Summer Camp 2021

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SUMMER 2021 

Click on this link for Summer 2021 Printable Program Guide a printable version of the Recreation Council’s SUMMER 2021 OPPORTUNITIES GUIDE.

Because summer programs are still determining how they will safely reopen, the GUIDE will be updated weekly on Fridays, so check back often for updated information.

Annually the Recreation Council publishes a complete guide of summer day, overnight, specialized, and inclusive programs showing you dates, cost, and detailed description of the program.  As we get information of programs opening for 2021, we will post it here and add it to the printable Summer Guide so you will always find the most current information.

OVERNIGHT CAMPS Holding On-Site Programming in Summer 2021

Summer overnight camps are looking forward to welcoming you back to camp this summer. When registering, make sure to carefully read their COVID policies to make sure you understand modifications or changes in the way camp will be provided this year.  Overnight camps are Recreation Council Voucher eligible and Scholarship eligible.

Sunnyhill Adventures Camp –  Special Needs Adult and Youth Camps, weekly from July 4-August 27, 2021. Cost: $750-$925. Adventure awaits on over 60 scenic acres in Dittmer, Missouri. Come explore nature with activities such as: float trips, the alpine tower, climbing and rappelling, swimming, boating, or riding the zip line.  Our multi-national staff hails from six continents to share stories, songs and life experiences from their homelands, providing campers with a unique cultural experience and a chance to make new friends.  636-274-9044.

Wonderland CampSpecial Needs Adult and Youth Camps for ages 6 and older and adults ages 18 and older, weekly from May 23-August 7, 2021. Cost is $850.  Wonderland Camp knows everyone can benefit from quality relationships, outdoor experiences and fun places. Our Camp is committed to the individual to be as independent as they want to be with the support to be successful. Success is individual and experiences will be personalized.

Barnabas Camp Special Needs Camp for ages 7 through adult, Weekly from May 30-August 6, 2021. Cost: $1,500. At Camp Barnabas, we invite people with special needs and chronic illnesses to embrace life as Jesus made them and to reach their fullest potential at camp.  Every program and activity is adapted so each person, regardless of ability, can participate.  Each week that we have is geared to a specific age range starting at age 7 and you can not age out and a set of diagnoses so that each camper is in a cabin with others similar to themselves. We match our campers up one-on-one with a volunteer so they can get the full support they need. We have a full medical facility with nurses and doctors to be able to accommodate any medical needs our campers may require. We invite you to experience the love, joy, and excitement at camp this summer.

YMCA Camp LakewoodInclusive Youth Camps through age 16, Weekly from May 30-August 18, 2021. Cost is $395 for mini camp and $615-$895 weeklong camps.  Camp Lakewood provides a well-rounded experience for campers and gets them outdoors to connect with nature. With a 360-acre lake, over 5,000 acres of forest-covered hills, caves, creeks and more, there are many opportunities for natural exploration and experiential learning. Whether it’s campfires, swimming, archery, climbing tower, zipline, sports, canoeing, cookouts, fishing, kayaking or a multitude of camp games, every camper delights in waking up with a renewed sense of excitement as to what new activities each day at camp will bring.

Camp Wartburg Shepherding Sheep Special Needs Camp for youth (Kindergarten and older) and adults (ages 18 and older),  3-day camping experience, May 31-June 2 and June 2-5, 2021, Cost is $250. Inclusive Youth Weeklong Camps June 6-August 17, 2021. At Camp Wartburg, children become immersed in God’s awesome creation. Campers learn to shoot an arrow, canoe, swim, fish, play non-traditional games and so much more. Led by college-aged counselors, campers blossom under the supervision of positive role models, function in small groups and engage in discussions around Bible studies, values and respect for other people and nature.

Cub Creek Science CampInclusive Youth Camps, weekly from May 30-August 7, 2021. Cost $1,095 (voucher eligible) Cub Creek Science Camp is the only summer camp for kids in the country with a hands-on, interactive zoo. With more than 300 animals and over 100 species, our overnight summer camp is an animal lover’s paradise. No other overnight camp can say they are an animal camp, science camp, adventure camp, vet camp, nature camp, while still offering all the traditional summer camp activities such as swimming, fishing, hiking, arts and crafts, and ropes course.  We are a truly unique summer camp experience.

