory and be able to take care of personal hygiene needs.

Swimming, Team Sports, Adventure, Travel, and more. Travel, Travel Abroad, Cruises, Camping, Sightseeing, Theme Parks, Culture

CAMP LOCATION: Our year-round office is located in Florida. Our trips depart and operate from many of domestic and international locations. Our staff training is held every year in Florida.

CAMP PROGRAM INFO: Camp Wego is fully committed to developing life and social skills for individuals with special needs ages 14 and up. We believe that our travel trips are a great way to experience independence, improve social skills, and increase self-esteem in a secure, safe and also an exciting environment. Our primary goals are to help travelers build self-esteem, develop better social skills and self-expression, make and maintain friendships, improve fine motor skills, gross motor skills, and sensory integration.

YEAR-ROUND PROGRAMS: Camp Wego travels year around.

OTHER CAMP INFO: No Financial aid offered.

Most trips cost $1000 and up

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The Glenholme School
Washington, Connecticut

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860 868-7377
81 Sabbaday Lane
Washington, Connecticut 06793

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TYPE OF CAMP: Overnight/Sleepaway.

CAMPER GENDER(S): Coed Campers.

BRIEF CAMP DESCRIPTION: The Glenholme School is a therapeutic boarding school for young people, ages 10 to 18, diagnosed with Asperger's, ADHD, PDD, OCD, Tourette's, depression, anxiety, and various learning differences. The program provides a treatment milieu designed to build competence socially and academically. Glenholme’s learning environment supports and enhances the success of special needs students.

SPECIAL NEEDS CAMPERS: Program is all for Special Needs Campers, including those with ADHD, Autism and Mood disorders, including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, Tourettes and OCD.

Dance, Theater, Musical Theater, Music/Band, Fine Arts/Crafts, Video/Filmmaking/Photography, Basketball, Baseball, Weightloss, Soccer, Horses/Equestrian, Swimming, Tennis, Math, Academics, and more. English/Reading

CAMP LOCATION: We are on 110 acres in Litchfield County, 2 hours from NYC and 3 hours from Boston.

CAMP FACILITIES: We have 110 acres with an indoor pool. dining hall, music building, performing arts center, dance studio, a riding stable and modern cottages.

CAMP PROGRAM INFO: The Glenholme School's Summer Program captures the essence of summer fun amidst the stunning backdrop of the Berkshire Mountains here in New England. Located in Washington CT, the Summer Program invigorates the mind, body and spirit through the myriad of activities that provide fun, active participation through competitions, team development and skill building efforts. Through it all young people build confidence, friends, tolerance, and respect for their fellow youth and the effective role of the adults around them. Students leave with a complete understanding of community and a sense of active participation in a positive and productive environment. Sessions are 3, 4 or 5 weeks long.

Students attend school for two classes each day and have many regular activities throughout the week; afterward they engage in different events.

The Glenholme School
81 Sabbaday Lane, Washington, CT 06793-0138; 860-868-7377; FAX 860-868-7894
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YEAR-ROUND PROGRAMS: The Glenholme School is a year-round boarding an day school for students.

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Camp Nerden
Middlefield, Connecticut

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89 Powder Hill Rd.
Middlefield, Connecticut 06455

P.O. Box 2617 Meriden, CT 06451


TYPE OF CAMP: Day Camp. Daily 9am - 3pm

CAMPER GENDER(S): Coed Campers.

BRIEF CAMP DESCRIPTION: Camp Nerden provides recreation for children and adults with Intellectual Disabilities for 7 weeks each summer. We recently celebrated our 50th summer and are always looking for more campers and volunteers. We are run on donations so that there is no direct charge to families. Contact us for more information.

SPECIAL NEEDS CAMPERS: Our camp is devoted to children and adults with special needs. The campers will join their group to experience the various activities and theme days that we have throughout the summer. Campers can attend all 7 weeks or any days/weeks that fit their schedule.

and more. Special Needs Programs.

CAMP LOCATION: We are located next to Powder Ridge Ski Area on 15 acres of land in Middlefield, CT.

CAMP FACILITIES: We have 4 main buildings to do our activities as well as a newly renovated inground pool, a basketball court, and a shaded picnic area.

CAMP PROGRAM INFO: Our camp started over 50 years ago to provide recreation for children and adults with Intellectual Disabilities. In addition to our Camp Directors and our Board of Directors we have staff that run each group and activity, as well as certified lifeguards and a nurse. We also have middle school and high school aged volunteers that help with each group and help our campers have an enjoyable camp experience.

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Our camp runs for 7 weeks each summer. See our website for the calendar and application forms. We accept donations.

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Winding Trails Summer Day Camp
Farmington, Connecticut

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(860) 677-8458 ext 12
50 Winding Trails Drive
Farmington, Connecticut 06032



CAMPER GENDER(S): Coed Campers.

SPECIAL NEEDS CAMPERS: Winding Trails Summer Day Camp endeavors to arrange reasonable accommodations to make Camp accessible while preserving the rustic facilities, natural surroundings and a quality camping experience for all.

Theater, Music/Band, Basketball, Baseball, Soccer, Golf, Swimming, Tennis, Waterfront/Aquatics, Sailing, Team Sports, Adventure, and more.

CAMP LOCATION: Winding Trails Summer Day Camp has some of the finest facilities in New England. The camp is located on the property of Winding Trails, Inc. and sits upon 350 acres of prime woodland with bubbling brooks, lakes and ponds, and state-of-the-art recreational facilities.

CAMP FACILITIES: Winding Trails Summer Day Camp, established in 1947 is accredited through the American Camp Association and licensed with the State of Connecticut. Campers from the ages of 3–13 can enjoy over twenty different summer activities from swimming and soccer, to archery and arts and crafts.

The camp is open to the public; however, Winding Trails members get a discount on the fees. Winding Trails has an extensive summer of opportunities for your enjoyment. Our full day camp will promise to bring smiles to your child’s face with activities such as swimming, arts and crafts, nature, archery, sports, book, boating, music and drama, and our outdoor adventure course.

Winding Trails also offers halfday programs for 3–5 year-olds. Watch as your child grows socially, physically and emotionally stronger as the summer proceeds. Enjoy the special bonds created with our counselors and camp buddies.

CAMP PROGRAM INFO: Camp is where campers canoe and swim, make fires and friends, try archery and outdoor adventure, and explore drama and the arts. But Camp is much more than that. Campers and counselors work together,learn new skills, and build an honest,caring and respectful community where all individuals grow.

