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This directory is a resource to be used to assist you in finding leisure and recreation that best meet your interests and support needs. Once you find a program of interest, please contact the provider to learn more about availability and registration requirements.

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Camp Barnabas

Specialized Overnight Camp

Camp Barnabas is a unique ministry providing Christian camping experiences to individuals with special needs and chronic illnesses, along with their siblings. We pair one youth volunteer with every camper for a high quality experience. Whether you are a camper, or serving as a part of a mission trip, we provide a social experience that increases spiritual knowledge, social learning, and human dignity. We serve youth ages 7 and older and you never age out.

Service Area: St. Charles County, St. Louis City, St. Louis County
Program Type: Overnight Camps
Ages Served: Adults, Teens, Youth
Season: Summer
Inclusive Specialized or Both: Specialized

901 Teas Trail
Purdy, Missouri 65734

YMCA Lakewood Overnight Camp

Inclusive Overnight Camp for Youth

YMCA Camp Lakewood is where youth through age 16 come in the summer time to have fun, learn new skills, make new friends, and to simply be a kid. Your camper will forget all about television, video games, and smartphones while discovering the ultimate childhood experience, all within the safe and trusted environment of the Y.  Inclusion services are available for youth with disabilities. Contact us for details.

Service Area: Missouri-Wide
Program Type: Overnight Camps
Ages Served: Teens, Youth
Season: Summer, Winter
Inclusive Specialized or Both: Inclusive

13528 State Hwy AA
Potosi, Missouri 63664

Camp Little Giant Overnight Camp

Specialized Overnight Camp

Camp Little Giant has been offering lifetime memories and experiences since 1952 and is one of the first residential camps of its kind in the nation to offer camping opportunities for people with physical, cognitive and developmental disabilities. Touch of Nature Environmental Center, located near the beautiful Shawnee National Forest in Southern Illinois, offers a variety of exciting, educational, and adventurous summer camps. Camp Little Giant is an adventure in learning and growth, with the opportunity for campers to establish lasting friendships. Our goal is for campers to increase their confidence and independence, while learning new recreation skills. We serve youth and adults.

Service Area: St. Charles County, St. Louis City, St. Louis County
Program Type: Overnight Camps
Ages Served: Adults, Teens, Youth
Season: Summer
Inclusive Specialized or Both: Specialized

Touch of Nature Environmental Center
Southern Illinois University
Mail Code 6888
Carbondale, Illinois 62901

Camp Wartburg

Shepherding Sheep Overnight Camp

Camp Warburg is a Christian camp located in Illinois that provides one week of specialized overnight camp for youth and adults through our Shepherding Sheep program for persons with developmental disabilities. Shepherding Sheep is a 3-day camp held the week of Memorial Day in May/June.  We also offer traditional youth summer overnight camp and work in partnership with organizations such as HIS Kids to serve children struggling with cancer and their siblings.

Service Area: St. Charles County, St. Louis City, St. Louis County
Program Type: Overnight Camps
Ages Served: Adults, Teens, Youth
Season: Summer
Inclusive Specialized or Both: Specialized

5705 LRC Road
Waterloo, IL  62298

Cub Creek Science Overnight Camp

Inclusive Summer Overnight Camp for Youth

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 sleepaway 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, ropes course and more. We are a truly unique summer camp experience.

Service Area: St. Charles County, St. Louis City, St. Louis County
Program Type: Overnight Camps
Ages Served: Teens, Youth
Season: Summer
Inclusive Specialized or Both: Inclusive

1-573-458-2125

Rolla, Missouri

Camp Roehr Overnight Camp

Epilepsy Foundation Greater Southern Illinois

ROEHR stands for Ruling Over Epilepsy Helps Realize Dreams. Camp Roehr is a seven day long residential camp for children and teens with epilepsy and is held at held at YMCA Trout Lodge in Potosi Missouri. We provide campers with activities such as swimming, arts and crafts, tie-dying, kite-making, biking, volleyball, ping pong, mini golf, ziplining, archery, rifle marksmanship, campfires with songs and s’mores, a D.J. dance party, horseback riding, and many other fun activities.

