Parent Recommended Special Needs Camps

Camp Big Heart:
Located in Winder, GA, and Warm Springs, GA – this camp offers recreational activities designed specifically for children and adults who are mildly to moderately mentally challenged (who may also have physical challenges) and who are ambulatory.     Email:     678-294-1916


Camp Caglewood:
Located in Flowery Branch, GA, Camp Caglewood provides respite for families and fun experiences for children and adults with developmental disabilities, such as PDD, Autism, Down syndrome, and Cerebral Palsy. Some level of independence is needed of campers due to the physical nature of the program.   Email:


Camp Hawkins:
Summer residential camp for youth ages 8-21 coping with varying developmental disabilities such as Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Attention Deficit Disorders, Learning disorders, Autism, brain injuries and/or other developmental delays. Camp Hawkins sessions last for five days and serve up to 20 campers each week.  Staff to camper ratio is one-to-one to insure that the needs of each camper are met. Registered nurses are on site at all times and staff members are trained and CPR certified.  In addition to camper attention and support, special dietary needs are accommodated as well.     Kendra Sewell,  Camp Hawkins Director    770.463.3344


Matthew’s Time:
Matthew’s Time weekends are planned throughout the school year in Mt. Airy, Palmetto, and Baxley, Georgia. Children arrive at a Matthew’s Time weekend on Friday afternoon and stay until Sunday afternoon. A minimum of one counselor per participant is on staff the entire weekend.  We accept children who have severe/profound disabilities, medically fragile, behavioral needs (EBD not primary diagnosis), or children who need a “trial run” before attending Camp Hawkins.  Ages  ranged from 2-25 years old. Meals are planned to accommodate each child’s dietary needs.  Nursing care is provided on site 24 hours a day as well as medical support established with a doctor and hospital in the area.    Kendra Sewell, Director    770.463.3344


Toni’s Camp:
The Catholic Center of Atlanta offers a summer camp program for individuals with mild to moderate intellectual disabilities in Rutledge, GA.


FOCUS (Families of Children Under Stress):
Camp Team, Camp Hollywood, Camp Infinity, and Under the Stars weekend at Camp Twin Lakes. Don’t forget that FOCUS also offers an Extra Special Saturday Respite Program which serves children with disabilities up to age 13, with several locations in the metro area. Our family attends the Under the Stars weekend every year and it means a lot for my husband and the rest of us to connect with other families in similar situations and have fun. This is a great program for support and connecting with caring people like you!


Spectrum Autism Support Group Find up-to-date info on their respite, camps, social, & support programs


Victory Junction: FREE
My kids, Corey (neurological week) and Ashley (sibling camp) attended in 2014 and said it was the best. It is more like a resort than a camp. Also several friends have gone to this camp and their children cry not wanting to leave they had so much fun. It seemed they had an adult counselor for each child. The cabins had 7 kids with 6-7 adults and a nurse between 2 cabins. They have a state of the art medical program. If your worried about sending your child to camp because of medical than this is the one to try first. They also have a sibling camp which Ashley made 6 new BFFs, had an incredible time and I would consider her on the shy end. Victory Junction serves 24 chronic medical conditions and serious illnesses such as, but not limited to, Autism, Cancer, Craniofacial Anomalies, Diabetes, Hemophilia, Sickle Cell and Spina Bifida. This camp is worth the drive!! Close to High Point, NC and zoo if you want to stay.
(336) 498-9055


Extra Special People’s Camp:
It runs for 8 weeks during the Summer, 6 weeks which are day camp- 2 weeks which are residential overnight in partnership with Camp Twin Lakes. Camp serves more than 175 young people with developmental disabilities each summer. The camp provides continuous learning as well as social and recreational opportunities. ESP Camp offers close counselor relationships which provide attention and support to our campers and their needs.
189 VFW Drive,Watkinsville, GA 30677   (706) 769-9333


Camp Dream: FREE
Camp Dream exists to provide summer camps and recreational events for moderately to severly impacted special needs children and young adults. Our services are provided cost free to campers.  The camp is located on the grounds of the Roosevelt Institute for Rehabilitation in Warm Springs GA. It’s about 30 minutes north of Columbus.

Corey attended this camp for the first time with Special Olympics summer of 2014. He had a great time and even amazed up by doing the spider swing. We stayed nearby at the FD Roosevelt State Park and toured the Warm Springs area. Check out the Vocational School’s dining room for great priced meals and the place where FD Roosevelt had Thanksgiving with the guests.

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