Below is a list of the some of what the Bay Area Summer Camps can offer for families with children who have a I/DD.
Developmental & Learning Disabilities
Building Bridges Camp gives individuals who use Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and Assistive Technology (AT) an opportunity to develop their communication skills in a fun, motivating, no-pressure environment in Boulder Creek. Campers ages 5-17 attend a week-long residential camp experiencing swimming, horseback riding, and arts and crafts. Additionally, adults who want to learn more about working with AAC/AT can participate in the concurrent training institute.
Camp Costanoan is Via Services’ residential, outdoor education, recreation and learning center for children and adults ages 5 and older with physical and/or developmental disabilities and special needs. Camp is located on 13 wooded acres nestled in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains in Stevens Creek County Park, just 15 miles west of San Jose and 45 miles south of San Francisco.
Camp Krem serves children and adults who have Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, autism or other developmental disabilities in a traditional, residential camp in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Five to 12-day sessions offer activities that include daily swimming, arts, music, sports, cheerleading, dance, drama, nature hikes and field trips. Outdoor adventure and travel programs are also available. Camping Unlimited-Camp Krem sponsors many year-around weekend trips in the East Bay and South Bay areas. Bus service from Emeryville is available.
Camp Ronald McDonald at Eagle Lake is a fully-accessible residential summer camp for children with a variety of special medical needs, economic hardship and/or emotional, developmental or physical disabilities. Because barriers are removed, campers enjoy traditional camping activities such as arts and crafts, hikes, fishing, canoeing, sports, swimming, talent shows and campfires.
AbilityFirst Camp Paivika is a year-round program for children, teens and adults with physical and developmental disabilities. The program encourages independence and broadens social contacts through recreation.