Ainsley's Angels

Endurance Racing for All Abilities

We assist individuals with significant physical and cognitive disabilities to participate in endurance events such as marathons, races, walks, and runs.   Through participation in endurance events, Ainsley’s Angels aims to build awareness about America’s special needs community through inclusion in all aspects of life, by promoting awareness, providing education, and participating as active members in local communities.

Service Area: Missouri-Wide
Program Type: Sports & Fitness
Ages Served: All Ages
Season: Year Round
Inclusive Specialized or Both: Specialized

Ainsley’s Angels of America
PO Box 6287, Virginia Beach, VA 23456

Butterfly Dreams

State Pageant

Butterfly Dreams is a nonprofit organization which provides an opportunity for girls, women, boys and men with significant intellectual disabilities/developmental delays to participate in both an annual pageant and numerous yearly activities promoting the event. Our goal is to give every participant their moment to stand in the spotlight, showcase their abilities and not be defined by their disabilities. Our Mission: To provide opportunities for individuals with significant intellectual and/or developmental disabilities to learn life skills and build pride in a nurturing environment.

Service Area: Missouri-Wide
Program Type: Performing Arts, Social Groups & Family Support
Ages Served: All Ages
Inclusive Specialized or Both: Specialized

Tim Tebow Foundation

Night To Shine

The Tim Tebow Foundation exists to bring Faith, Hope and Love to those needing a brighter day in their darkest hour of need. Our largest event is Night To Shine Formal Dance for individuals with disabilities. The dance happens worldwide in February and is sponsored by local churches and faith-based organizations.

Service Area: Missouri-Wide
Program Type: Social Groups & Family Support
Ages Served: Adults, Teens
Season: Winter
Inclusive Specialized or Both: Specialized

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

Special Journeys Travel

Special Journeys Travel Program for People with Disabilities

Special Journeys provides chaperoned tours for adults who need assistance traveling. Our goal is to provide fun, well-planned and reasonably priced vacations that are staffed with experienced volunteers and tour leaders. We are a local company exclusively serving those states in the Midwest where we can physically pickup and drop-off our travelers in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and South Dakota.

Service Area: Missouri-Wide
Program Type: Travel & Outdoor Adventures
Ages Served: Adults
Season: Year Round
Inclusive Specialized or Both: Specialized

1-888-934-8832

Kansas City MO

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

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

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

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

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