It is this strongsense of community that translates into an unparalleled loyalty and fondness for Winding Trails, among counselors and campers alike.

The heart of our programs has much to do with stretching to meet mental and physical challenges, gaining confidence and becoming skilled at teamwork. Our programs incorporate the natural surroundings and require a can-do attitude, cooperation and age appropriate independence.

Active and successful participation in the day camp experience at Winding Trails entails the ability to independently, safely and

• Cooperate with similarly aged campers in a unit, and take part in
the social and play time of the unit.

• Exhibit suitable behavior without needing more than the
usual amount of individual attention.

• Be responsible for personal care, and individual health
and safety.

• Follow a varied individual and group activity schedule,
that is age appropriate with graduated skill development.

• Maneuver rugged terrain and distances between
activities that are part of the natural surroundings.

• Understand and respond to group instruction for most of
the activities offered at Camp.

• Act appropriately in case of an emergency.

• Contribute positively to the overall spirit of the Camp community.

Winding Trails Summer Day Camp endeavors to arrange reasonable accommodations to make Camp accessible while preserving the rustic facilities, natural surroundings and a quality camping experience for all.

CAMP LEADERSHIP CIT/LIT PROGRAMS: he position of C.I.T. at Winding Trails Summer Day Camp is an important one. If chosen, you will learn many of the skills needed to work with children such as child safety, interaction, new games, age related activities, etc.

Although meeting new friends and having fun here is a by-product of this program, this should not be your primary motive for applying. You should be applying because you have a desire to work with children in a camp setting.

The C.I.T. Program is designed as a two-year program for entering ninth and tenth graders. Some candidates are admitted for one year. This program has become very popular in recent years and competition for our few available openings has been overwhelming. Take your time and fill out the enclosed application completely. It must be filled out by you, not by your parents. Be sure to list any experience you have in working with children, participation in camps, sports or clubs. Please note the swim level that you last completed. Also, give some thought to the essay question and why you want to be in the program.Send a resume if possible.

Based on your application, we will evaluate whether or not we feel you will be a good candidate for our program and an interview may be scheduled. The closing date for applying for this program is Wednesday, February 26, 2014. Interviews will only be held on Saturday March 1, 2014. Decisions will be made based upon the following criteria; application/experience/references 25%, essay 25% and interview 50%.

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CAMP SCHOLARSHIPS OR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE: Each year through the generosity of families, local businesses, and others, Winding Trails offers free or discounted tuition to our summer camp program. Campership is the financial Assistance Program of Winding Trails, Inc. and its Summer Day Camp. Winding Trails, Inc. is committed to serving everyone regardless of their financial capabilities. In order to be considered for these funds please download the Campership Request Form on our website. Our Camp Website Link:

Session 1: June 23, 2014 - July 4, 2014. (There will be camp on Friday, July 4th.)
Session 2: July 7, 2104 - July 18, 2104
Session 3: July 21, 2014 - August 1, 2104
Session 4: August 4, 2104 - August 15, 2014

2014 Fees
Regular Camp Fees - entering Kindergarten - eighth grade
Members Non Members
$ 480.00 $ 540.00

Half Day Campers - three and four year olds
Members Non Members
$ 330.00 $ 360.00

Early Drop Off (7:30am - 9:00am): $50.00 per session

Late Pick Up (3:30pm - 5:30pm): $50.00 per session

A reservation deposit of $100.00 per child, per session is required. This deposit will be deducted from the session fee when the balance is paid.

Fees include all camp activities, bus transportation, milk and insurance (up to $1,000 coverage).

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Summer Theatre of New Canaan
New Canaan, CT

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70 Pine Street
New Canaan, CT 06840

70 Pine Street,
New Canaan, CT 06840



CAMPER GENDER(S): Coed Campers.

BRIEF CAMP DESCRIPTION: The outstanding Summer Theatre of New Canaan is thrilled to offer three summer programs: Junior Company (grades 5-9), DramaRamas (special needs; ages 8-18), Pre-College Theatre Intensive (grades 10-12). Junior Company and DramaRamas will perform Kiss Me Kate, Jr!

SPECIAL NEEDS CAMPERS: DRAMARAMAS: A unique musical theatre program for children with special needs! Children ages 8-18 will rehearse and put on a musical. STONC’s professional actors and creative staff will act as mentors for each child and help them interpret and perform their roles. This year’s musical is Kiss Me Kate, Jr!

Dance, Theater, Musical Theater, and more.

Summer Theatre of New Canaan is a Top Special Needs Summer Camp located in New Canaan Connecticut offering many fun and educational Special Needs and other activities, including: Dance, Musical Theater, Theater and more. Summer Theatre of New Canaan is a top Special Needs Camp for ages: 8-18.

CAMP LOCATION: Camps will rehearse/perform in our studio on Pine Street, as well as our stage in beautiful Waveny Park! Both are located in New Canaan, CT!

CAMP PROGRAM INFO: Pre-College Theatre Intensive: Students entering grades 10-12 participate in a three-week theatre intensive. Workshops and master classes are taught by a variety of professional theatre artists, and classes include Acting, Shakespeare, Musical Theatre, Clowning, Audition Prep, Dance and more! Students will also have the opportunity to attend a Broadway show with cast talk back, and attend all of STONC’s season performances.

Junior Company: 3-week musical theatre performance program open to middle school students entering grades 5-9. Professional theatre artists work with Junior Company members to mount a musical - this year’s production is Kiss Me Kate, Jr! Registration is on a rolling admission limited to the first 30 students, and a placement audition is required for casting purposes.

DramaRamas: A unique musical theatre program for children with special needs! Children ages 8-18 will rehearse and put on a musical. STONC’s professional actors and creative staff will act as mentors for each child and help them interpret and perform their roles. This year’s musical is Kiss Me Kate, Jr!

CAMP SCHOLARSHIPS OR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE: Need based financial age may be available. Please contact us for more information.

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Channel 3 Kids Camp
Andover, Connecticut

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73 Times Farm Rd
Andover, Connecticut 06232


TYPE OF CAMP: Overnight/Sleepaway. Day Camp. Respite Weekends, teen wekends

CAMPER GENDER(S): Coed Campers.

SPECIAL NEEDS CAMPERS: Fully accessible facility, 24 hour nursing care, air conditioned, fully trained staff, inclusive program activities.

