Camps for Students with Special Needs

NYSASN does not recommend or endorse any of the camps listed below. Those listed are for informational purposes only. 

These are just a few of the many camps serving children with special needs and/or serving special populations:

Camp Akeela, located in Thetford Center, Vermont, as well as on the campus of Lawrence University in central Wisconsin, is for children ages 9-17 who have been diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, Autism or a NVLD. They also offer a college transition program for older teens called Beyond Akeela on their Wisconsin campus .


Camp Tag is a food allergy friendly day camp.
One-week day camps at multiple sites.
Camp TAG provides a safe place for children with food allergies, eosinophilic disorders, asthma and non-allergic siblings to have fun – with no worries about allergic reactions – and meet other children who share similar experiences. It is a bonding and empowering week for all campers, including parents. Please click here for further information.


Lions Camp Badger
Spencer, NY

Camp Badger is located in Spencer, New York, but is hoping to expand to help kids in the Rochester, New York, area. It is an overnight camp run by members of the Lions Club. The camp is for 8-21 year-olds and adults with disabilities. Please see the website for more details.


The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp
New Haven, CT

Hole in the Wall Gang Camp provides medically-supervised summer camps and programs free of charge to children with serious illnesses and their families throughout the Northeast.


Double H Ranch
Lake Luzerne, NY

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.


Clover Patch Camp
Glenville, NY

Clover Patch Camp is a summer camp and respite program for children and adults with developmental disabilities located in upstate New York where each camper is encouraged to reach his or her fullest potential.


Camp Aranu’tiq
Locations in New Hampshire and Southern Califiornia

Camp Aranu’tiq offers overnight camp programs for transgender and gender-variant youth through age 18 & families, with locations in New England and California.



For help finding camps that serve children with special needs or camps that serve special populations:

American Camp Association

The New York State Citizens Coalition for Children