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2024 Accessible Summer Camps: Northern California, Sacramento, & Central California

2024 Accessible Summer Camps: Northern California, Sacramento, & Central California


Published: Mar. 7, 2024Updated: Apr. 18, 2024

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This year, to add to our summer camps roundup, the Undivided Research Team compiled a list of accessible camps in Northern California, Sacramento, and Central California! These camps and programs all welcome youth with disabilities, giving our kids opportunities to socialize, have fun outdoors, build skills, and fill their summer hours with new activities. (Some of the programs also have virtual options!) Be sure to check out our article How to Get the Most Out of Regional Center This Summer for information about getting support from Regional Center to fund a camp and/or aide for your child!

Northern California

Camp Kaos

Website
630 Summerfield Road
Santa Rosa, CA 95405
(707) 766-9990
Contact: Jen Whalen

Format: In-person, full-day

Every year, UCP of the North Bay and the City of Santa Rosa Parks and Rec come together to put on Camp Kaos for individuals with disabilities. Their goal is to create a “supportive environment” that fosters “growth, friendship, and adventure for all participants.” Campers can participate in traditional camp activities while also having the opportunity to enjoy the paddle boats, carousel rides, and train rides at Howarth Park.

  • Dates and times: August 6-9, 2024, 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

  • Location: Howarth Park

  • Register: Fill out the registration form and email them to Jen Whalen.

  • Cost: $200. For funding, contact your Regional Center service coordinator. Service and vendor codes can be found in the camp flyer. Registration forms are due June 17, 2024.

  • Ages and disabilities served: Children and young adults “with diverse abilities” are invited to participate.

  • 1:1 aide: Contact for details.

Children's Museum of Sonoma County: Sensory Friendly Afternoons

Website
1835 W. Steele Lane
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
(707) 546-4069

Format: In-person, half-day

Every second Tuesday, children and their families get free, exclusive access to the Children’s Museum of Sonoma County. During this time, staff creates a low stimulus environment by turning down lights, limiting loud sounds, and adding extra signage. Children can freely engage with the museum’s exhibits while also having access to therapy dogs, calming bins, weighted scarves, sunglasses, ear defenders, and a dedicated quiet zone. In addition to these efforts, the staff have created a story guide to help families prepare their children for the experience.

  • Dates and times: May 14, June 11, and July 9, 2024, 1:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

  • Location: The Children’s Museum of Sonoma County

  • Register: Register online here.

  • Cost: Free

  • Ages and disabilities served: Children with sensory processing differences.

  • 1:1 aide: Since this is a program for children and their families or caregivers to enjoy together, there are no 1:1 aides offered.

Halleck Creek Ranch: Summer Horsemanship Camp

Website
1740 Old Rancheria Road
Nicasio, CA 94946
(415) 662-2488
Program Director: Brenda Falco

Format: In-person, half-day

Halleck Creek Ranch provides therapeutic horseback riding programs for people with disabilities, including Vocational and Life Skills Programs (VALS), therapeutic riding, Groundwork: Benefits of Equine-Assisted Learning, and a summer camp. Their Summer Horsemanship Camp welcomes new and experienced riders to learn about grooming, tracking and leading, arena and trail riding, vaulting, horse care, and stable management. In addition to these topics and general horsemanship skills, campers participate in daily equine-related projects, activities, or games such as arts and crafts A total of eight camper slots are available for each week, allowing for small group engagement. If your camper would like time to focus on horse care instead of riding, then be sure to check out the Ranch Camp option.

  • Dates and times: Four weeks from June 25 to July 25, 2024 (no camp the week of July 4). Each week is Tuesday to Thursday, 9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

  • Location: Old Rancheria Road

  • Register: Complete the online application and email it to program director Brenda Falco.

  • Cost: $400 per week. Scholarships are available upon request.

  • Ages and disabilities served: Children and young adults, ages 5 and up, with developmental disabilities, sensory processing differences, and physical disabilities.