Dance, Musical Theater, Music/Band, Video/Filmmaking/Photography, Basketball, Soccer, Swimming, Waterfront/Aquatics, Computers, Adventure, Wilderness/Nature, and more. Epilepsy Foundation, Muscular Dystrophy Association, AAD Camp Liberty, Operation Purple(Military Families Camp), BESB.

CAMP LOCATION: Channel 3 Kids Camp sits on 350 beautiful acres by the shores of the Skungamaug River, in Andover and Coventry CT.

CAMP FACILITIES: There are more than 25 buildings, including sleeping cabins, a recreation hall, arts & crafts, shower house, pool house and a 42" x 75' swimming pool. Outdoor basketball courts, outdoor education and wilderness programming as well as camp sites. NEW this summer fully accessible cabin for children ages 8-18 with physical and developmental disabilities.

CAMP PROGRAM INFO: 24 nursing care, inclusive in full range of social and economics backgrounds for staffing with diverse backgrounds of training and certifications. State licensed and ACA accredited camp

Our proud mission for nearly 100 years to build a community committed to teaching children both social and academic skills that will carry them throughout their lives.

CAMP LEADERSHIP CIT/LIT PROGRAMS: Teen programs for children ages 13-18. CIT summer programming and off season activities

CAMP SCHOLARSHIPS OR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE: Scholarships available based on income, vendor approved services through State of CT and DCF.

FAMILY CAMP SESSION(S): Respite weekends for caregivers and guardians, teen weekends, father-daughter mother-son weekends

YEAR-ROUND PROGRAMS: After school educational programs, Homeschool family groups, Respite Weekends, Family weekends, Retreat and facility rental.

Please check website for dates available and also Camp Open houses to come for a tour of the programs.

Inclusion Counselors, Summer Camp Counselors, Activity Staff. Please contact camp for complete info.

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Camp Wah-Nee
Torrington, Connecticut

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860 379-2273
128 Wahnee Road
Torrington, Connecticut 06790

Camp Wah-Nee
61 Bogart Avenue
Port Washington, NY 11050


TYPE OF CAMP: Overnight/Sleepaway.

CAMPER GENDER(S): Coed Campers.

SPECIAL NEEDS CAMPERS: We handle Gluten Free kids

Dance, Theater, Musical Theater, Fine Arts/Crafts, Basketball, Football, Baseball, Soccer, Gymnastics, Swimming, Tennis, Waterfront/Aquatics, Sailing, Team Sports, and more. Roller Hockey, Lacrosse, Volleyball, Field Hockey, Gaga, Circus & Trapeze, High Ropes, Climbing & Zip Line.

CAMP LOCATION: Located on a beautiful Shadow Lake in scenic Litchfield County, Connecticut, we are 2 convenient hours from NYC and 2-1/2 hours from Boston. Please visit our website for all the sparkling details and lots of great pictures of Camp Wah-Nee at Our Camp Website Link:

CAMP FACILITIES: Beautiful, modern cabins on our boy's and girl's campuses with premier athletic facilities including our famous Indoor Gym & Theater Complex (there's nothing like this in the camping industry!) It's quickly become the stuff of legend to play there! We also feature a great pool, lots of fun lake toys, a new Art Studio, a new Gymnastics Pavilion, and all newly renovated fields, courts and facilities. Wah-Nee shines in every area!

CAMP PROGRAM INFO: Wah-Nee is what traditional sports camping is all about--high-energy fun and excitement, warm-hearted, spirited and inspiring. We are a values based camp with no technology and an emphasis on kindness, caring and personal responsibility.

Our outstanding staff models the behaviors we expect to see in every camper, setting the right example by keeping to our core values of sportsmanship and strong ethics in every area. Our kids learn life lessons of great value--but don't tell them they're "learning"! They're too busy having an absolute blast!

Our return rate approaches 100% each and every year. There are generations of Wah-Neeites everywhere who have kept their cherished camp relationships going for entire lifetimes. It's why Wah-Nee is "Like NO Other Camp in the World", and has been for over 80 years.

OTHER CAMP INFO: Fill out the contact form on our website to receive this year's camp video.

Camp Wah-Nee features one 7 week session only--we are a true Full Season camp, which allows each camper the golden chance to develop relationships with deep roots that are built to last.

We arrive together, live together, and reluctantly go home together. For 2014, we will run from June 28 through August 16.

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Capable Kids
Hartford, Connecticut

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900 Asylum Avenue
Hartford, Connecticut 06105

900 Asylum Avenue
Hartford, CT 06105


TYPE OF CAMP: Day Camp. Runs for six weeks

CAMPER GENDER(S): Coed Campers.

BRIEF CAMP DESCRIPTION: For a many years Harc has provided a Capable Kids Summer Camp for children with intellectual and developmental disabilities in collaboration with Camp Courant in Farmington. Our program integrates children with intellectual and developmental disabilities into typical camp experiences; creating a safe place of inclusion for children while their families continue to work. The camp runs for six weeks, Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 3:00pm. The camp is free however there is a $25 application fee. The families provide lunch each day. If a child is unable to bring lunch it is provided by Camp Courant. Children are integrated into different activities including: arts and crafts, swimming, sports & STEM.

SPECIAL NEEDS CAMPERS: Capable Kids summer camp is an integrated program in collaboration with Camp Courant. Each child with intellectual and developmental disabilities are able to participate in arts and crafts, STEM, swimming, music, sports and field trips with their typical peers. For six weeks beginning on the last week in June through the first week in August the campers enjoy and fun filled summer.

Dance, Music/Band, Fine Arts/Crafts, Basketball, Football, Weightloss, Soccer, Computers, Math, Science, Technology, and more.

CAMP LOCATION: We are located at 900 Asylum Avenue, Hartford, CT 06105.

Camp Courant is located at 96 Batterson Road, Farmington, CT.

Please refer to our website for more information.

CAMP FACILITIES: At the Camp Courant site there are several recreational areas including a sandbox, swimming pool, playscape, outdoor game outdoor basketball courts and a outside dinning area.

CAMP PROGRAM INFO: Capable Kids was started by a parent, Nesta Corso, in 1960. Today our key partnership with Camp Courant provides Harc an accessible physical location and allow us to engage and integrate with their groups. Harc builds a bridge for both sides to come together so that our campers are not sitting in a circle by themselves. While Camp Courant generously provides the accessible facilities to accommodate our campers for free, our children cannot integrate fully without the necessary staff supports. A third of our campers require 1:1 staffing assistance, the rest require one staff for every 3 or 5 children

Our summer counselors and lead staff receive extensive training that includes CPR/First Aide, Abuse & Neglect, Behavior Techniques and Community Services.

