Camps for Kids with Mental and Physical Disabilities

This has been a hard year for all of us, especially kids with disabilities. They’ve had to adjust to online school, break routines, miss important therapies and learn how to do pretty much everything over Zoom — all while stuck at home away from their friends and family.

It’s been a hard year and your kids are probably ready to get out of the house and have some fun at camp this summer. Here, you’ll find some great summer camps options in metro Detroit, Ann Arbor and beyond for kids with mental and physical disabilities. Check them out and sign your child up for a summer camp experience that best fits their needs and interests.

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Social Skills Camp

July 12-15, July 19-22, July 26-29, 2021

  • Address: 10327 Grand River Ave., Suite 401, Brighton
  • Phone: 800-787-5118
  • Hours: 9:00 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Cost: $250/per week, $650/all three weeks

Campers will learn what to do in specific social situations by playing games, using role play, having discussions, getting feedback and more. Staff ratio 3:1.

Bloomfield Hills SCAMP

June 29-July 29, 2021 (Summer recess July 5-6)

  • Address: West Hills Middle School, 2601 Lone Pine Road, West Bloomfield
  • Phone: 248-433-0885
  • Hours: 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Mondays-Thursdays
  • Cost: $1025 (includes $25 non-refundable registration fee)

A therapeutic summer program for individuals ages 3-26. Campers will enjoy structured activities that help improve social skill, language and more. They will also experience other camp activities including art, music, swimming and physical education.

Camp A.B.L.E.

2021 Dates TBA

  • Address: Cherry Hill School, 50440 Cherry Hill Rd, Canton
  • Phone: 734-394-5367
  • Hours: TBA
  • Cost: Call for prices.

Designed for individuals with disabilities ages 8-14. Offers two field trip days per week where campers might visit the zoo, swim at a water park or check out a museum.

Camp Stepping Stones at Skyline Camp & Retreat Center

June 27-July 2, 2021

  • Address: 5650 Sandhill Road, Almont
  • Phone: 810-798-8240
  • Hours: Check in at 2p.m. Sunday. Check out at 2 p.m. Friday
  • Cost: $600-$1050 (depending on what your family can afford)

A camp for teens 13-plus with special needs to unplug and enjoy some outdoor fun. Campers will enjoy swimming, hiking, archery, fishing, boating, gardening, crafts, hayrides and more.

Freddy’s Friends Camp

July 6-10 or July 16-19, 2021

  • Address: Pine Ridge, 8415 17 Mile Road NE, Cedar Springs
  • Phone: 616-696-8675
  • Hours: Check in 9-10:30 a.m. Friday
  • Cost: $350-$410

A Christian camp for kids with mental, physical and social disabilities. There is a 30-minute interview process to be accepted into the program. Some of the camp activities include group games, go karts, disc golf, rock climbing, laser tag and paddle boating.

Indian Trails Camp

July 11-16 and Aug. 1-6, 2021

  • Address: O-1859 Lake Michigan Drive, Grand Rapids
  • Phone: 616-677-5251
  • Hours: Call for details
  • Cost: $775-$1,550 (Price is based on the level of care needed)

An overnight camp for kids 7 and up. Registration ends on July 7, 2021.

JCC of Metro Detroit

2021 Dates TBA

  • Address: 6600 W. Maple Road, West Bloomfield
  • Phone: 248-661-1000
  • Hours: Call for details
  • Cost: $430-$450/week (some exclusions apply)

KAT: Kids All Together (grades K-9) gives children with special needs the opportunity to participate in typical summer camp activities. With support from an inclusion counselor, every child has the chance to swim, enjoy arts and crafts, and play sports alongside kids of all abilities.

SNAP: Special Needs Adventure Program (ages 10-28) for kids and young adults who do not require one-on-one support. SNAP combines typical camp fun with off-campus adventures. Campers in this program are encouraged to explore new places and socialize with their peers in a safe environment.

St. Francis Camp on the Lake

July 4-9, 2021

  • Address: 10120 Murrey Road, Jerome
  • Phone: 517-688-9212
  • Hours: Call for details
  • Cost: $535-$560/week, $275/1:1 staffing

This youth camp is for ages 8-17 years old. Staff will help campers with independent living, hygiene habits, social skills and decision-making skills. There will also be sports, aquatics, games and more.

Looking for even more summer camp info? Check out our Virtual Camp Fair Week.

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