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Special Needs Camps in NJ

Day Camps Sleepaway Camps Social Skills Camps

The specialized camps below invite you to visit their websites, call for info, plan a visit or attend an open house. In addition, browse through the listings under Therapeutic Services, Enrichment and Sports & Recreation categories for more summer opportunities.

american camp association
Founded in 1910, the American Camp Association accredits summer and fall camp programs for health, safety and program quality. Call or visit the New York / New Jersey affiliated website for a list of accredited special needs camps in the northeast and visit the ACA's site for parents for information about selecting the right camp for your child. Free personal assistance is available by calling or emailing American Camp Association New York & New Jersey, 1375 Broadway, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10018, 212-391-5208, 800-777-CAMP.

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Cooking Camps Language Camps Teen Camps / Travel
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day camps

For program and summer camp information, visit the ARC website for New Jersey to locate county chapters not listed below.
ARC of Essex County Camp Hope
   973-535-1181 x1292. 7-week summer day camp in East Hanover.
ARC of Hunterdon County
ARC of Middlesex County
ARC of Morris County
ARC of Somerset County Camp Jotoni
   908-725-8544. 9-week day camp in Warren; 6-week overnight camp provides summer recreational services for children and adults with developmental disabilities.
ARC of Union County Camp Star
  908-232-0248. Summer program for ages 3-21 with special needs and their siblings.

Camp Clover
    Bereave­ment day camp for children and teens ages 7-15 is staffed by professional grief counselors and trained volunteers. Free, busing and lunch provided. Sponsored by Atlantic Home Care and Hospice.

Camp Erin NYC
    Free weekend camp experience for children and teens ages 6-17 who are grieving the loss of someone close to them. Sponsored by The Moyer Foundation and The COPE Foundation.

Camp Quality New Jersey
    Non-profit organization provides a summer camping experience and year-round support program for children with cancer.

Camp Shine
Location at Fanwood Presbyterian Church, 74 South Martine Ave., Scotch Plains, NJ 07023
          Performing arts camp for students ages 10 to 21. Email

Camp Shriver
1 Eunice Kennedy Shriver Way, Lawrenceville, NJ, 609-868-8000
          Camp Shriver offers a fun sports camp experience for individuals with intellectual disabilities, while improving their skills in specific sports.
Jul 9-13, 23-27
Rowan College at Gloucester County Camp, 9am-12pm. 201 Mullica Hill Rd., Glassboro. Free to registered athletes ages 16+.
Jul 9-13, 16-20, 23-27, 30-Aug 3
Twilight Camp, 5:30-8pm. 1 Eunice Kennedy Shriver Way, Lawrenceville. Free to registered athletes ages 16+.
Jul 9-13, 16-20, 23-27, 30-Aug 3
          Daytime Camp, 1-4pm. Free to registered athletes ages 12+.
Aug 6-10
Unified Developmental Camp, 1-4pm. Free to registered athletes ages 6-11.

Children's Specialized Hospital
150 New Providence Rd., Mountainside, 908-233-3720 ext. 5548

Comfort Zone Camp
    Non-profit group founded in 1998 offers camps to help grieving children meet with peers who have also suffered a loss. Recreation, group activities and healing circles.

Easterseals New Jersey's Camp Merry Heart
Adult and Youth Overnight Camp Respites
21 O'Brien Rd., Hackettstown, 908-852-3896
           Camp Merry Heart, a program of Easterseals New Jersey, provides a wide variety of recreation and activities to people of all ages and all types of disabilities and special needs.

Harbor Haven Summer Program
West Orange, 908-964-5411
    In our third decade Harbor Haven's comprehensive summer program serves children and teens ages 3-18 with mild special needs. The beautiful private school facility on 8 park-like acres boasts an outdoor heated pool, three athletic fields, state of the art air conditioned building, tennis courts and more.
    Children and teens experience typical summer activities including sports, swim, nature, art and more while also working on social, cognitive, language, motor and self-regulation skills.
    Our acclaimed sibling inclusion feature allows non-IEP siblings/cousins of our campers to attend at no tuition cost for two weeks.
    The five week LIFE Program for 16-18 year olds is a unique balance of learning independent living and employment readiness skills, functional reading/math, and summer fun. TravelQuest, a two week day travel program for ages16-18 years, is highly acclaimed by all the participating teens.
    Group speech and OT included for ages 3-9; individual available for all ages. Transportation can be provided in most cases. Before/After care available. 1:3 or better staff to child ratio.

Monmouth County Park System Therapeutic Recreation
805 Newman Springs Rd., Lincroft, NJ, 732-460-1167
    Provides traditional special needs camps as well as inclusive recreation opportunities in hundreds of camps and programs run by the Monmouth County Park System, serving Monmouth, Ocean, Middlesex and Mercer counties.

Somerset County Park Commission Camp Okee Sunokee
Bridgewater, 908-526-5650
    Six-week summer day camp for Somerset County residents ages 7-14 with learning disabilities, Asperger's Syndrome or mild intellectual disability.

Stepping Forward Counseling Center Therapeutic Summer Programs
26 Main St., Chatham, 973-635-6550
    Achieve goals, conquer fears, build confidence and self-esteem and develop an enthusiasm for life while learning social and emotional skills that will last a lifetime. 3:1 staff ratio. Day programs, ABA Camp, teen programs.

Teen Tracks Travel & Club JCC Summer
JCC MetroWest, 760 Northfield Ave., West Orange, 973-530-3478
    Teen Tracks Travel for ages 13-21; Club JCC Summer for grades K-6.

sleepaway camps

Camp Nova
Linwood MacDonald YMCA, 1 Flatbrook Rd., Branchville, 800-336-5843
    Week-long sleepaway camp for young people ages 12-28 living with epilepsy and other developmental disabilities.

Happiness is Camping
62 Sunset Lake Rd., Hardwick, 908-362-6733
    Traditional sleepaway camp for children ages 6-15 with cancer.

New Jersey Camp Jaycee
    A private, non-profit organization provides a unique summer camp experience in the Pocono Mountains for children and adults with developmental disabilities.

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social skills camps

The Social Scene Club
601 Riverside Ave., Unit 120, Lyndhurst, 201-241-0476
    Full day summer social camp for individuals with special needs, ages 18+, designed to empower them to make social and life choices in a safe supportive environment.

Stepping Forward Counseling Center Camp Therapeutic Summer Programs
26 Main St., Chatham, 973-635-6550
    Achieve goals, conquer fears, build confidence and self-esteem and develop an enthusiasm for life while learning social and emotional skills that will last a lifetime. 3:1 staff ratio. Day programs, ABA Camp, teen programs.