CAMP SCHOLARSHIPS OR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE: There is a $35 application fee but the camp is free to Hartford residents. Fees for applicants who live outside of Hartford will be based on staff to camper ratio.

YEAR-ROUND PROGRAMS: From September to June on the first and third Saturday of each month, Harc provides Camp Bulova. This program is located at 900 Asylum Avenue in Hartford. Camp Bulova is a respite program for medically complex children from the ages of 3-21. During each session from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm children are able to enjoy arts and crafts, cooking, health and wellness, massage therapy, music therapy and occasional traveling zoos.

Please contact Dawn Allen at 860-218-6031 for more information.

Capable Kids summer camp begins during the last week in June and runs for six week. The date usual depends on when the Hartford Schools break for the summer. Hours are 9:00am to 3:00pm. Transportation is provided to Hartford residents only. Campers who live outside of Hartford would meet at our main office at 900 Asylum Avenue in Hartford and the counselors will transport to and from the Camp Courant facility in Farmington. There is a $35 application fee only.

For more information please contact: Dawn Allen, Assistant Director of Community Services, at 860-218-6031 or via email dallen[AT]

We are currently accepting applications for Summer Camp Counselors. Please contact Dawn Allen at 860-218-6031.

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Holiday Hill Day Camp
Mansfield Center, CT

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41 Chaffeeville Road
Mansfield Center, CT 06250

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TYPE OF CAMP: Day Camp. Daily: 9:00am - 4pm; Transportation from most eastern Connecticut towns.

CAMPER GENDER(S): Coed Campers.

BRIEF CAMP DESCRIPTION: Holiday Hill Day Camp in Mansfield, CT is the summer place for boys and girls of all ages who want to have fun, make friends, keep active, and grow strong. Each day at Holiday Hill is a world of action and adventure where kids learn important social and physical skills in an atmosphere of encouragement, acceptance, and fun. More than child care, babysitting or single-focus programs, we keep kids engaged in hundreds of skill-building, energizing, success oriented activities.

SPECIAL NEEDS CAMPERS: A limited capacity program for children and teenagers with Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Asperger Syndrome, High Functioning Autism, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Shyness combines of regular camp and special counseling. Promotes social learning through developmental play with a focus on social communication, emotional regulation, and transactional support. The program will help campers work on sustaining friendships and developing resiliency.

Dance, Theater, Musical Theater, Fine Arts/Crafts, Basketball, Soccer, Golf, Horses/Equestrian, Swimming, Waterfront/Aquatics, Team Sports, Science, Technology, Academics, Adventure, Wilderness/Nature, and more. Horseback Riding, Dance, Mountain Biking, & Canoeing

Holiday Hill Day Camp is a Top Special Needs Summer Camp located in Mansfield Center Connecticut offering many fun and educational Special Needs and other activities, including: Fine Arts/Crafts, Golf, Theater and more. Holiday Hill Day Camp is a top Special Needs Camp for ages: 3.5-15.

CAMP LOCATION: We are located 30 miles east of Hartford, in the hills of eastern Connecticut, very near the Storrs Campus of the University of Connecticut. Visit our website to see our video and learn more about us.

CAMP FACILITIES: Twenty-Five acres of lawns, forested hillside, two outdoor pools, basketball courts, softball field, amphitheater, activities barn playgrounds and giant event tent, archery range, ropes course, zip line and more!

CAMP PROGRAM INFO: Our carefully chosen, conscientiously coached and closely supervised staff of youth development professionals builds success into every child that comes our way!

Holiday Hill is the region’s oldest, largest, and only state licensed, ACA Accredited, Independent day camp for boys and girls; owned and operated by the same family for 57 years.

Meet us along one of our convenient bus routes in 29 area towns, or drive in yourself, but join us this summer and find out why three generations of eastern Connecticut families agree that at Holiday Hill, summer never felt so good!

Summer never felt so good! Parents love our daily transportation and bus counselors, outstanding staff, safe, nurturing environment and responsive administration. Kids love the fun! Regular sessions include swimming lessons and recreational swimming in sparkling pools, sports, pony rides, archery, canoeing, ropes course with zip line, nature, crafts, creative dramatics, riflery and hundreds of games and activities.

Special sessions focus on horsemanship and riding lessons, dance, golf or mountain biking, plus a powerful leadership program for campers in grades 9 & 10. It all adds up to serious fun for boys and girls ages 4-14! For more information, please visit: Our Camp Website Link:

CAMP LEADERSHIP CIT/LIT PROGRAMS: The Holiday Hill NEST program grows 9th and 10th graders into leaders. Many of our oldest campers eagerly stay on, often becoming the next generation of kid-loving counselors. But NEST is not just counselor training, so we welcome all who seek a very educational and motivational program. NEST (Nurturing Experiences for Staff Trainees) — • 2-year progressive experiential education course • Develops natural leadership qualities by teaching basic camp leadership skills • Creates well-rounded, thoughtful, caring and competent staff members with a broad range of human relation skills, outdoor education techniques, sports, games and camp programming ideas. • Benefits young people regardless of their interest in camp counseling.

While not a prerequisite or a promise, most of our current staff members are graduates of this course. Eagle Phase • Campers entering ninth grade in the fall after camp • 4-week program taken in either sessions 1-2 or sessions 3-4 • Course components led by our Camp Director, Aquatics Director, Ropes Course facilitators and other key camp staff • Coordinated by a specially trained counselor who acts as the Group Leader • Enrollment limited on a first-come, first-served basis by registering with the standard summer camp registration form. If taken in the first half of the summer, successful participants may return for one or two more sessions as Junior Staff Trainees (JST’s). These young people are placed with camper groups to gain experience alongside regular staff.

If the Eagle Phase of the program is taken in the second half of the summer, campers may attend our regular camp program as Hawks (our oldest camper group) for all or part of the first two sessions. Junior Counselor Phase • Second summer of the program • Open to graduates of the Eagle Phase who are entering tenth grade in the fall • Junior Counselor candidates apply for a limited number of positions and attend at a special camp fee • Junior Counselors enroll for any number of sessions with a special Junior Counselor Application and Registration Packet and camp fee • JC’s attend certain pre-camp meetings in Mid-June along with our regular staff (dates TBA) • Rotated among different camper groups and specialty areas throughout the summer for a variety of experiences with different aged campers and activities • JCs receive additional in-service training, evaluation and mentoring throughout the summer from their special advisor and others in our camp leadership.

