2023 RECREATION COUNCIL Summer Guide
Special Overnight Camp Inclusive Overnight Camps
Specialized Day CampInclusive Day Camps
Adventures & Special Events
SPECIALIZED OVERNIGHT CAMPS 2023
Camp MoVal, Union, MO: Adventures in the Community, Specialized Overnight Retreat Camp for Adults ages 18 and older, July 30-August 4, 2023 ~ Cost: $499. We have a beautiful lake, an archery range, plenty of hiking, and cabin camping. Special needs campers must be able to negotiate camp environment with little or no supervision. Family Camp – July 5-7,2023; $179 per person. Enjoy a self-directed 3-day getaway to enjoy the beauty of nature and take part in some of our activities such as canoeing, campfires, and more. No supervision is provided for Family Camp, so sign up a caregiver if you need supervision for your disability.
DASA Camp WeCanDu, Babler State Park, St. Louis, MO: June 18-23, 2023, Cost: $350 Early Bird from February 13-March 13; $400 after March 13. Disabled Athlete Sports Association (DASA) Camp WeCanDu provides 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. Campers interested in attending camp MUST fill out a Camper Application which opens February 13th, early bird rates end March 13th.
CAMP LITTLE GIANT 2023, Carbondale, IL: Specialized Camp for various disabilities, located at SIUE Touch of Nature Center in Edwardsville, Illinois. After our 2 year hiatus, Camp Little Giant will be returning in 2023. We offer youth camps for those with brain injuries, Autism and/or Social Struggles, and ADHD. Adult and Teen camp is for those with developmental disabilities who need 1:1 support. Registration will go live in January 2023. www.ton.siu.edu/programs/camps-and-retreats
- DYNA CAMP, AGES 8-12, JUNE 11-16, Cost: $650 until Feb 28, 2023; $725 regular fee
- LILLYPADS, AGES 9-13, JUNE 18-23, Cost: $690 until Feb 28, 2023; $750 regular fee
- CAMP SISU, AGES 8-17, JUNE 25-30, Cost: $750 until Feb 28, 2023; $800 regular fee
- DYNAMIC DUOS 1:1 Camp (ADULTS – 22+), JULY 9-14, Cost: $1,100 until Feb 28, 2023; $1,250 regular fee
- DYNAMIC DUOS 1:1 Camp (TEENS), JULY 16-21, Cost: $1,100 until Feb 28, 2023; $1,250 regular fee
Camp Barnabas, Purdy, MO (map): Specialized Weeklong Overnight Camp, weeks available for ages 7-adult; Disabilities grouped by week with sibling weeks available, June 4-August 11, 2023 ~ COST: $1,500 per week. Scholarships available through camp office. Volunteers age 13 and older are needed to be camp assistants. Camp Video ~ Camp is Located near Springfield, MO
Meramec Adventure Camp, Steelville, MO: Specialized Weeklong Overnight Camp for Youth on the Autism Spectrum, July 17-22, 2023 – $890. Age 7 and older. Returning campers get priority registration, then spots are first come and fill quickly. Completed. Applications do not guarantee a slot in camp. Email Kassey Odneal at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunnyhill Adventures, Dittmer, MO: Specialized Weeklong Overnight Camp. Eight weeks for adults from June 18-August 18. One youth week from July 30-August 4, 2023. Cost: $850 for 1:5 staff ratio, $1,025 for 1:1 staff ratio.
Wonderland Camp, Rocky Mount, MO (on Lake of the Ozarks): Specialized Weeklong Overnight Camp (ages 6-65+, all disabilities) – weekly from May 21-August 4, $950 per week with option to bring your own care giver for additional cost of $100. We believe that everyone deserves to camp. Our summer program is reserved for children and adults with disabilities. For over 50 years, we have been hosting campers and giving them the time of their lives. Camp is near Lake of the Ozarks.