  • 1:1 aide: There are two instructors for eight total campers, plus one trained summer intern per camper. You may bring your own personal aide.

Kamp Kennedy

Website
630 Summerfield Rd
Santa Rosa, CA 95405
(707) 543-3737

Format: In-person, full-day

Kamp Kennedy is a day camp created for children and teens with developmental disabilities by the City of Santa Rosa Parks & Recreation in partnership with UCP North Bay. During this program, campers will be given the opportunity to participate in activities such as boating, crafts, songs, story time, games, and outdoor cooking. To learn more about this camp and others, check out the Santa Rosa 2024 Spring & Summer Guide.

  • Dates and times: July 30–August 2, 2024. Tuesday-Thursday 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m., Friday 2:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.

  • Location: Howarth Park Gazebo

  • Register: Register online here.

  • Cost: $190. “Kampership” scholarships are available. See the Camps for Special Populations page for more details.

  • Ages and disabilities served: Children and teens with developmental disabilities, ages 6-18.

  • 1:1 aide: Contact for details.

Little Red Hen: F.L.O.C.K.

Website
2418 Cohasset Rd., Suite 150
Chico, CA 95926
(530) 897-0900
info@littleredhen.org

Please note: As of February 2024, the summer camps page has not been updated for summer 2024. Please check back for 2024’s dates and registration information. In the meantime, you can review the information below from 2023’s camp to get an idea of the program!

Format: In-person, half-day

Feeling Like One Common Kid (F.L.O.C.K.) is a socialization therapy program provided by Little Red Hen, a nonprofit serving the autism and developmental disabilities community. This summer program is specifically designed to provide a safe environment for children and teens to socialize. F.L.O.C.K. hopes that children can “talk freely without feeling any discrimination” and make friends. In order to foster this socially accommodating environment, Little Red Hen divides its program into two levels based on age: 6-10 and 11-15.

  • Dates and times: July 10-27, 2024, 9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

  • Location: The Lifespan Center

  • Register: Sign up by contacting rachel@littleredhen.org.

  • Cost: Must be a client of the Far Northern Regional Center to participate.

  • Ages and disabilities served: Children and teens with autism, ages 6-15.

  • 1:1 aide: Contact for details.

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Little Red Hen: Not Your Garden Variety Theater

Website
2418 Cohasset Rd., Suite 150
Chico, CA 95926
(530) 897-0900
info@littleredhen.org

Please note: As of February 2024, the summer camps page has not been updated for summer 2024. Please check back for 2024’s dates and registration information. In the meantime, you can review the information below from 2023’s camp to get an idea of the program!

Format: In-person, half-day

Little Red Hen’s theater camp is designed to help children build play and social skills through “dramatic play, theater, and pretend play.” Their goal is to help children develop “communication techniques necessary to function optimally in play and integrated social settings.” During camp, children participate in role-playing, performing art, music, theater, sensory exploration, peer collaboration, and theater activities. NYGVT ends with a final production performed by the campers themselves, showcasing the skills they worked on during camp.

  • Dates and times: 2024 dates TBD; camp runs Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

  • Location: The Lifespan Center

  • Register: Sign up by contacting rachel@littleredhen.org.

  • Cost: Must be a client of the Far Northern Regional Center to participate.

  • Ages and disabilities served: Children and teens with autism, ages 4-10.

  • 1:1 aide: Contact for details.

MDA Virtual Camp

Website
(800) 572-1717
camp@mdausa.org

Format: Virtual, full-day

Each year, the Muscular Dystrophy Association provides an in-person and virtual camp for people with ALS, muscular dystrophy, and related neuromuscular diseases. Their virtual camp provides an excellent opportunity for campers who prefer an online experience while also engaging in classic camp activities. Campers are provided with a Microsoft Teams account and are sent a Supply Kit that contains all instructions, gear, and supplies needed to participate in activities. Each day is assigned a theme and activities that relate to that theme. These daily activities and projects are posted on the message board by camp directors, which is where campers can also post photos of themselves completing and enjoying their activities. “Cabin chat” video calls, chatting via the message boards, and sharing photos are all opportunities for campers to socialize and come together virtually as a community. If technology is a barrier for you and your camper, please reach out to camp@mdausa.org.

