Summer Programs 2021

SUMMER 2021 

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

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.

Click Here for Magazine Articles about how to make it a successful summer.
Recreation Council’s Summer Camp and Program Tips 2021
National Center on Physical Activity and Disability Camp Guide
Sprout and About: Best Summer Camps for Children with Special Needs

On This page:

Adventure ~ Overnight Camps ~
Day Camps ~ Virtual Summer Programs ~
Other Summer Information

Looking for Adventure? If you need help planning your adventure, contact the Recreation Council and talk to your area Coordinator – 314-726-6044.

Arc EscapesArc Escapes Travel Program: The Arc Escapes program is back and has several spaces available for their upcoming trips to Springfield, Illinois, and Cincinnati, Ohio. Arc Escapes are weekend getaways for adults 18 years and older where participants have the opportunity to explore local sites, try new cuisine, make new friends, and learn how to trave. Click here for the Arc Escapes brochure and click here for the registration form. For more information, contact Clinton Hall at 314-817-2293.

TtripsIncTrips, Inc Travel Program for Adults with Disabilities: Trips, Inc.™ provides all-inclusive vacation packages for travelers 18 and older with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Our goal is to give the best life experience to our consumers by promoting independence and inclusion through travel. From theme parks to national parks, Alaska to Hawaii, cruises and international destinations-our excursions take you all over the world!

riverlands

More information about the Riverlands Wellness Series at: www.riverlands.audubon.org/events

BIG MUDDY CANOE ADVENTURES ~ www.2muddy.com/trips ~ COST: $80-$100+ depending on experience you select.. Whether this is your first time paddling or you’re a bonafide river rat, Big Muddy Adventures has a trip for you. We offer a wide range of options, from hour-long paddles to multi-day expeditions to private island dinners. We supply everything you need, including an experienced guide, double-wide safety canoes, life jackets, and lunch.

MDWSA Summer Splash – Adapted Waterskiing Events ~ www.mdwsa.org/upcoming-events ~ COST: $25.

  • July 30-31, 2021 at Creve Coeur Lake, Maryland Heights, MO
  • July 9 and August 13 at Jefferson Point in Lake St. Louis

If you have the desire to waterski, we will make it happen. The Midwest Disabled Water Ski Association (MDWSA) invites you to sign up for an amazing experience. We have plenty of adaptive water ski equipment for you to have an amazing experience. It doesn’t matter if you have never skied or ready for the Paralympics or Special Olympic athletes, we have you covered in equipment. If you are not comfortable or just don’t want to ski, that’s ok, we will have an inner tube that you can ride and we do also allow participants to ride in the boat.   We bring in food trucks for a hot lunch and water and soda will be available. Bring the family, kids and neighbors and make it day. Registration is done on-line, first come first serve, with limited space. 

Wilderness Inquiry, Gateway to Outdoor Adventures for People with Disabilities: Wilderness Inquiry shares the outdoors with everyone, including persons with intellectual and physical disabilities. Designed for adults with developmental disabilities, brain injuries, and other forms of cognitive disability, Gateway to Adventure (Gateway) is a program that helps people develop the skills they need to enjoy inclusive outdoor recreation activities. On Gateway trips, participants are provided support so they can learn and practice outdoor skills and social skills needed to have safe, enjoyable outdoor experiences. The goal of Gateway is to prepare individuals with cognitive disabilities to participate in integrated outdoor recreation activities, including Wilderness Inquiry’s trips, that include people with and without disabilities as peers. Trips cost $800-$1,000 depending on venue selected.

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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/or 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 Camp 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 Mini 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.

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 ~ www.campmitiog.org ~ 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 ~ www.joniandfriends.org ~ Or contact the MO area coordinators, David Smith at 314.924.3204, dsmith@joniandfriends.org or Kathy Nichols, 314-773-5664, missouri@joniandfriends.org ~ 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, specialized youth camp in Linwood, KS ~ www.campencourage.org ~ 1-816.830.7171~Kelli Lee: klee@campencourage.org ~ 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, Specialized Adult Mini Camp, Stewartsville, MO, 9201 N Campbell Ct. ~ Kansas City, MO 64155. www.campcouragemo.org ~ 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.

