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Accessible Summer Camps 2024: Sleepaway Camps and Family Weekends

Accessible Summer Camps 2024: Sleepaway Camps and Family Weekends


Published: Jan. 18, 2024Updated: Feb. 14, 2024

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Registration for 2024 summer camps is open for many organizations, and spots are starting to fill up! At the top of our list are disability-accessible overnight and sleepaway camps, some of which are open to the whole family! From hiking to arts and crafts to paddle boarding, these camps facilitate all kinds of activities for campers of varying ages and abilities. Registration for many of them is open from now through spring, and some offer scholarships and/or Regional Center funding!

Ability First Sports Summer Camp

Chico State University Dorms
Chico, CA
(530) 433-4217
Website
info@abilityfirstsports.org

Type of camp: Sleepaway camp

Disabilities served: Participants attending Ability First must meet the criteria of having an identified physical disability. Acceptance to camp will be determined for those who can benefit from adapted sports.

Ability First Sports will host an adaptive sports overnight camp in the summer of 2024. Sports included will be Archery, Basketball, Cycling, Rugby, Tennis, and Waterskiing.

Dates for 2024: June 16-22

Age range: All ages

Cost: Cost is TBD.

Registration: They are still planning the 2024 details but encourage families to fill out the interest form for updates.

Camp Krem

45895 California Hwy 49
Ahwahnee, CA 93601
(510) 222-6662
Website
campkrem@gmail.com

Type of camp: Sleepaway camp

Camping Unlimited provides recreational activities in a sleepaway camp setting for campers of all ages and abilities. Originally located in Boulder Creek, Camp Krem has relocated to Awahanee, CA. Their main camp offers a traditional program with small groups of campers sharing a cabin with their counselors. Campers are free to choose activities that interest them from a selection of swimming, hiking, arts and crafts, music, drama, animal care, nature study, talent shows, sport, dance, and much more. Activities and facilities are wheelchair-accessible in most areas of the property. The general supervision ratio is 1:3, with 1:1 supervision available at extra cost; however, their 1:1 spaces will be very limited this summer. Priority will go to returning 1:1 campers, and then new campers will be enrolled from a waitlist, space permitting. The supervision ratio will be determined prior to camp after the conclusion of the intake and application process.

Dates for 2024:

  • June 4 – 13: Session One
  • June 16 – 25: Session Two
  • June 28 – July 7: Session Three
  • July 10 – 19: Session Four
  • July 23 – August 1: Session Five
  • July 23 – 27: Session 5A
  • July 28 – August 1: Session 5B
  • August 4 – 13: Session Six

Age range: Campers range from 5-year-olds to older adults, depending on the length and type of sessions. Generally, all ages attend the same sessions, but cabins will be assigned to similar age groups as closely as possible.

Cost:

  • 1:3 campers: $2,350 per ten-day session; $1,175 per five-day session
  • 1:1 campers: $6,000 per ten-day session; $3,000 per five-day session
  • Deposit:
    • Five-day sessions: $250 upon confirmation of enrollment. You will not be charged until your camper has been enrolled.
    • Ten-day sessions: You will be charged a deposit of $500 upon confirmation of enrollment. You will not be charged until your camper has been enrolled.
  • Camp Krem is vendored by Regional Center. Codes and more information can be found here.

Registration: Register for camp here.

Camp Paivika

P.O. Box 3367
Crestline CA 92325
(909) 338-1102 ext. 5003
Website
camppaivika@abilityfirst.org
Camp Director: Kelly Kunsek
Camper Services Coordinator: Tina Fraynd

Type of camp: Sleepaway camp

Disabilities served: People of all ages with developmental and physical disabilities such as autism, ADHD, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, and Down syndrome.

Since 1947, AbilityFirst’s Camp Paivika has been holding camp in the San Bernardino Mountains to provide for campers with disabilities a traditional camping experience in a safe and nurturing environment. In addition to summer camp, they hold winter and spring programs, a fall Outdoor Adventure camp, a Group Ski Trip in the winter, and a Mom’s Retreat in the spring. The Summer Camp Activities typically include swimming, horseback riding, adaptive sports and recreation, creative arts and crafts, performing arts, and nature studies in the summer. Campers develop social skills as well as independence and confidence.