Camp MoVal – Adult Special Needs Adventure Camp has been canceled for 2021, but Inclusive Youth Camp weeks are happening. Join us for traditional camp activities in a Christian environment.  We have a beautiful lake, an archery range, plenty of hiking, and cabin camping. Special needs campers must have basic independent living skills to attend. 

Meramec Learning Ranch Camp ~ Camp for Youth on the Autism Spectrum. 2021 cost & dates are not finalized, but camp usually happens in August and costs about $900 ~ Call 1-844-424-3577 for details. Great Circle’s Meramec Adventure Learning Ranch is one of the most extensive high adventure bases in the Midwest with a high ropes course, rugged terrain, a lake, cabin camping, and plenty of outdoor opportunities.  Combining outdoor with adventure activities, the Ranch helps our campers develop character, integrity, positive relationships, and make a positive impact in the world around them.

Camp Sabra ~Inclusive Youth Camp for grades 3-10, 30750 Camp Sabra Road, Rocky Mount, MO 65072 ~ Phone: 314-442-3151 ~  ~  2-weeks: $2,500-$5,600 ~ 1st Session: June 20 – July 15; 2nd Session: July 18 – August 12, 2021.  Camp Sabra is a premier Missouri Jewish sleepaway camp for boys and girls entering grades 3-10. We offer a variety of activities including waterfront, adventure, athletics, creative arts, performing arts, trips and more.

Camp Manitowa ~ Inclusive Youth Camp ~ 12770 N. Benton Rd., Benton, IL 62812 ~ 314-348-6412 ~ Contact Dan Grabel ~ 2021 DATES: June 13-26, June 27-July 10, July 11-24, Jul 25-Aug 7 for Grades 2-9, 2-weeks $2,150; 1-week $1,125.  High Adventure Trips: grades 9-10, $1,500.  Camp Manitowa is a small private camp working to help kids (youth and teens) become their best selves. We offer water skiing, tubing, climbing wall and zipline, canoeing, sports, campfires, arts and crafts and more. We offer kids a wide variety of wonderful activities. High Adventure Camp is a week in the Smoky Mountains or Rocky Mountains. This is an inclusive camp with a camp social worker and 1:1 advocate. Nurse on site. Program staff to participant ratio is 3:1. Fully accessible.

Camp MITIOG ~ Specialized Camp, 7615 N Platte Purchase Dr, Kansas City, MO 64118 ~ ~ Contact camp at their website. MITIOG is a week-long camp that serves children with Spina Bifida. Children participate in regular camping activities including swimming, fishing, canoeing, arts and crafts, nature classes, classes on self-help medical care and evening campfires. Each child is paired with their own individual counselor who is a senior high school student, college student or older young adult. Camp MITIOG is held at Lake Doniphan Conference and Retreat Center which is located in Excelsior Springs, MO and provides a wheelchair accessible environment.

Joni and Friends MO, Family Retreat & Support ~ Specialized Services,  314-773-5664 ~ ~ Or contact the MO area coordinators, David Smith at 314.924.3204, or Kathy Nichols, 314-773-5664, ~ Family Retreat: July 2-6, 2021 at Timber Lakes Camp, 1375 Rock Creek Rd, Williamsburg, KS, 66095.Cost $280 per adult, $255 per child ages 6-17, under 5 is free. Family Retreat is a safe and accepting Christ-centered camp environment where individuals and families living with disability are cared for, encouraged, and rejuvenated. A loving and trained volunteer attends activities with our campers with special needs while parents, siblings and caregivers attend programming worry free. Our schedule is filled with inclusive worship, Bible-based teaching, and exciting and fun adventures for the whole family. We also make sure there’s time to cultivate meaningful relationships with other families. Registration is now open! Contact us here

Camp Encourage, Linwood, KS ~ ~ 1-816.830.7171~Kelli Lee: ~ Our specialized camp for youth with Autism happens at Tall Oaks Conference Center in Linwood, Kansas, just about an hour west of Kansas City. The mission of Camp Encourage is to provide youth with autism spectrum disorder meaningful experiences in which they build the knowledge, courage, and skills to be empowered participants in the community. Each camp session includes both traditional camp activities and activities tailored around the individual campers’ interests.
Summer 2021 Camp Dates: June 16-19  &  July 21-24 ~ Cost: $1,200
2-day mini camps in Sept & Oct 2021 – $560

