Looking for a summer camp for your special needs child?Here is a list of some resources and ideas in San Francisco. Please email me if you have anything to add, comments, etc. and I will incorporate it onto this list!
There’s also an annual summer camp fair at the Concourse Exhibition Center, where most camps are represented, as well as the link for www.signupforcamp.com (with a check-box in their sort for Special Needs).
Laurel and Sterne Schools both offer academic summer programs for kids with learning differences.
Bennett sings in a chorus at Community Music Center (CMC) and they are very accommodating. You would need to call them to find out about accessibility and your child’s needs:—————
Bennett has also done a cooking camp at Y.U.M. Chefs and the teacher is VERY accommodating!
BAADS and Treasure Island Sailing Center Co-Able Summer Program:The goal of the program is to combine students with disabilities and able bodied students in such a manner that they will encourage and assist each other to become independent sailors. Ideally we would like students with physical disabilities to ask an able bodied friend to accompany them. They will sit side by side and learn from each other. Sailing is one of the few activities people with severe disabilities can participate and compete in on a level playing field with able bodied.When:Week 1, June 16 to June 20Age: 7 to 11
Week 2, June 30 to July 4Age:12 to 18Week 3, August 4 to August 8
Age: 12 to 18All classes start with a Chalk Talk at 9:00 AM.There will be a short lunch/break at 12:00 noon. Boats will come in by 2:00 PM for a review of the days activities. Sailors will leave the dock at 3:00 PM after securing all equipment and cleaning up what they used.Where: Pier 40, the Embarcadero at the BAADS Dock!Sailing will take place in McCovey Cove!Instructors: A US Sailing Certified Instructor will be provided by Treasure Island Sailing Center along with an assistant. Two skilled young sailors will be provided by South Beach Yacht Club to assist.BAADS will be supplying safety boats and five Hansa 303’s for the program. The Hansa 303 is a unique vessel that requires the participants to sit side by side. Either sailor can steer, operate the sheets and easily assist their neighbor.
At the end of the program we expect students to become aware of the nautical vocabulary necessary for sailing, to become familiar with currents and tides peculiar to McCovey Cove and San Francisco Bay and, most significantly , be capable of sailing a small sloop rigged vessel in and around McCovey Cove safely.Rules of the road and all matters concerning safety will be emphasized daily.Cost: $25 refundable at the end of the program.Transportation: No transportation is provided!You can learn more about BAADS and Treasure Island Sailing here:
Bay Area Association of Disabled Sailors
The Bay Area Association of Disabled Sailors is a San Francisco Bay Area non-profit dedicated to providing sailing programs to people with disabilities and their friends, families and caregivers.
View on www.baads.org
Treasure Island Sailing Center
View on tisailing.org—————HORSE CAMP:
BOK Ranch (therapeutic horseback riding program) is offering summer camp for ALL children!This is a really exciting new program for us. We have put together the skills of the therapeutic riding team and local riding instructors to create a fun and safe summer camp that is challenging and fast paced enough for typical riders while at the same time being completely adaptable for riders with additional needs.This equine based camp is truly a one of a kind 100% integrated TRUE social skills camp. Everyone is welcome-ages 6-16.If you have a child that is a little older or a little younger, feel free to email me directly (email@example.com) and we can talk about whether or not the camp would be a good match. We hope to accommodate everyone who is interested.This is the only camp that is being backed and supported by the San Mateo County Horsemen’s Association and each child will get the opportunity to ride at least 2 times everyday. The BOK Ranch is the only PATH Premier Accredited Therapeutic Riding Center on the Peninsula, serving 130 riders with special needs each week. Finally, something siblings can do together!Visit http://www.bokranch.org/ for more information about the camps and to download a flier and the enrollment forms.Happy Trails,Tish———————-Summer Horsemanship Clinics at Halleck Creek RanchHalleck Creek Ranch is pleased to announce their Summer Horsemanship Clinics for children and young adults both with and without special needs, ages 5-18.Join us for hands-on learning about horses! Give your child the opportunity to learn and practice his/her horsemanship skills by spending some quality time eye-to-eye with their favorite horse. Let us teach them the importance of their working as a team both on the ground as well as on their back!Each day will introduce a fun equine-related project, activity, riding lesson, or game designed to teach each child about their horse partners through hands-on education. Skills will include things such as: Catching and grooming, tacking and leading, trail and arena riding, arts and crafts, horsemanship skills, vaulting, and parts of the horse and tack.
Campers will be given a chance to meet and interact with other campers their age, and to participate in group activities. Camp staff are experienced, certified professionals, and will be assisted by trained and qualified summer interns. Clinics will be held at our historic 60-acre ranch, nestled in beautiful Nicasio Valley in Marin County.
Three separate clinic weeks will be offered for youth with special needs on the following dates:
Ages 5-7: July 8, 9, 10 (Tuesday–Thursday; from 9:00-1:00)
Ages 8-12: July 22, 23, 24 (Tuesday–Thursday; from 9:00-1:00)
Ages 13-18: Aug 5, 6, 7 (Tuesday–Thursday; from 9:00-1:00)
Three separate clinic weeks will be offered for youth without special needs on the following dates:
Ages 5-7: July 15, 16, 17 (Tuesday–Thursday; from 9:00-1:00)
Ages 8-12: July 29, 30, 31 (Tuesday–Thursday; from 9:00-1:00)
Ages 13-18: Aug 12, 13, 14 (Tuesday–Thursday; from 9:00-1:00)
Clinic registration will be $250/week, registration will be limited, and clinics are available on a first-come, first-served basis, so sign up today by emailing Program Director, Molly Scannell at firstname.lastname@example.org