Camp Wartburg, Waterloo, IL: Shepherding Sheep Specialized Overnight Camp, (ages 10-65+) Mini Camp June 4-9, 2023. The Shepherding Sheep Program at Camp Wartburg is an experience designed to get children and adults with disabilities outdoors and in an environment of interaction with others. Camp Wartburg’s participant to counselor ratio is one-to-one or one-to-two staff/volunteers per child/adult. Complete the application no later than May 28 to request a slot and to get the cost. 1-618-939-7715. (See below for traditional, non-specialized YOUTH camps.)
Special Olympics Summer Camp, Jefferson City, MO: Specialized Weeklong Overnight Camp for all ages. Camp Dates: June 18-23, 2023. Athletes of Special Olympics experience high intensity activities including sports, fishing, art, nature, health, and more at the Training-For-Life Campus in Jefferson City, MO. Cost: $300. Limited Scholarships available through Special Olympics upon request. Contact Susan Shaffer for information.
Joni and Friends MO, Family Retreat, Rocky Mount, MO (map): Specialized Weeklong Overnight Retreat for the entire family; August 8-12, 2023. Cost: $320-$350 per person, ages 0-3 are free, at Cross Pointe Camp & Retreat Center, 65072. More 2023 Midwest locations in Alabama, Michigan, Indiana, and Nebraska. Cost: $385-440 per person. 314-773-5664. Midwest Retreat Information
Camp Encourage, Kansas City, MO: Specialized Overnight Youth Mini-camp at Heartland Retreat Center (map) ~ 1-816-830-7171. Camp for ages 10-18 who are on the Autism Spectrum. One Night Camps: April 1-2 and Sept 23-24, 2023 at cost of $595. Summer 4-day Camps: June 13-16 & Aug 1-4, 2023 at cost of $1,295. Applications taken for lottery drawing of camp slots until FEBRUARY 22, 2023. Applications received after February 22 are put on a waiting list.
Camp Rainbow for St. Louis Children’s Hospital Patients with Cancer and Blood Disorders), St. Louis, MO: Specialized Overnight Camp sessions for ages 6-18 who have cancer or blood disorders AND are being treated by St. Louis Children’s Hospital. Cost: FREE! Held at Babler State Park in St. Louis, MO, and Wyman Center in Eureka, MO. Family Camp May 26-28, 2023. Overnight Camp for ages 6-13 with DAY camp option for ages 4-6 on on June 12-16, 2023; Sibling camp on June 26-30, 2022. Teen Retreat ages 14-18 on November 3-5, 2023.
Camp Hickory Hill (diabetes), Columbia, MO: Specialized Weeklong Overnight Camp for ages 7-17 who have diabetes. Two-Week Teen Camp – June 25-July 7, 2023 (Sunday-Friday) for ages 13-17; One-Week Youth camp on July 9-15 for ages 7-12. Sliding scale fee from $400-$1,200 depending on family income.
Camp MITIOG~ Specialized Youth Overnight Camp, Excelsior Springs, MO (near Kansas City), July 16-21, 2023. MITIOG is a week-long camp that serves children with Spina Bifida. Children participate in swimming, fishing, canoeing, arts and crafts, nature classes, classes on self-help medical care and evening campfires.
UMSL Succeed Summer Enrichment Camp, designed for youth entering college, ages 17-22. Campers live in the UMSL residence hall all week, participate in academic workshops and vocational training, enjoy recreation & traditional camp activities, and learn about living independently. Campers must be independent in self-care. Meals are included. Dates: June 12-16; July 10-14, 2023. Cost: $600. Camp Application is due by April 14, 2023.
Camp Wartburg, Waterloo, IL Specialized Overnight Camp for all ages. Usually occurs the week of Memorial Day in May. For more information contact faith Morris at 618-939-7715 ext #1 or by email at Faith_Morris@lcfs.org.
Camp Courage, MO, Specialized ADULT Mini Camp, Stewartsville, MO, 9201 N Campbell Ct. ~ Kansas City, MO 64155. June 22-25, 2023, Cost: $250. Our camp caters to adults ages 21 and older, giving them a typical camping experience with programs, parties & friends on an adult level. Participants must have community safety & personal care skills.
