Summer 2024

Recreation Council Summer Opportunities Guide for 2024

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These providers focus primarily on serving people with disabilities. Staff ratio and services vary by camp so talk to the provider to discuss your support needs. 

Camp Barnabas, – Springfield, MO Specialized Weeklong Overnight Camp, located in Purdy, MO (map). Weeks are available for ages 7-adult from June 2-August 9, 2024. Cost $1,500 per week, Scholarships available through camp office. Disabilities are grouped by week with sibling weeks available. Volunteers age 13 and older are needed to be camp assistants. Camp Video

Sunnyhill Adventures– Dittmer, MO Specialized Weeklong Overnight Camp, (map). Weekly from June 16-August 16, 2024. Early Bird cost is $1,100 before April 1, 2024. Regular Cost: $1,300. Sunnyhill Adventures offers a combination of high-rope challenges, fishing, archery, and other activities the outdoor for the enthusiast with the comforts of air conditioned cabins and a warm bed. Counselor-to-Camper ratios are available for 1:1 and groups of 1:5 depending on need.

Wonderland Summer Camp, Rocky Mount, MO Specialized Weeklong Overnight Camp, located near Lake of the Ozarks (map). 11 weeks available from May 19-August 3, 2024 for youth and adults ages 6-65+ with disabilities. Cost: $1,050 per week with option to bring your own care giver for additional cost of $100. We believe that everyone deserves to camp. Wonderland Camp 2024 Weekend Camps: Try us for a shorter getaway. Spring Break Camp, March 8-10, $300; Hoppin Holiday, March 28-April 1st, 4-nights, $650; April Fools Camp, April 5-6, $300; Fall Life Skills Camp, Sept 16-18, 2024, $300; Pirate’s Life, Sept 20-22, $300; Spookfest, Oct 18-20, $300; Halloween, Oct 25-27, $300; Kitchen Skills, Nov 15-17, $300; Snowballs & Stockings, Dec 6-8, $300; Cookies with Santa, Dec 13-15, $300.

Camp MoVal, Union, MO: Adventures in the Community, Specialized Overnight Retreat Camp for Adults ages 18 and older, August 4-9, 2024 ~ Cost:  $599.  We have a beautiful lake, an archery range, plenty of hiking, and cabin camping. Special needs campers must be able to negotiate camp environment with little or no supervision.  Family Camp – June 30-July 4, 2024; Cost: $199 person. Enjoy a self-directed 3-day getaway to enjoy the beauty of nature and take part in some of our activities such as canoeing, campfires, and more. No supervision is provided for Family Camp, so sign up a caregiver if you need supervision for your disability. Facebook Page

Camp Roehr, Potosi, MO Specialized Weeklong Overnight Camp, for youth ages 6-17 with Epilepsy. June 1-7, 2024. Camp Roehr is a seven-day residential is a week at YMCA Camp Lakewood in Potosi, MO and is sponsored by the Southern Illinois Epilepsy Foundation. Camp Roehr provides young people with epilepsy a variety of opportunities to focus on their strengths and have fun in a safe, supportive environment. Camper 2024 Application

UMSL Succeed Summer Enrichment Program – St. Louis, MO Specialized Weeklong Overnight Young Adult Challenge for for youth entering college, ages 17-22. Dates: June 10-14; July 15-19, 2024. Cost: $600. Come live in the UMSL residence hall all week, participate in academic workshops and vocational training, enjoy recreation & traditional camp activities, and learn about living independently. Participants must be independent in self-care. Meals are included.  Application

Joni and Friends MO, MO Family Retreat, Rocky Mount, MO (map): Specialized Weeklong Overnight Retreat for the entire family; August 6-10, 2024. Cost: $375 for ages 4-adult; Free for ages 0-3. Location: Cross Pointe Camp & Retreat Center, 31434 Main St, Rocky Mount, MO, 65072. Contact Rachel Riney at 314-924-3205, or

Camp Encourage, Kansas City, MO: Specialized Overnight Youth Mini-camp at Heartland Retreat Center in Parkville, MO (map). Camp for ages 10-18 who are on the Autism Spectrum and are active and independent. One day overnights: March 23-24 & October 19-20 at a cost of $595. Summer 4-day Camps: June 11-14 & July 30-August 2, 2024 at cost of $1,295. Applications received after February 22 are put on a waiting list. Call for information: 1-816-830-7171

Camp Courage, MO, Specialized ADULT Mini Camp, Stewartsville, MO, 9201 N Campbell Ct. ~ Kansas City, MO 64155. Cost: $250. Our camp caters to adults ages 21 and older, giving them a typical camping experience with programs, parties & friends on an adult level.  Participants must have community safety & personal care skills.Camping fee: $250, Email camp for exact dates:

