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
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.
Phone: (319) 465-5916, ext 2310
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
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.
Phone: (515) 471-8523
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
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
If you know of a camp to add to the list, email firstname.lastname@example.org.