Camps and dates:

  • Summer Programming

    • With multiple sessions divided by age running weekly from June through August, Camp Paivika offers campers the opportunity to spend five nights in the San Bernardino National Forest. This five-night camp will have a 1:3 counselor-to-camper ratio. 1:1 counselor care is not available this summer, but one family member or caregiver may attend as the camper’s 1:1. This option is only available to campers who need 1:1 care based on past visits and/or intake evaluations, and they must be approved by the Camp Paivika director.
  • Friends and Family Camp: Day Camp (typically in August), Weekend (typically in March), or Week (typically in August)

    • Camp Paivika offers a Friends and Family Camp multiple times during the year beginning in March. This program has no age requirement; it requires campers to bring their own companion who can provide supervision and care. Camp activities include swimming, crafts, performing arts, nature activities, sports, and rec activities.

Age range: 9–18+

Cost:

  • In 2023, week-long summer programming cost $1,550 per camper. Friend and Family Camp costs vary by program length and number of participants. For a cost breakdown, you can check out Camp Paivika’s 2023 program schedule and rates.
  • Income-based scholarships are available. Last year’s sample application can be found here.

Registration:

  • New for 2024: You will be reserving a camp spot through a Survey Monkey tool, which will be live and sent again to you through an email on February 15 at 6:00 p.m. The survey will include information about the changes that will be made for the summer of 2024.
  • Once you complete the questionnaire, camp staff will contact you to schedule a registration phone call to help determine needed staffing levels and ensure that campers are registered for the proper session.
  • TIP: respond to the email as soon as you can as they will be prioritizing available camp spots based on date and time of completed surveys received.
  • Please note that you will not be able to reserve camp spots until they open the Survey Monkey on February 15 at 6:00 p.m.

Camp Ramah

385 Fairview Road
Ojai, CA 93023
(310) 476-8571
Website
Contact: Gaby Natelson

For more information about any of the Tikvah programs, contact Elana Naftalin Kelman, Tikvah Director.

Type of camp: Summer sleepaway camp

Camp Ramah, located in the Ojai Valley on 450 acres of land near Los Padres National Forest, allows campers to enjoy the beaches and mountains of Southern California in a kosher and Jewish atmosphere. Camp activities include swimming, sports, musicals, art, cooking, and more. Ramah offers a family camp for those who have children with disabilities and their siblings as well as summer camps for young adults with disabilities. The Tikvah programs are created to support campers and staff members of all abilities. The staff provides support systems, modified schedules, and programs to make sure everyone's needs are met.

Camps and dates: Amitzim and Ezra summer programs for campers with disabilities:

  • Amitzim: June 19–July 15 and July 18–August 12, 2024
    • This program is for campers ages 10–17. All campers have an opportunity to participate in camp activities alongside their peers; the camp offers support and modifications to programs when appropriate. The staff includes specially trained counselors with a higher camper-counselor ratio, including buddies with high school-age campers.
  • Ezra: June 19–July 15 and July 18–August 12, 2024
    • This is a vocational training program for young adults ages 18–26, so while it's not a match for your family today, it may be something to take into consideration for future opportunities offered by this camp. The Ezra participants live at camp alongside hundreds of staff members and campers. They have an opportunity to fill their time with job site experience, life skills classes, and recreational activities.

Age range: Varies based on program selection

Cost:

  • $6,270-$7,050 per session
  • All applications have a non-refundable application fee of $250.
  • Financial assistance can be accessed through varying resources shared on their site.

Registration: Participants are able to enroll for Summer Camp at this time; for family camp, you may reach out to Camp Ramah directly for more information. Last year’s family camp took place in November 2023.

Camp Eagle Lake at Camp Ronald McDonald

Gallatin Rd.
Susanville, CA 96130
Website
Contact: Joseph Kahn, Camp Director
(916) 734-4230

Type of camp: Summer sleepaway camp

Disabilities served: This camp accommodates campers with disabilities such as autism and Down syndrome who have low support needs.