Service Area: St. Charles County, St. Louis City, St. Louis County
Program Type: Overnight Camps
Ages Served: Teens, Youth
Season: Summer
Inclusive Specialized or Both: Specialized

3515 North Belt West
Belleville, Illinois 62226

www.efgreatersil.org

Sherwood Forest Overnight Camp

Inclusive Overnight Camp for Youth

Sherwood Forest serves children from low-income families and underserved communities in Missouri and Illinois, who live at or below the federal poverty line. We strive to establish and sustain long-term relationships with our campers, their families, and the agencies and schools that serve them. By balancing traditional camp adventures with evidence-based programs that reinforce and support school-year learning, Sherwood Forest connects with, educates, and inspires the youth of St. Louis.

Service Area: St. Charles County, St. Louis City, St. Louis County
Program Type: Overnight Camps
Ages Served: Teens, Youth
Season: Summer
Inclusive Specialized or Both: Inclusive

2708 Sutton Blvd
Maplewood, Missouri 63143

Wonderland Camp

Specialized Overnight Camps / Family Retreats for All

Wonderland Camp has provided a fun, educational and safe summer camp experience for campers with disabilities ages 6 and up since 1969. Our campers tell us year after year that they’ve had the “time of their lives” when they’re here at camp! We support families through specialized theme weekend retreats including Happy Momma, Father-Son & Mother-Daughter Weekends, Deer Widow Camp, Military Vet Camp, Fall Family Weekends, and New Year’s Eve Youth Camp.

Service Area: St. Charles County, St. Louis City, St. Louis County
Program Type: Overnight Camps
Ages Served: Adults, Teens, Youth
Season: Fall, Summer
Inclusive Specialized or Both: Both

18591 Miller Circle
Rocky Mount, Missouri

Brain Injury Association Overnight Camp

Donald Danforth Wilderness Camp

The BIA-MO Donald Danforth Jr. Wilderness Camp is a week-long organized outdoor experience, held in Missouri for persons with a brain injury. During Camp, survivors of brain injury of all abilities have the opportunity to try – and overcome – challenges such as zip-lining, performing in the Talent Show and more. They form friendships with fellow survivors while playing games, listening to music, creating art, enjoying the outdoors, swimming, fishing, target shooting, and paddle boating.

Service Area: St. Charles County, St. Louis City, St. Louis County
Program Type: Overnight Camps
Ages Served: Adults
Season: Summer
Inclusive Specialized or Both: Specialized

2265 Schuetz Road
St. Louis, Missouri 63146

Sunnyhill Adventures Camp

Specialized Overnight Camp and Outdoor Adventures

Adventure awaits on over 60 scenic acres in Dittmer, Missouri. Sunnyhill Adventures offers summer overnight camps for youth and adults of all abilities. Camp is a community where all ages explore nature with activities such as float trips, the alpine tower, climbing and rappelling, swimming, boating, or riding the zip line.  Through shared experience, these programs assist people with the formation of new friendships and the nurturing of established relationships. Whether a week or a weekend with Mother Nature, the memories will last a lifetime.

Service Area: St. Charles County, St. Louis City, St. Louis County
Program Type: Overnight Camps
Ages Served: Adults, Teens, Youth
Season: Summer, Year Round
Inclusive Specialized or Both: Specialized

6555 Sunlit Way
Dittmer, Missouri 63023

Jewish Community Center (the J)

After-School, Recreation, Sports, Day Camps, Overnight Camp

The St. Louis Jewish Community Center (The J) is a multigenerational gathering place, offering a variety of programs and services for the St. Louis Jewish community and the community at large. We welcome people of all backgrounds and faiths. The J provides educational, cultural, social, Jewish identity-building and recreational programming on its campuses in Creve Coeur, Chesterfield and at Camp Sabra, located at the Lake of the Ozarks.

