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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 renee@aca-nj.org. 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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day camps

ARC
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
  908-730-7827.
ARC of Middlesex County
  732-821-1199.
ARC of Morris County
  973-765-9661.
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
973-379-8444. 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
914-939-5338, email afuchs@copefoundation.org. 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
732-845-1958. Non-profit organization provides a free week-long summer camping experience and support program in Blairstown for children with cancer.

Camp Shine
Location at Fanwood Presbyterian Church, 74 South Martine Ave., Scotch Plains, NJ 07023, 908. Performing arts camp for students ages 10 to 21. Email ShiningStarsNetwork@gmail.com.

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

Comfort Zone Camp
866-488-5679. 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.

Easter Seals New Jersey's Camp Merry Heart
21 O'Brien Rd., Hackettstown, 908-852-3896.

Harbor Haven Summer Program
West Orange, 908-964-5411.
       Our 20-year 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 ages 16-18 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 Therapeutic Recreation
Bridgewater, 908-526-5650. Camp Okee Sunokee is a 6-week summer day camp for Somerset County residents ages 6-14 with learning disabilities or Asperger's Syndrome.

Stepping Forward Counseling Center Therapeutic Summer Programs
26 Main St., Chatham; 172 Chestnut St., Nutley; 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 and sleepaway camp.

Teen Tracks Travel & Club JCC Summer
Leon & Toby Cooperman JCC, 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, NJ, 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, 718-295-3100. Traditional sleepaway camp for children ages 6-15 with cancer.

New Jersey Camp Jaycee
732-246-2525 ext. 44. New Jersey Camp Jaycee is a private, non-profit organization providing a unique summer camp experience in the Pocono Mountains for children and adults with developmental disabilities.

Stepping Forward Counseling Center Therapeutic Summer Programs
26 Main St., Chatham, 973-635-6550.

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social skills camps



The Social Scene Club
601 Riverside Ave., Unit 120, Lyndhurst, NJ, 201-241-0476. Social experience for individuals with special needs, ages 18+, designed to empower them to make social and life choices in a safe supportive environment. Full day Summer Social Camp July 31-Sept. 1.

Stepping Forward Counseling Center Camp Therapeutic Summer Programs
26 Main St., Chatham; 172 Chestnut St., Nutley; 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 and sleepaway camp.