  • Dates and times: July 15-July 18, 2024, 10:00 a.m.–3:00p.m.

  • Location: Online

  • Register: Register online. Be sure to have a recent photo of your child ready.

  • Cost: Free

  • Ages and disabilities served: Children, ages 8-17, with neuromuscular diseases.

  • 1:1 aide: Contact for details.

UCP Bike and Swim Camp

Website
1801 East Cotati Avenue
Rohnert Park, CA 94928
(707) 766-9990
Contact: Jen Whalen

Format: In-person, half-day

UCP’s Bike and Swim Camps were created to teach children, teens, and young adults with disabilities how to ride a two-wheeled bike. Using specially designed equipment, the program helps campers develop new skills while also fostering their self-confidence and self-esteem. Each day is spent practicing bike riding skills and ends with swimming sessions, allowing participants to learn through play.

  • Dates and times: June 23-June 27, 2024. Camp runs Monday to Friday with three session options available:

    • Session 1: 9:30 a.m.–10:45 a.m.
    • Session 2: 11:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
    • Session 3: 1:00 p.m.–2:15 p.m.
  • Location: SSU Gymnasium

  • Register: Fill out the registration form and email to Jen Whalen with the subject line “Summer Bike/Swim Camp.” You’ll also need to complete the form for swimming if your camper would like to participate.

  • Cost: For funding, contact your Regional Center service coordinator. Service and vendor codes can be found in the camp flyer. Registration forms are due June 17, 2024.

  • Ages and disabilities served: Children and young adults ages 8-22 with physical or developmental disabilities.

  • 1:1 aide: Contact for details.

Sacramento

Achieve Tahoe: Adventure Camp

Website
1651 Olympic Vly Rd
Olympic Valley, CA 96146
(530) 581-4161
info@achievetahoe.org

Format: In-person, full-day

Achieve Tahoe provides year-round activities and programs for individuals with cognitive, sensory, and physical disabilities, including: horseback riding, hiking, camping, snowsports, climbing, sailing, water skiing, paddle sports, and more. One of their summer programs, Adventure Camp, is a great option for campers who enjoy sports and the outdoors. Rather than a week-long program, Adventure Camp is broken up into individual days that participants can select from, listed in their schedule. Each day at camp starts with hiking, followed by archery and climbing. These activities are carried out in and around the Village at Palisades Tahoe. In all their programs, Achieve Tahoe hopes to support individuals by fostering “health, confidence, and independence” using “techniques and specialized equipment.” Sign up for their newsletter to receive announcements about camp and other programs.

  • Dates and times: Camps are offered as single days, typically between Thursdays and Saturdays, and run 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

    • June 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 27, and 29, 2024
    • July 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26, and 27, 2024
    • August 1, 2, 8, 9, 22, and 24, 2024
  • Location: Palisades Tahoe Base Area

  • Register: There are two forms that you’ll need to fill out and send to info@achievetahoe.org. Registration begins April 24, 2024. Please see the Sign Up tab on their Adventure Camp page to access the forms and more information, like scholarships.

  • Cost: $70 per day.

  • Ages and disabilities served: Children and teens of all ages with cognitive, sensory, and physical disabilities.

  • 1:1 aide: Aides are not automatically assigned; if your child has extra support needs, Achieve Tahoe will have an attendant available or allow a family member to join. Check out the eligibility criteria for more information.