Camp Courage, Stewartsville, MO, 9201 N Campbell Ct. ~ Kansas City, MO 64155. ~ June 24-27, 2021 ~ Cost: $200 ~ Camp Courage is a 4-day/3-night, specialized summer camping program for adults with special needs, including Down syndrome, birth defects, cognitive delays and high functioning Autism. Campers enjoy typical camping activities such as fishing, hay wagon rides, crafts and music; as well as Bingo, dance parties and an evening of carnival game fun!  This program is ideal for individuals who enjoy outdoor activities and are comfortable being away from their home environment. Participants must be able to walk, shower, dress and feed themselves independently.  Participants must be cooperative, enjoy being around other people and pose no flight risk.

DAY CAMPS Holding On-Site Programming in Summer 2021

Laumeier Sculpture Park Summer Art Camp, Inclusive youth day camp ~ 12580 Rott Rd, St Louis, MO 63127 ~ 314-615-5278 ~ Cost $225 ~ camp weeks from June 14-August 2, 2021 ~ ~ Our full-day Art Camps are designed for creative, active kids ages 6 to 12. Campers learn about artists throughout history, explore woodland trails, experiment with a variety of art media and processes, create amazing works of art, enjoy field day activities, water play, and find inspiration in Laumeier’s artworks and gallery exhibitions for drawing, painting, sculpting and more ~ REGISTER FOR SUMMER ART CAMP

Laumeier Teen Art Program, Inclusive Teen Day Program ~ Cost $450 ~ 2 weeks sessions from June 14-August 6, 2021 ~ ages 13-17. Teens express their creative talents, develop artistic skills, and grow in knowledge through hands-on application and mentorship in a fun outdoor setting. The summer ends with an Art Show which displays work from all sessions and collaborations with professional artists. Watch the 2020 Virtual Teen Art Show here.  REGISTER FOR THE TEEN ART PROGRAM

The J – Jewish Community Center,  Inclusive Youth Camp~ 2021 Dates: June 7 – August 20, 2021, 2 locations: Camp Creve Coeur|  Camp Chesterfield ~ Are you ready for the summer? Is your child ready for fun and friendships?  Every child is welcome at the J, and our camps feature the activities kids love most like swimming, sports, gymnastics and arts. Speak with Shamecka Nichols to receive Inclusion services up to 1:1 staffing.  Register for any camp online at ~ or contact Brad Chotiner, 314-442-3423.

Miriam Learning Center FUNdamentals Special Needs Day Camps: These half day camp weeks occur from June 14-July 30, 2021. Cost: $400 for high school week; $900-$1,200 for K-8 youth camp weeks. These summer day camp weeks are a fun way to boost academic or social skills during the summer months. Small groups, research-based programming, and experienced certified/licensed staff make for a winning combination. (not Rec Council voucher eligible) InformationYou Tube Video

Boys and Girls Club, Summer Blast Day Camp – Inclusive summer day camp for youth ages 6-18 happening weekly from June 7 – August 13, 2021 (closed week of July 5-9th). Weekly rate: $125 per week, plus $25 one time membership fee.

Sweetology Summer Camp for youth in grades 1-8,  at Sweetology’s two locations, Town and Country in St. Louis, MO and O’Fallon, MO.  Town and Country Location ~ (636) 220-3620; O’Fallon Location ~ (636) 409-1123 ~

Abra-Kid-Abra for youth ages Inclusive magic and circus performance camps for youth ages 5-12 (age 13 for circus camp) at their St. Louis location, 803 Lafayette Ave.Webster Groves, MO 63119. Cost: $155-$197. ~ 314-961-6912 ~ ~ Or click here for the 2021 Camp Schedule

COCA, Creative Arts Inclusive Youth Camps for ages 3-21, located in University City, 6880 Washington Ave, St. Louis, MO 63130, 314-725- 6555 ~ ~ Camp weeks from June 1-August 20, 2021, ages 3-21 ~ On-Site and Virtual Options available. We provide a safe, comfortable, arts-learning environment where our campers can truly enjoy art and the art-making process. Many of our camps are multidisciplinary and are taught by multiple teaching artists. COCA camps are designed to engage all types of learners.

