Summer is a time for children to let loose, spend time with friends and enjoy making lifelong memories like attending Summer camp. When you have a child or children that have a disability or special needs it can be more difficult to find a Summer Camp that is right for them. Of course you want your child to enjoy all the fun of childhood like any other would. Here are some excellent Summer camps in the Houston area that are just for children with disabilities.
Camp Be An Angel
2003 Aldine Bender
Houston, Texas 77032
Camp Be An Angel is a wonderful program that is funded by the generosity of others. It’s goal is to help families that otherwise could not afford it give their children the opportunity to attend camp. Founded over 20 years ago the Be An Angel Foundations serves thousands of children in the Houston area by providing specialized programs, equipment and services. The week long Summer Camp retreat is held in September of each year, and is for special children and their families. Since there is demand for this wonderful opportunity there is a waiting list, if you or someone you know would like to get on it check here for the contact information. Since the Camp is funded by donations it helps to ease the financial burden on families with special needs children. The camp benefiting children with multiple disabilities and/or profound deafness gives them a wonderful barrier-free camping experience.
The Monarch School
2815 Rosefield Drive
Houston, Texas 77080
As the Monarch School states on their website their main goal is to “provide innovative, therapeutic education for individuals with neurological differences”. Founded in 1997 they have over 50 faculty members and help over 100 students. In addition to the excellent year round curriculum they also have a wonderful Summer program. Here you can see in detail the program, its goals and tuition information. The programs are to help serve students with Autism Spectrum Disorders including Asperger’s, Learning Disabilities, Tourette’s Syndrome, ADHD, Mood Disorders including Bipolar Disorder and Depression and children with other types of neurological differences. They have different program levels suited to your child’s developmental level. Your children are able to participate in courses that allow them to feel accepted in a fun, educational setting.
UCP – United Cerebal Palsy of Greater Houston
4500 Bissonnet, Suite 340
Houston, Texas 77401
This non-profit organization provides services to individuals with all types of disabilities and their families. Camp Buckaroo is a week long day-camp for children ages 5 to 14 with disabilities. Their siblings are also allowed to attend if they are ages 5 to 10. They accept children with all types of disabilities, including Down Syndrome, Cerebal Palsy, Autism and Mental Retardation. Here you can get application information, they are due in May. The offer the Camp Buckaroo at a few different Houston locations shown here, some are in Katy, The Woodlands and Pasadena. All campers get one or two “Buddies” that attend all activities with them and help them daily with all their tasks. Each day has a different fun theme and there are activities, crafts and entertainment reflecting those daily themes. The children not only get to interact with others but experience many fun filled activities.
The River Performing and Visual Arts Program
1475 West Gray
Houston, Texas 77019
This non-profit organization serving Houston children since 1996 provides barrier-free classes in music, art, dance and drama. Striving to provide affordable, fine arts education for special children ages 2 to 19. They not only help children with disabilities but also those with chronic illnesses and the economically disadvantaged. Their 2010 Fine Arts Summer Camp has different weekly sessions and themes you can view them here. Session 1 begins June 14th and the last session 6 starts August 2nd. Children are grouped by ages and there is financial aid available you can see the contact information here. Their daily Summer camp hours are Monday through Friday 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Your child will get the chance to sing, dance, make props and in a Broadway style show. At the end of their camp week friends and families are able to attend a hour long production of their work.
If you or a family member is interested in information on other Houston area Summer Camps here you can find some of the city’s best. As you will see when you look at these wonderful Summer Camp programs these organizations offer so much more. Many have outreach programs, educational classes, schools and other disability resources for you to take advantage of year round.