June 12, 2016

Camps – Special Needs

Rochester Rotary Sunshine Camp

Sunshine Camp is an overnight camp for children and young-adults (ages 7 to 21 years old) with disabilities. It located on 157 beautiful acres in Rush, NY.  It is offered free of charge thanks to generous donors and fund-raising.

Dates: July 17 – July 22 (ages 7-15); July 24- July 29 (ages 16-21)
Cost: Free
Location: Rush, NY

Phone: 585-533-2080
Email: brandi@rochesterrotary.org
Website: http://www.sunshinecampus.org/Home.aspx

Camp Haccamo

Camp Haccamo offers a free, safe and most importantly fun social camping opportunity for the disabled. It was founded and funded by the Rotary Clubs of Monroe County and is located on the same beautiful 157 acres as Sunshine Camp in Rush, NY.

Dates:  August 8th – August 12th (youth); August 15th – August 19th (adults)
Cost: Free
Location: Rush, NY

Phone: 585-381-5710
Fax: 585-381-5789
Website: www.camphaccamo.org

Autism Up Summer Program

The Social Skills Program for Children with Autism in collaboration with the Greater Rochester YMCA is available to all children with ASD between the ages of 4 and 15. Specialized instruction makes it possible for the campers to be fully included in regular camp activities.

Eligibility Requirements for Camp Admission:

  • Must have an Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis;
  • Be between the ages of 4 and 16;
  • Must be independently toilet trained;
  • Have the ability to communicate his/her needs to camp counselor (verbal or non-verbal); ie. hunger, pain, or personal needs;
  • For campers 12 and older, must be able to change clothes independently;
  • Is not abusive to him/herself or others (this includes physical, verbal or sexual abuse of self or others);

Dates: July 11 – August 20
Cost: 2-week session, half day $500; 2-week session, full day $800
Locations: Camp Arrowhead in Pittsford or Camp Bay View in Webster

Phone: 585-248-9011
Email: contact@autismup.org
Website: http://autismup.org/programs/summer-program-at-the-ymca

Camp Smile

Camp Smile is a New York certified summer day camp for children who are blind or visually challenged. Campers may attend 1, 2, 3, or 4 weeks. Campers’ visual acuity must be no better than 20/200 in the better or stronger eye with the best correction and/or a restricted field of vision of 20 degrees or less in the better or stronger eye. A camper with monocular vision is eligible. Due to the location, facilities and transportation, the camper must be ambulatory with at least the use of a walker.

Dates: July 11th to August 5th.
Time: 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.
Cost: Free
Location: Kiwanis Lodge in Webster, New York.

Phone: 585.203.5000
Email: contact@campsmile.org
Website: http://www.campsmile.org

Double H Ranch Camp

The Double H Ranch, co-founded by Charles R. Wood and Paul Newman, provides specialized programs and year-round support for children and their families dealing with life-threatening illnesses. All programs are FREE of charge and capture the magic of the Adirondacks.

For children ages 6-16 years with a qualifying medical diagnosis of:

  • Cancer
  • Collagen Vascular Disease
  • Hemophilia/von Willebrand’s
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Immune Disorder/HIV
  • Mitochondrial Disease
  • Neuromuscular Disorders
  • Sickle Cell Anemia

Dates: June 23 – August 16
Cost: Free
Location: 97 Hidden Valley Road; Lake Luzerne, NY 12846

Phone: 518-696-5676
Fax: 518-696-4528
Website: http://www.doublehranch.org

Camp ASPIRE (Diabetes Camp)

Camp Aspire is an acronym for “Always Sharing Priceless, Inspirational, Rewarding Experiences.” The main goal of the program at Camp Aspire is to allow the campers the ability to feel at ease and “accepted” in a community where having diabetes is the rule, not the exception. The campers learn to understand diabetes and the process of self-management, under skilled and continuous medical supervision. For ages 8 to 17.

Dates: July 3 – July 8 (ages 13-17); July 10 – July 15 (ages 8-14 years)
Cost: $650
Location: Rochester Rotary Sunshine Campus in Rush, New York

Phone: Colleen Gavin 585-458-3040 ext. 3472
Fax: 585-458-3138
Email: cgavin@diabetes.org
Websites: http://www.diabetes.org/in-my-community/diabetes-camp/camps/aspire-1.html
http://www.diabetes.org/in-my-community/diabetes-camp/camps/aspire-2.html

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