NextEd Challenge-Specialized Young Adult Adventure. Run by the Arc, this summer overnight camp for youth ages 18-25 is an adventure of independent living and community recreation. Contact email@example.com for information.
Inclusive Overnight Camp 2023
Cub Creek Science Camp, Rolla, MO: Weeklong Traditional Overnight (ages 7-17) – weekly from June 4-August 12, 2023 ~ $1,190 per week. With more than 300 animals and over 100 species, our overnight summer camp is an animal lover’s paradise. We offer animal camp, science camp, adventure camp, vet camp, nature camp, and traditional summer camp activities such as swimming, fishing, hiking, arts and crafts, and ropes course. Campers experience our amazing animal farm and adopt a friend for the week.
Camp Sabra Lake Ozark, MO: Traditional Overnight Camp for youth entering grades 3-10. Camp dates run from June 11-August 4, 2023 and vary by camp selected. Cost: $1,425-$6,395. Camp Sabra is a premier Missouri Jewish camp that fosters life-long friendships, Jewish identity, and encourages social and physical growth. Phone: 314-442-3151.
YMCA Camp Lakewood Potosi, MO: Traditional Overnight Camp for youth ages 8-16. Mini Camp July 5-9 and Aug 6-9, 2023 for $495. Weeklong Camp Weeks from June 4-August 4, 2023 for $945-1,145 with additional fees for specialty topic camps. Group size is about 15, individualized supports available upon request and meeting with camp staff prior to attending.
Camp Manitowa Benton, IL: Traditional Overnight Camp for youth grades 2-9. 1, 2, and 3-week sessions available from June 25-July 15, 2023; Cost: $1,275-$3,300 plus out of state trips. Contact Dan Grabel firstname.lastname@example.org or 314-375-6766 or 314-685-2368.
Younglife Clearwater Cove Youth Camp is a Christian organization providing fun, adventurous experiences in a relationship-based setting through chapters across the St. Louis Metro Area. Join a Younglife group to get more information on overnight camps planned for the St. Louis area chapter. Information
Specialized Youth and Family DAY CAMPS 2023
Harbor Unlimited, Camp Lighthouse, Specialized Family Retreat Day Camp, May 27-30, 2023 at StrongTower Ranch in Wright City, MO, 63390. Cost: $175 for camper with a disability with sliding scale fee for each family member or caregiver attending to support the camper. Our family special needs disability summer day camp features Parent Events, Sibling Events, Group Games, Enrichment Activities, Bonfire, Water Activities, Worship, Crafts, Horsemanship, and a chance to try adapted water skiing on Friday.
Exceptional Equestrian, Specialized Horse Camp at our beautiful farm outside of Washington, MO: Our summer programs offer a variety of activities and learning experiences for children of all ages. Saddle UP Camp is for new riders, June 19-23 and Giddy UP camp is for experienced riders, June 12-16 and June 26-30. Cost: $320 per week. Full days from 9:00 am-3:00 pm Mon-Fri
TREEHouse Summer Horse Camp, Specialized Day Camp for ages 6 and older; Cost: $450 per week, 4 hours per day. June 5-9, 2023 | June 19-23, 2023 | July 10-14, 2023 | July 24-28, 2023 ~ Only 4 slots per week. Campers enjoy horsemanship and riding activities. Campers need some riding skills. Youth without disabilities are welcome. Register Here
Dream Big Summer Career Exploration Camps for students with disabilities ages 14-21 who want to explore high-demand career opportunities at a variety of St. Louis’most inclusive companies. Campers will interact with major corporations and learn about what it takes to become a successful adult with a disability. CAMP DATES: JUNE 5-9, 2023: DREAM FROM HOME, Virtual exploration of various “on-ground” careers highlighted for students who are still deciding on a career path.
JUNE 26-30, 2023: INNOVATE – For students who are interested in STEM careers (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)
JULY 10-14, 2023: HANDS-ON – For students who are interested in trade and technical careers (these camps are not eligible for Recreation Council voucher funding.)