Meramec Adventure Camp, Steelville, MO: Specialized Weeklong Overnight Camp for Youth on the Autism Spectrum, 2024 Camp Dates: July 29- Aug 2, 2024, Cost: $980, Deposit: $100. Age 7 and older. Returning campers get priority registration, then spots are first come and fill quickly.  Completed applications do not guarantee a slot in camp. Email Kassey Odneal at ~ Facebook Page

DASA Camp WeCanDu, Babler State Park, St. Louis, MO, Specialized Weeklong Overnight Camp, June 16-21, 2024, Cost: TBD but expect $350-$400. Disabled Athlete Sports Association (DASA) Camp WeCanDu provides children living with cerebral palsy, spinal cord injuries, visual impairments, and many other forms of physical disabilities come together at camp to create a fun and engaging social support system and discover natural abilities that stay with them for a lifetime.

Camp Wartburg, Waterloo, IL: Specialized Weeklong Overnight Camp, Shepherding Sheep Specialized Overnight Camp, (ages 10-65+) Mini Camp May 30-June 3, 2024. Cost: $500. The Shepherding Sheep Program at Camp Wartburg is an experience designed to get children and adults with disabilities outdoors and in an environment of interaction with others. Camp Wartburg’s participant to counselor ratio is one-to-one or one-to-two staff/volunteers per child/adult. 1-618-939-7715. (See below for traditional, non-specialized YOUTH camps.)

Camp MITIOG, Excelsior Springs, MO (near Kansas City):Specialized Weeklong Overnight Camp, July 15-20, 2024. Contact Camp for cost.  MITIOG is a week-long camp that serves children with Spina Bifida. Children participate in swimming, fishing, canoeing, arts and crafts, nature classes, classes on self-help medical care and evening campfires.

Camp No Limits, Lake Forest, ILL: Specialized Overnight Mini Camp, June 20-23, 2024. Cost: $500 with scholarship available. Camp No Limits was developed to address the needs of children with limb loss/limb difference and their families and provide an opportunity to meet other families.

Special Olympics Summer Camp, Jefferson City, MO: Specialized Weeklong Overnight Camp for all ages at the Training for Life Campus in Jefferson City, MO. Athletes of Special Olympics experience high intensity activities including sports, fishing, art, nature, health, and more. Gary Brimer Sports Camp, June 16-21, 2024, Cost: $300 with scholarships available. Camp Courage, August 1-3, 2024, Cost: $150 with scholarships available.

Camp Guardian, Babler State Park in St. Louis, MO, Specialized Weeklong Overnight Camp for all ages. June 24-28, 2024, Cost: FREE due to generous donations. We provide a FREE week of summer overnight camp for individuals of all ages with special needs; Missouri National Guard citizen-soldiers, airmen and retirees, and family members of military. Application close APRIL 1, 2024

Camp Rainbow for St. Louis Children’s Hospital Patients with Cancer and Blood Disorders, held at Sunnyhill Adventures in Dittmer, MO, Specialized Weeklong Overnight Camp for youth ages 6-17. We give children dealing with a pediatric cancer or blood-related diseases and their families time to have a fun while interacting with others in treatment. Oncology Overnight Camp, June 2-6, 2024, Day Camp June 3-5, 2024, SIBS Camp June 11-15, 2024. Cost: FREE

Camp Hickory Hill, Columbia, MO: Specialized Weeklong Overnight Camp for ages 7-17 with diabetes. Camp Hickory Hill sustains a community, culture
and medically-sound program of support for chilcren with diabetes, using our camp environment to foster education, selfreliance, confidence, an active lifestyle and skill in the successful management of diabetes. Camp 2024: June 23-29, Ages 13-17, June 30-July 6, Ages 7-12. Cost: Sliding scale fee from $400-$1,200 depending on family income.

Heartland Camp, Kansas City, MO: Specialized Weeklong Overnight Camp FRIENDSHIP CAMP for Adults With Disabilities, Dates: June 25-28, 2024, Cost: $559. Christian Camp where campers participate in daily activities including Bible study, worship, swimming, crafts, games, carnival, dance party, and a final talent show to end the

Next Ed Challenge Program, Specialized Weeklong Overnight Adventure, June 24-28 or July 15-19, 2024, Location: University of Missouri – St. Louis; Cost: Overnight $1,000. Run by the St. Louis Arc, this summer program for adults ages 18-30 is an adventure of independent living and community recreation. Website ~ Email: or call 314-569-2211. NextEd also offers a Day Program (see Specialized Day Camp section below). NextEd Flyer

Community Overnight Camps

These programs serve primarily children without disabilities. Services vary by location so talk with the camp about your child’s support needs to ensure they are able to accommodate. 

Cub Creek Science Camp, Rolla, MO: Traditional Weeklong Overnight (ages 7-17) – weekly from June 2-August 10, 2024 ~ $1,290 per week. With more than 300 animals and over 100 species, our overnight summer camp is an animal lover’s paradise. We offer animal camp, science camp, adventure camp, vet camp, nature camp, and traditional summer camp activities such as swimming, fishing, hiking, arts and crafts, and ropes course. Campers experience our amazing animal farm and adopt a friend for the week.