LOUIS COUNTY PARKS:  Camp Queeny Inclusive Youth Camp, Weekly from June 7 to August 9,, 2021. A summer day camp for kids ages 5 – 12.  Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.  $90/week. Early and late care is available 7:30 a.m. – 9 a.m. $20/week and 3p.m.-6 p.m.  $30/week. Campers will make memories, new friends and experience the outdoors.  Weekly activities include canoeing, fishing, arts and crafts, nature programs, field trips (one per session), games, and much more.  Pre-registration required by calling 314-615-8472.  For all St. Louis County Parks Programs and Day Camps, check their website at

Exceptional Equestrians Horsemanship Day Camp: 785 Yellow Finch Ln. Washington, MO 63090, Call (636) 390-2141 or email at ~ Cost: $280 per week.  Beginners Camp for ages 6-15: June 7-11 and June 21-25, 2021 ~ Intermediate and Advanced riders, ages 6-15, June 14-18 and June 28-July 2, 2021.  Exceptional Equestrians is excited to offer another exciting summer of our highly-acclaimed horsemanship day-camps. Our summer programs offer a variety of activities and learning experiences for children and teens, many who have special needs. Located at our beautiful farm outside of Washington, MO, these camps will leave your children with memories to treasure! Campers learn responsibility, teamwork, respect and compassion. Camps are first-come, first-serve, limited to 12 campers per week. Camps will follow all recommended CDC health and safety guidelines that are in effect at that time.

St. Louis Arc, Specialized Summer Programs for Teens and Adults, ~ Phone numbers below~1177 N. Warson Road, St. Louis, MO  63132

  • Teens in Motion: This adventurous summer project is for St. Louis County residents ages 13-15 who have intellectual or developmental disabilities to become aware of volunteer and employment options in their community.  Contact Bri Reyes at 314-817-2250.
  • Neighborhood Experiences: This summer program serves St. Louis County and City Residents, ages 16 to 21 who have intellectual and developmental disabilities to engage in volunteer and work experiences, achieve personal and career goals, expand their social network, and create a professional resume and portfolio. Contact Clinton Hall at 314-817-2293.
  • Camp R&R: This is a weekend camping program beginning in August that serves St. Louis County residents ages 7 and older who have intellectual and developmental disabilities and high support needs. Participants can attend three weekend sessions between August 2021 and May 2022. Contact Kara Huffman at 314-817-2249.
  • NextED Summer Independent Living Experience through St. Louis ARC:  This is a life skills 5-day interactive program for youth ages 18-25 who want to experience living on their own.  It’s happening the weeks of August 2 and 9, 2021. Cost and registration details are being worked out. Contact Ryann for information at 

Municipal Park Summer Youth Day Camps:  Summer day camp at your local park includes traditional games, crafts, sports, swimming, and an occasional field trip. Information gets posted in March, so keep an eye on your local city park website for details or call your park for information.

St. Charles County Inclusion Coordinator – Contact Brita Weight, 314-359-9970.

Southwest County Inclusion Coordinator –  Terri Johnson, 314-835-6157
1050 Des Peres Road, Des Peres, Missouri 63131

  • Ballwin (636) 227-8950
  • Brentwood (314) 963-8689
  • Des Peres (314) 835-6150
  • Manchester (636) 391-6326
  • Crestwood (314) 729-4860
  • Ellisville (636) 227-7508
  • Kirkwood (314) 822-5855
  • Sunset Hills (314) 842-7265

North County Region Recreation ~ Inclusion Services, 314-839-5575
8969 Dunn Road, Hazelwood, Missouri 63042

  • Bellefontaine (314) 867-0700
  • Ferguson (314) 521-4661
  • St. Ann (314) 429-4545
  • Bridgeton (314) 739-5599
  • Hazelwood (314) 839-5575
  • Florissant (314) 839-7670

Mid County Parks & Recreation Inclusion Coordinator ~ Malory Smysor, 314-290-8507

  • Richmond Heights (314) 645-1476
  • Maryland Heights (314) 738-2599
  • Clayton (314) 290-8500
  • Webster Groves (314) 963-5600
  • University City (314) 505-8626

YMCA DAY CAMPS: Our many locations in the St. Louis and St. Charles Metro area offer youth the opportunity to have fun in a traditional day camp setting. Contact your closest branch for more information on camp sessions and costs.