STAGES St. Louis Performing Arts Academy: Access the Arts, Inclusive Special Needs Day Camp for age 11+, Monday-Friday, June 6-16, 2023 from 1-4pm, Performance: June 16 at 2pm. Cost: $300. This day camp is designed for campers living with physical, cognitive, or developmental disabilities to perform a fully-staged musical theatre production. In just two weeks, campers with and without disabilities work together to learn songs, scenes and choreography from a musical with a capstone performance on Friday afternoon on the last day of camp.
TASK (Team Activities for Special Kids) Specialized Day Camp, various camps for youth ages 5-14, teen camp, and after hours camp for ages 19 and older. Weeks from June 12-July 28, 2023. Cost:$150 full day, $75 for half day swim camp, $75 for after hours camp. You must enroll in a TASK activity this spring before coming to summer camp. Information
Train Your Brain, Wash U OT Services, half-day Specialized Youth Day Camp for youth who have poor attention, planning, and organization skills. Four weeks for youth ages 9-12 from June 19-Aug 4, 2023; Three weeks for ages 13-16 from July 3-Aug 4, 2023. Cost: $100 which includes project planning kit to take home.
St. Louis Arc, Specialized Summer Programs for Teens and Adults, 1177 N. Warson Road, St. Louis, MO 63132. Below are the summer programs: TEENS IN MOTION IS CANCELED FOR SUMMER 2023 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. Register online or Contact Clinton Hall at 314-817-2293.
Camp R&R (STL County only): 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 and May. Contact Sarah Ballance, at 314-817-2249. SUMMER PROGRAMS: Click Here > To view a copy of the Spring Summer Leisure Times Brochure 2023
Leaps and Bounds, Specialized Youth Camps and Therapy programs. Ages 3-14. Our therapeutic day camps for ages 5-12 are a great option for children who struggle in large, traditional camp programs. They are week-long learning enrichment programs that incorporate therapeutic activities to address your child’s needs and include lessons incorporating reading, science, and social studies. Call for pricing: (636) 928-LEAP (5327).
Miriam Learning Center Academic Support Camps, Specialized Academic Youth Day Camp for grades K-12. We offer four weeks of half day academic focused day camps from June 12-July 28, 2022. Cost: $600-$1,400. These summer day camp weeks are a fun way to boost academic or social skills during the summer months. Camp Brochure
The J: Jewish Community Center, Specialized Teen Day Camp for ages 15-21; weekly from June 5 – August 10, 2023, at Creve Coeur location only; Cost: $330-$355 ~ Every youth is welcome at the J, and our camps feature the activities kids love most like swimming, sports, gymnastics and arts. Contact Life Enrichment Department at 314-442-3295 for inclusion services up to 1:1 staffing. Scroll down to see information on inclusive camp for grades K-9.
Exceptional Equestrians Horsemanship Camp Specialized Youth Day Camp in Washington, MO. Enjoy summer horse camp including riding and horsemanship activities. Four weeks from June 5-30, 2023 for ages 6-15. Cost: $320 per week. Call 636-390-2141 or email at email@example.com
LifeBridge Partnership Specialized Youth Day Camp with locations in St. Louis County and St. Charles. Our camps provide youth with disabilities who are age 8-18 (up to 21 if still in school) opportunities to participate in a variety of activities, field trips, and fun. Information
- St. Louis City: June 5-July 26, 3 days per week from 9am-2pm St. Louis CITY residents register
- St. Louis County: July 31-August 4 from 9am-3pm, St. Louis COUNTY residents register
- St. Charles County: August 7 – 11 from 9am-3pm, St CHARLES residents register
These camps are full or past registration for Summer 2023. Mark your calendar to look into these in January 2024 to get a space for next summer.
MO School for the Blind Sports Camp (STL): FREE! June 23-25, 2023. Open to youth that are blind and visually impaired ages 12-18 at Webster University. It’s a free 2-day overnight program. Only 16 campers allowed.
Variety’s Adventure Day Camp, FULL for Summer 2023 – Camp dates from June 5-July 28, 2023 – Families may select a limited number of FREE weeks of summer day camp for youth with disabilities. Summer 2023 camp registration begins in January 2023 and fills fast. Contact Variety to receive email updates.