Achieve Tahoe: Sierra Summer Sports

Website
15888 S Shore Dr.
Truckee, CA 96161
(530) 581-4161
info@achievetahoe.org

Format: In-person, full-day

In addition to Adventure Camp, Achieve Tahoe has their Sierra Summer Sports program. This camp is the water sports version of Adventure Camp, offering canoeing, kayaking, paddle boarding, Sea Doo-riding, and tubing. This camp is designed to experience with family and friends and is best for individuals over the age of 5. Like Adventure Camp, participants select one of several days from the schedule, depending on how frequently they’d like to attend. To get information about Achieve Tahoe’s programs as soon as it's available, sign up for their newsletter.

  • Dates and times: Camps run Wednesday to Saturday between July 10 and August 17, 2024., 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

  • Location: West End Beach Lake of Donner Lake

  • Register: There are two forms that you’ll need to fill out and send to info@achievetahoe.org.

  • Cost: $100 per day.

  • Ages and disabilities served: Children and teens ages 5 and up with cognitive, sensory, and physical disabilities.

  • 1:1 aide: Aides are not automatically assigned. If your child has extra support needs, Achieve Tahoe will have an attendant available or allow a family member to join. Check out the eligibility criteria for more information.

Blue Line Arts Studio: Youth Summer Camps

Website
405 Vernon St #100
Roseville, CA 95678
(916) 783-4117
info@bluelinearts.org

Format: In-person, half-day

Blue Line Arts is a community-oriented space and cultural hub for emerging artists that offers services, camps, and education for children and adults. Each year, the studio offers morning and afternoon summer camp options for children and teens, featuring a variety of themes. This year, themes include painting, anime + digital design, mixed media art journaling with textured collage, drawing, collage, anime character design, art studio, papier-mache, street art, clay, street art + mural art, color theory and acrylic, and dimensional drawing. Some of these camps, such as Anime + Digital Design, support the artist’s professional development by helping them build a professional portfolio during the program. Because participants can combine morning and afternoon sessions or only register for one, Blue Line Studio’s camps are ideal for creating a schedule that works for your camper and customizing the experience.

  • Dates and times: Each camp features a specific skill or medium and is divided into AM sessions (9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.) and PM sessions (1:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.). Camps run June 3–August 2, 2024, Monday to Friday.

  • Ages and disabilities served: 5 to 18 years old, all disabilities welcome.

  • Cost: $180 for members, $245 for non-members. Scholarships are available for up to 100% of camp tuition.

  • Registration: On their events page, select the sessions you’d like to participate in and click on “Register now.”

  • 1:1 aides: Blue Line Arts will allow 1:1 aides. They suggest that you put any accommodations needed for the child on your registration form so that the staff can be better prepared.

Camp MIND

Website
2825 50th Street
Sacramento, CA 95817
(916) 703-0280

Format: In-person, half-day

Camp MIND was created with the needs of those with neurodevelopmental disabilities in mind, which “traditional camps can’t always offer.” Camp MIND focuses on creating opportunities for making friends, social interactions, and confidence building. During the program, campers get to participate in a variety of activities such as yoga, music therapy, arts and crafts, scavenger hunts, and more. Each year’s activities depend on what special guests participate, which in previous years has included Librarians and therapy dogs. Camp MIND is a popular camp and books up quickly, so be sure to join the MIND Institute’s newsletter to register as soon as possible.

  • Dates and times:

    • Session 1 (ages 7-9): June 25-June 28, 2024, 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
    • Session 2 (ages 10-12): June 25-June 28, 2024, 2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
  • Location: UC Davis MIND Institute

  • Register: Sign up for Camp MIND online.

  • Cost: $200 per session. Payment is required upon acceptance to the program.

  • Ages and disabilities served: Children ages 6-12 with autism, ADHD, Fragile X syndrome, and other neurodevelopmental disabilities.

  • 1:1 aide: While 1:1 aides are not provided, groups are kept small to make sure each camper gets lots of individual attention.