  • Bayer YMCA Center, 5555 Page Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63112, 314-367-4646 ~ June 1 to August 6 for ages 5-13.
  • YMCA Carondelet Park Rec Complex, 930 Holly Hills Ave, St. Louis MO 63111, 314-768-9622 ~ June 1 to August 20 for ages 5 – 13.
  • South City Family YMCA, 3150 Sublette Ave, St. Louis, MO 63139, 314-644-3100 ~ June 7 to August 20 for ages 5-15.
  • Chesterfield Family YMCA, 16464 Burkhardt Place, Chesterfield MO 63017, 636-532-3100 ~ June 7 to August 20 for ages 5-14.
  • Edward Jones Family YMCA, 12521 Marine Ave. St. Louis, MO 63146, 314-439-9622 ~ June 1 to August 20 for ages 5 – 14.
  • Kirkwood Family YMCA, 325 N. Taylor Ave. Kirkwood MO 314-965-9622 ~ June 1 to  August 13 for ages 5 – 15.
  • Mid County Family YMCA, 1900 Urban Drive, Brentwood, MO 63144, 314-962-9450 ~ June 1 to August 13 for ages 5-12.
  • South County Family YMCA, 12736 Southfork Road, St. Louis, MO 63128, 314-849-9622 ~  June 1 to August 20 for ages 3-15. The following camps are held at Oakville Elementary: Traditional Camp, Science Camp and Art Camp.
  • Wildwood Family YMCA: Specialty, Preschool and some Sports Camps, 2641 Highway 109, Wildwood MO 63040, LaSalle Retreat Center 2101 Rue De La Salle Drive, Wildwood MO 63038, ~  June 1 to August 13 for ages 3-14. Traditional and Sports Camps including Kickball, All Sports, Ninja Warriors, Hockey and Basketball.
  • O’Fallon Family YMCA, 3451 Pheasant Meadow Drive, O’Fallon MO 63368, 636-379-0092 ~  June 1 to August 13 for ages 3-13. Traditional Camp hours are 9 am – 4 pm and Preschool and Gymnastics Half-Day Camp hours are 9 am – 12 pm.
  • St. Charles County Family YMCA, 3900 Shady Springs Lane, St. Peters, MO 63376, 636-928-1928 ~  June 1 to August 13 for ages 5-13.

DAY CAMPS Holding VIRTUAL Programs in Summer 2021

Variety St. Louis – Registration is Open for FREE weeks of Virtual Summer Camp: It’s time to register for Virtual Summer Adventure Camp and Teen Camp 2021. This free online Camp experience is open to all kids and teens (ages 4 – 20) with a medically diagnosed disability in the greater St. Louis region – they do not have to be a current Variety Kid or have financial need to apply.  Camp Registration Open Now  and will remain open until 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 1.

Varsity Tutors, PLUS ~ Virtual summer camps and classes for youth through high school age. Keep your student engaged all summer with 100’s of fun classes taught by an instructor by ZOOM.  For just $19 per month, you can enroll in as many small group classes as you’d like. Remember that our large group classes are always FREE and are open to all ages.  Click Here for information:

Starkloff Institute-Dream Big VIRTUAL Day Camp, 6/14-6/18 STEM week; 7/12-7/16 Trade/Tech; 7/26-7/30 Endless Possibilities (Mix of STEM and Trade/Tech) ~ Cost: To Be Determined ~ ~ The Dream Big program strives to empower college and technical school-bound youth with disabilities to dream big about their future. The program aims to show students that they can do many things that their non-disabled peers can do, and they should not limit their career goals.


*Search Engine of Camps in the St. Louis Metro Area:
BluePrint 4 Summer: ~ Hop on our free search engine to find a day camp for your child’s age group, close to your home, or one tailored to your child’s interests.  Several special needs camps are listed.

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