The J is an inclusive agency that welcomes people of all abilities. We host wonderful weekend friendship and enrichment programs for both children and adults with disabilities. Persons of all abilities may participate in any agency program where a suitable match exists, pending eligibility and the successful procurement of any needed supports. The J remains committed to including all persons, as fully as possible, in all agency programs. Contact Shamecka Nichols, 314-442-3295

Service Area: St. Charles County, St. Louis City, St. Louis County
Program Type: Day Camps, Overnight Camps, Performing Arts, Recreation, Sports & Fitness
Ages Served: All Ages
Season: Year Round
Inclusive Specialized or Both: Inclusive

Staenberg Family Complex
2 Millstone Campus Drive
St. Louis, MO 63146

Marilyn Fox Building, Chesterfield
16801 Baxter Road
Chesterfield, MO 63005

Scouts-BSA

Youth Development and Outdoor Skills Program

ScoutsBSA (formerly Boy Scouts of America) proudly serves boys and girls ages 6-20. Youth join a Cub Scout Pack, Scouts-BSA troop, Venture Crew, or Exploring Post designed for their age group and follow the a structured year-round program that develops outdoor skills, service to our community, leadership, and personal skills.  A special needs committee at the Council level offers support, leader training, and resources to help your Scout with a disability be more successful. 

Service Area: St. Charles County, St. Louis City, St. Louis County
Program Type: Agencies/Organizations, Day Camps, Overnight Camps
Ages Served: Teens, Youth
Season: Year Round
Inclusive Specialized or Both: Both

4568 West Pine Blvd.
St. Louis, MO, 63108

Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri

Youth Development and Outdoor Skills Program

Girl Scouts Council of Greater St. Louis is committed to helping all girls from every background to develop confidence, determination, and skills needed to thirive in today’s world. The Girls Scout programs is based on the Girl Scout Promise and law, and is adapted to meet the developmental, eudcational, emotional, and social needs and interest of firls at five levels of girls ages K-12 grades. All girls in Kindergarten throug 12th grade are encouraged to participate in Girls Scouts. Summer Residential Camp is Available.

Service Area: St. Charles County, St. Louis City, St. Louis County
Program Type: Agencies/Organizations, Day Camps, Overnight Camps
Ages Served: Teens, Youth
Season: Year Round
Inclusive Specialized or Both: Both

2300 Ball
St. Louis, Missouri
63146

Champ Camp

Overnight Camp for Youth with Respiratory Conditions

CHAMP Camp provides a summer camp experience for children and adolescents with tracheostomies and those who require technological respiratory assistance. Our campers enjoy and fully participate in outdoor summer camp activities including swimming, canoeing, climbing and zip lining to encourage independence, confidence, and self-esteem and create memories that last a lifetime.

Service Area: St. Charles County, St. Louis City, St. Louis County
Program Type: Overnight Camps
Ages Served: Teens, Youth
Season: Summer
Inclusive Specialized or Both: Specialized

494 E Emerson Ave, Suite H-1
Greenwood, IN 46143

Timber Pointe Outdoor Centre

Overnight Camp

Timber Pointe Outdoor Center provides specialized lodging, staff and programming modified to accommodate kids and adults of all abilities. From day camps, overnight summer camps, partner group camps, and weekend family retreats there’s a camp fit for everyone.

Service Area: St. Charles County, St. Louis City, St. Louis County
Program Type: Overnight Camps
Ages Served: Teens, Youth
Season: Summer
Inclusive Specialized or Both: Specialized

20 Timber Pointe Lane Hudson, IL 61748

Camp Courage

Specialized Overnight Camp for Adults

Camp Courage is a 4-day/3-night, all-inclusive summer camping program for adults with special needs, including Down syndrome, birth defects, cognitive delays and high functioning Autism. This program is held each June, in Stewartsville, Missouri.