DASA, CampWeCanDu,  Specialized camp for youth with physical and hearing disabilities, June 20-25, 2021 at Babler State Park, Wildwood, MO ~ The cost for 2021 Camp WeCanDu is $400, early bird fee is $350. www.dasasports.org/camp-wecandu. Every year, Camp WeCanDu provides an opportunity for local youth with physical disabilities to fully participate in a week-long, traditional summer camp experience full of fun activities and friendship. Children living with cerebral palsy, spinal cord injuries, visual impairments, and many other forms of physical disabilities come together at camp to create a fun and engaging social support system and discover natural abilities that stay with them for a lifetime. Camp WeCanDu Activities include: Archery, Arts & Crafts, Campfires, Carnival Night, Field Trips, Handcycling, Horseback Riding, Kayaking, Messy Slip-n-Slide, Rock Climbing, Swimming, Talent Show, Tree Climbing, and much more. Due to COVID precautions, limited spots will be available! Campers interested in attending camp MUST fill out a Camper Application, which does not guarantee a slot. Camp application closes April 12th and applicants will be notified April 16th if they received a slot in camp. We highly encourage the child to be involved in a DASA sport session prior to camp in order to ensure that DASA is able to provide a successful camp experience for the camper. If you have questions, please email us at campers@dasasports.org.

DAY CAMPS Holding On-Site Programming in Summer 2021

Camp Invention: Sign up to release your inner scientist, creator, and inventor. Children in grades K-6 attend weeklong day camps, youth in grades 7-9 attend as leaders in training.   This year’s programs is RECHARGE so we will play with a solar bot, do a road rally, have an open mic day, and play “duck & chuck”.  All materials and kits are included.  Camp LOCATIONS in St. Louis and St. Charles with virtual and in-person options. SCHOLARSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE FOR ANYONE WHO QUALIFIES SO APPLY by calling Laura Liebman at 1-800-968-4332. Cost: $235-$245.

Camp Circle Star for Youth with Autism: 2021 Camp Dates: June 14-18 • June 21-25 • June 28-July2  July 6-9  July 12-16 • July 19-23 • July 26-30 • August 2-6 August 9-13 (campers 19+) Cost: $350 per week.  Transportation is offered at an additional cost of $50/week.  We pride ourselves with being a “custom-made camp” for your child.  Each child’s experience will be unique and best suited to their individual needs and desires. We provide 1:1 supervision to all our campers, so that they may explore, engage, and enjoy all the camp activities at the highest possible level.  We let campers choose their own activities from many fun and exciting choices.  We limit the size of our camp to about 14 campers each week, so as not to be too overwhelming for our kids.  Contact us for details at 314-402-4032 or renee@campcirclestar.com to register for camp. 

Fontbonne University Summer Camps, FREE 6800 Wydown Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63105, 314-889-1458. Enroll for a fun, educational summer camp that offers a variety of free summer programs in science, technology, arts and more. https://www.fontbonne.edu/summer-camps-at-fontbonne/

  • Girls in Science, June 7-17 and June 21-July 1, 2021 (in-Person) Grades 7-9.
  • Ethical Hacking, June 7-11 (Virtual) – High School
  • Cyber Warrier, June 14-18 (Virtual) – High School
  • Speech and Language Goals Camp, June 7-24 and July 5-22, 2021. Grades K-8. These 2-hour camps focus on therapeutic goals with a themes such as sports, theater, science, or literacy.
  • Aphasia Boot Camp – 4 hour intensive service for those with aphasia. Contact Amanda Eaton aeaton@fontbonne.edu for details

Harbor Unlimited, Camp Lighthouse, FAMILY special needs camp, all ages, May 31-June 3, 2021, Cost: $100 per person. Our family special needs disability summer day camp is nothing like the ordinary summer camp. We do crafts and water activities like other camps, in addition to horsemanship and adapted water skiing, rock climbing, tree climbing or zip-lining. This camp takes place at Strong Tower Ranch in Wright City, MO with a capstone waterski event at Lake St. Louis. Snacks, lunch, and tons of fun are provided. Camp application is due by MAY 17, 2021.

Strength and Honor, inclusive Youth Day Camp, for ages 4-14, weekly from June 7-August 7, 2021 at 401 Darst Rd, Ferguson, MO 63135. Contact camp coordinator Albert Harrold for cost: 314-723-7582. Here at SAH we are focused on redirecting our youth’s way of thinking in hopes of giving them a fair chance at life. Here, we provide a positive core set of values that ensures each individual is equipped with the power of knowledge to make rational and logical decisions while keeping in mind their actions affect the entire community.

LifeBridge Day Camp, Specialized Youth Day Camp, for ages of 6-18 (19-21 if still enrolled in high school) who have a documented disability and live in St. Louis City, St. Louis County, or St. Charles County. We have small group sizes and will be taking health precautions to ensure safety this summer. St. Louis City Camps,  June 8 – Aug 5, 2021, Tues & Thurs only from 9 am – 1 pm.  St. Louis City Camp – click here., Registration link – click here ~ Cost $100. St. Louis County and St. Charles County Camp, August 9 – 13, Mon-Fri from 9am–3pm, Camp – click here. Registration link – click here ~ Cost $125

TASK (Team Activities for Special Kids), Specialized Day Camp and Summer Sports, for ages 5 and older. we serve children with special needs with summer day camps and adapted sports programs. Four weeks of camp for youth ages 5 and older. Cost: $150 per week. Camp runs from 9am-2pm Monday-Friday.  Call 636.343.8275 for information.