Camp Ronald McDonald at Eagle Lake is a one-week, fully ADA-accessible residential summer camp for participants with “a variety of special medical needs, economic hardship and/or emotional, developmental or physical disabilities.” Some featured activities include arts and crafts, hiking, fishing, canoeing, sports, swimming, talent shows and campfires. They have a fully licensed RN on staff all summer for help with medical needs. Older siblings are welcomed as volunteer counselors. With a staffer-to-camper ratio of 1:4, campers must require minimal assistance with toileting and other medically complex needs. The site is ADA-accessible and features paved or wooden walking trails throughout all 35 square miles. Cabins have electrical outlets for medical machines.

Dates: July 28 - August 3, 2024

Age range: The camp serves ages 12-65, and campers will be placed in cabins by age group.

Cost: $650

  • This camp has been funded by Regional Centers throughout the state in the past years. Check with your service coordinator for more information.
  • All applications have a $50 deposit.

Registration: To register, fill out the following forms that can be downloaded directly on their Registration Page:

Camp ReCreation

Office: 9272 Madison Ave.
Orangevale, CA 95662

Campsite: Camp Ronald McDonald at Eagle Lake
Gallatin Rd.
Susanville, CA 96130
(916) 988-6835
Website
camprecreation@outlook.com

Type of camp: Sleepaway camp in Northern California

Disabilities served: Campers with developmental disabilities who require a 1:1 support ratio.

Camp ReCreation, under the patronage of the Catholic Diocese of Sacramento, has a mission to increase the awareness and acceptance of those with developmental disabilities throughout the community. Accredited by the American Camp Association, they have been serving people with developmental disabilities since 1983. Each year, Camp ReCreation “provides a residential summer camp program as well as engaging year-round activities for its participants to inspire fun, friendship, social interaction, and spiritual growth.” During summer, they host three week-long camp sessions at Camp Ronald McDonald in Eagle Lake. They charge a fee to campers, but that fee only covers a portion of the direct cost, with Camp ReCreation absorbing the difference for every camper. Activities include arts and crafts, drama, singing and dancing, sports and games, hikes, swimming, canoeing, Bible story activities, and daily Mass.

Dates for 2024:

  • Session I: June 9 - 15
  • Session II: June 16 - 22
  • Session III: June 23 - 29

Age range: Camp ReCreation accepts campers with disabilities of all ages.

Cost: The fee is $595 per camper, with an optional $100 charge for a return bus ride. The organization will never turn a camper away because they are unable to afford the cost and will cover part or all of the cost if needed.

Registration: Registration begins by applying on the registration page of their website. Registration for 2024 has not opened yet, but keep an eye on their page for updates.

Camp Tuolumne Trails

22988 Ferretti Road
Groveland, CA 95321
(209) 962-7534
Website
Program Director: Jacqui Montero

Type of camp: Family camp and summer sleepaway camp

Disabilities served: Open to all children, teens, and adults with physical or developmental disabilities. A partial list includes autism, ADHD, developmental delay or intellectual disabilities, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, Down syndrome, traumatic brain injuries, hydrocephalus, hearing impairment or Deaf, visual impairment, spina bifida, epilepsy.

Camp Tuolumne Trails in Groveland, CA, is dedicated to providing an enriching and fun camp experience in a facility especially designed and built for children, teens, and adults with disabilities. Camp Tuolumne Trails offers a traditional camp experience, and the staff members are trained to ensure that all activities are accessible at multiple ability levels and age ranges. In addition to the ADA-accessible pool, campers can enjoy arts and crafts, archery, gold-panning, naturalist walks, scavenger hunts, campfires, sing-alongs, and much more. The camp facilities are fully ADA-accessible.

Dates for 2024:

