Special Needs Camps 4 Exceptional Kids in Central Iowa - dsm4kids.com

Special Needs Camps 4 Exceptional Kids in Central Iowa

Most kids take summer camp for granted.  But for kids with special needs, summer camp may seem like an unobtainable dream.   Typical camps can’t offer the medical care that some need; for others, their social skills and behavior issues make it challenging for them to “rough it”.  Luckily, several organizations in Central Iowa are dedicated to giving every child the chance to experience summer camp. A list of these special places follows.

Amanda the Panda

At Camp Amanda, kids connect with others that have experienced the death of a loved one, find out what “normal” grief looks like and learn healthy coping skills.

Where: Wesley Woods Camp and Retreat Center in Indianola
Phone: (515) 223-4847
Website: http://amandathepanda.org/programs/camp-amanda/

Camp Courageous of Iowa

Individuals with disabilities, as well as their families, experience year-round recreational and respite care activities in a camp setting.  Vision, mental, physical and other disabilities are typical of the individuals served.

Where: Monticello
Phone:  (319) 465-5916, ext 2310
Website: http://www.campcourageous.org/

Camp Heart Connection – Children’s Cancer Connection

Oncology Camp provides children with cancer a week of typical camp activities and so much more. Sibling and Family camps are also offered.

Where: Boone, IA
Phone:  (515) 243-6239
Website: http://www.childrenscancerconnection.org/camp-heart-connection/

Camp Hertko Hollow

Camp Hertko Hollow is dedicated to improving the lives of children and youth who have diabetes. Campers enjoy traditional camp activities while learning about living with diabetes.

Where: Boone
Phone: (515) 471-8523
Website: http://www.camphertkohollow.com/

Camp Sunnyside

Camp Sunnyside is for individuals with and without disabilities ages five and older. Many different types of camps and activities are offered.  Vision, mental, physical and other disabilities are typical of the individuals served.

Where: Des Moines
Phone:  (515)289-1933
Website: http://www.easterseals.com/ia/our-programs/camping-recreation/camp-sunnyside.html

Iowa School for the Deaf Summer Camp

Iowa School for the Deaf holds several week-long summer camps that support children who are deaf and hard of hearing.

Where: Council Bluffs and Vinton
Phone: (712) 366 – 0571
Website: http://www.iowaschoolforthedeaf.org/

 

If you know of a camp to add to the list, email nicole@dsm4kids.com.

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