SUMMER FUN:15+, Ages 15+,  June 7-11
CBC CAMP,  Ages: 5 and up, July 12-16
Youth Camp: Ages 5-18, July 19-23
After Hours Camp, ages 19+, July 26-30 from 3:30-6:30pm, Cost is $75

A TASK Camp CANNOT be the first activity your child participates in at TASK. He or she must have done something with TASK in the past. (i.e. a six week program). This is so that we have a familiarity with your child and his or her needs and can have camp be the safest and the best experience it can be. You must have a 2021 TASK Application on file, registration filled out completely and payment made to hold your spot. Camp Registration

Vetta Sports, Inclusive Youth day camp, for ages 5-12 at 5 locations in St. Louis/St. Charles, weekly from June 1-August 20, 2021. Cost: Early Bird – $175-185.00 per week until 4/18/21, pluse $35-$50 membership fee; Buy 4 weeks, get 1 FREE; daily rates available from $46-$57 and extended care available for additional fee.  St. Louis’ very own Vetta Sports Summer Camps have been around for over 25 years! We strive to maintain a fun and safe experience for our campers and the trust and confidence of their parents. Kids ages 5 to 12 love being a part of our all day, fun-filled Summer Camp!

Leaps and Bounds , Therapeutic Summer Day Camps for youth with disabilities, Weekly from June 7-August 20, 2021 from 9:00am to 3:00pm. Our therapeutic day camps are a great option for children who struggle in large, traditional camp programs. They are week-long learning enrichment programs that are specifically designed by an occupational therapist, to meet your child’s needs. Camps incorporate therapeutic activities to address your child’s needs and include lessons incorporating reading, science, and social studies. Children are immersed in sensory-based activities, learn self-regulation strategies, and follow a regulating schedule. We limit the number of camp attendees to create an environment where your child can be successful. Sensory and learning strategies that were effective for each child will be recommended at the conclusion of camp. www.leapsandboundskids.com/programs ~ Leaps and Bounds 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 ~ www.laumeiersculpturepark.org/artcamp ~ 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 www.jccstl.com ~ 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-St. Charles, MO ~ 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. www.bgcstc.org/summer

Boys & Girls Club Summer Day Camp-St. Louis – Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis (BGCSTL) offers one of the most affordable, comprehensive, extended, high quality summer day camp programs in the St. Louis region. Our summer campers, ages 6-18, are exposed to a variety of learning and participate in educational, recreational, and social activities as well as field trips, social recreation, and cultural activities on-site and in the community. Camps also includes a nutritious breakfast and lunch. June 14 – August 6, 2021 ~ Sliding fee scale so contact your Club ~ Membership and $100 deposit per child required. ~ www.bgcstl.org ~ Camp locations:

  • Adams Park, 4317 Vista Avenue, 314-633-7900, Ages 6-16
  • Boys & Girls of Bethalto, 324 E. Central St. Bethalto, IL 62010 ~ 618-377-6030
  • Southeast Middle School, 918 Prigge Road, 314-335-8300, Ages 10-15
  • Hazelwood Elementary School at Larimore, 1025 Trampe Ave, 314-335-8350 ~ Ages 6-12
  • Hazelwood East High School Club, 11300 Dunn Road ~ 314-335-8360, Ages 13-18
  • Herbert Hoover, 2901 North Grand Blvd, 314-335-8000 ~ Ages 6-16
  • Mathews-Dickey, 4245 N. Kingshighway Blvd, 314-382-5952 ~ Ages 6-18
  • O’Fallon Park, 4343 West Florissant, 314-932-1371 ~ ages TBD
  • Riverview Gardens, 174 Shepley Drive, 314-335-8276 ~ Ages 6-12
  • Teen Center of Excellence, 9200 West Florissant, 314-335-8240 ~ Ages 10-18

Sweetology Summer Camp, Inclusive youth day 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 ~ www.sweetology.com

Abra-Kid-Abra,  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 ~ www.abrakid.com ~ 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 ~ www.cocastl.org ~ 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.