ETC: Whitewater Rafting

Website
2 Marina Blvd
Fort Mason Center C385
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 474-7662
info@etctrips.org

Format: In-person, full-day

Environmental Traveling Companions (ETC) provides adaptive sports and programs to people with disabilities, such as white water rafting, sea kayaking, cross-country skiing, and youth leadership development. During the summer, ETC plans a variety of water sport day and overnight adventures throughout California: whitewater rafting, bioluminescence paddles, local sea kayaking, and “far flung” sea kayaking. Their American River Whitewater Weekends are the perfect opportunity for campers desiring a local experience. Participants can choose to either participate only for the day or to stay overnight for a sleepaway experience. The journey begins at River Camp in Lotus, CA, and ends 12 miles in on the Lower Gorge Section of the river’s South Fork. All gear is provided by ETC, but food must be brought by participants according to the river trip packet.

  • Dates and times:

    • June 28-June 30, 2024, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
    • July 26-July 28, 2024, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
  • Location: American River, South Fork

  • Register: Email the River Program Manager at riverprogram@etctrips.org or call (415-474-7662 ext. 15) to reserve your spot. See the river trip packet for a list of forms to complete and send.

  • Cost: $110. Scholarships are available; see the “Scholarships” section under “Trip Details.”

  • Ages and disabilities served: Individuals with physical and cognitive disabilities, ages 10 and up.

  • 1:1 aide: ETC encourages you to bring a personal care attendant with the camper should they need the support. Special pricing and scholarships are available for attendants. See page 5 of the river trip packet for more details.

Gibson Ranch Camp

Website
8556 Gibson Ranch Park Rd
Elverta, CA 95626
(916) 484-2044
trs@saccounty.gov​

Format: In-person, full-day and sleepaway options

Gibson Ranch Camp is an annual camp organized by Therapeutic Recreation Services, a program created by the County of Sacramento Department of Regional Parks to provide therapeutic recreation for individuals with disabilities. TRS focuses on developing leisure, social, and independence skills. The camp is hosted at historic Gibson Ranch Regional Park, which has a fishing hole and farm for campers to enjoy. In addition to activities provided by the facility, campers also have the opportunity to participate in skit nights and other class camp activities. Depending on the camper’s preference, Gibson Ranch Camp can either be a day or overnight camp.

  • Dates and times: May 21-May 24, 2024

  • Location: Gibson Creek Ranch

  • Register: Fill out the Summer Camp Application form, located on the second page of the camp flyer, and email it to trs@saccounty.gov.

  • Cost: $500 for the day camp, $650 for sleepaway.

  • Ages and disabilities served: Individuals with disabilities ages 16 and up. Financial aid is available; see details in the camp flyer.

  • 1:1 aide: While there’s no option for a 1:1 aide, they do keep a small 1:6 ratio of staff to campers.

HealthyUs Camp

Website
2021 W St
Sacramento, CA 95818
(800) 823-4543

Format: In-person, full-day

UC Davis pediatric gastroenterology team is hosting HealthyUs Camp, a summer program specifically designed for children with metabolic associated steatohepatitis (MASH). This camp aims to help campers with MASH in achieving their nutrition and exercise goals by helping them build positive health habits that can be continued at home. Over the six-week program, campers will engage in team-building sports, games, attend healthy living seminars, and learn about nutritious meals. The camp will take place at Sacramento Central YMCA and will feature a team of pediatric gastroenterology physicians, YMCA certified instructors, and camp professions. Talk to your primary care provider to see if this is the right fit for your camper and to get a referral.

  • Dates and times: June 17-July 29, 2024. Monday to Friday, 7:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

  • Location: Sacramento Central YMCA

  • Register: You must be referred to UC Davis pediatric’s GI team in order to attend. Speak to your primary care provider about a referral, which should be made to Dr. Batchu or Dr. De’Lorimier at UC Davis. Once the referral is received, your child will be evaluated for MASH at UC Davis’s clinic to determine if they are eligible for camp. For more details about registration, scroll to the bottom of the article announcing the camp.

  • Cost: Free. There is a $50 deposit required during registration, but this will be returned as long as the camper does not miss more than five days.

  • Ages and disabilities served: Children ages 5-14 with MASH.