ProgramAgeDatesLengthFee
Session 118+June 29-July 24 days$700
Session 218+July 5-July 95 days$875
Session 3A7-17July 12-July 143 days$525
Session 3B7-17July 12-July 165 days$875
Session 418+July 19-July 235 days$875
  • When the director receives a registration for a new camper, they complete an intake interview with the camper and caregivers to learn more about the camper's needs and the family's goals to ensure that the camper will be successful during their time at Tuolumne Trails. While the staff is comfortable providing most care needs, they do require that campers who attend their summer programs need minimal nighttime care (no frequent turning, must sleep through the night), show no elopement behaviors (the campus is fairly rural and bordered with national forest land), and show no aggressive behaviors toward themselves or others. Overall, the staff members work with each camper and their family to provide the best care possible.
    • Counselors: The sleepaway camp is staffed by counselors who are provided with training to support campers of significant needs. About 43% of their campers have a diagnosed physical disability, so their staff members are well-trained in personal care including lifting, transferring, toileting, showering, feeding, and other care needs.
    • They maintain a registered nurse onsite 24 hours a day when camp is in session. Their RN is responsible for medication distribution, documentation, and any first aid that may be required.
    • They can provide 1:1 aides at an additional cost during camp, but they also allow for families to bring an aide if they choose to do so. Aides attend free of charge. During the youth session, siblings and friends of all abilities can attend camp. Parents and caregivers are also welcome to stay onsite if needed. However, the staff would recommend their Family Camp for parents who would like to be involved with activity time.
  • Family Camp: August 2-5, 9-12, 16-19
    • The Family Camp program is similar to their regular summer camp with daily scheduled activities that are family-friendly and accessible. This is a great option for families with campers who are too young for the individual camper programs, who have never attended a camp program before, or who have care needs that their caregivers are more comfortable handling themselves, such as nighttime care. In addition, it is an opportunity for families to spend some much-needed time together in a safe and accessible camp setting that the whole family can enjoy.
    • Parents are welcome to join all activities, and the staff is available to provide daytime respite.
    • Families each sleep in separate cabins, or they can request to share a cabin with another family if they are attending together. This is a great opportunity for families to vacation together and build community with other families raising children with disabilities. Space is limited.

Age range: 7 and up

Cost:

  • Sleepaway Camp: Sessions vary by length (three to six days) and cost $525-$875.
  • Family Camp: $900 for up to four guests, with additional campers at $40 per person.
  • Registration fee: $30, nonrefundable
  • Regional Center vendor: They are vendored through Valley Mountain Regional Center and Regional Center of the East Bay. However, they have been able to approve tuition from campers registered with other Regional Centers on a case-by-case basis. Caregivers can ask their case managers to email the director directly at jacqui@toulumnetrails.org to start the process.
  • Scholarships: They offer full and partial scholarships called “Camperships.” No camper is turned away for inability to pay. Applications for scholarships are due by the end of February. To apply, click here.

Registration: For more information about the 2024 camp program, you may visit their website. To register, click here.

Camp Wamp

255 Cal Road
Soda Springs, CA 95728
(619) 227-4125
Website
Assistant Camp Director for Camp Wamp: Ale Bruyere

Type of camp: Summer sleepaway camp

Disabilities served: Campers of all ages with physical disabilities

Camp Wamp, located near North Lake Tahoe in the High Sierras, offers “children with physical challenges the opportunity to have a week in the great outdoors.” Sleepaway campers enjoy a variety of activities including fishing, canoeing, singing around the campfire, hiking, making new friends, participating in survival challenges, and much more. The camp has experience working with non-speaking children. They also have a 1:1 camper-counselor ratio, so each camper will have their own counselor to aid them in anything and everything 24/7. This includes feeding, toileting, dressing, bathing, transferring in and out of their wheelchair, etc. You may be interested in a film based on the founder of Camp Wamp, Wampler's Ascent, featuring Stephen Wampler as he scales "El Capitan" in Yosemite National Park. In the film, Stephen has a severe form of cerebral palsy and overcomes adversity and physical challenges.

Dates for 2024:

  • Camp Wamp offers one-week camp sessions for campers of all ages with physical disabilities. The kids get dropped off on Sunday morning and are picked up following Saturday morning. The camp is outside in the wilderness in the woods, so everything is going to be dirt roads for the most part except the bathrooms, showers, and dining hall. The staff clears out as many rocks and twigs as possible prior to camp to make the paths clear for the kids’ wheelchairs. The camp shares that they haven't had any issues in the area of accessibility.
  • The camp is hosting four week-long camp sessions between July 7 and August 3, 2024. ​​ - Week 1: July 7-13 (ages 13-18) ​​ - Week 2: July 14-20 (ages 8-12) ​​ - Week 3: July 21-27 (ages 13-18) ​​ - Week 4: July 28-Aug. 3 (ages 8-18)

Cost:

  • They raise money year-round to send kids to camp cost-free to families. They know it can be expensive to raise a child with a disability, so they never want money to be a worry. Some parents do donate money if they can, but other than that, the cost is on the camp!
  • Registration fee: $300 per child. This covers administrative costs and includes Camp Wamp swag.