ST. 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. 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 www.stlouiscountymo.gov/st-louis-county-departments/parks

More St. Louis County Parks Day Camps:  Keep your kids’ minds and bodies active this summer with our summer camps! We have options for a variety of age levels, interests and talents. Our general day camps (Camp Kennedy, Camp Queeny and Camp Eagles Nest) offer a wide variety of activities. Kids will be involved in sports, games and many hands-on crafts and nature activities. Specialty camps give kids opportunities to immerse themselves in what interests them — sports, crafts, science, magic or even Lego engineering! Information

  • Camp Kennedy, ages 5-12, Kennedy Recreation Complex
  • Camp Eagles Nest, ages 5-12, North County Recreation Complex
  • Camp Queeny, ages 5-12, Queeny Park
  • Leader In Training (L.I.T.) at Camp Queeny, ages 13-15, Queeny Park
  • Youth Fishing Day Camp, ages 9-15, Queeny Park
  • Intro to Sports Camp, ages 5-12, North County Recreation Complex
  • Kids Craft Camp, ages 6-8, St. Vincent Community Center
  • Abra-Kid-Abra, ages 6-12, The Pavilion at Lemay
  • Mad Science: Secret Agent Lab Camp, Grades K-5th, Affton Community Center
  • Pokémon Engineering With Lego Materials, ages 5-9, The Pavilion at Lemay

Exceptional Equestrians, Specialized Horsemanship Day Camp: 785 Yellow Finch Ln. Washington, MO 63090, Call (636) 390-2141 or email at info@eemv.orgwww.eemv.org/summer-camps ~ 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.

Special Achievers Specialized Tennis Lessons: ACEing Autism is on a mission for children ages 5-18 with autism to grow, develop social connections, and gain fitness through affordable tennis programs.  Two locations in St. Louis County. Forest Lake Tennis Club, Indoor Lessons in February & March at 1012 N. Woodmill Road ~ Call Forest Lake at 314-878-2722 for more information. Tilles Park, outdoor lessons April 3-May 8, 2021 at Tilles Park, 9551 Litzsinger Road, 63124. Information at www.aceingautism.org/locations/ladue-mo

St. Louis Arc, Specialized Summer Programs for Teens and Adults,www.slarc.org ~ 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 rcleland@nextstl.org


Municipal Park and YMCA Summer Camps:
Inclusive Youth Day Camp

Municipal Park, Inclusive 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
  • North County Region Recreation ~ Inclusion Services, 314-839-5575
    8969 Dunn Road, Hazelwood, Missouri 63042
  • Mid County Parks & Recreation Inclusion Coordinator ~ Malory Smysor, 314-290-8507

YMCA Inclusive Youth 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, dana.bachert@gwrymca.org ~  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

Succeed Summer Enrichment Virtual Camp, June 7-11 and June 14-18, 2021. Cost: $60 per week.  During this unprecedented time, the Succeed Program felt it was important to continue our tradition and offer the experience to more participants over the summer through using an online format so that they can work on growing their vocational, academic, social, and independent living skills. Cost Includes: Live and Recorded Zoom and Webinar Sessions, Recorded Webinar Sessions, Camp Kits (Camp swag and materials) , Virtual Recreation and Social Engagement Activities such as Virtual Escape Rooms, Online Games, Online Challenges, and Cooking Together on Zoom. Follow his link to register: Summer Enrichment Camp Registration ~ For more information, contact: Katelend Davis, 314-516-5915.www.umsl.edu/succeed

Variety St. Louis, Specialized – 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 for our July Camp weeks ONLY, and will be open until 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 23.

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:www.varsitytutors.com/classes/vt-plus?

Starkloff Institute-Dream Big VIRTUAL Day Camp for teens with special needs,6/14-6/18 STEM week; 7/12-7/16 Trade/Tech; 7/26-7/30 Endless Possibilities (Mix of STEM and Trade/Tech) ~ Students can attend as many weeks as they wish ~ Cost: $100 per week ~  www.starkloff.org/dreambig~ The Dream Big program strives to empower college and technical school-bound youth with disabilities to dream big about their future through live tours of our partner companies hosted by company leaders, Q&A mentoring sessions for students with current employees, Intriguing career-exploration activities,  learn skills needed to successfully transition including tools for self-advocacy, independent living, financial literacy, college readiness, and gaining confidence while having fun, making friends and exploring careers. 

Other Summer Information

PROGRAMS that have Canceled for Summer 2021

Camp Little Giant – SIU Touch of Nature Camp, in Illinois – overnight camp programs are canceled. Some day activities may occur.

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 youth campers must be able to negotiate camp environment with little or no supervision.

Giant Steps Day Camp, St. Louis, MO – Day Camp for children with Autism have canceled for 2021.

Search Engine of Camps in the St. Louis Metro Area:

BluePrint 4 Summer: www.blueprint4.com/stl ~ 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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