Camp Circle Star Specialized Youth Day Camp in Hillsboro, MO. Weeks from June 12-August 11, 2023. Cost: $400 per week plus optional $50 per week for transportation to camp from our Ballwin office. Our campers with autism need specialized camping experiences, so we provide 1:1 supervision for everyone. We meet at our Ballwin office and ride together to our private camp location for a day of fun and friendship. CAMP IS FULL, but get on the waiting list HERE
INCLUSIVE Youth DAY CAMPS 2023
Little Gym, Inclusive Half Day Camp for ages 3-8 at locations in St. Louis and St. Charles. Weeks from June 11-August 19, 2023. Cost varies depending on camps you select. Combining fun physical activity, games, and arts & crafts, we’ll help your child beat the summer heat by staying cool at The Little Gym.
Boys and Girls Club, Summer Blast Day Camp-St. Charles, MO ~ Inclusive Day Camp for ages 6-18 happening weekly from June 5 – August 1, 2023 + STEM Camp Weekend (No camp July 3-7). $135 per week for the first child, $115 per week for each additional child. Daily meals, special events, and field trips are included in this cost. $35 annual Membership fee required.
Boys & Girls Club Summer Day Camp-St. Louis– Inclusive Day Camp for ages 6-18; Boys & Girls Clubs is planning to have summer day camp in 9 locations across MO & IL to serve as many youth as possible. The eight week camp will be from June 12 – August 4, 2023. We offer one of the most affordable, safe and fun summer camp programs in the region. Cost varies by location selected.
The J – Jewish Community Center, Inclusive Day Camp for grades K-9 plus; weekly from June 5 – August 18, 2023, Two locations: Creve Coeur & Chesterfield ~ Every youth is welcome at the J. Contact Life Enrichment Department at 314-442-3295 for inclusion services up to 1:1 staffing. Specialized Teen camp for ages 15-21 is available.
ID Tech Computer Camp, Inclusive Day Camp for ages 7-17. Weeks from July 10-August 11, 2023. Cost: $999-$1,549 per week; located at Washington University. Come have some technology fun including coding, game design, Roblox, and Minecraft.
Vetta Sports, Inclusive Day camp, for ages 5-12 at five locations in St. Louis/St. Charles, weekly from May 30-August 18, 2023. Cost: Early Bird – $195-210 per week until 4/17/22, plus $40 membership fee; daily rates available. We integrate sports with traditional camp activities guaranteed to keep your child active.
Imagination Pottery, Wentzville MO; Inclusive Pottery Day Camp, ages 6-12; Cost $143 for 3-day camp session from 9am-12 noon, weeks in June, July, and August, 2023. ids will have a blast painting, sculpting with clay, and using their imagination to bring their artwork to life.
Highlander Farm Camp, Wentzville, MO; Inclusive Day Camp. ages 6-12. Camp runs Monday-Thursday for with eight weeks from June 5 and July 27, 2023. Cost: $189 per week early bird price until April 1. Interact with various animals, learn about permaculture, composting, the eco-system, hatch baby chicks, feed baby goats, discover worm farming, and end the week with a super fun outdoor waterslide party.
College for Kids, St. Charles, Inclusive Half-Day Camps with sessions for ages 5-14. Held at St. Charles Community College. Learning and having fun go hand-in-hand this summer at St. Charles Community College’s College for All Kids (CFAK) camps. The College for All Kids summer camps are now enrolling for more than 150 academic enrichment and sports camps.Costs vary by camp selected; Registration opens March 1, 2023.