Registration: Registration is now open on their website. Campers are accepted on a first-come basis and space-available basis. For additional information, contact Assistant Director Ale.

Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra

P.O. Box 7275, #1 Minaret Road
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
(760) 934-0791
Website
Program Director: Maggie Palchak

Type of camp: Family overnight camps and daily activities sessions

Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra is a nonprofit organization offering year-round adaptive sports opportunities to individuals of all ages with any disability. Their instructors are skilled in dealing with individuals with a variety of abilities, skill levels, and communication needs. In the winter, they offer Alpine skiing, Nordic skiing, and snowboarding. In the summer, they offer cycling (both road and mountain), flat water paddling, rock climbing, hiking, and more. Depending on each individual’s intellectual, cognitive, and physical ability level as well as their goals, most of these sports can be adapted to accommodate any individual. The staff shared that it is best to provide them with your child’s individual needs so that they can discuss specific sports, and they are happy to chat with you by phone. They assess each athlete both through their online information form and through telephone and in-person assessments to get the best picture of their abilities, so the staff can adapt and set the child up for success. Activities and facilities are wheelchair-accessible. The camp is not paved, but they provide accessible restrooms and have had a good number of individuals in wheelchairs participate.

Camps and dates:

  • Daily activity sessions: Most of their sessions are daily lessons. They offer sport lessons seven days a week by reservation. Morning lessons are 9:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m., and the afternoon lessons run 1:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m.
  • Yearly camps: They host several camps throughout the year. The summer Pedal~Paddle is a family-friendly camp in August and a great opportunity to camp, cycle, and paddle together as a family. If camping overnight is not suitable or desirable, it is possible to participate in all camp activities and return to other lodging for the night. While they have staff onsite and/or on call throughout the night, they do not provide overnight or caregiver support. If an individual is not able to independently provide for their personal care, parental oversight or caregiver support must be provided by the family. The family must also provide for any care needed outside of sport sessions. If campers need special accommodations or if the goal is to participate as a family, the staff members are happy to include family or aides as needed. This can be addressed on a case-by-case basis.

Age range: All ages

Cost:

  • Daily lessons are $105 per session, so a full day would be $210. Camp fees vary.
  • They are contracted with Kern Regional Center.
  • Scholarships are available on request.

Registration: While they are not taking reservations for summer yet, they would be happy to add your name to their list of those interested in their summer camps. Please call or email if you have any further questions. Last year’s registration began on June 1 for lessons starting July 5.

Easterseals Camp

1063 Macgaw Ave., Suite 100
Irvine, CA 92614
(714) 834-1111
Website

Type of camp: Week-long overnight camp

Easterseals Camp has been providing a fun and accessible summer camp experience for teens with disabilities since 1974. Camp activities include hiking, swimming, crafts, dancing, and a ropes course. While attending camp, teens will stay in dormitories or three-sided cabins.

Location: YMCA Camp Oakes in Big Bear, CA

Dates: The 2024 Easterseals Camp will take place from July 28 to August 3.

Age range: 14 and up.

Disabilities served: Easterseals Camp is designed to accommodate campers with a variety of disabilities, but ideally campers have some communication skills.

Cost: $1,248

Registration: Registration for the 2024 camp will open in April 2024 for returning campers and in June 2024 for new campers. Check back on the website later for links to applications.

1:1 aides: The camper-to-counselor ratio is approximately 2:1. If you’re interested in your child having a 1:1 aide, please reach out to Easterseals.

