Summer Camps and Recreational Activities in Michigan

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The American Camp Association estimates that over 10 million children attend one of the nation’s 12,000 camps each year. Research supports positive outcomes of camp such as adventure and exploration, friendships with peers and adults, reduced summer learning loss,  increased physical activity, opportunities for play and imagination, engagement and leadership opportunities.

Unfortunately, some children with developmental disabilities such as ASD are often excluded from the camp experience due to a lack of staff training and adequate systems and support to meet their needs.

Studies show that including children with ASD into settings where they can learn and interact with their typical peers is quite beneficial, and including children with ASD in a typical camp setting teaches their typical peers at camp to become more accepting of those with differences.

Resources for camps and programs:
Camp Prep Guide
Recreational Activities and Resources
List of Camps in Michigan 
 

Camps in Michigan

Camp Camp Type & Ages Location Camper Information
Able Abe's Summer Camp Day (Ages 4-10) Commerce Township All
The Adventure Learning Center at Eagle Village Retreats/Groups (Ages 5-16) Hersey Social, emotional, behavioral, "at risk", and mildly physically impaired
Bloomfield SCAMP (Ages 3-16) West Hills Middle School
Camp Anna Behrens Overnight (Ages 6-16) Greenville General disabilities and hearing impaired; Girls only
Camp Arbutus Hayo-Went-Ha: MY Camp Day/Weekend Torch Lake ASD
Camp Blue Sky Day (Ages 8 and up) Milford All; programs are modified to fit individual needs with challenge choice emphasis
Camp Civitan,
P: (810) 621-3001
Ages 13-50 Camp Rosenthal (Dowagiac) Variety; Not wheelchair accessible
Camp Deer Trails Girl Scouts of Michigan,
P: (517) 699-9400 x24
Overnight, (Ages 6-17) Holt Mild LD
Camp Grace Bentley Ages 7-17 Burchville (Port Huron area) ASD, Mild mental impairment
Camp Jump-In,
P: (810) 231-9042
Day (Ages 4-14) Pinckney ASD, sensory integration, sensory processing, dyspraxia, auditory processing, learning disabled, speech and language impaired, motor delay
Camp Kidwell Day/Overnight (Ages 4-16) Bloomingdale Behavioral Problems, Emotional Problems, Inclusion/Mainstreaming, Youth at Risk
Camp K.O.O.L
P: (616) 369-5326
Ages 15-26 Muskegon Variety
Camp Niobe
P: (248) 540-9329
Farmington Hills ASD
Camp O'The Hills Day/Overnight (Ages 6-17) Brooklyn Inclusion/Mainstreaming
Camp Sunshine Ages 12+ Holland
Camp Walden
P: (248) 661-1890
Overnight Cheybogen
Clarkston SCAMP Day Clarkston Community Schools All
Comprehensive Summer Therapy Fun
P: (616) 559-1054
Day (Ages 0-10) Grand Rapids/Holland All
Equest Center for Therapeutic Riding Day Rockford
Foundation for Exceptional Child Play Day Camp
P: (313) 885-8660
Day (Ages 2-12) Grosse Point Farms ASD; Mental and physical impairments
Fowler Center for Outdoor Learning Day/Overnight/Weekend (Ages 6+) Mayville All disabilities, Specialty Clientele: Behavioral Problems, Emotional Problems, Inclusion/Mainstreaming, Travel Camp
Holiday Camp
P: (734) 242-5799 x4129
Monroe
Indian Trails Camp Ages 6-60 Grand Rapids/Standale Special Needs: Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Downs Syndrome, Epilepsy, Limited Mobility, Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy, Speech/Communication
Lepak & Associates Summer Camp
P: (248) 669-1230
Day (Ages 2-15) Walled Lake
Mystic Lake YMCA Camp Overnight (Ages 6-17) Lake (Lansing area) Inclusion/Mainstreaming
O.U.R. Camp Ages 3-9 Northville Anyone that qualifies for special education in their home school district AND siblings without special needs
Pioneer Trails Ages 6+ Muskegon Mild, moderate or severe mental impairments, physical challenges, visual or hearing disorders, emotional impairments and ASD
Ridgewood Camp for Students with Autism
P: (810) 751-8080
Warren
St. Francis Camp
P: (517) 688-9212
Jerome
Spring Hill Camps Day/Weekend/Retreats/Family Camps Various locations Variety, including Autism
Sterling Heights Parks and Recreation
P: (586) 446-2708
Day (Ages 4-26) Jerome Trainable and Educable Mentally Impaired
TimRo Children's Center
P: (248) 642-2540
Day (Ages 3-11) Bloomfield Hills ASD, ADHD, LD, EI, Speech/Language, Communication, Hearing Impaired, Developmental Delays
Tri-Cities YMCA Day Grand Haven
Albright United Methodist Camp Special People III
P: (269) 375-5427
Ages 10-adult Reed City Mentally, learning, hearing or mildly physical impaired
Camp Geneva Day/Overnight Holland
Camp Kinawind Overnight Boyne Falls
Camp Living Waters
P: (231) 797-5107
Overnight (Ages 8-17 and 14-adult) Luther Educable and trainable mentally impaired
Jewish Community Center of Metro Detroit Summer Camp Day (Ages 2-14) West Bloomfield Special Needs: Attention Deficit Disorder, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Downs Syndrome
Pine Ridge Bible Camp Day/Overnight (Ages 6-17) Cedar Springs Cerebral Palsy, Downs Syndrome, ASD
Skyline Camp and Retreat Center Overnight (Ages 6-18) Almont Attention Deficit Disorder, Autism, Downs Syndrome, Mental Disabilities
Camp Tall Turf Overnight (Ages 8-16) Walkerville
Tamarack Camps Overnight (Ages 7-16) Ortonville Behavioral Problems, Emotional Problems, Inclusion/Mainstreaming
YMCA Camp Hayo-Went-Ha Day/Overnight Central Lake ASD
YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin: Young Adults Special Needs Programs Day/Overnight/Weekend Middleville
YMCA Camp Pendalouan
P: (231) 894-4538
Day/Overnight (Ages 6-16) Montague Inclusion/mainstreaming
Camp Roger Overnight Rockford Inclusion/mainstreaming
Camp Fish Tales Overnight Pinconning Mental, Emotional & Physical Disabilities
Cran-Hill Ranch Friendship Camp Overnight (Ages 15+) Rodney Developmental Disabilities
Bay Cliff Health Camp Overnight Big Bay Children's Summer Therapy Camp

Disclaimer: The information contained on this webpage is provided solely as a resource. Inclusion on this list does not constitute a recommendation or endorsement, nor does the omission of any particular program from this list imply disapproval. START will make reasonable efforts to keep this information current. However, programs may change at any time. Therefore, you are strongly encouraged to contact the organizations directly to ascertain whether available camp experiences would be appropriate for any particular child.