Service Area: St. Charles County, St. Louis City, St. Louis County
Program Type: Overnight Camps
Ages Served: Adults
Season: Summer
Inclusive Specialized or Both: Specialized

Muscular Dystrophy Association

Specialized Overnight Camp

MDA Summer Camp is a magical place where anything is possible — from swimming, to zip-lining and horseback riding to dancing under a disco ball and gaining valuable life skills. Each summer, thousands of kids attend life-changing, overnight camps around the U.S. — at no cost to their families, thanks to our generous supporters.

Service Area: St. Charles County, St. Louis City, St. Louis County
Program Type: Overnight Camps
Ages Served: Teens, Youth
Season: Summer
Inclusive Specialized or Both: Specialized

13801 Riverport Dr #303
Maryland Heights, Missouri
63043

Meramec Adventure Learning Ranch - Great Circle

Overnight Camp for Youth with Autism

Summer Camp : Great Circle combines adventure and fun to create an environment focused on providing opportunities for growth and healing. Outdoor Adventure Camp is designed for youth ages 7-18 on the autism spectrum. This week-long camp is a break from day-to-day living and the chance to explore the outdoors in an exciting, supportive and safe environment. Space is limited to 36 campers.

Sibling Adventure Camp is for siblings ages 7-17 currently in foster care in Missouri, this program enables campers to spend time together and rebuild relationships while enjoying outdoor adventures. There is a 10-day and 5-day camp option.

Service Area: St. Charles County, St. Louis City, St. Louis County
Program Type: Overnight Camps
Ages Served: Teens, Youth
Season: Summer
Inclusive Specialized or Both: Specialized

American Camp Association

Camp Advisor and Resource Center

ACA offers expert advice from camp professionals on camp selection, readiness, child and youth development, and issues of importance to families. ACA helps you find the right camp for every child.

Service Area: St. Charles County, St. Louis City, St. Louis County
Program Type: Agencies/Organizations, Overnight Camps
Ages Served: All Ages
Season: Summer
Inclusive Specialized or Both: Both

All over the country

Camp Manitowa

Youth Overnight Camp

Camp Manitowa Properties host coed overnight summer camps and year round retreats at its two locations in southern Illinois just a couple hours’ drive from St. Louis. We serve campers in 2nd-9th grade from all over the Midwest. During the school year, Camp Manitowa hosts retreats for schools, college student groups, religious groups, scout groups, musicians, men’s and women’s groups, families, weddings, and anyone else wanting to get away for a fun and meaningful camp experience. Camp Manitowa utilizes three different lakes and offers a wide variety of programs and activities for all our participants.  We aim to create lasting friendships and personal growth by providing campers with a forum to experience new challenges, enhance self-confidence, develop skills and establish enduring friendships in safe, beautiful surroundings.

Service Area: St. Charles County, St. Louis City, St. Louis County
Program Type: Overnight Camps
Ages Served: Teens, Youth
Season: Fall, Spring, Summer
Inclusive Specialized or Both: Inclusive

12770 N. Benton Road Benton, IL 62812

BluePrint4Summer

Search Engine of Day Camps & Overnight Camps

A web app providing easy mobile access to summer camps and events in the local area so you can plan your summer around fun activities.

Service Area: St. Charles County, St. Louis City, St. Louis County
Program Type: Day Camps, Overnight Camps
Ages Served: Teens, Youth
Season: Summer
Inclusive Specialized or Both: Both

Camp WeCanDu (DASA)

Specialized Overnight Camp

Run by the Disabled Athlete Sports Association (DASA), Camp WeCanDu provides an opportunity for local youth with physical disabilities to fully participate in a week-long, traditional summer camp experience. Children living with cerebral palsy, spinal cord injuries, visual impairments, and many other forms of physical disabilities will come together to create a fun and engaging social support system that encourages campers to discover their natural abilities through athletic and sensory activities while instilling family values and promoting independence and self-confidence that will later resonate through all aspects of life.