  • 1:1 aide: Contact for details.

ICan Bike Camp

Website
1250 E Gum Ave
Woodland, CA 95776
(916) 658-1686
heather@downsyndromeinfo.org

Format: In-person activities

ICan Bike Camp is a summer program organized by I Can Shine, which creates movement and play opportunities for individuals with disabilities. ICan Bike Camp acknowledges each camper’s abilities while also fostering skill-building related to their individual goals. This camp teaches participants to ride two-wheel bikes independently through specialized instruction and adapted bikes. The program is designed with participant self-esteem and confidence as a focus, creating small, achievable goals and celebrating every achievement. Each session is 75 minutes and requires parents/guardians to be present.

  • Dates and times: July 8-July 12, 2024 with various time slots available for each day:

    • Session 1: 8:30 a.m.-9:45 a.m.
    • Session 2: 10:05 a.m.-11:20 a.m.
    • Session 3: 11:40 a.m.-12:55 p.m.
    • Session 4: 2:00 p.m.-3:15 p.m. (available after 1-3 are filled).
    • Session 5: 3:35 p.m.–4:50 p.m. (available after 1-4 are filled).
  • Location: Yolo County Fairgrounds – Main Expo Building

  • Register: Register online using the Rider Online Registration form. Parents/guardians must attend orientation, which is scheduled for July 7 at 4:30 p.m.

  • Cost: $300

  • Ages and disabilities served: Ages 8 and up. A formal diagnosis is not required, and they accept children with “undiagnosed anxiety or motor planning impairments.”

  • 1:1 aide: A 1:1 aide is not available for campers. However, parents/guardians are able to assist their rider should the child need support. The staff will also train a designated family member to spot the rider should they need more time after the program to learn these new skills.

Loomis Gateway Summer Program

Website
3268 Penryn Rd
Loomis, CA 95650
(916) 778-6540
office@loomisgatewayacademy.com

Format: In-person, half-day

Loomis Gateway Academy provides programs and services to “help students with language-based learning disabilities, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, and dyslexia.” Their summer program is designed to help students “catch up” on skills during a time when they don't have homework and other classes to worry about. Over four weeks, students build skills and engage with peers in a “positive and collaborative learning environment.” Each day, campers work on their reading, writing, and math skills by participating in science experiments, robotics, and art activities.

  • Dates: June 19-July 13, 2024, Monday to Thursday.

  • Location: Loomis Gateway Academy

  • Register: Contact them by phone or email to register.

  • Cost: Contact for details.

  • Ages and disabilities served: Children in first to eighth grade with language-based learning disabilities, such as dysgraphia, dyscalculia, and dyslexia.

  • 1:1 aide: Contact for details.

Read Learning Center: Summer Camp

Website
2565 Millcreek Dr.
Sacramento, CA 95833
(916) 234-5880
info@readlearningcenter.com

Format: In-person, half-day

Read Learning Center (RLC), the sister company of READ Academy, provides “supplemental help” and tutoring for students with learning disabilities. RLC’s Intensive Summer Program is designed to feel like a break from normal school work and learning while also strengthening math, reading, and writing skills. Each day, campers participate in outdoor games, interactive arts and crafts, and small group instruction.

  • Dates and times: July 1-July 25, 2024, Monday to Thursday, 9:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Aftercare is available until 4:00 p.m.

  • Location: Reading Learning Center

  • Register: Register online and then schedule a placement assessment for May or June.

  • Cost: $2,000 with a $250 non-refundable deposit to hold a spot. Tuition can be prorated to accommodate vacations.

  • Ages and disabilities served: For children in second to twelfth grade with learning disabilities relating to math, reading, and writing.

  • 1:1 aide: 1:1 instruction is available depending on placement assessments. Otherwise, campers will be placed in small groups.