Eagle Phase enrollees need to complete only the regular Summer Camp Registration Form. Junior Counselor enrollees need to complete both the Junior Counselor Application and the Summer Camp Registration Forms. Call the camp at 860-423-1375 with questions or to enroll by phone.

CAMP SCHOLARSHIPS OR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE: Mansfield’s Holiday Hill Day Camp is an American Camp Association accredited camp committed to helping youth develop valuable life skills through camping programs that build self-esteem, independence, leadership and friendship skills, environmental awareness, and a spirit of adventure and exploration. We serve people of all ages, backgrounds, abilities and incomes. The funds available for Holiday Hill’s Campership Program are made possible through the generosity of our volunteers, alumni, camper families, staff and community donors, and the American Camp Association Camper Scholarship Program. Families are asked to provide financial information to substantiate their requests for tuition support. Families are asked to pay as much of their camp tuition as possible, and request Camper Scholarship funds to make up the balance. Contact the camp for a Campership Application Form.

YEAR-ROUND PROGRAMS: Holiday Recreation Center—Summer never felt so good. (And maybe even spring and autumn too!) Three generations of central Connecticut families have come to trust us – to mentor their children, to ensure both physical and emotional safety, and to impart valuable life skills – all while kids are having the summer time of their lives. So, why not do similar things for families and adult groups in Mansfield Center, Storrs, Willimantic, Manchester and the surrounding areas? That commitment has created the addition of: • group picnics and outings • pool memberships • our challenge course Any given weekend can include: • a wedding or reunion • a corporate teambuilding event • a lot of family bonding around our pool. During spring and autumn, we can handle groups any day of the week.

OTHER CAMP INFO: Our superlative and totally dedicated counselors join campers in creating a true summer family in an environment rich in safety, comfort, acceptance and FUN! We begin with all the physical skills and challenges everyone expects at camp. Then we go beyond the obvious and emphasize the social, emotional and psychological growth of our campers with activities that create a spiral of successes. Each child is an important person, sharing in the democratic process of the whole group. Each day is a chance for campers to learn to appreciate each other and to appreciate our environment. We encourage campers to take responsibility for themselves and their actions, and to feel good about themselves. Every camper takes home a smile and life-long memories, plus new skills and new friendships.

2098 Camp Session Dates – A two-week session minimum is highly recommended! Split sessions of one week are also available.

June Mini Camp: June 17-21

Session 1: June 24- July 5; Includes camp on July 4!

Session 2: July 8-19;

Session 3: July 22 - August 2;

Session 4: August 5-16;

August Mini Camp: August 19-23

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Camp Horizons
South Windham, Connecticut

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127 Babcock Hill Road
PO Box 323
South Windham, Connecticut 06266

PO Box 323
South Windham CT 06266


TYPE OF CAMP: Overnight/Sleepaway.

CAMPER GENDER(S): Coed Campers.

BRIEF CAMP DESCRIPTION: Fun and friendship fill the air during Horizons’ Summer Camp and Weekends in the Country Recreation and Respite overnight camp opportunities! These two camp options are offered for children and adults who have developmental disabilities and are between the ages of 8 and 39 (campers who are 40 and up attend our Masters Program).

SPECIAL NEEDS CAMPERS: Like other traditional sleep-away camps, Horizons provides a wide variety of enriching and rewarding experiences uniquely designed to promote each camper’s success.

Dance, Music/Band, Fine Arts/Crafts, Basketball, Weightloss, Horses/Equestrian, Swimming, Tennis, Waterfront/Aquatics, Science, Academics, and more. We Also Provide Our Campers With A Language Arts Program.

CAMP LOCATION: If you visit Our Camp Website Link: you will find many photos of our camp in action. We are located within 45 minutes of Boston and an 2 hours of NYC.

CAMP FACILITIES: All of our cabins are no more than 8 years old. Each is equipped with heat, air conditioning, and their own bathroom with stalls. Our huge dining hall is only 3 years old and holds our whole summer camp staff and campers. We are located on Lake Probus. We have a basketball court, gymnasium, and an outdoor pool.

CAMP PROGRAM INFO: Summer Camp & Weekends in the Country are offered at the Horizons' Campus in South Windham, Connecticut. All activities are tailor made for children and adults with developmental disabilities and other special needs over the age of 8. During the summer a special Masters Program is offered for campers over the age of 40.

The staff at Horizons are passionate about what they do and are chosen for their proven abilities. They receive a six-day orientation, ongoing professional development, and regular support from an experienced, hands-on Leadership Team.

The spacious, exquisitely designed Milne Family Commons is the central gathering place: to enjoy healthy meals from a kitchen able to cater to special diets, to shop at the trendy Horizons Trading post, and to join together to celebrate accomplishments. Staff participate in a six day orientation, as well as ongoing staff development groups and weekly staff meetings. Our high rate of returning campers and staff is evidence of the success of Horizons.

YEAR-ROUND PROGRAMS: We have a Weekends in the Country Recreation and Respite Program that runs from September through May. There are 16 theme based weekends.

OTHER CAMP INFO: The Mission of Horizons is
To create and sustain person-centered opportunities for people with special needs where they live, learn, work and play.

Guiding Principles
*We see the whole person with a focus on competence and capacity.
*We specialize in finding the unexpected in people.
*We create options based on each person’s unique needs and preferences.
*We promote independence and success.
*We find solutions.
*We solve problems and overcome barriers.
*We respond to the changing needs of individuals, families, and our community.
*We build outcome-based teams, foster collaboration, cultivate professionals and celebrate accomplishments.
*We maintain supportive environments and renew them to exceed licensing requirements and state regulations.
*We maximize resources, embrace the challenges of creative fundraising, and exercise stewardship focused on a positive future.

Our Camp Website Link: has the complete listing of our Weekends in the Country Recreation and Respite and Summer Camp Dates along with our fees.

Please submit a job application at Our Camp Website Link: if you are interested in Seasonal or Part time positions with Camp, Supported Living, or Supported Employment and Options.

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Silver Lake Conference Center
Sharon, Connecticut

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Main Office: 860-364-5526
223 Low Road
Sharon, Connecticut 06069

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CAMPER AGES: 4th - 12th grade

TYPE OF CAMP: Overnight/Sleepaway. One-week sessions, Sunday-Saturday.