Service Area: St. Charles County, St. Louis City, St. Louis County
Program Type: Overnight Camps
Ages Served: Teens, Youth
Season: Summer
Inclusive Specialized or Both: Specialized

1236 Jungermann Road, Ste. A
St. Peters, Missouri 63376

Masterpiece Ministries

Youth Art and Performance Overnight Camp

Masterpiece Project summer camp is a Christ-centered camp that allows campers to concentrate on one of the following interest areas: drama, music, visual arts or writing. In addition, campers will also be able to explore other media through additional workshops and special presentations by a staff of professional artists. Camp is available at two locations, Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL and Barefoot Republic Camp in Fountain Run, KY.

Service Area: St. Charles County, St. Louis City, St. Louis County
Program Type: Overnight Camps
Ages Served: Teens
Season: Summer
Inclusive Specialized or Both: Inclusive

445 Lawrence Rose Rd Lebanon, TN 37087

Qwiz Camp

Youth Overnight Camp

Qwiz Camp provides middle school and high school students, interested in qwiz bowl, with the knowledge and practice to become a better competitor. Camp includes classes, practices, tournaments and also provides the camp experience, with the opportunity to meet and connect with others who share your passion for the game. You’ll build your skills at Qwiz Camp but you’ll also build friendships that can last a lifetime.

Service Area: St. Charles County, St. Louis City, St. Louis County
Program Type: Overnight Camps
Ages Served: Teens, Youth
Season: Summer
Inclusive Specialized or Both: Inclusive

Bradley University (Peoria, IL) 3620 Pelham Rd, Suite 30 Greenville, SC 29615

Camp Encourage

Specialized Youth Overnight Camp

Camp Encourage provides youth ages 8-18 who have autism with meaningful overnight camp experience in which they build the knowledge, courage, and skills to be empowered participants in the community. Our camp takes place at Tall Oaks Conference Center in Linwood, KS, about one hour west of Kansas City, MO. Each camp session includes both traditional camp activities and activities tailored around the individual campers’ interests. Check our our camp page to see more details.

Service Area: Missouri-Wide
Program Type: Overnight Camps
Ages Served: Teens, Youth
Season: Summer
Inclusive Specialized or Both: Specialized

4025 Central
Kansas City, Missouri, 64111

Camp Independence

YMCA Metro Chicago

Campers have fun while playing sports, creating arts and crafts, singing around the campfire, paddling a boat, and making new friends.  For many people, this may be their first chance to spend a night away from home. We encourage attendees to be active participants in their own care as well as their continued development of independence. Most importantly, the prescription for camp is fun! We serve youth ages 7-19 and adults 20 and older with sessions divided by age group allowing the staff to provide age-appropriate programming.

 

Service Area: St. Charles County, St. Louis City, St. Louis County
Program Type: Overnight Camps
Ages Served: Teens, Youth
Season: Summer
Inclusive Specialized or Both: Specialized

Camp Independence Metro Chicago
32405 N. US Highway 12, Ingleside, IL 60041
847-546-8086

Family Partnership Parent and Caregiver Retreat

MO Dept. of Health & Senior Services

Annual Family Partnership Parent and Caregiver Retreat is usually held in the fall and is designed to educate and support the needs of families with special needs. Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis so register early. Click on “Calendar of Events” for conference information

Service Area: Missouri-Wide
Program Type: Overnight Camps
Ages Served: All Ages
Season: Summer
Inclusive Specialized or Both: Specialized

St. Louis/St. Charles Rep: Pat Fox, 314-409-7915
pat.fox@health.mo.gov

State: PO Box 570, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0570
www,health.mo.gov/living/families

Heartland Camp

Overnight Summer Camp for Adults with Disabilities

God can use camp as a life changing experience for everyone which is why we developed this program for adults with developmental disabilities that are high functioning. during this 4-day overnight experience, campers participate in Christian-focused activities including Bible study, worship, swimming, crafts, games, carnival, dance party and a final talent show to end the week. Campers stay in our air-conditioned buildings and be with our trained staff at all times.  Vehicles are available for those who are not able to walk our hills.