The Painted Turtle

17000 Elizabeth Lake Rd.
PO Box 455
Lake Hughes, CA 93532
(661) 724-1550 Ext. 203
Website
Camp Admissions Manager: Carlie Green

Type of camp: Sleepaway camp, overnight family weekends, and virtual camp sessions

Founded by Paul Newman in 1999, the mission of The Painted Turtle is to provide an opportunity for kids with medical conditions to just be kids. Located outside of Los Angeles in Lake Hughes, California, The Painted Turtle has served tens of thousands of children and families since opening in 2004. Their mission is to provide a year-round, life-changing environment for children and their families by allowing children to participate in an authentic camp experience, supporting their medical needs, and offering their families care, education, and respite. As a Medical Specialty Camp, they support campers with a wide range of diagnoses, including cerebral palsy.

Camps and dates:

  • Family Weekend Program: Overnight Family Retreats in Lake Hughes
    • The Painted Turtle invites families who are living with medical challenges to experience a weekend of camp in spring, winter, or fall. Families can enjoy campfires, carnivals, woodshop experience, fishing, arts and crafts, and more. The Painted Turtle says, “Fall and spring family weekends include parents and siblings in the enjoyment of an authentic camp experience and offer much-needed respite, recreation, and family time. For many families, their weekend at camp is their annual vacation, one they are only able to take because of our onsite medical support."
  • Summer Camp Sessions
    • The Painted Turtle welcomes children ages 7–16 for one of their five-day Summer Camp Sessions in 2024. In each session, campers will have the opportunity to participate in horseback rides and evening campfires. Children can become artists, swimmers, athletes, canoe paddlers, stargazers, actors on stage, adventurers, and, most importantly, friends. The campers form a unique community, living in cabins alongside other kids with similar medical conditions. With the support of peers, counselors, and onsite medical staff, campers are free to be themselves. Each session focuses on serving children with one of the medical conditions found most in need of camp opportunities.

Age range: Varies depending on program

Cost: All programs at The Painted Turtle are free of charge!

Registration: Applications are now open with availability for all sessions. To join the fun, please check The Painted Turtle’s website for the 2024 Calendar, and see the camper eligibility page to determine the best program and session for your family. All programs require an application on CampSite, The Painted Turtle’s Camper Database. They reserve some spaces for new campers, but they encourage families to apply as soon as possible.

Lions Wilderness Camp For Deaf Children

Office:
PO Box 8
Roseville, CA 95661
Website
lionscampfordeaf@gmail.com

Type of camp: Sleepaway camp

Founded as the “Lions of California – Nevada Wilderness Camp for Deaf Children” in 1980, this original purpose was: “To provide wilderness camping facilities, experiences, educational opportunities, health care, and counseling for hearing-impaired children.” Siblings and children of Deaf adults (CODA) are accepted. The hearing sibling or CODA must be fluent in ASL.

Dates:

  • Camp Teresita Pines at Wrightwood SOUTH CAMP: July 7-13, 2024
  • Camp Ross Relles at Nevada City NORTH CAMP: July 28-August 3, 2024

Age range: 7–15

Cost:

  • Full camp price is $425 per camper. The Lions of California will sponsor a child if cost is an issue.
  • There is a $50 non-refundable deposit to secure a spot.
  • Apply and complete a reservation with deposit prior to February 1 and receive a $30 camp store credit.

Registration: To complete an application, visit their website.

RAD Camp

199 Technology Dr. #100
Irvine, CA 92618
(949) 387-5219
Website
camp@radcamp.org
Program Manager for RAD Camp: Lauren Moore

Type of camp: In-person overnight camp

RAD Camp focuses on empowering children with disabilities, and their staff and volunteers are trained to support campers with disabilities. The environment is open and accepting, recognizing that everyone has gifts. At RAD, campers develop life skills in fun and creative ways. RAD offers a series of overnight weekend and summer camp programs every year. They provide services to individuals with more significant support needs; every camper gets a 1:1 aide, and there is nursing staff on site.

Camps and dates:

  • RAD Camps for adults age 22 and up: July 13–20, 2024
  • RAD Jr. Camps for teens age 13–21: June 22–26, 2024
  • RAD Mini Camps for children age 4–12

Registration: The 2024 summer program is currently full, so check for updates about the 2025 summer program as early as December 2024 or January 2025.

United States Adaptive Recreation Center: Summer Programs

43101 Goldmine Drive
Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
(909) 584-0269
Website
mail@usarc.org
Administrative Assistant: Shelly L Egerer

Type of camp: Family overnight camps and single-day participation camp

Please note: As of January 2024, the summer camps page has not been updated for summer 2024. Please check back frequently 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!

