Day Camps: Special Needs

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

Ages served: 3-7

Dates/times: 6/20-6/22; Full day (6+ hours)

Description: Kids Camp provides an opportunity for campers to explore their potential, try different activities, build friendships and learn about diabetes through hands-on lessons appropriate to their age group. Milk, mid-morning and afternoon snacks are provided.

Cost: $110

Camp location: Hoover Y-Park, 1570 Rohr Road, Lockbourne 43137

For more information: Darlene Honigford,, 614-884-4400,

Ages served: 8-12

Dates/times: 6/23-6/25; Full day (6+ hours)

Description: Stepping Stones is the introductory program for youth with diabetes who want to explore what camping is all about before committing to a residential camp. Stepping Stones includes both a day camp and an overnight camping experience.

Cost: $130

Camp location: Hoover Y-Park, 1570 Rohr Road, Lockbourne 43137

For more information: Darlene Honigford,, 614-884-4400,

Ages Served: 6-21

Dates/Times: 6/13-8/5; Full day (6+ hours)

Description: The Summer of Fun and Adventure Day Camp provides a positive exciting day camp experience in a safe and accepting environment. Programs enhance campers' self-confidence, self-esteem, and promote lifelong friendships through theme based activities. Our Camp operates out of three locations. The Franklin Park Adventure Center, Dodge Community Center and Thompson Community Center.

Cost: $85 per week. Three day sports Camp $55. Half day swim team camp $55

Camp Location: Franklin Park Adventure Center, 1755 E. Broad St, Columbus 43203

For more information: Mary Beth Moore,, 614-645-5648,

Ages Served: 18 months-10 years

Dates/Times: Contact for specific dates; Half-day (2-5 hours)

Description: Tiny Talkers; 18 months-3 years-encourages speech skills/Jam; 2-6 years-kids with autism or similar communication challenges/Motor Mouth; 3-6 years-improve articulation/Fun with Friends; 5-10 years-challenges interacting with friends.

Cost: Please contact the camp organizer for more information

Camp Location: Columbus Speech & Hearing Center, 510 E. North Broadway, Columbus 43214

For more information: Julie Johnson,, 614-263-5151,

Ages Served: 3-14

Dates/Times: 6/13-8/5; Full day (6+ hours)

Description:A recreational experience for children with and without special needs. The camp day is 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Campers participate in activities with daily sessions following a structured schedule.

Cost:$2,000-$2,600, depending on a child's age and needs. Level 1, I/O and self waivers are accepted. Latchkey services are offered from 3-5 p.m. for $400 for eight weeks.

Camp Location: Easter Seals, 3830 Trueman Court, Hilliard, OH 43026

For more information: Libby Ballentine,, 614.228.5523,

Ages Served: 5-22

Dates/Times: 7/4-8/5; Full day (6+ hours)

Description: Summer Day Camps are open to youth/teens with physical/developmental disabilities, as well as their typically developing siblings. Summer Day Camps provide a full schedule of activities, lunch and snack, counselors, program leaders, on-site nursing.

Cost: The Summer Day Camp published rate is $325 per week (may change due to camper's individualized needs), plus a non-refundable reservation fee of $35 must accompany the registration form.

Camp Location: 7700 Piper Road, Ashley 43003

For more information: Michelle Higgins,, 740-548-7006,

Ages Served: 5-22+

Dates/Times: 6/6-8/5; Full day (6+ hours)

Description: Step By Step Academy's Recreation and SPEAKS camps offer arts and recreational activities by trained staff to individuals with disabilities.

Cost: Waivers accepted, $300 per week

Camp Location: Step By Step Academy, 445 E Dublin Granville Rd, Worthington 43085

For more information: Samantha Blanchard,, 614-436-7837,

Ages Served: Age 6-Age 21

Dates/Times: 6/6-7/28; Half-day (2-5 hours)

Description: The YMCA and ECRN+ extend the opportunity to enjoy and participate in nature to our special-needs friends. Camp Can Do is tailored for children and young adults with moderate to intensive special needs. Experienced staff facilitate at 5 locations.

Cost: Member: $125/week. Youth/Child Member: $137/week. Non-Member: $150/week. Financial assistance Available. Title XX and TANF accepted.

Camp Location: multiple locations

For more information: Samantha Stewart,, 614-543-9000,