Special Needs

Summer Camps 2020

click to enlarge Camp STIX is a medically supervised sleepaway camp for kids and teens with diabetes.
Camp STIX is a medically supervised sleepaway camp for kids and teens with diabetes.


UPDATE: Some 2020 summer camps have been canceled since this guide was published. Please check with each camp organization for more information.

Beats and Rhythms Cardiac Camp
A medically-supervised resident camp for children with congenital heart disease, who can enjoy traditional camp activities, including outdoor activities, crafts, team building exercises and more, in a safe medically supervised environment. Ages 9-15. Aug. 6-9. At Ross Point Camp facilities in Post Falls. No cost. beatsandrhythms.org 509-474-6725

Camp Dart-Lo: You Bet I Can!
This wooded day camp on the Little Spokane River offers outdoor activities, swimming in outdoor pools and more. "Camper Buddies" accompany campers with disabilities. Bus transportation is offered from four Spokane locations. Ages 6-21. Three sessions offered: July 6-10, July 20-24 and Aug. 3-7. $230. campfireinc.org 747-6191

Camp Goodtimes
A camp medically-supported by pediatric and oncology physicians and nurses for children affected by cancer. Highlights include college sports team visits, the tie-dye extravaganza, bass fishing day, and a host of typical camp activities. Ages 7-17. July 6-10; day and resident options. At YMCA Camp Reed. Free for qualifying children. ymcainw.org 777-9622

Camp Journey
A sleepaway camp experience at Ross Point camp facilities catering to children diagnosed with cancer (other criteria also applies; see website), and offering traditional camp activities such as swimming, arts and crafts, archery, boating and more in a medically-supervised environment. Ages 7-17. July 19-25. Resident and day (July 20-23 from 9:15 am-4 pm; ages 5-7) options available. No cost. rosspoint.org/camp-journey 509-312-9825

Camp No Limits
A traditional summer camp designed specially for children who have experienced limb loss, hosted at the Camp Cross facilities on Lake Coeur d'Alene. Ages vary. June 28-July 1. $500 (assistance available). nolimitsfoundation.org 207-240-5762

Camp STIX
Children and teens with diabetes enjoy a week of traditional camp activities including rock climbing, archery, zip-lining, swimming, campfires and more while receiving resources to mentally and physically overcome the everyday challenges of living with diabetes. Ages 9-16. June 21-27 at YMCA Camp Reed facilities. $900 (scholarships available). campstix.org 484-1366

Camp Sweyolakan: You Bet I Can!
A traditional rustic resident camp for boys and girls on Lake Coeur d'Alene, accessible only by boat. "Camper Buddies" assist campers with disabilities during activities such as swimming, boating, outdoor activities, ropes courses, arts and crafts and more. Ages 6-21. Two week-long sessions (Sun-Fri) offered: July 12-17 and July 20-24. One mini-session offered July 29-31. $245-$485. campfireinc.org 747-6191

Camp TWIGS
A day camp designed for kids with diabetes, during which they'll learn about their type 1 diabetes, participate in traditional summer camp activities, and meet other kids their age, as well as adults who have diabetes. Ages 6-8. July 31-Aug. 2 at Camp Dart-Lo Spokane. Price TBA (scholarships available). campstix.org 484-1366

Funshine Day Camp
A fun-filled camp for those with developmental and/or physical disabilities. Campers have the opportunity to interact and socialize with their peers through crafts, music, science experiments, books, board games, group activities, swimming and more. Fridays are field trip days to a variety of locations. Each week the camp centers around a different theme, and campers get to celebrate the end of summer with a carnival and potluck. Ages 6-21. Weekly sessions offered June 22-Aug. 7, meets Mon-Fri from 10 am-3:30 pm. Adult session (ages 18+) offered July 22-26. At Shadle Park. $219/week. spokanerec.org

Lutherhaven Champ Camp
Kids and youth with special needs can experience traditional sleepaway camp activities including swimming, hikes, arts and crafts and more in a faith-based setting. Ages 8-21. June 21-26 (ages 8-21 only) and June 28-July 1 (ages 18-21+; campers older than 21 may register with prior approval). $250-$426. lutherhaven.com 866-729-8372

Lutherhaven Family Champ Camp
A weekend designed for families who have a child (or children) with developmental or special physical needs. Accessible activities including swimming, hikes, arts and crafts and more in a faith-based setting. Aug. 7-9. $70-$110. lutherhaven.com 208-667-3459

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