A community of families dedicated to early intervention in Montgomery County, MD
updated 6/01/11: New camp added: Holistic & Community Services Special Needs Camp for 3-7. In bold blue).
Ah, summer. Longer days of sunshine are still not here yet, but we can begin planning for them. Here is a summer camp resource list to help you get started with finding care and fun to fill your child's summer days. Be sure to call each of these to confirm the ages they serve and registration availability. There are some camps for 2 year olds! (Check out Camp Talk and Camp Think & Grow in bold purple). Most of these are for ages 3 & up, but be sure to look into them for future reference (they fill up quickly so if one interests you, have it on your radar for early registration next year.) Please post in the comments to let us know of any other camps you may know (perhaps offered by a neighborhood church). Best wishes for your summer planning!
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Ah, el verano. Aún no han llegado los días más largos de sol, pero podemos empezar la planificación para ellos. Aquí está una lista de recursos de campamento de verano para ayudarle a comenzar con la búsqueda de cuidado de niños y diversión para planificar el verano de sus hijos. Asegúrese de llamar a cada uno de estos para confirmar la edad que sirven y disponibilidad de registro. Por favor deje un comentario para hacernos saber de cualquier otro campamento que sepáis (tal vez ofrecido por una iglesia en su vecindad). ¡Nuestros mejores deseos para su planificación de verano!
Montgomery County Department of Recreation
Ages 3-21 years
Montgomery County offers day camps with mainstream companions available to assist individuals. Extended camps and therapeutic recreation camps are also offered. Financial assistance available.
City of Gaithersburg
Summer Camp Program
City of Gaithersburg offers sports and recreation camps including shadows for some campers with disabilities. Scholarships are available for Gaithersburg Residents.
City of Rockville
The City of Rockville offers a variety of summer camps, such as art, drama, sports, and science. Scholarships may be available for City of Rockville residents.
The Beach Camp
Private, residential camp for children, teenagers and adults with cognitive and physical disabilities.
The League for People with Disabilities
Rustic residential camp for youth and adults with varying levels of disabilities. Ages 7 –21.
Camp Fairlee Manor
Residential camp that serves children and adults with physical disabilities and/or cognitive impairments throughout the summer.
301-870-3226 ; www.kampakomplish.org
Overnight camp offers swimming, horseback riding, arts, sports and climbing wall activities. Ages 8-16
Camp PALS is open to young adults with Down syndrome between the ages of 14-21. Each camper is paired one-to-one with a similarly-aged counselor. Applicants should be ready to thrive in an active residential environment. They should need minimal help with hygiene and be able to work well in groups. June 12-28, 2011.
National Speech/Language Center
This summer program offers small nurturing groups led by a speech pathologist and special education teacher. They work to enhance social skills, language, etc through imaginary play, music, art and games. Located in Bethesda.
Bar-T Kids Camp
Operates locations throughout Montgomery County and Frederick Counties. Mainstream Day camps located within several schools. Children ages 5-13 years.
Speech/Language & Social Skills Camp
A multi-disciplinary approach is used for children (ages 3-9) with speech/language delays, social skill deficits and learning difficulties. Located in Gaithersburg, groups are co-taught by speech language pathologists, special educators, and occupational therapists.
Treatment and Learning Center
TLC, located in Rockville, offers summer programs for kids ages 3-13 and high school students, grades 9-12, who have special needs in the areas of speech, language, perceptual, motor, sensory processing, academic development, and/or skill maintenance.
Special Needs Tot Camp
Holistic Home & Community Services
Holistic Home and Community Services, Inc. (HHCS) offers fun-filled therapy based learning activities which combines sensory motor, social games, arts and crafts, gross motor, educational readiness, interactive play, and communication in a fun and nurturing environment. Camp is for children aged 3-7.