SkateMD Clinic

Website
18644 Wolf Creek Rd
Grass Valley, CA 95949
skateMD.healinghearts@gmail.com

Format: In-person, half-day

SkateMD is a nonprofit with a mission to spread “kindness and skateboarding to children with physical and developmental disabilities.” Every month, SkateMD hosts free skateboarding clinics to provide kids with disabilities a space to learn how to skateboard at their own pace. “Skate Buddies,” volunteers who are usually local skateboarders, are trained to work 1:1 with participants. In addition to their training, Skate Buddies have access to an onsite specialist to ensure they are able to support the children they work with.

  • Dates and times:

    • May 16, 2024, 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
    • July 21, 2024, 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
  • Location: Sutter’s Landing Skate Park (May 16) and Granite Regional State Park (July 21)

  • Register: Details and registration links are shared via Facebook three to four weeks before the scheduled clinic, so be sure to check their page for your desired date. If you are not on Facebook, reach out to be added to their email list.

  • Cost: Free

  • Ages and disabilities served: Youth ages 5-17 with a diagnosed physical or developmental disability.

  • 1:1 aide: Each participant works 1:1 with volunteers during sessions.

T.R.O.T.R. Horse and Ranch Camps

Website
22408 County Road 102
Woodland, CA 95776
(530) 867-3866
shannon@trotr.org

Format: In-person, full-day

Therapeutic Riding and Off-Track Rehabilitation provides therapeutic riding programs for individuals of all abilities. They aim to support riders in improving their “physical, emotional, and social functions as they gain self-confidence on one of our gentle horses.” In addition to traditional riding programs, T.R.O.T.R. offers educational programs, an adaptive riding program, boarding, hippotherapy, and camps. Each year, three camps are offered between June and July: Horse Sense, Pony Pals, and Animal Adventures. There is a fourth camp, Farm Fun, that's offered early August. Each camp is centered around learning about horses or animals, with activities and topics varying depending on the age group. Horse Sense introduces campers to essential skills, grooming, riding, and care, while Pony Pals is designed to teach young children about horses through riding, games, and activities. Animal Adventures also provides hands-on experience like Horse Camp, plus includes a variety of farm animals and teaches campers about daily animal care.

  • Dates and times:

    • Horse Sense: June 24-June 28, 2024, 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
    • Pony Pals: July 8-July 12, 2024, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
    • Animal Adventures: July 22-July 27, 2024, 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
  • Location: T.R.O.T.R. Four Winds Farm

  • Register: Register online through Vagaro. Click on “classes” under the big red “Book Now” button. Use the dropdown menu labeled “Any Class” to select a summer camp.

  • Cost: $450

  • Ages and disabilities served: Camps are open to children with physical or cognitive disabilities. Each camp has an age range:

    • Horse Sense: ages 6-12
    • Pony Pals: ages 3-5
    • Animal Adventures: ages 6-12
  • 1:1 aide: T.R.O.T.R. has a 3:1 camper-to-staff ratio. Please contact the camp to discuss your child’s needs.

Central California

Adaptive Mountain Bike Camp

Website
1 Minaret Rd
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
(760) 934-0791
info@disabledsportseasternsierra.org

Please note: As of February 2024, the summer camps page has not been updated for summer 2024. Please check back for 2024’s dates and registration information. In the meantime, you can review the information below from 2023’s camp to get an idea of the program!

Format: In-person, full-day

Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra is a nonprofit “providing adaptive sports and therapeutic outdoor recreation for people with disabilities.” Throughout the year, they offer seasonal programs, daily lessons, military sports, group and family programs, and camps during winter and summer. Their Adaptive Mountain Bike Camp will take riders along Mammoth Mountain mountain bike trails over the course of two days. Passes, equipment, and lunch are provided.

  • Dates and times: TBA. In 2023, the camp was held Saturday-Sunday in July.

  • Location: Mammoth Mountain Bike Park & Trails

  • Register: Complete the forms online, then call to register for the camp. Individuals must have experience with off-road cycling to participate or complete a lesson prior to camp.

  • Cost: $250 for the camper and $50 for a support rider (if needed). Scholarships are available.