Camp Manitowa, Benton, IL: Traditional Overnight Camp for youth grades 2-10. Trips for high school youth in grades 9, 10, & 11.  One, two, and three-week sessions available from June 23-Aug 3, 2024; Cost: $1,320-$3,415. Contact Dan Grabel at or 314-375-6766 or 314-685-2368. Camp Manitowa Summer Camp 2024 Dates

YMCA Camp Lakewood, Potosi, MO: Traditional Weeklong Overnight for youth ages 8-16. Weeklong Camp Weeks from June 2-August 7, 2024 for $980-$1,180 with additional fees for specialty topic camps. Mini Camp June 30-July 3 and Aug 4-7, 2024 for $510. Group size is about 15, individualized supports available upon request and meeting with camp staff prior to attending. 

Sherwood Forest, Lesterville, MO: Traditional Multi-Week Overnight for youth grades 1-9. Sherwood Forest Quest Program serves children from low-income households and underserved communities in Missouri and Illinois, who live at or below the federal poverty line. We strive to establish and sustain long-term relationships with our campers, their families, and the agencies and schools that serve them by balancing traditional camp adventures with evidence-based programs that reinforce and support school-year learning. 2-week sessions in June, July, and August. Campers MUST commit to staying entire camp. Cost: $35-$75. Information ~ Flyer

Camp Wartburg, Waterloo, IL: Traditional Weeklong Overnight for youth in grades 1-9 with leadership camps for high school youth. Cost: $310-$660 depending on camp selected. Dates available from June 3- August 9, 2024. Camp Wartburg offers an array of overnight summer programs for all ages. Sign your kids up for a fun and faith-based summer program. 1-618-939-7715. 

Camp Sabra Lake Ozark, MO: Traditional Weeklong Overnight for youth entering grades 3-10. Camp dates run from June 10-August, 2024 and vary by camp selected. Cost: $1,475-$6,650. Camp Sabra is a premier Missouri Jewish camp that fosters life-long friendships, Jewish identity, and encourages social and physical growth. Phone: 314-442-3151.

Younglife Clearwater Cove Youth Camp, Traditional Weeklong Overnight is a Christian organization providing fun, adventurous experiences in a relationship-based setting through chapters across the St. Louis Metro Area. Join a Younglife group to get more information on overnight camps planned for the St. Louis area chapter. Information

Girl Scout Day Camp, Traditional Weeklong Overnight and Day Camps for girls ages 6 to adult who belong to a girl scout troop. Weeks in June and July, 2024 at our camp properties in Barnhart and Troy, MO. Cost varies by camp. Girl Scout Day Camps are the perfect way to try new things, make new friends and experience new places. Search for a location near you at ~ Overnight and Day Camp Catalog

Scouts BSA, Traditional Weeklong Overnight Camps for youth ages 6-20. Cost: $220-$427, camp locations available in Missouri and Illinois. The Greater Saint Louis Area Council, Scouting, offers overnight for boys and girls ages 6-20 during June and July. In addition to traditional summer camps, Scouts BSA offers specialty camps in STEM, High Adventure, Horsemanship, Eagle Award Camps, and more. If you don’t belong to a troop, sign up as a provisional member to be added to a group. Scouts with disabilities must contact the camp to make arrangements for high supervision needs. Scout BSA Camps, ages 11-20 ~ Cub Scout Camp-ages 6-11

Specialized Youth and Family Day Camps

These providers focus primarily on serving people with disabilities. Staff ratio and services vary by camp so talk to the provider to discuss your support needs. 

Camp Ausome is a summer day camp for children with autism ages 6-11. The Freddie Ford Foundation sponsors this week designed specifically to meet individual needs of the campers with staff who understand autism. We can providing care on a 1:1 basis as needed. Camp includes sports, activities, games and crafts for children of all abilities. 2024 Camp Information

Lydia Cox Bike Camp, – Chesterfield, MO: Specialized Daily Session June 16-21, 2024 at Epic Empowerment Campus, 17795 Wild Horse Creek Rd, Chesterfield, MO 63005, Chesterfield, MO. This 5-day program teaches youth how to ride a standard bicycle through a process of graduated steps toward independent riding. 80% of participants ride a 2-wheeled bicycle by the end of the week. The rest gain immeasurable confidence and skills toward riding independently.  Participants must be age 8 or older, attend all 5 days, be under 220 lbs, and be able to walk and sidestep without assistive devices. Session #1: 8:00 am – 9:15 am Session #2:  9:35 am – 10:50 am Session #3:  11:10 pm – 12:25 pm Session #4:  1:30 pm – 2:45 pm Session #5:  3:05 pm – 4:20 pm. Cost $150 per rider. VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED! Register Here

iCan Bike Camp – Fulton, MO: Specialized Day Camp with five 75-minute bike-riding sessions per day from June 17-21, 2024 at YMCA of Callaway County 1715 Wood Street Fulton, MO 65251. iCan Bike programs are for people with disabilities ages eight and up who want to learn to ride a 2-wheel bike. The vast majority of people with disabilities never have the experience of independently riding a conventional two-wheel bicycle during their lifetime. Defying these odds is why we exist. For information, including cost, contact or call 573-826-0223.  BRING CAMP TO ST. LOUIS: For more details about hosting one of our iCan Bike Camps, please visit our iCan Bike Host page.

