Summer Camps


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Here is a list of summer camps that serve children with special health care needs in Texas. The list is just for information and does not mean that the CSHCN Services Program approves or endorses any camp. It does not include all of the camps in Texas.


You can use these websites to find camps for kids with special needs:

Diabetes Camps

Children with Diabetes lists four Camps in Texas for kids with diabetes. Check the website for more details.

Camp Aurora

This is a week-long day camp for children with diabetes, ages 5-14. 

Sponsor: The American Diabetes Association, Inc.
Contact: Sherry Hill
North Texas Regional Office for the American Diabetes Association, Inc.:
    4100 Alpha Road
    Suite #100
    Dallas, Texas, 75244

    972-392-1181 ext. 6097
    972-392-1366 (fax)
    E-mail: Camp Aurora
    Website: Camp Aurora

Other Special Needs Camps

The following camps are for kids in Texas with other diagnoses and special needs. Click the camp’s name for more information, or scroll down.

Camp Alphie - Ceta Canyon Retreat Center

This free camp is available to children 7-14 years of age who have or have had cancer and their siblings. Parents can also enjoy Parents' Camp at the same time.

Mailing Address:
    P.O. Box 7665
    Amarillo, TX 79114
    Website: Camp Alphie

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Camp Broncho

This is a week-long camp for children ages 7-12 who have mild or severe asthma. Camp Broncho provides asthma education and management skills along with promoting self-care, self-image, and independence for children with asthma.

Sponsor: Cook Children's Hospital
Corporate Office:
    801 Seventh Ave.
    Fort Worth, Texas 76104

    E-mail: Camp Broncho
    Website: Camp Broncho

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Camp Buckaroo

People with disabilities, ages 6 to14, and their siblings ages 6 to 10

Contact: Betsy Wechter
Corporate Office:
    4500 Bissonnet, Suite 340
    Bellaire, TX 77401

    713-838-9050  ext. 309
    713-838-9098 (fax)
    E-mail:Camp Buckaroo
   Website: Camp Buckaroo 

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Camp CAMP (Children’s Association for Maximum Potential)

People with disabilities, ages 5 to 45, and their siblings, ages 3 to 13

Corporate Office:
    P.O. Box 27086
    San Antonio, TX 78227

    210-671-5225 (fax)
    E-mail: Camp CAMP
    Website: Camp CAMP

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Camp Courage

This camp is for siblings of patients with a chronic illness or a life-changing injury. There are two camps; a day camp for ages 6-12 and a week-end retreat for ages 13-18.

Sponser: Cook Children's Medical Center
Contact: Kat Davitt
Cook Children's Address:
    801 Seventh Ave.
    Fort Worth, TX 76104

    E-mail: Camp Courage
    Website: Camp Courage

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Camp El Tesoro

Children with mild physical and mental disabilities, ages 6 to 16

Sponsor: Camp Fire USA First Texas Council
Corporate Office:
    2700 Meacham Blvd.
    Fort Worth, TX 76137-4601

    E-mail: Camp Fire
    Website: Camp Fire

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Camp MDA

This camp is for children ages 1-17 with Muscular Dystrophy. It is a week-long camp where kids and teens can experience fun and safe outdoor activities and meet other children with Muscular Dystrophy. Contact your local MDA office for a camp near you.

Sponsor: Muscular Dystrophy Association
Corporate Office:
    222 S. Riverside Plaza, Suite 1500
    Chicago, Illinois 60606

    Website: Camp MDA

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Camp Neuron

Camp Neuron is for young people ages 8-14 with Epilepsy. Campers build self-esteem, create life-long friendships, participate in team building, and learn more about living with epilepsy. This camp is provided to families with no cost.