The United States Adaptive Recreation Center (USARC) offers an adaptive outdoor activity experience to enjoy as a family. USARC opens summer day camps in July and August, located in Serrano Campground in Big Bear Lake. There are single-day sessions and two-day, two-night overnight camp sessions. Single-day participation includes water skiing, paddle sports, fishing, and nature walks. USARC shares that for “water contact sports, swimming ability is not necessary, but all participants must wear a flotation vest and be able to hold their breath and right themselves from a face-down position in ten seconds.” They will require you to confirm this at the time you make your reservation. For safety reasons, participation may be limited or prevented due to certain disabilities or other factors.

Camps and dates:

  • Paddle Sports and Fishing/Nature Stroll ‘n’ Roll Day Sessions: The USARC offers single-day sessions on Tuesdays “focusing on paddle sports and fishing or a nature walk along beautiful Big Bear Lake.” Day sessions begin at 8:00 a.m. and end at 3:00 p.m., with a one-hour lunch break (lunch is not provided during day sessions). This takes place on Wednesdays and Thursdays in July and August, dates TBD.
  • Water Skiing and Paddle Sports Day Sessions: The USARC offers single-day sessions on Wednesdays and Thursdays “focusing on water skiing and paddle sports. A group booking an entire session may substitute activities.” Day sessions: July and August, dates TBD.
  • Family Overnight Session: Overnight sessions at Serrano Campground in Big Bear Lake include instruction water sports activities combined with an accessible camping experience at night. Serrano Campground’s “accessible toilets and showers, as well as some paved surfaces, blend some necessary conveniences with a wilderness experience, and electrical outlets are available in nearby facilities. Still, an element of rugged individualism should be expected.” They have a few tents to loan out to those who need it. Hotels and cabins are not provided by USARC, but some participants prefer to book their own room rather than sleep in a tent (USARC does not pay for hotel stays). Meals are provided during overnight camp; the activities include water skiing, tube riding, paddle boarding, kayaking, fishing, and sailing when the lake levels are high enough.
    • Overnight Session 1: End of July, dates TBD (Sunday–Tuesday)
    • Overnight Session 2: End of July, dates TBD (Wednesday–Friday)
    • Note: USARC shares that during summer programs, non-disabled family members, friends, and aides of participants with a disability are welcome to pay the fee and participate fully. Fees include a campfire snack on the first evening and all meals through lunch on the last day, camping fees, permits and licenses, instruction, and use of all water activity equipment. Among other personal items, participants must provide their own sleeping bag and a washable or disposable place setting with cup, plate, bowl, and utensils.

Age range: All ages

Cost: ​​

  • Regional Center funding: USARC is eligible for Regional Center funds. Most students participate using the Self-Determination Program through Regional Center.
  • Annual registration fee: Families are asked to pay an annual registration fee and to remit payment within two weeks of making reservations. USARC’s annual registration fee is valid for the calendar year. Annual registration is $35 for individuals, $50 for families, and $100 for groups.
  • Lesson fees: All lesson fees are due in full and are non-refundable one month prior to your reserved date.
    • Water Skiing and Paddle Sports Day Sessions: $150 per person
    • Paddle Sports and Fishing/Nature Stroll ‘n’ Roll Day Sessions: $50 per person
    • Overnight Sessions: $325 per person

Registration: You may inquire with Administrative Assistant Shelly Egerer for more information regarding registration and when the dates of activities will be made available.

Contents


Overview

Ability First Sports Summer Camp

Camp Krem

Camp Paivika

Camp Ramah

Camp Eagle Lake at Camp Ronald McDonald

Camp ReCreation

Camp Tuolumne Trails

Camp Wamp

Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra

Easterseals Camp

The Painted Turtle

Lions Wilderness Camp For Deaf Children

RAD Camp

United States Adaptive Recreation Center: Summer Programs

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Priority to begin a free Kickstart of the Undivided Support System with a dedicated Navigator.
“It’s so helpful to have one place that you can go to get many answers.”–Leeza Woodbury, with Navigator Kelly since 2020
*Currently offering Navigator Kickstarts to residents of California