CAMP LITTLE GIANT 2024, Carbondale, IL: Specialized DAY Camp for ages 10-adult, located at SIUE Touch of Nature Center in Edwardsville, Illinois. In past years, Little Giant has offered overnight programs, but for 2024, we are ONLY offering DAY programs with a camper/staff small group ratio of 4:1. LILY PADS, ages 10-17: June 10-14, July 7-10, 2024 ~ $750, Camp is tailored to the special needs of children who struggle in social spheres or need a little more attention than a traditional camp may offer. ADULT RETREAT, ages 18 & older ~ $750, June 17-21, July 15-19, July 22-26, 2024 an exhilarating summer session crafted for adults with disabilities seeking the thrill of adventure and the serenity of nature exploration. DYNA CAMP, ages 10-17, June 24-28, 2024 ~ $750 for youth with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and attention deficit disorder (ADD). We focus on providing a positive experience with consistency and successes for each camper.

Harbor Unlimited Camp Lighthouse Family Retreat Day Camp – St. Charles, MO: Specialized Day Camp, May 25-28, 2024 at StrongTower Ranch in Wright City, 63390. Cost: $175 for camper with a disability and a sliding scale fee for each family member or caregiver attending to support the camper. Our family special needs disability summer day camp features Parent Events, Sibling Events, Group Games, Enrichment Activities, Bonfire, Water Activities, Worship, Crafts, Horsemanship, and a chance to try adapted water skiing on Friday at Lake St. Louis, MO. (Website still lists 2023 dates so call for information 314-956-2665.)

Variety’s 2024 Adventure Day Camp, St. Louis, MO: FREE Specialized Day Camp for Children and Teens. Registration opens in January 2024 and FILLS FAST: Adventure Camp takes place in week-long sessions offered in June 3-28 and July 8-19, Monday – Friday from 9am-3pm. At camp, Variety Kids are empowered to form new friendships, try new things, grow in self-esteem, and explore the world around them with independence and confidence. Each camper is paired with a counselor “buddy” to ensure their needs are met each day.  The location of Camp changes each day to accommodate different activities and adventures, all within the St. Louis region.   For information, contact Renee at or at 314-720-7718. Information

Starkloff Dream Big Spring Events and Summer Career Camp – St. Louis, MO: Specialized Day Camp for youth ages 11-21 who want to learn more about career options in a fun camp environment. Cost is $500 per week. Four weeks available beginning June 10 through July 26, 2024. Location will be announced soon. Join us for one of our Spring Events to see what Dream Big is all about. 

Miriam Learning Center Academic Support Camps, Specialized Academic Youth Day Camp for youth in grades K-12. Our academic and therapeutic summer camps provide individualized instruction, research-based interventions, and certified/licensed, professionals will ensure your child builds confidence and skills in reading, writing, speech or social/emotional development. Cost: $1,120 to $2,100 per session.

STAGES St. Louis Performing Arts Academy: Specialized Day Camp, Access the Arts, Inclusive Special Needs Day Camp for age 12 and older. Dates: Mon-Fri, June 17-28, 2024 from 1-4pm, Cost: $275. Summer Production: This 2-week, half day camp is designed for youth living with physical, cognitive, or developmental disabilities to perform a fully staged musical theatre production. In just two weeks, campers will work together to learn songs, scenes, and choreography from a musical while enjoying daily activities like acting games and group outings to improve confidence and assist in developing social skills.

Next Ed Challenge Day Program, Specialized Young Adult Adventure, August 5-9 or August 12-19, 2024, Location: Airbnb near Forest Park, Time: Monday-Friday; 9 AM – 4 PM. Cost: $500 per week.  Run by the St. Louis Arc, this summer daytime program for adults ages 18-30 is an adventure of independent living and community recreation. Website ~ Email: or call 314-569-2211. NextEd also offers an Overnight program. See camp section above. NextEd Flyer

Neighborhood Experiences, Specialized Summer Teen ProgramDates: June 10-August 2, 2024 ~ Cost: $300. Neighborhood Experiences is an eight-week summer pre-employment training project that supports youth ages 13-20 with disabilities living in St. Louis City and St. Louis County. Participants explore job opportunities, practice workplace expectations through volunteering, and develop the hard & soft skills needed to be successful in the workforce. For information call Donny Conner at 314-817-2293.

