Summer Camps - Children - Special Health Care Needs

What You Can Do

Finding a summer camp or program
is only part of sending your child to camp. 

Other issues to think about include
how to communicate with camp staff,
what to pack,
and how to help if your child gets homesick.


Spokane Summer Camps

American Cancer Society
Kari Allen
920 N. Washington, #200
(509) 242-8302
Email:  kari@rosspoint.org
Ages:  5-17    
Serves children with:  cancer diagnosis (in treatment or remission)

Camp Fire USA
Inland Northwest Council
(509) 747-6191
Email:  dartlo@CampFireInc.org
http://www.CampFireInc.org 
Ages:  6-12  
Serves children with:  physical disabilities, learning and developmental disabilities, behavior disorders and general medial conditions or diagnoses

Camp STIX Diabetes Programs
(509) 484-1366
Email:  campstix@gmail.com
http://www.campstix.org 
Ages:  8-18
Serves children with:  diabetes

City of Spokane Parks and Recreation
Alice Busch
(509() 625-6245
Email:  abusch@spokanecity.org
http://www.spokaneparks.org 
Ages:  School age
Serves children with:  physical disabilities, learning and developmental disabilities, behavior disorders, and general medical conditions or diagnoses

Hospice of Spokane
Tanya Charlton
(509) 456-0438
Email:  tcharlton@hospiceofspokane.org
http://www.hospiceofspokane.org 
Ages:  7-15
Serves children who have lost a loved one (will accommodate special needs) 

Inland Northwest Health Services and Children’s Miracle Network
Lisa Randall
(509) 232-8145
Email:  randall@cherspokane.org
Ages:  8-18
Serves children with:  diabetes

Muscular Dystrophy Association
Shannon Lane
(509) 325-3747
Email:  slane@mdausa.org
http://www.mda.org/clinics/camp/ 
Ages:  6-17
Serves children with:  muscular dystrophy/neuromuscular disease
  • Summer Camp Directory for Children with Special Needs, and their siblings.   Search camps throughout the state of Washington.  Search by an individual characteristic or multiple characteristics.  Search by region, condition, or month - or all three.  Each summer camp has their own email, phone and a contact person.  This directory is produced by the Washington State Dept. of Health and the Center for Children with Special Needs, Seattle, (206) 987-3736 
    http://www.cshcn.org 
Local Organizations
Additional Resources

Sending Your Child with Special Needs to Camp
What it is:  Information about getting ready to send your child with special needs to summer camp.  How to share information with camp staff, what to pack, and dealing with anxiety and homesickness are discussed.
Organization:  Kids Health for Parents
http://www.kidshealth.org/parent/system/ill/sending_child_camp.html

Finding a Camp for Your Child with Special Needs
What it is:  A guide with information on the types of camps, the benefits of camps, how to search for and research a camp, and what questions to ask camp staff once you narrow down your choices.
Organization:  Kids Health for Parents
http://www.kidshealth.org/parent/system/ill/finding_camp_special_needs.html

Discover Camp:  Considerations for sending you child with a disability to camp for the first time.
What it is:  Information on selecting and preparing for camp, a list of frequently asked questions for camps, how to continue the activities and skills your child enjoyed at camp and other resources.
Organization:  National Center on Physical Activity and Disability
http://www.ncpad.org/get/discover/index.html