Abra-Kid-Abra, Inclusive Day Camp for Magic and Circus Performance; ages 6-14 at locations in St. Louis and St. Charles. Magic, Comedy, Balloons, and math-e-magic camps. Cost varies by camp selected. Call 314-961-6912, or click here for the 2023 Camp Schedule
Sweetology Summer Camp, Inclusive Day Camp for ages 6-14, at Sweetology’s O’Fallon, MO location: 2550 State Hwy K, O’Fallon, MO 63368. Choose from Faux Food, Creatology, or Fun in the Sun Half Day Camps with weeks in June and July, 2023. Cost: $285 per week. O’Fallon, MO Camps
COCA, Creative Arts, Traditional Day Camp located in University City, 6880 Washington Ave, St. Louis, MO 63130, 314-725- 6555; Over 200 topical camp weeks to pick from including singing, acting, art, dance, circus, clay, cooking, fashion, jewelry, lego, sewing, zombie acting, and more. Camp weeks for ages 3-18 (up to age 21 for ballet) from May 30-August 18, 2023; Cost $132-$280. Camp listing Here
Artscope Summer Camp, Traditional Day Camp for grades K-5 from June 5-August 18, 2023 and grades 6-8 from July 24-August 11, 2023. Cost $350/week. at Tower Grove Park, St. Louis. Artscope fosters emotional well-being, expansive and intentional inclusivity, and environmental harmony through imaginative art, dialogue, and visionary play. Scholarships available. 314-865-0060.
St. Louis COUNTY Park Department, Traditional Day Camp for ages 5-12 plus some specialty camps for pre-schoolers ages 3-5 and teens up to age 15. Weekly from June 5-August ,4 2023; Camp Queeny: $90; Camp Kennedy: $80, Camp Eagle Nest: $90. Specialty camps in sceince, medicine, and art. Catalog
St. Charles County Park Department, Inclusive Day Camps for ages 6-14 depending on camp selected. Weeks in June and July, 2023. Choose from art, nature, and history camp. Ages 6-14 depending on camp selected. Cost $75-$150. Catalog
Laumeier Sculpture Park Traditional Day Camp with weeks for ages 3-12 and teen art through grade 12. Camp weeks from June 12-August 4, 2023. Cost $140-$280 with 2-week teen sessions at $400. Experience the woodland trails, creek, and green spaces of Laumeier Sculpture Park’s beautiful 105-acre campus and get creative in our engaging education spaces.
Municipal Parks, Traditional Day Campsfor ages 6-12. Enjoy traditional games, crafts, sports, swimming, and field trips.
St. Charles County Inclusion Coordinator Brita Weight, 314-359-9970. St. Peters ~ O’Fallon
Southwest St. Louis County Inclusion Coordinator Terri Johnson, 314-835-6157
North County St. Louis Region Recreation Inclusion Services, 314-839-5575
Mid County St. Louis Inclusion Coordinator Malory Smysor, 314-290-8507
YMCA Summer Camps–Inclusive Day Camp for ages 6-12 with 23 locations in the St. Louis and St. Charles Metro area. We 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.
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. Large group STAR classes are always FREE and are open to all ages.
Strength and Honor, Inclusive Day Camp, for ages 4-14, weekly from June 5-August 4 (no camp the week of July 4) at First Presbyterian Church, 401 Darst Rd, Ferguson, MO 63135. Cost: $95 per week plus one time $25 registration fee. We provide a positive core set of values so our youth make rational and logical decisions for themselves and the community. Contact camp coordinator Albert Harrold for 2023 camp information: 314-723-7582.
Camp Invention STEM Camp: Inclusive Day Camp for grades K-6. Locations in St. Louis and St. Charles. Dates and locations in St. Louis and St. Charles. Cost: $260 per week. A confidence-boosting STEM summer camp where kids build creative inventions and lasting friendships. Led by qualified local educators, our camps offer new and exciting hands-on activities.
Girl Scout Day Camp, weeks in June and July across the St. Louis/St. Charles metro area. Cost varies by camp. Girl Scout Day Camps are the perfect way to try new things, make new friends and experience new places.
2023 Adventures and Special Events for all ages:
Missouri Disability Water Ski Association (MDWSA) Waterki days. Sign up for one of these amazing summer events to allow people with disabilities to experience the joy of water skiing. Watch the Event Video Here
- Tuesday May 30, 2023 – Lake St. Louis: Volunteers needed; some participant spots available
- Thursday June 22, 2023 – Lake St. Louis: In cooperation with DASA Camp; volunteers needed. No public participant spots available.
