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Camps to Make Your Special Needs Kid Feel Extra Special!

We reached out to Dr. James Feinstein, Special Care Clinic, Children’s Hospital Colorado, for a list of camps that he suggests to parents of kids with special needs. Each of these camps offers special programs for children that not only work with their needs but connects them with others who have similar limitations and challenges.

Aspen Camp of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Snowmass, CO

A recreational and experiential educational program for Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals from around the world.

Ascendigo Autism Services Glenwood Springs, CO

Ascendigo welcomes people ages 7 and up with an autism spectrum disorder, including classic autism, PDD-NOS, Asperger’s and related diagnoses. Participants of any athletic ability can succeed. It prides itself in ensuring progress in its sports activities while having lots of fun.

Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center Breckenridge, CO

Wilderness Adventure Camps for children with sensory processing disorders, developmental disabilities and visual impairments.

Camp Spirit 

Camp Spirit is a Colorado Winter Adventure Camp for children with one of the most severe forms of EB, Recessive Dystrophic, where they can experience winter activities in a safe environment. 

CFCI’s Club Spark Summer Day Camp Lakewood, CO

Social Skills Summer Programs with a Recreation and Life Skills Focus

Challenge Aspen Snowmass Village, CO

Challenge Aspen is dedicated to improving lives by presenting meaningful recreational, educational and cultural experiences to individuals who face cognitive or physical challenges.

Cheley Camps

For over 30 years, Cheley Colorado Camps and Children’s Hospital have worked together to create a camp that hosts pediatric burn survivors from around the world. For eight days, kids will build friendships, explore the beauty of Estes Park, and gain confidence that will continue as they grow up.

Colorado Foundation For Conductive Education Loveland, Arvada, CO

This camp is designed for children with motor disabilities in Loveland and Denver Metro area. Its camps are 3-week intensive programs that teach children problem-solving skills, ADL activities, and independence in their daily lives.

Colorado Lions Camp Woodland Park, CO

The camp is a year-round facility which provides summer and respite programs for individuals with special needs age 8 to adult. In addition, the camp is available for rental groups during its off-season months (August 15 to May 15). 

First Descents Vail, CO

Using kayaking as a metaphor for life and its many ups and downs, this outdoor adventure program strives to prove to young adults battling cancer that they can do anything, despite or because of their disease.

The Learning Camp Vail, CO

For 12 years The Learning Camp has been building confidence and academic success in kids with ADHD, ADD, dyslexia and other learning challenges. It is the original Rocky Mountain camp combining tutoring with traditional camp adventures, just minutes from Eagle Vail Airport.

NSCD Women’s Weekend for Adults with Physical Disabilities Granby, CO

Meet new friends and share experiences during this three-day camp for women ages 18 and older with physical disabilities.

NSCD Teamwork Camp – Intellectual Disability Denver, CO

This camp is for people with an intellectual disability who want to experience, learn and explore teamwork and sports.

Rocky Mountain Village Empire, CO

Rocky Mountain Village provides recreational opportunities to people with disabilities in the beautiful Rocky Mountains.

Roundup River Ranch Gypsum, CO

This is a free medically supported summer camp for kids with serious illnesses.

Shining Stars Foundation

Children with cancer and other serious illnesses get to experience snowsports on the gorgeous Aspen slopes. Partnered with experienced skiers and snowboarders, kids will have access to adaptive equipment that gets them down the mountain safely and with all smiles.