4 Special Needs Camps for Kids

Camp is a great time for children to spread their wings, meet new friends and learn new skills. Children with special needs can also enjoy camp if the camp is equipped especially for them. Here are four camps that focus on campers with special needs.


A camp where students with dyslexia or a language-based learning difference build the reading and language skills they need in a fun camp environment. Activities include archery, horseback riding, mountain biking, tennis, martial arts, athletic fitness, dance, filmmaking, programming, maker space, ceramics, music, drama and the visual arts. Camp Dunnabeck at The Kildonan School, 425 Morse Hill Road, Amenia. 845-373-8111. kildonan.org.


This seven-week camp is designed for children ages 5 to 12 with learning challenges or attention difficulties. The dedicated staff is trained in Special Education. A full-day, non-competitive program is modified to meet camper’s needs. A 3:1 camper to counselor ratio, provides a high level of individualization and support. The camp is located in Dobbs Ferry. Pick ups available from Upper West Side of Manhattan. 203-329-3394. ourvictory.com.


Summit is an ACA accredited camp offering summer overnight camp, teen travel programs and school year weekender programs for children and teenagers ages

8 -19 with attention issues, related le arning disabilities or social challenges. Programs include the arts, performance, nature, science, social development, athletics and adventure outings. Office: 322 Rte. 46 West, Suite 210, Parsippany,

New Jersey. 973-732-3230. summitcamp.com.


Located on 53 acres in Chappaqua, this camp offers a co-ed summer day camp program for children ages 6 to 13. Small groups of campers are supervised by qualified counselors. Activities include horsemanship, archery, athletics, drama, dance, music, nature study, cooking, team building, and arts and crafts. The Children’s Aid Society Wagon Road Camp, 431 Quaker Road, Chappaqua. 238-4761. childrensaidsociety.org

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