TREEHouse Summer Horse Camp, Specialized Day Camp for ages 6 and older, 4 hours per day. Dates: June 3-7, June 17-21, 2024, July 8-12, July 22-26, 2024, Cost: $485 per week, Time: 9am-1pm daily. Join us for a small group camp opportunity for up to four individuals (ages six and up) each day for a full week. Campers will practice horsemanship and riding skills along with nature-oriented activities and crafts. Campers must be able to sit on a horse independently with only a leader and pose no flight risk.

TASK (Team Activities for Special Kids) Specialized Day Camp, various camps for youth ages 5-14, teen camp for ages 15-19 and after hours camp for ages 19 and older. History’s Mysteries Camp at TASK, June 17-21 Ages 15 and older; June 24-28 for ages 5-14. TASK-CBC Camp: July 8-12 for ages 5 and older. TASK Camp St. Louis Style, July 15-19 for ages 5 and older. COST: $175 per week. TASK Night Out, July 22-26 from 3-6pm for ages 19 and older – $80. You must enroll in a TASK activity this spring before coming to summer camp. REGISTER for CAMP Here

Train Your Brain, Wash U OT Services,Specialized Half Day Camp for youth who have poor attention, planning, and organization skills. Sessions for Youth in grades 3-5: June 24-28 ~ July 22-26 ~ July 29-Aug 2, 2024, Sessions for youth in grades 6-8: July 15-19 ~ July 22-26 ~ July 29-Aug 2, 2024. Offsite session for grades 3-5 on Aug 5-9, 2024 at YMCA in Washington, MO. Cost: $125 which includes project planning kit to take home.Children who just completed elementary school grades 3-5 or middle school grades 6-8 are eligible to register for this half-day, week-long summer camp. Project skills like planning, goal setting, organizing, and time management are directly taught and practiced with brain games and STEM projects.

Exceptional Equestrian, Specialized Horse Camp at our beautiful farm outside of Washington, MO: Our summer programs offer a variety of activities and learning experiences for children ages 6-15. Saddle UP Camp for new riders is June 3-7 & June 17-21; Giddy UP camp is for experienced riders, June 10-14 and June 24-28, 2024. Cost: $350 per week. Full days from 9:00 am-3:00 pm Mon-Fri.

Leaps and Bounds, Specialized Day Camp and Therapy programs. Ages 3-14. Our therapeutic day camps for ages 5-12 are a great option for children who struggle in large, traditional camp programs. They are week-long learning enrichment programs that incorporate therapeutic activities to address your child’s needs and include lessons incorporating reading, science, and social studies. Call for pricing: (636) 928-LEAP (5327).

LifeBridge Partnership, Specialized Day Camp with locations in St. Louis County and St. Charles. Our camps provide youth with disabilities who are age 8-18 (up to 21 if still in school) opportunities to participate in a variety of activities, field trips, and fun. Registration opens in March 2024. Information

  • June 10-14: St. Louis County Summer Camp (Promise Academy)
  • June 17-21: Teen Summer Program (LifeBridge office)
  • July 1-26: St. Louis City Summer Camp (Mon thru Fri at Thomas Dunn Learning Center)
  • August 5-9: St. Charles Summer Camp (Knight of Columbus – Cottleville)

St. Louis Arc, Neighborhood Experiences, Specialized Teen Program, held at the Arc Building in St. Louis, MO. This summer program serves St. Louis County and City Residents, ages 13 to 20 who have intellectual and developmental disabilities to engage in volunteer and work experiences, achieve personal and career goals, expand their social network, and create a professional resume and portfolio. Register online

St. Louis Arc, Spring/Summer 2024 Leisure program for young adults and adults. The registration deadline is Friday, April 5, 2024. View the program brochure Here. To begin your Spring/Summer 2024 online registration, Click Here

Camp Circle Star, Specialized Day Camp in Hillsboro, MO. Weeks from June 10 – August 9, 2024. Cost: $400 per week plus optional $50 per week for transportation to camp from our Ballwin office. Our campers with autism need specialized camping experiences, so we provide 1:1 supervision for everyone. We meet at our Ballwin office and ride together to our private camp location for a day of fun and friendship. Request a slot HERE

The J: Jewish Community Center, Inclusive Traditional Day Camp for youth with disabilities in grades K-6, weeks from June 3-July 29, 2024. Cost: $300-$325 per week. Locations: Creve Coeur and Chesterfield. Every youth is welcome at the J and our camps feature the activities kids love most like swimming, sports, gymnastics and arts. Contact Life Enrichment Department for inclusion services up to 1:1 staffing and to find out about TEEN and ADULT programs at the J. 

