Camps: For Kids with Special Needs

Camp Is a great experience for children. And children with special neds are no exception. Here are four camps that might be a good fot if tyour child has special needs.

Day Camp

Our Victory Day Camp is oriented toward children ages 5 to 13 with learning challenges and/or attention difficulties in need of a structural and supportive environment. A full-day camping program is modified to meet campers’ needs. Groups of nine, utilizing professional staff and a 3:1 camper to counselor ratio, provides a high level of individualization and support.

Our Victory Day Camp,
600 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry, N.Y. 914-674-4841


Day or Overnight Option

Camp Dunnabeck at Kildonan is a fun academic and recreational summer camp for students with average to above-average intelligence diagnosed with dyslexia and language-based learning differences. This six-week co-ed summer camp for children ages 8 to 16 has boarding or day options available. There’s a balance of dedicated language remediation with recreational activities.

Camp Dunnabeck at The Kildonan School, 425 Morse Hill Road, Amenia, N.Y. 845-373-8111. kildonan.org

PLUS Travel or Weekends

Summit Camp & Travel is an ACA accredited camp offering summer overnight camp, teen travel programs and school year weekender programs for children and teens ages 8 to 19 with attention issues, related learning disabilities or social challenges. Programs for co-ed campers include the arts, performance, nature, science, social development, athletics and adventure outings.

Summit Camp & Travel Office,
322 Rte. 46 West, Suite 210, Parsippany, N.J. 973-732-3230. summitcamp.com.

Overnight Camp

Camp Reece is a co-ed overnight camp for children ages 10 to 16 with special needs. The trained staff offers a highly-supportive, nurturing, learning atmosphere while assisting each child to advance their own abilities, nurture their self-esteem, develop new talents and acquire independent living skills. Daily schedules include art, adventure and sports.

Camp Reece at Skidmore College, 815 N. Broadway,

Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

212-289-4872. campreece.org.

– Jean Sheff