Summer Camps

Kids at camp looking for bugs

With a break from the typical school year routine, many parents explore camp options. Camp offers children the opportunity for social growth and enrichment experiences in a supportive, active setting. Finding the right program or camp for your child takes time and planning. As you begin your search, you will want to consider the following:

  • What do I want my child to gain from the camp experience?
  • Am I looking for a recreational program or one with a therapy-based curriculum?
  • Would my child do best among children with similar challenges or with typically developing peers?
  • Does the camp provide support around behavioral, communication or sensory challenges?
  • What types of activities will my child engage in?
  • Is there a predictable routine?
  • Are the camp location and environment appropriate and convenient?
  • How many camp hours can my child manage each day?
  • Is transportation provided?
  • Is the cost manageable–or–are there opportunities for scholarships?
  • What are the qualifications of the camp staff?
  • What is the ratio of adults–to–campers?
  • Who is in charge of the program and what is the organization’s philosophy?
  • Is the staff trained to handle medical concerns?
  • Is the environment friendly to my child’s diet restrictions?

Learn More

Channel 3 Kids Camp offers summer camp and year-round programming. Each year over 4,000 children ages 6-16 from Connecticut and areas throughout New England attend the Channel 3 Kids Camp in Andover, CT.

Directory of Summer Camps and Programs for Children with Special Needs in Connecticut (2016). This is a statewide directory published by the Connecticut State Education Resource Center.

The Connecticut Family Support Network also has a list of recreational resources.

Other places to find summer programming and camp opportunities:

  • Search Online
  • Check local newspapers
  • Ask teachers, counselors and coaches at your child’s school
  • Ask other parents
  • Check your local church, your town Parks and Recreation Department, or the YMCA

 

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