Community Youth Day Camps 2024:

These programs serve primarily children without disabilities. Services vary by location so talk with the camp about your child’s support needs to ensure they are able to accommodate. 

Ranken Jordan Summer Adventure Academy, Traditional Day Camp for youth in middle and high school. Middle School Camps: July 8-12, 2024 in Wentzville, MO; July 15-19, 2024 in St. Louis, MO; July 22-26, 2024 in St. Louis, MO; High School Camp: July 22-26, 2024 in St. Louis, MO. Cost: $200 per camp.

Laumeier Sculpture Garden Art Camps – St. Louis, MO: Traditional Day Camp for youth ages through age 18. Cost varies by camp. Adventure into an inspiring new world full of sculptures, natural wonders, and imaginative art projects! Experience the woodland trails, creek, and green spaces of Laumeier Sculpture Park’s beautiful 105-acre campus and get creative in our engaging education spaces. Sessions start June 10, 2024. LITTLE BUDS ART CAMP: Ages 3.5-6 / Half-day, weekly sessions; ART ADVENTURERS Ages 5-10 / Full-day, weekly sessions / Monday – Friday; ART SQUAD, Ages 11-15 / Full-day, weekly sessions / Monday – Friday; CREATIVE WORKSHOP SERIES, Ages 13-18 / Half-day sessions / Wednesdays.

College for Kids, St. Charles, Traditional Day Camp with half day sessions for ages 5-14. Held at St. Charles Community College in June, July, and August, 2024. Learning and having fun go hand-in-hand this summer at St. Charles Community College’s College for All Kids (CFAK) camps. The College for All Kids summer camps are now enrolling for more than 150 academic enrichment and sports camps. Cost varies by camp selected. 

Boys & Girls Club Summer Day Camp – St. LouisTraditional Day Camp for ages 6-18; Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Louis offers one of the most affordable, SAFE, high-quality summer day camp programs in the Bi-State region. Our summer campers, ages 5-16, participate in educational, recreational, and social activities including opportunities for creativity, sports and recreation, swimming, teen and STEM programs, music studio, and Esports. Camps include a nutritious breakfast and lunch. Cost varies by location selected. 

Boys and Girls Club, Summer Blast Day Camp – St. Charles, MO ~ Traditional Day Camp for ages 6-18 happening weekly from June 3 – August 9, 2024. Cost: $135 per week for the first child, $115 per week for each additional child. register by April 1 for $25 discount per week. Daily meals, special events, and field trips are included in this cost. $35 annual Membership fee required. Flyer

St. Louis COUNTY Park Department, Traditional Day Camp for ages 5-12 plus some specialty camps for pre-schoolers ages 3-5 and teens up to age 15. Weekly from June 3-August, 9, 2024. Cost $120 per week. Camp Queeny (West County), Camp Kennedy (South County), Camp Eagle Nest (North County). Specialty camps in science and art. Catalog– Click on “Camps.”

St. Charles County Park Department, Traditional Day Camp for ages 6-14 depending on camp selected. Weeks in June and July, 2023. Choose from art, nature, sports, and history camp. Cost $75-$150.

Municipal Parks, Traditional Day Camp for ages 6-12. Enjoy traditional games, crafts, sports, swimming, and field trips.
St. Charles County Inclusion Coordinator Brita Weight, 314-359-9970. St. Peters~ O’Fallon
Southwest St. Louis County Inclusion Coordinator Terri Johnson, 314-835-6157
North County St. Louis Region Recreation Inclusion Services, 314-839-5575
Mid County St. Louis Inclusion Coordinator Sarah Croy, 314-290-8507

Vetta Sports, Traditional Sports Day Camps, for ages 5-12 at five locations in St. Louis/St. Charles, weekly from May 28-August 16, 2024. Cost: Early Bird – $195-235 per week depending on location selected, plus $40 membership fee; early bird pricing and daily rates available. Choose from soccer, racquetball, pickleball, and hockey camps. We integrate sports with traditional camp activities guaranteed to keep your child active.

Little Gym, Traditional Half Day Camps for ages 3-12 at 2 locations: St. Louis in Fenton and St. Charles in St. Peters, MO. Combining fun physical activity, games, and arts & crafts, we’ll help your child beat the summer heat by staying cool at The Little Gym. Fenton: $35 per day, with morning and afternoon sessions; St. Peters $40 per day with afternoon sessions. 

Imagination Pottery, Wentzville MO; Traditional Art Day Camp for ages 6-12; Cost $143 for 3-day camp session from 9am-12 noon, weeks in June, July, and August, 2024. Kids will have a blast painting, sculpting with clay, and using their imagination to bring their artwork to life. ​Camp is Tuesday – Thursday from 9am – Noon, campers must be at least 6 years old or going into Kindergarten, and we will provide a snack and drink each day.