Sponsor: The Epilepsy Foundation Texas.
Mailing address:
    Epilepsy Foundation Texas
    Camp Department
    2401 Fountain View Drive, Suite 900
    Houston, Texas 77057

    713-789-5628 (fax)
    E-mail: Camp Neuron
    Website: Camp Neuron

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Children who are deaf or hard of hearing, ages 10 to 15
A counselor-in-training program is available to children who are deaf or hard of hearing, ages 16 and 17

Sponsor: Office for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services, Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS)
Contact: Ann Horn
Corporate Office:
    4900 North Lamar, Suite 2169
    Austin, TX 78751

    E-mail: Ann Horn

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Camp Smiles

Children with cerebral palsy or similar neurological disorders, ages 6 to 14

Contact: Betsy Wechter
Corporate Office:
    4500 Bissonnet, Suite 340
    Bellaire, TX 77401

    713-838-9050  ext. 309
    713-838-9098 (fax)
    E-mail:Camp Smiles
    Website: Camp Smiles

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Camp Summit

Children, youth, and adults with disabilities, ages 6 to 99

Contact: Lisa Braziel
Corporate Office:
    17210 Campbell Road
    Suite 180-W
    Dallas, TX 75252

    972-620-1945 (fax)
    E-mail: Camp Summit
    Website: Camp Summit

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Camp Sweeney

This camp is for children and youth with diabetes ages 6-18 that live near Gainesville, TX.

Mailing address:
    Camp Sweeney
    P.O. Box 918
    Gainesville, TX 76241

    940-665-9467 (fax)
    E-mail: Camp Sweeney
    Website: Camp Sweeney

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Camp TLC

Camp TLC serves campers age 8-15 with Spina Bifida and congenital neural tube defects.

Mailing address:
    SBANT - Camp TLC
    P.O. Box 702223
    Dallas, TX 75370-2223

    E-mail:Camp TLC
    Website: Camp TLC

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Camp Villa

Camp Villa is located at Ceta Glen Encampment in Wayside near Happy, Texas. The camp emphasizes confidence building, recreation, peer interaction and independence. DARS's Lubbock, Midland/Odessa, Wichita Falls Region Consumers receive priority placement. All others considered based on space availability.

Sponsor: Texas Department of Rehabilitative Services
Contact: Christina Weller
DARS office address:
    Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services-Blind Services
    Lubbock District Office
    5121 69th St. #A-5
    Lubbock, TX 79424

    800.687.7032 (Toll-free)
    E-mail: Camp Villa

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Camp X-Treme

Youth with physical disabilities, ages 8-21
Hosted at Camp for All (Burton, TX)

Corporate Office:
    4605 Post Oak Place, Suite 222
    Houston, TX 77027

    E-mail: Genny Gomez
    Website: Camp X-Treme

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Elks Camp - Texas Elks

Children with disabilities, ages 7 to 15

Sponsor: Texas Elks State Association 
Corporate Office:
    1963 FM 1586
    Gonzales, TX 78629

    830-875-5455 (fax)
    E-mail: Texas Elks
    Website: Texas Elks Camp

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Experience E.X.C.E.L.S (Expanded Core Education in Living Skills)

Family Camp Concept serving young (under 10) blind and visually impaired children and their families as well as children of any age (birth to 22) and their families who have multiple disabilities one of which is blindness/visual impairment. Camp fills slots from local (Abilene, Amarillo, Lubbock, Midland/Odessa, and Wichita Falls) areas first. Out of area families considered on a space available basis.

Sponsor: Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services
Contact: Al'An Kesler
DARS Office:
    Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services-Blind Services
    Abilene District Office
    P.O. Box 521
    Abilene, TX 79604

    325. 795.5840
    325.795.5850 (Fax)
    800.687.7009 (Toll-free)
    E-mail: Experience E.X.C.E.L.S 

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Kamp Kaleidoscope

This camp is open to teens, ages 15-19, with a primary diagnosis of epilepsy. Kamp Kaleidoscope is usually the 2nd or 3rd week in July.

Corporate Office:
    Epilepsy Foundation Texas Camp Department
    2401 Fountain View Drive Suite 900
    Houston, Texas 77057

    713-789-5628 (Fax)
    E-mail: Kamp Kaleidoscope
    Website: Kamp Kaleidoscope

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Kidventure's Camp Voyager

Providing thoughtful and rewarding camp programs for children ages 6-12 with special needs. Call to discuss needs. 