  • Ages and disabilities served: People of all ages with physical or intellectual disabilities.

  • 1:1 aide: Support riders are provided if needed. Campers are also welcome to bring their own support rider.

Central California Adaptive Sports Center

Website
40885 Shaver Forest Road
Shaver Lake, CA 93664
(559) 593-2504
info@centralcaladaptive.org

Please note: As of February 2024, the summer camps page has not been updated for summer 2024. Please check back for 2024’s dates and registration information. In the meantime, you can review the information below from 2023’s camp to get an idea of the program!

Format: In-person, full-day

Central California Adaptive Sports Center aims to empower people with disabilities and support their well-being by providing accessible outdoor adventures. These adventures are designed with a variety of disabilities in mind, with activities and equipment adapted accordingly. CCASC offers programs in both summer and winter, providing individuals with a range of one-day or weekend dates to choose from. Since program activities vary based on “interest and suitability,” your selected program may include mountain biking, rock climbing, kayaking, hiking, fishing, and paddle boarding. If you see a date that works for you, reach out via email or phone to get more details about activities, agendas, and fees.

  • Dates and times: TBA. In 2023, activities were held Thursdays in June and July, 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

  • Location: Adaptive Sports Center

  • Register: Register online, then fill out their questionnaire and select your lunch. Caregivers or family members who would like to join need to fill out a waiver but do not need to complete a registration packet.

  • Cost: Contact for details. Financial aid is available; see their website for more details.

  • Ages and disabilities served: All ages and disabilities; children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

  • 1:1 aide: There are no 1:1 aides offered for this program, but staff assistance is available, and caregivers or family members are encouraged to participate.

Project Surf Camp

Website
1383 Bolton Dr. Morro Bay, CA 93442
(805) 235-1157
info@projectsurfcamp.com

Format: In-person, half-day

Project Surf Camp aims to foster the “self-confidence, self-esteem, and self-efficacy” of individuals with disabilities through surf, paddle boarding, and other aquatic activities. Each camp is overseen by professionals with master’s degrees in special education and recreation, helping participants build “social skills, improve physical fitness, develop healthy stress-reduction outlets, and foster independence.” These specialists are available for campers to consult with for guidance and feedback, enabling them to achieve a greater sense of independence as well as improve social skills and communication.

  • Dates and times: SUP (Stand Up Paddle Board) and Surf camps are offered from 9:00 a.m. –1:00 p.m. or 1:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m. in June and July 2024. See their full camp schedule for specific dates.

  • Location: Morro Rock Beach

  • Register: Register online here.

  • Cost: $75

  • Ages and disabilities served: Contact for details.

  • 1:1 aide: Contact for details.

Valley Children's Adaptive Sports

Website
9300 Valley Children's Place
Madera, CA 93636
(559) 353-6659
adaptivesports@valleychildrens.org

Format: In-person, half-day

The Adaptive Sports Program at Valley Children’s Healthcare provides “free recreational and athletic experiences for those with physical disabilities or mobility impairments.” Every month, the program offers a variety of clinics for participants to enjoy, such as tennis, track and field, basketball, soccer, and more. Each event runs for two hours, and the location varies depending on the activity. Families and siblings are welcome to participate in the clinic and can even volunteer if they’d like.

  • Dates and times:

    • Adaptive Tennis Clinic: May 10, 2024, 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
    • Adaptive Track and Field Event: May 11, 2024, 9:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.
    • Adaptive Adaptive Bike Riding Event: May 18, 2024, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
  • Location: Varies depending on the clinic. On the upcoming events page, navigate to the desired event and click on the “View Details” button to see the location of that event.

  • Register: Call or email to register.

  • Cost: Free

  • Ages and disabilities served: Children ages 2-21 with “physical disabilities or mobility impairments” such as cerebral palsy, spinal cord injuries, and amputations.

  • 1:1 aide: Contact for details.

Looking for accessible summer camps elsewhere in California? Find our full list here.

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