Abra-Kid-Abra, Traditional Day Camp for Magic and Circus Performance; ages 6-14 at locations in St. Louis and St. Charles. Magic, Comedy, Balloons, and math-e-magic camps. Cost varies from $65-$235 depending on location selected. Call 314-961-6912, or click here for the 2024 Camp Schedule

COCA, Creative Arts, Traditional Day Camp located in University City, 6880 Washington Ave, St. Louis, MO 63130, 314-725- 6555; Over 200 topical camp weeks to pick from including singing, acting, art, dance, circus, clay, cooking, fashion, jewelry, lego, sewing, zombie acting, and more. Camp weeks for ages 3-18 (up to age 21 for ballet) from May 28-August 16, 2024; Cost $132-$280. INCLUSION SERVICES AND SLIDING SCALE FEES AVAILABLE

Artscope Summer Camp, Traditional Day Camp for grades K-5 from June 3-August 16, 2024 and grades 6-8 from July 24-August 11, 2024. Cost $350/week. at Tower Grove Park, Artscope’s Summer Camp Create features expert visual art instruction by Artscope’s experienced teaching artists, special guests artists, lots of screen-free outdoor play, and supervised exploration of magical Tower Grove Park. We emphasize reducing our footprint by using natural, recycled and upcycled materials for our art. 314-865-0060.

YMCA Summer Camps, Traditional Day Camp for ages 6-12 with 23 locations in the St. Louis and St. Charles Metro area. We offer youth the opportunity to have fun in a traditional day camp setting. Contact your closest branch for more information on camp sessions and costs. 

Varsity Tutors, PLUS ~ Virtual Summer Camps and Classes for youth through high school age. Keep your student engaged all summer with 100’s of fun classes taught by an instructor by ZOOM.  Large group STAR classes are always FREE and are open to all ages.

Strength and Honor, Traditional Day Camp, for ages 4-14, (details for summer 2024 are not yet posted). We provide a positive core set of values so our youth make rational and logical decisions for themselves and the community.  Contact camp coordinator Albert Harrold for 2024 camp information: 314-723-7582. 

Camp Invention STEM Camp: Traditional Day Camp for grades K-6. Weeks of June 17, July 8, 15, and 22, 2024 at locations in St. Louis, MO. Cost: $270-$280 per week. Exciting, hands-on challenges will spark curiosity and build their confidence as they jump into limitless STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fun with opportunities to imagine, experiment and create.

Code Ninjas: Traditional Day Camp for ages 8-14, Wildwood MO. Half Day summer camps the weeks of June 10, 17, 24, July 8, 15, nd 22 in topics like Roblox, Minecraft, 3-D Printing, AI, Game Design, and more. Cost: $199-$274 depending on camp selected. 

Girl Scout Day Camp, Traditional Day Camp for school age girls with weeks in June and July, 2024 in St. Louis and St. Charles. Cost varies by camp. Girl Scout Day Camps are the perfect way to try new things, make new friends and experience new places. Search for a location near you at ~ Summer Catalog

Scouts BSA: Traditional Day Camp for boys and girls entering grades K-5. Cost: $75-$125, camp locations available in St. Louis, St. Charles, and Illinois. Day camps are a great place to have fun, build memories, learn new skills/hobbies in a safe, educational, environment. Healthy, fun outdoor activities such as archery, BB guns, slingshots, fishing, hiking, STEM, and games for girls and boys, Scouts and non-Scouts alike. Scouts with disabilities must contact the camp to make arrangements for high supervision needs. Information

Adventures and Special Events for all ages:

Missouri Disability Water Ski Association (MDWSA) Summer Splash: July 27, 2024 from 9am-4pm at Tremayne Shelter, Creve Coeur Park, 13725 Marine Ave, Maryland Heights, MO 63043. MDWSA was created to provide a safe, fun and extremely memorable water ski experience for individuals with physical and developmental disabilities, visual impairments, and special needs. Watch the Event Video HereMore Ski Dates: May 28, June 20 and July 19 at Jefferson Point in Lake St. Louis; August 10 in Wright City; September 7 at Holiday Shores, IL.

AR Workshop: Inclusive Crafting Classes for all ages and Youth Summer Day Camps for youth.

Cast for Kids Fishing Program: Kemp Lake, July 13, 2024 2-3 hours at KEMP LAKE, 1357 Grotemac Lake Road, Leasburg, MO 65535 (map). This private nature game preserve destination for ALL. Cast for Kids Fishing Program is FREE for kids with varying disabilities and their families July 13, 2024, exact time to be determined. Kids will be provided with fishing poles and tackle boxes.  Located 45 minutes from St. Louis near Leasburg, Missouri. Registration is required and must have a reservation to access the property. For more information go to

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Adventure and Travel Programs for Adults over age 18

The providers listed vary in the services provided. Some focus on serving adults with disabilities, while others serve the community at large.