CAMPER GENDER(S): Coed Campers. All Girl Campers.

AFFILIATION(S): Christian. Silver Lake is the Outdoor Ministry program of the Connecticut Conference of the United Church of Christ (

BRIEF CAMP DESCRIPTION: "Silver Lake is a place where I can be myself, and everyone accepts me." We hear this over and over again from the young people who come to a week of camp at Silver Lake.

Come and experience Christian community. "God's Backyard" is full of amazing nature and alive with life, acceptance, new friends, and lots of silly songs.

At Silver Lake, we tackle the high and low ropes courses, swim in our lake, play games on the ballfield, sing songs around the campfire, meet lifelong friends, and strengthen our relationship with God.

Registration for Summer 2015 opens Jan. 15, 2015, at Our Camp Website Link:

SPECIAL NEEDS CAMPERS: To ensure your child has the best experience possible, the Director, Tim Hughes, and your dean (program leader) need to be aware in advance of any physical, emotional, or behavioral needs a child may have. While we are not equipped to handle every differently abled conferee, we will do our best to offer special support to as many children as we can. If you have questions about the camp's ability to support your child, please contact the Directors (timh[AT] before registering. All information shared will be kept confidential. When registering, please include all relevant information.

Musical Theater, Music/Band, Video/Filmmaking/Photography, Waterfront/Aquatics, Sailing, and more.

CAMP LOCATION: Nestled at the foot of the Berkshires in the Northwest Corner of Connecticut, Silver Lake Conference Center comprises more than 60 acres on a medium-sized pond.

CAMP FACILITIES: We have 13 summer cabins and 5 year-round retreat lodges, a large summer social hall and a smaller winter dining hall, outdoor basketball and volleyball courts, high and low ropes courses, swimming and boating on our pond, two outdoor chapels, a labyrinth, five outdoor fire pits, large ballfield.

CAMP PROGRAM INFO: Silver Lake Conference Center has been welcoming conferees (campers) for a week of life-changing, community-building adventure in God's Backyard since 1957. Summer camp is open to young people in grades 4 though 12. Our conferences cover a broad range of interests and activities, from musical theater to poetry to high-energy games to sailing and canoeing. See individual conference descriptions for more information. Our week-long conferences have offered "once-in-a-lifetime experiences, over and over" to several generations of youth, helping to shape future leaders and spirited community-builders everywhere.

Each week during the summer we host five conferences for different age groups with different themes. The theme of the conference helps to shape some of the activities for the week. For example, Silver Lake's Funniest Videos will spend some time writing, shooting, and editing short films. Biking North will go on biking adventures outside of Silver Lake.

While a lot of the group's activity will center on the conference's theme, all conferences are camp experiences first: You will live at camp, eat in the social hall with the other conferences, swim in the lake, check out the high and low ropes courses, dig around in the garden, or sit around a campfire. Also, each conference takes turns leading all-camp worship one night of the week.

Silver Lake has become a sacred place to so many people, young and old. We invite you to come away from the busyness of everyday life and find out what is so special about this ministry of God's love.

Silver Lake welcomes church groups, youth groups, schools, non-profits and businesses during the Fall, Winter, and Spring.

CAMP LEADERSHIP CIT/LIT PROGRAMS: We will offer a weekend Counselor-in-Training program in Spring 2015. Check Our Camp Website Link: for dates and fees.

CAMP SCHOLARSHIPS OR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE: Scholarships available from local churches and from Silver Lake. Contact Registrar Jennifer Kronholm Clark, jennc[AT], for more information.

FAMILY CAMP SESSION(S): We offer two half-week Family Camp sessions, as well as Mom & Me, for a fourth-grader and mom. More information on dates and fees will be available in January 2015.

YEAR-ROUND PROGRAMS: We host weekend retreat groups in the off-season. Silver Lake-sponsored programs include Fall Action Weekend, Oct. 24-26, for high schoolers; Christmas at the Lake, Dec. 5-7, for 5th through 8th graders; Maple Sugaring, March 27-29, for 6th through 8th graders; and Spring Action Weekend, May 1-3, for high schoolers. Register now at Our Camp Website Link:

We offer a Women's Yoga and Music Spirit Retreat in the spring. Check Our Camp Website Link: for dates.

OTHER CAMP INFO: We welcome all people, regardless of religious affiliation. We are part of the United Church of Christ (UCC), a socially liberal Christian denomination. For more information about the UCC, please visit Our Camp Website Link:

Summer 2015 session information, including dates and fees, will be available in early January 2015. Registration will open Jan. 15, 2015, at Our Camp Website Link:

Now hiring for summer staff: lifeguards, maintenance, kitchen, ropes course, arts & crafts and other activities. Application deadline is Feb. 1.

Find job descriptions and the online application at Our Camp Website Link: or contact Summer Assistant Director Alan Munshower at alanm[AT] for more information.

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Computer Kids Club
Online Camp Bear, Delaware

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P.O. Box 246
Bear, Delaware 19701

CAMPER AGES: Ages 5-12

TYPE OF CAMP: Day Camp. Online. M-F 8:45 a.m.-12:00 p.m. OR 12:45-4:00 p.m.

CAMPER GENDER(S): Coed Campers.

BRIEF CAMP DESCRIPTION: HALF-DAY Computer Camp in Delaware for Ages 5-12. Students use computer arts to design a POKEMON or UNICORN city and a RUBIK's cube! TYPING, CODING with MINECRAFT, MOANA, STARWARS & More. Engineering & Math activities. Build a Rover & Rocketship and learn the GOOGLE programs.

SPECIAL NEEDS CAMPERS: Special Needs are welcome.

Video/Filmmaking/Photography, Computers, Math, Science, Technology, Academics, and more.

CAMP LOCATION: Camps will be held at All Saints Catholic School, 907 New Road, Wilmington, DE or Newark, Delaware location which is pending.

CAMP FACILITIES: The camps will be held in New Castle County schools in their computer lab.

YEAR-ROUND PROGRAMS: This program can also be delivered through our TUTORING service by appointment during the summer.

$235.00 for Monday-Friday Camp
Choose the A.M. OR P.M. camp for this fee

Seeking part-time technology coaches to assist with the summer camp hours. 

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Summit Camp & Travel
Connecticut Location(s)

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(973) 732-3230, (570) 253-4381
168 Duck Harbor Road
Honesdale, Pennsylvania 18341

Weekend Programs in NY, NJ, CT, (NY Metro), DC, VA, (DC Metro Area), PA

322 Route 46 West Suite 210 Parsippany, NJ 07054

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TYPE OF CAMP: Overnight/Sleepaway. Summer, Weekender, Teen Travel

CAMPER GENDER(S): Coed Campers.

