The Painted Turtle seeks to reach beyond illness... to inspire children with life-threatening diseases to become their greater selves. It is our mission to provide a year-round, life-changing environment for these children and their families - one that allows children to participate in an authentic camp experience by supporting their medical needs and offers their families care, education and respite.
A safe, residential camping experience for children with epilepsy full of fun, nature-oriented activities that help promote self-esteem, self-confidence, independence and long-lasting friendships
Campers will have access to stimulating activities that nurture both individual and social needs. By creating a safe environment that promotes social reciprocity, we are able to provide opportunities for our campers to learn and grow.
We utilize a variety of curricula aimed at improving social understanding within the context of games, craft, fitness and social activities. Groups will be comprised of participants of similar ages and the activities curriculum will be tailored to meet the needs of the participants, with an emphasis on age-appropriateness.
AbilityFirst Camp Paivika in the San Bernardino Mountains provides special needs campers 11+ with traditional camping experience in a safe and nurturing environment.
Camp Escapades is an innovative summer day camp for children with developmental concerns and their siblings. Groups are staffed with occupational, physical or speech therapists, paraprofessional educators and one-on-one teen volunteers who are the child's "buddy" throughout the week. Activities include sensory experiences, dance, sports, fine motor skill development, music, games, yoga, cooking, and special events.
Year round respite summer camp proudly working with children, teens and adults with disabilities
An action-packed day camp for children with special needs filled with fun camp activities, including sports, music, games, art, entertainment, and exciting trips around the Orange County area.
Camp Ronald McDonald at Eagle Lake is a fully accessible residential summer camp that serves children who are 'at-risk', disadvantaged and /or living with emotional, physical and developmental disabilties.