Sunnyhill Adventures Weekend Camps, Day Trips, & Travel Trips for Adults with Disabilities: Sunnyhill’s NEW Adult Adventure program provides adults ages 18 and older who have developmental disabilities the unique opportunity to experience independence in a safe, supervised environment.

  • St. Pat’s Day Weekend, March 15-17, 2024, $500
  • Nashville Tennessee Trip, April 5-7, 2024, $950
  • Kickoff for the Cardinals Weekend, April 19-21, $500
  • Spring Fling Weekend, May 3-5, 2024, $500
  • Branson Trip, May 17-19, 2024, $950
  • Eureka Springs, Arkansas, Sept 13-15, 2024, $950
  • Amazing Race Mini Camp, Sept 27-29, 2024, $500
  • Memphis, Tennessee, Oct 11-13, 2024, $950
  • Halloween Weekend, Oct 25-27, 2024 $500
  • Friendsgiving Weekend, Nov 8-10, 2024, $500
  • Christmas Weekend, Dec 20-22, 2024, $500

Arc EscapesARC ESCAPES, ADVENTURES FOR ADULTS WITH DISABILITIES: 2024 Trips are full, but accepting names for a waitlist. Designed for adults ages 18 and older who have minimal supervision needs. Travel with us for adventure, exploration, and relaxation. Online Registration. Cost: $880. For information, call 314-817-2293

Ten Toes Express, St. Louis, MO: (non specialized) Citizens for Modern Transportation challenge senior adults to join the Ten Toes Express. For only $15 per 12 week session, senior adults join in weekly walking tours and metro bus rides to attractions in St. Louis. Plus you get a swag bag of goodies worth $50! Information

Municipal Park Day Trips: (non specialized) Join your local park department for a day trip to fun locations in our area and around Missouri.  Follow these Catalog links below to see if a park near you is hosting a day trip soon: Ferguson ~ Florissant ~ Webster Groves ~ St. Charles ~ O’Fallon,MO ~ Wentzville ~ Maryland Heights

YMCA ActivitiesYMCA Trout Lodge Weekend Adventure: (non specialized)Featuring incredible views of Mark Twain National Forest and sunrises over the water, Trout Lodge’s cabins and recently renovated Lodge guest rooms provide a home base as you explore dozens of activities, from the Alpine Tower, paintball course, and zip line to trail rides, archery and water sports. Plus each fun-filled day includes your cafeteria-style meals in the Lodge dining room with sweeping views of Sunnen Lake. Contact the Recreation Council to plan your Adult Adventure (voucher eligible).

Travel with groups outside Missouri:TtripsInc

Trips, Inc Travel Program for Adults with Disabilities: Trips, Inc.™ provides all-inclusive vacation packages for travelers 18 and older with intellectual and developmental disabilities. From theme parks to national parks, Alaska to Hawaii, cruises and international destinations-our excursions take you all over the world!

Muddy CanoesBIG MUDDY CANOE ADVENTURES (non specialized) COST: $80-$100+ depending on experience you select.. Whether this is your first time paddling or you’re a bonafide river rat, Big Muddy Adventures has a trip for you. We offer a wide range of options, from hour-long paddles to multi-day expeditions to private island dinners. We supply everything you need, including an experienced guide, double-wide safety canoes, life jackets, and lunch.

Wilderness Inquiry, Gateway to Outdoor Adventures for People with Disabilities: Wilderness Inquiry shares the outdoors with everyone, including persons with intellectual and physical disabilities. Designed for adults with developmental disabilities, brain injuries, and other forms of cognitive disability, Gateway to Adventure (Gateway) is a program that helps people develop the skills they need to enjoy inclusive outdoor recreation activities. Trips cost $800-$1,000 depending on venue selected.

Kelly Brush Foundation hosts several events throughout the country to provide exciting and immersive experiences for people with spinal cord injuries.

  • Adapted Skiing in Oregon, May 2 – 5 in Bend, Oregon
  • Summer Camp, July 22 – 25  in Steamboat, Colorado
  • Teen Rehab Camp, July 28 – August 3 in Park City, Utah
  • Fall Camp, (KBF aMTB Camp), October 1 – 4 in Burke, Vermont

Check out the upcoming camps, or sign up for our newsletter to stay tuned for more events in the future. All camps provide financial support options, including travel and lodging.

Explore St. Louis Sightseeing Tours (non specialized) contact the Recreation Council to start planning your adult adventure at one of these community providers.

Road Scholar Trips (non specialized): These learning adventures engage expert instructors, provide extraordinary access, and stimulate discourse and friendship among people for whom learning is the journey of a lifetime. Cost ranges from $2,000-$9,000 depending on the trip location and amenities selected. These are non-specialized trips so travelers need to have adequate community safety skills or travel with a trusted travel partner.


If you need help planning your adventure, contact the Recreation Council and talk to your area Coordinator at 314-726-6044