AFFILIATION(S): Our dining facilities are Kosher. We are accepting of all faiths. Summit is an ACA accredited program.

BRIEF CAMP DESCRIPTION: Summit Camp & Travel is an awesome experience for our kids to enjoy camp, teen travel, and weekend retreats in a supportive environment that 'gets' them. Our kids march to the beat of their own drum, and when those drums come together, they create what we call "The Magic on the Hill"!

SPECIAL NEEDS CAMPERS: Summit Camp & Travel provides traditional recreational programs for youth aged 8-19 years with needs such as AD/HD, Asperger's/HFA, learning differences, and/or mild emotional challenges.

Dance, Theater, Musical Theater, Music/Band, Fine Arts/Crafts, Video/Filmmaking/Photography, Basketball, Football, Baseball, Weightloss, Soccer, Gymnastics, Horses/Equestrian, Swimming, Tennis, Waterfront/Aquatics, Volleyball, Martial Arts, Team Sports, Computers, Math, Science, Technology, Academics, Adventure, Travel, Wilderness/Nature, and more. Trampolining, Nature Program/Small Farm/Gardening, Swim Instruction, "Glee" Choir & Dance Program, Independence (Executive Function/ Independent Living Skills) Course, Tribes Social Skills Program, Banana Boating, Activities In Daily Living (Cooking, Budgeting, Etc), Jewelry Making, Ceramics, Woodshop, Karate/Martial Arts, GAGA, Go-Karting, & Archery.

Summit Camp & Travel is a Top Special Needs Summer Camp located in Honesdale Connecticut offering many fun and educational Special Needs and other activities, including: Technology, Travel, Baseball and more. Summit Camp & Travel is a top Special Needs Camp for ages: 8-19.

CAMP LOCATION: Summit is located approximately 3 hours from New York City in the far Northeast corner of Pennsylvania (45 miles northeast of Scranton, PA), in the lovely rural setting of Honesdale, Pennsylvania.

CAMP FACILITIES: Summit has approx. 30 traditional wooden cabins with electric and private facilities in each cabin. Our main buildings include our newly refinished dining hall, air-conditioned recreational hall, our medical facility, and a newly built outdoor pavilion. Summit utilizes three A frame buildings for our arts programs, a wilderness treehouse with camp fire area for cookouts, newly resurfaced basketball/tennis courts, high/low ropes course with climbing wall, heated pool, private lake, nature fields with a farm area, martial arts dojo, go-kart track with 3 karts. Summit has a small amphitheatre adjacent to our lake, with a miraculous view of our beautiful setting where we enjoy swimming, canoeing, and riding our banana boats. Our camp resides on a gently rising hillside, thus providing us with the physical basis for our motto, "The Magic on the Hill."

CAMP PROGRAM INFO: Summit Camp is a co-ed sleepaway camp for ages 8-19 years with issues of attention: AD/HD, HFA/Asperger’s Disorder, and/or learning differences. Using the frame of a traditional sleepaway camp, we create platforms of success where our campers can experience outcomes such as improved self-esteem, lasting friendships, and increased independence. This is accomplished through a well-orchestrated and expertly staffed backdrop to a largely traditional camp experience- guided challenges, waterfront, adventure course, and more. It is our goal and desire to take our campers from observing peer interactions to engaging in them, to learn and celebrate their own strengths and successes, and to feel a sense of belonging and shared community with those around them while they are with us.

Our Teen Travel program extends the Summit community to provide a safe yet exciting adventure to one of our many attractive national and international destination tours offering 14 day and 19 day excursions. Summit Weekenders provide a youth-group style social retreat for adolescents to have an oasis of independence, enjoyment, and success during the school year months. Regardless of the specific program, Summit provides an expertly staffed, highly structured, and truly fun experience for our youth, and has been doing so since 1969. Summit is accredited by the American Camp Association and takes pride in our long term commitment to and successes in working with special needs youth.

CAMP LEADERSHIP CIT/LIT PROGRAMS: Our Transitions to Adult Living Skills program for youth aged 15-19 provides learning and vocational opportunities for our teens. We also have vocational programs for upper camp including, big brother/big sister, waiter/waitressing, working in a specialty area or as UL assistant, photography, and more. Our SUPER TEEN program focuses on building the executive function and daily living skills OUR kids needs to succeed as independently as possible.

YEAR-ROUND PROGRAMS: Summit provides weekender programs in metropolitan areas throughout the country which run from Friday evening until Sunday mid-day that provide an oasis of social involvement for our youth. NY/NJ and DC/VA weekenders meet on a monthly basis.

OTHER CAMP INFO: Summit has the following resident summer staff in addition to our dual layer of counselors and specialists. • Team of senior directorship including a Master's of Education, licensed social worker, counseling psychologist, and school psychologist. • On site Physician and group of RN's for excellent medication management and treatment on site. • Head counselor who has been a proud member of the Summit community since 1983. We pride ourselves on our ongoing support and training of our staff and our phenomenal return rate of excellent seasonal staff who help us orchestrate and bring the magic to our youth year after year.

Ongoing information can be found on our website at: Our Camp Website Link:
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We would love to hear from interested applicants! We are looking for staff 20+ years of age. Counselors have prior experience working with our populations and are looking for a unique opportunity to develop skills and experience in the best setting, with the best supervision, available!

Our specialty teams include waterfront, arts, performing arts, adventure, nature, science, computers, athletics, and go-karting.

We are looking for specialty teachers that have experience leading youth and instructing others in their given area.

Please contact Leah Love, MS, leahl[AT], with interest in working for us. You may have never considered a special needs camp program- but let us show you why working for us may be the summer of a lifetime!

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High Hopes Summer Horse Camp
Old Lyme, Connecticut

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860.434.1974 x118
36 Town Woods Road
Old Lyme, Connecticut 06371

36 Town Woods Road, Old Lyme, CT 06371


TYPE OF CAMP: Day Camp. Camp runs Monday to Thursday 9:00 am to 1:00 pm and each week caters to a different age range.

CAMPER GENDER(S): Coed Campers.

