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

St. Charles County Parks and Recreation

Inclusion Coordinator

A Coordinator of Inclusive Recreation assists parks and recreation departments in St. Charles County by including people with disabilities into existing programs . The Coordinator’s role is to work with the participant, family members, teachers and the recreation program staff to ensure appropriate and individualized accommodations are provided. Challenges to inclusion do exist, but through open communication and the willingness to work cooperatively, successful inclusion can happen. Serving the St. Charles Cities of St. Charles, O’Fallon & St. Peters.

Service Area: St. Charles County
Program Type: Day Camps, Recreation, Sports & Fitness
Ages Served: All Ages
Season: Fall, Spring, Summer, Winter, Year Round
Inclusive Specialized or Both: Inclusive

(314) 359-9970

Inclusion Coordinator, Brita Weight

Southwest St. Louis County Parks and Recreation

Inclusion Coordinator

A Coordinator of Inclusive Recreation assists parks and recreation departments by including people with disabilities into existing programs. The Coordinator’s role is to work with the participant, family members, teachers and the recreation program staff to ensure appropriate and individualized accommodations are provided. Serving South & West Counties:  Cities of Ballwin, Brentwood, Crestwood, Des Peres, Ellisville, Kirkwood, Manchester & Sunset Hills.

Service Area: St. Louis County
Program Type: Day Camps, Recreation, Sports & Fitness
Ages Served: All Ages
Season: Fall, Spring, Summer, Winter, Year Round
Inclusive Specialized or Both: Inclusive

(314) 835-6157

1050 Des Peres Rd.
Des Peres, MO 63131

North St. Louis County Parks and Recreation

Inclusion Coordinator

A Coordinator of Inclusive Recreation assists parks and recreation departments by including people with disabilities into existing programs. The Coordinator’s role is to work with the participant, family members, teachers and the recreation program staff to ensure appropriate and individualized accommodations are provided. Serving North County:  Cities of Bellefontaine Neighbors, Bridgeton, Ferguson, Florissant, Hazelwood & St. Ann.

Service Area: St. Louis County
Program Type: Day Camps, Recreation, Sports & Fitness
Ages Served: All Ages
Season: Fall, Spring, Summer, Winter, Year Round
Inclusive Specialized or Both: Inclusive

(314) 839-5575

8969 Dunn Rd
Hazelwood, MO 63042

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

Tandem Bike Adventures

Delta Gamma Center

Tandem Adventurers is a unique tandem cycling team for children 10 years and up who are visually impaired.   This group enjoys weekly rides each season from April through September where participants are teamed up with trained captains to enjoy friends and the freedom that cycling  offers , and even a big year-end challenge for those who demonstrate the readiness  to participate.

Service Area: St. Louis City, St. Louis County
Program Type: Sports & Fitness
Ages Served: Teens, Youth
Season: Fall, Spring, Summer
Inclusive Specialized or Both: Specialized

1750 S Big Bend Blvd
St. Louis, Missouri 63117

Emmaus Link

Specialized Classes

Emmaus Link offers seasonal classes for adults with special needs. Classes are held at St. Charles Community College on Saturday mornings 3 times per year in topics like art appreciation, cooking, and personal enrichment. 

Service Area: St. Charles County
Program Type: Social Groups & Family Support
Ages Served: Adults
Season: Fall, Spring, Summer
Inclusive Specialized or Both: Specialized

3731 Mueller Road
St. Charles, Missouri 63301

Superstars Special Needs Cheer Team

Cheerleading and Gymnastics

Superstars Cheerleading is an acrobatic gymnastics team for children ages 6 and older of ANY and ALL abilities including mobility issues.

Service Area: St. Charles County
Program Type: Recreation, Sports & Fitness
Ages Served: Teens, Youth
Season: Fall, Spring, Winter
Inclusive Specialized or Both: Both

Chances Pride Acro Gymnastics
827 Midpoint Drive
O’Fallon, Missouri 63366

 

Blues Special Hockey Club

Specialized Hockey Team

Formerly the Gateway Locomotives, this specialized ice hockey program is for youth and adults with developmental disabilities. Play the sport of ice hockey in an environment that is adapted to the level of ability which the athletes are able to participate. Play occurs at the Centene Center in Maryland Heights, MO.

Service Area: St. Charles County, St. Louis City, St. Louis County
Program Type: Sports & Fitness
Ages Served: Adults, Teens, Youth
Season: Fall, Winter
Inclusive Specialized or Both: Specialized

Centene Community Ice Center
750 Casino Center Dr,
Maryland Heights, MO 63043
www.facebook.com/gatewaylocomotivesspecialhockey

SPENSA

Special Needs Soccer Association

The Special Needs Soccer Association, SPENSA, is a Not-for-Profit, St. Louis-based soccer program for young people with disabilities. This program is open to any boy or girl with a disability, ages 5-21. It is designed to bring the excitement and fun of playing soccer to players who traditionally have not had a place in the youth soccer system. Games are normally played at the World Wide Technology Soccer Park. The park is located at I-270 and Highway 44. SPENSA is free of charge.

Service Area: St. Charles County, St. Louis City, St. Louis County
Program Type: Recreation, Sports & Fitness
Ages Served: Youth
Season: Fall
Inclusive Specialized or Both: Specialized

P.O. Box 510265