Houston Contact: Mary Morris

Corporate Office
2501 Central Parkway
Suite B2
Houston, Texas 77092

E-mail: Kidventure Camp - Houston
Website: Kidventure Camp

Austin Contact: Kristen Stephens

Austin Office
3939 Bee Caves Road
Suite A4
Austin, Texas 78746

E-mail: Kidventure Camp - Austin
Website: Kidventure Camp

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Marbridge Summer Camp

Youth and young adults with developmental and learning disabilities, ages 16 to 30

Corporate Office:
    P. O. Box 2250
    Manchaca, TX 78652

    E-mail: Marbridge Summer Camp
    Website: Marbridge Summer Camp

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Muscular Dystrophy Association Summer Camps

This camp is for youth ages 6-21 who are affected by any of the 40+ neuromuscular diseases in MDA’s program and who are registered with MDA. There is no cost to families to send their children to camp. Applications are available at your local MDA office.

National Office:
    E-mail: Muscular Dystrophy Association
    Website: MDA Summer Camp

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NF Family Camp

This camp is for families who have a child with Neurofibromatosis. NF Camp is for every member of the family including parents, patients, siblings, extended family and caregivers.

Corporate Office:
    3030 Olive Street
    400 Victory Plaza East
    Dallas, Texas 75219

    972-868-7650 (Fax)
    E-mail: Texas Neurofibromatosis Foundation
    Website: NF Family Camp

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Sea Camp

Marine adventure camp; call to discuss your child’s needs

Contact: Texas A & M University at Galveston
Corporate Office:
    P. O. Box 1675
    Galveston, TX 77553

    E-mail: Sea Camp
    Website: Sea Camp

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Special Olympics Texas

Special Olympics offers year-round training and competition in a variety of Olympic type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Competition is open to anyone ages eight and up. The Young Athletes program begins at age two.

Corporate Office:
    7715 Chevy Chase Drive, Ste. 120
    Austin, TX 78752

    800-876-5646 (Toll-free)
    E-mail: Special Olympics
    Website: Special Olympics Texas

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Project SWEEP (Summer Work Experience and Empowerment Program)

This summer work program for DARS consumers is held at Texas Tech University. Participants work in the community at least 20 hours a week M-F and live on campus, returning home on the weekends. Vocational skills, development, career exploration, and independent living skills are emphasized. Job coaches, attendants, O & M instructors, 24-hour supervision and an on-call nurse are available.

Contact: Kevin Hutchins or Solia Parras
DARS Address: 
    Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services-Blind Services
    Lubbock Regional Office
    5121 69th St., Ste. A-5
    Lubbock, TX 79424

    806-783-2950 (Fax)
    Email: Kevin Hutchins or Solia Parras 

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Texas Asthma Camp

This one week camp in June is for children with asthma, ages 7-14. There is a cost for this camp, but scholarships are available.

Contact: Rhonda Scoby
UT Health Northeast Mailing Address:
    ATTN: Texas Asthma Camp – Rhonda Scoby
    11937 US Hwy 271
    Tyler, TX 75708

    E-mail: Texas Asthma Camp
    Website: Texas Asthma Camp

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Texas Lions Camp

Children with special health care needs including cancer, diabetes, Down Syndrome, and physical disabilities
Ages vary depending on specific camp

Corporate Office:
    P.O. Box 290247
    Kerrville, TX 78029

    830-896-3666 (fax)
    Email: Texas Lions Camp
    Website: Texas Lions Camp

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VSA Texas

People with disabilities
Summer camps for youth, ages 15 and up
Ages may vary depending on specific events

Corporate Office:
    3710 Cedar Street
    Box 7, Room #128
    Austin, TX 78705

    Email: VSA Texas
    Website: VSA Texas

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Last updated May 14, 2015