Camp Talk, located in Gaithersburg, is a specialized camp for children ages 2-4 with speech/language and/or developmental delays, that operates in July. The camp places a major emphasis on speech and language through multi sensory leaning using a variety of communication modalities and techniques. The camp is led by a licensed and certified speech language pathologist. Camp offers a morning session, and an afternoon session. Lunch bunch also available.
Camp Think and Grow/MPAC
This camp, located in Gaithersburg, is for 2-4 year olds. The camp emphasizes concepts in the areas of reading/language arts, math, and science at the pre-K level. The camp is led by a teacher and incorporates multi-sensory techniques and theme based learning. Meets from 1-3:30, during July. Lunch bunch also available
Imagination Stage, Inc
Imagination Stage believes that theatre arts camps provide a unique and fun way for students (ages 4-18) with disabilities to develop and strengthen both theatre arts and social skills that carry over into their daily lives.
Cerebral Palsy Ability Center
Conductive Education Summer Program
A complex, integrated program of developmental learning for children with motor disorders. Located in Northern Virginia.
The Arc of Montgomery County
After All Program
Afterschool and summer program for children ages 9 to 21 with intellectual and developmental disabilities, located in Silver Spring.
Recognized for its “extraordinary model of an inclusion program,” this program provides children ages 4-21 with the opportunity to enjoy general and specialty camp programs. Located in Rockville.
Camp Connections/Celebrate Ability
A recreational camp for children on the autism spectrum, ages 6-21. The camp offers recreation and leisure activities, cooking, crafts, dance, movement, etc. Located in Rockville
Community Support Services
A highly structured recreational program that provides behavior management and supervision for children with developmental disabilities. Located in Gaithersburg. 1:1 Supervision is available
Kids Being Kids, Project Exploration
Summer program specifically designed for children with special needs ages 5-12. Focuses on sensory integration, social skills, and friendships. Activities include
crafts, water play, and sports. Located at Carl Sandburg Learning Center in Rockville.
Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Institute
Provides indoor and outdoor activities for individuals ages 6-21, diagnosed with severe developmental disabilities. 1:1 supervision is available.
Camp Over the Rainbow
Kid's Therapy Works will run a smaller version of Over the Rainbow Camp this summer! The program is a nurturing environment to foster sensory integration, self esteem, social, daily living and physical development skills. Run time is 6 weeks starting the end of June. Special activities include OT, art, drama, dance, cooking, swimming, bike riding and others. Call KTW to get on the mailing list
Provides a variety of sports and fitness activities for verbal children with mild to moderate autistim spectrum disorders, ADD/ADHD and other developmental disabilities. Staff member ratio average 3:1. Ages, 5-12 years. Located at Parkland Middle School
A fun, inclusive summer program that aims to increase social skills while participating in art, gross motor, fine motor, and multi-sensory activities. Programs available for children ages 3-10.
Totally Active Kids
A supportive and active program that incorporates physical and leisure activity while enhancing social skills. Programs available for individuals ages 7-21. Camp to be held in Bethesda.
Camp Aristotle at The Auburn School
Offers half and full day programs for students in grades K-8. Activities based on weekly themes. Morning session imbeds academics into the curriculum in an engaging way. Afternoon activities may include art, drama, cooking, music, games, water play, science experiments. For students who experience challenges associated with Asperger’s Syndrome, HFA, and ADHD, or students who have trouble with peer relationships or impulse control. Located in Silver Spring.
Motion Education Summer Camp
Movement Education Camp is designed for children, 4-16, with Developmental Coordination Disorder, Learning Disabilities, Asperger’s Syndrome, high functioning autism and attention deficits. Children are required to be toilet independent, be comfortable in a large gym setting with other children, and to follow multi step directions. Offers morning and afternoon half day sessions, June- August. Located in Rockville at the Dynamite Gymnastics Center.
Soaring Over Seven
McLean Bible Church
Soaring Over Seven is a 4-week recreational day camp for children with disabilities aged 5 to 15 and their siblings. Campers must attend all four-weeks of the program. Soaring aims to provide a 1:1 staff to child ratio for all campers.