AFFILIATION(S): High Hopes Summer Horse Camp runs for five individual weeks, Monday to Thursday and is a FULLY INCLUSIVE summer camp that welcomes children and young

BRIEF CAMP DESCRIPTION: Each summer High Hopes is pleased to offer five sessions of inclusive, all abilities summer camp. Throughout our four-day camp sessions, our campers will have fun grooming, tacking, daily riding lessons, trail rides, gymnastics on horseback, carriage driving, arts and crafts and of course FUN inclusive team-building GAMES! Each week is limited to 16 participants and places fill fast so call for more information.

SPECIAL NEEDS CAMPERS: We offer a high volunteer to student ratio, thereby ensuring that each age-appropriate week is designed to meet the needs of our campers’ ages and riding skill levels and is suitable for children with and without disabilities. We are a Premier Accredited Center with PATH Intl. The Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship and are also accredited by the State of Connecticut and Connecticut Horse Association. We are fully ADA compliant.

Horses/Equestrian, Wilderness/Nature, and more. Special Needs Programs.

CAMP LOCATION: High Hopes is a beautiful, quiet farm of over 120 acres, situated in Old Lyme Connecticut, easily accessible from the I95 North or South, Rt. 2/11 South from Hartford, and Rt. 9 from Middletown.

CAMP FACILITIES: Our ADA compliant facility includes a massive indoor riding ring, an outdoor ring, trails for nature rides, and an air-conditioned classroom, kitchen, and participant lounge area. Our camps are powered by our amazing herd of 25 horses, chosen and trained for their temperament and patience with young people. Enjoy daily riding lessons, carriage driving, gymnastics on horseback, and arts and crafts.

CAMP PROGRAM INFO: High Hopes' philosophy is to bring horses and humans together to improve lives. During the academic year, we run programs for adults and children with a wide range of physical, emotional, and cognitive disabilities. But in the summer, we open our farm up to our community because it does not matter who you are, how young or old you are, where you are in your life when horses and humans come together, life is better.

High Hopes also runs three to four weeks of special interest camps including VetKids for children of Veterans or active service personnel, Horse Sense for At-Risk-Youth in grades 5-8, IMMERSION for children ages 3-5 with Autism or sensory impairment.

CAMP LEADERSHIP CIT/LIT PROGRAMS: High Hopes is an internationally-recognized Certified Instructor Training facility, accredited by PATH Intl. the professional body for therapeutic horsemanship.

CAMP SCHOLARSHIPS OR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE: Limited need-based financial aid is available. Applications for Financial Aid must be received by May 13, 2020. Camp applications close May 18, 2020, and notification of any financial-aid award will be made by June 1, 2020.

YEAR-ROUND PROGRAMS: During the academic year, we run programs for adults and children with a wide range of physical, emotional, and cognitive disabilities. But in the summer, we open our farm up to our community because it does not matter who you are, how young or old you are, where you are in your life when horses and humans come together, life is better.

Week 1: July 6 – July 9, 2020 
9am – 1pm for ages 3-6
Week 2: July 13 – July 16, 2020
 9am – 1pm for ages 7-12
Week 3: July 20 – July 23, 2020
 9am – 1pm for ages 4-12
Week 4: July 27 – July 30, 2020
 9am – 1pm for ages 3-6
Week 5: August 3 – August 6, 2020
 9am – 1pm for ages 7-12

We pride ourselves on providing an amazing volunteer experience. High Hopes volunteer team supports over 650 volunteers a year, and, if you are 14 years of age and over, we hope that this coming year will include you!

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Shakespeare Alive
Middletown, Connecticut

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(860) 347-6143
Oddfellows Playhouse Youth Theater
128 Washington Street
Middletown, Connecticut 06457

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CAMPER AGES: 14 - 20

TYPE OF CAMP: Day Camp. Monday through Friday, 10 am - 3 pm

CAMPER GENDER(S): Coed Campers.

BRIEF CAMP DESCRIPTION: "Shakespeare Alive!" is a three week intensive theater camp for ages 14 - 20. Participants will receive professional training in acting, voice, movement, stage combat, text analysis and ensemble theater. The program will culminate in two outdoor performances of "Shakespeare Alive!", a dynamic collection of scenes, monologs and swordplay designed to bring Shakespeare to life for contemporary performers.

SPECIAL NEEDS CAMPERS: Oddfellows' facility is fully accessible and meets ADA standards. All young people are welcome and encouraged to participate.

Dance, Theater, Music/Band, and more.

CAMP LOCATION: Oddfellows Playhouse is located in downtown Middletown, Connecticut. Most of the activities this summer, including the final performance, will take place outdoors in a nearby green space.

CAMP FACILITIES: We have a 10,000 square foot facility which includes a black box theater, dance studio, 2 classrooms and a shop/design studio.

CAMP PROGRAM INFO: Shakespeare Alive! is a collaboration between Oddfellows Playhouse Youth Theater and the Middletown-based professional theater company ARTFARM. The program will be directed by ARTFARM Artistic Director Marcella Trowbridge. Marcella is a professional performer, teacher and theater director. She specializes in making classic work immediate and contemporary. She has directed dozens of plays, including many original, classic and contemporary works, as well as Shakespeare’s King Lear, Twelfth Night, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth and others. Some of the favorite roles that she has played include Hamlet, Lady Macbeth, Beatrice, Titania, and Kate in The Taming of the Shrew. She holds an MFA in Theater from Rose Bruford College in London.

Additional staff will include specialists in stage combat, ensemble performance and voice, as well as a professional team of designers.

CAMP SCHOLARSHIPS OR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE: Ample financial aid is available. Contact info[AT] or call (860) 347-6143 if you have questions about payment or financial aid.

FAMILY CAMP SESSION(S): Family are welcome to the performances on July 30 & 31, and there will be small share events throughout the program to which family will be invited.

YEAR-ROUND PROGRAMS: Oddfellows Playhouse Teen Repertory Company provides performance and training opportunities to teenagers throughout the school year. Auditions for Fall Teen Rep will be in mid-September.

OTHER CAMP INFO: Stage Combat. Voice and Diction. Unlocking Shakespeare's text.

Shakespeare Alive runs July 12 - 31, Monday through Friday, 10 am to 3 pm. There will be extended sessions on Thursday, July 29 for dress rehearsal , and 5 pm performances on July 30 & 31.

Tuition for the 3 week program is $300 for Middletown residents, $600 for out-of-towners, and ample financial aid is available to support any family that needs it -- lack of resources should not be a reason to not participate.

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Chester, Connecticut 06412

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60 Darlin Street
East Hartford, CT 06108

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