- Saturday July 8, 2023 – Wright City: Volunteers and participants needed
- Friday and Saturday – July 28 & 29, 2023: SUMMER SPLASH at Creve Coeur Park, Tremayne Shelter. Volunteers and participants needed.
- Friday August 11, 2023 – Lake St. Louis: Volunteers and participants needed
- Saturday August 26th – Holiday Shores in Edwardsville, IL: Volunteers and participants needed
We look forward to seeing our returning volunteers and having our new volunteers work with our disabled athletes for the betterment of adaptive water skiing, and of course having a great time while doing it. We need participants and volunteers for each of our events. Registration opens at 10:00 on Saturday, April 1st and REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED and will be done via our website at www.MDWSA.org. ~ Our calendar can be found here
Adventure and Travel Programs for Adults over age 18:
Ten Toes Express (STL): Citizens for Modern Transportation challenge senior adults to join the Ten Toes Express spring session from April 6- June 10, 2023. For only $10 per 12 week session, senior adults join in weekly walking tours and metro bus rides to attractions in St. Louis. Information
Sunnyhill ON-THE-ROAD adult adventures for people with disabilities – Register Here ~ Sunnyhill’s On the Road Adventures weekend travel program provides adults with developmental disabilities the unique opportunity to experience more independence. Cost: $850 for 1:5 staff ratio (1:1 staff ratio not available at this time).
ARC ESCAPES, ADVENTURES FOR ADULTS WITH DISABILITIES: June, September, and November trips are full, but accepting names for a waitlist: Travel with us for adventure, exploration, and relaxation. Online Registration. Cost: $880. For information, contact Clinton Hall at 314-817-2293 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Municipal Park Day Trips: Join your local park department for a day trip to fun locations in our area and around Missouri. Follow these Catalog links below to see if a park near you is hosting a day trip soon: Ferguson ~ Florissant ~ Webster Groves ~ St. Charles ~ O’Fallon,MO ~ Wentzville ~ Maryland Heights
YMCA Trout Lodge Weekend Adventure: Featuring incredible views of Mark Twain National Forest and sunrises over the water, Trout Lodge’s cabins and recently renovated Lodge guest rooms provide a home base as you explore dozens of activities, from the Alpine Tower, paintball course, and zip line to trail rides, archery and water sports. Plus each fun-filled day includes your cafeteria-style meals in the Lodge dining room with sweeping views of Sunnen Lake. Contact the Recreation Council to plan your Adult Adventure (voucher eligible).
Travel with groups outside Missouri:
Trips, Inc Travel Program for Adults with Disabilities: Trips, Inc.™ provides all-inclusive vacation packages for travelers 18 and older with intellectual and developmental disabilities. From theme parks to national parks, Alaska to Hawaii, cruises and international destinations-our excursions take you all over the world!
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.
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. Trips cost $800-$1,000 depending on venue selected.
Explore St. Louis Sightseeing Tours– contact the Recreation Council to start planning your adult adventure at one of these community providers.
Road Scholar Trips (not specialized): These learning adventures engage expert instructors, provide extraordinary access, and stimulate discourse and friendship among people for whom learning is the journey of a lifetime. Cost ranges from $2,000-$9,000 depending on the trip location and amenities selected. These are non-specialized trips so travelers need to have adequate community safety skills or travel with a trusted travel partner.
INFORMATION & RESOURCES
- 2023 Recreation Council Summer Opportunities Guide
- Out and About St. Louis, Listing of Summer Camps
- Sprout & About Listing of Programs & Camps
- Fun-4-STL-kids – Summer Camp Listing
- BluePrint 4 Summer Camp Search Engine
- West News Magazine Camp Tips
- National Center on Accessibility Camp Guide
- Magazine Articles about how to make it a successful summer
- Recreation Council’s Summer Camp and Program Tips
- National Center on Physical Activity and Disability Camp Guide
- BluePrint 4 Summer: 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.
- Outdoor and Nature Activities in the Metro area: Riverland Events
If you need help planning your adventure, contact the Recreation Council and talk to your area Coordinator at 314-726-6044