Service Area: Missouri-Wide
Program Type: Overnight Camps
Ages Served: Adults
Season: Summer
Inclusive Specialized or Both: Specialized

1-816-891-1078

16965 NW 45 Highway
Kansas City MO, 64152

Joni & Friends

Family Retreat and Support Services

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.  We also offer year-round support services including family fun nights, marriage enrichment, and parent support groups.

Service Area: Missouri-Wide
Program Type: Overnight Camps
Ages Served: All Ages
Season: Year Round
Inclusive Specialized or Both: Specialized

314-773-5664

MO area coordinators:
David Smith,  314.924.3204, dsmith@joniandfriends.org
Kathy Nichols, 314-773-5664, missouri@joniandfriends.org

Youth Overnight Camp, Specialized Adult Week

Camp Mo-Val, United Church of Christ

Camp MoVal is located on 280 acres that includes beautiful forest, native prairie, streams and a lake. Facilities include a dining and meeting hall, four lakeside cabins, two retreat lodges, two rustic camping villages, high and low ropes courses, a boat and fishing dock, game and archery fields, hiking trails, and more. We offer inclusive youth summer camp, adult special needs camp, and family retreats.

Adventures in Community is a specialized camp week designed for adults ages 18+ with special needs, who are active and can independently care for their needs. Campers participate in most traditional camp activities including swimming, canoeing, crafts, fishing, games, karaoke, and more, as well as exploring our faith. Camp starts at 4pm on Sunday and ends Friday at 9am.

Service Area: Missouri-Wide
Program Type: Overnight Camps
Ages Served: Adults, Teens, Youth
Season: Summer
Inclusive Specialized or Both: Specialized

2659 Camp MoVal Rd.
Union MO 68084
www.campmoval.org
636-583-2730

Special Education Foundation

Special Education Foundation Camp Funding

The mission of the Special Education Foundation is to assist children with disabilities served by Special School District in St. Louis County achieve success in areas not supported by tax dollars or United Way. The “Kid-to-Camp” program is one of the Foundation’s most successful programs. Through this program, the Foundation provides financial assistance to parents so their child can attend summer camp.

Service Area: St. Louis County
Program Type: Agencies/Organizations, Overnight Camps, Social Groups & Family Support
Ages Served: Teens, Youth
Season: Year Round
Inclusive Specialized or Both: Specialized

314-394-7030
jeanine@sef-stl.org

11933 Westline Industrial Drive
St. Louis, MO 63146 – 3203

UMSL Succeed Enrichment Camp

UMSL Succeed

The SUCCEED Summer Enrichment Camp provides students ages 17 to 22 the SUCCEED college experience. Students will stay overnight in Oak Hall, utilize a meal plan on campus, take various academic workshops, complete vocational training, and engage in recreational and traditional camp activities on campus.

Service Area: St. Charles County, St. Louis City, St. Louis County
Program Type: Overnight Camps
Ages Served: Adults, Teens
Season: Summer
Inclusive Specialized or Both: Specialized

314-516-5911

113 Lucas Hall
1 University Blvd
St. Louis MO 63121-4400

Tips to Find a Camp or Program

Use these handy guides to help you in the search for a program that best meets your needs:
Recreation Council’s Summer Camp and Program Tips 2021
National Center on Physical Activity and Disability Camp Guide

Call the Recreation Council to talk to your Area Coordinator

Service Area: Missouri-Wide, St. Charles County, St. Louis City, St. Louis County
Program Type: Agencies/Organizations, Arts, Day Camps, Horseback Riding, Martial Arts, Gymnastics, Music, Overnight Camps, Performing Arts, Recreation, Social Groups & Family Support, Sports & Fitness, Technology, Travel & Outdoor Adventures
Ages Served: Adults, All Ages, Pre-School, Teens, Youth
Season: Fall, Spring, Summer, Winter, Year Round
Inclusive Specialized or Both: Not Applicable

Peggy Welker – St. Louis County – 314-726-6044 ext: 103
Carol Callahan – St. Charles County – 314-726-6044 ext: 104
Mindy Davis – St. Louis City – 314-726-6044 ext: 105

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