Summer Opportunities

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Looking for resources? Summer camp/recreational activities database or look below for a comprehensive list created by SERC

Camp Quinebaug is an unique summer camp experience for school age children with developmental disabilities in northeastern Connecticut. The camp is located on Wauregan Reservoir in Killingly on 11 acres and its waterfront is the only beach on this beautiful waterway. Approximately 90-100 campers per season enjoy the benefits of this 6 week fully accessible camp environment.

The Summer Camp at Camp Quinebaug is operated by the State of Connecticut Department of Developmental Services (DDS). Each year the camp is licensed through the Department of Public Health—Division of Youth Camps. Licensed Youth Camps in CT require strict adherence to rules, regulations and requirements ensuring the health and safety of all campers, at all times, with a high emphasis on the training and certification of staff employed by the camp and a safe camping environment. July 3rd to July 29th and two weeks in August

If you are interested in sending your child, consider signing up with DDS for membership OR contact the special education department. See below for informative/required forms.

Registration Dates are limited and are in April to early May; all physicals have to be received by July 3rd.

Camp Q Fact Sheet 2017.docx
Camp Q Daily Schedule.doc
Authorization to treat.docx

Camp Erin

Meriden, CT

From TBD, the Cove Center for Grieving Children will host a free weekend for children and families who hav experienced the death of a loved one.

This free, weekend long support camp is designed to help children and teenagers aged 6-17 who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling or someone close to them.

Camp Erin combines traditional, fun camp activities with grief education and emotional support facilitated by grief counselors and trained volunteers. Through interactions with other children and adults, campers learn that they are not alone in their grief. Camp Erin provides a relaxed, safe and supportive setting for children to express their emotions, share their grief and learn positive coping skills.

For more information on Camp Erin, please contact Camp Coordinator by email at or by phone at 203-634-0500 ext. 15. Information is also available at

AHM provided the following ideas/ resources:

SERC’s Directory of Summer Camps & Programs for Children with Special Needs in Connecticut (2016)

NeedyMeds - Has a database of camps and scholarships geared towards children and adults living with a disease or medical condition

ConneCT Kids – Camp and other activities for kids with special needs

CT Family Support Network – List of Specialty Camps and Recreation Programs

Camp Sequoia – Overnight summer camp in PA for boys ages 7-17 who need help developing their social skills. The majority have ADHD.

Camp Cuheca – Waterford Country School - Day camp specializing in Adventure and Animal Therapy for children and youth ages 7-18 that need individualized support and extra adult supervision. Groups of eight campers are supported by two highly trained adult Camp Counselors and a Jr. Counselor. The camp was designed for children and youth that might not otherwise be successful in a traditional camp setting.

The Pilot House – Programs for children, young adults and adults with Autism, Asperger's, ADD/ADHD, Social and Emotional needs, Sensory Processing Disorders, and Down Syndrome (Fairfield).

Twentieth Annual, Youth Leadership Forum for Students with disAbilities (YLK) is scheduled for July 23 - July 26, 2018 at the University of Connecticut, Storrs campus.

Deadline for the application is February 26, 2018.

    • This forum will bring together approximately forty high school students with disAbilities from throughout Connecticut for a four-day training focusing on enhancing community leadership skills. The forum will provide a concentrated educational and motivational experience for the students selected through a formal, competitive process.
    • These student delegates will explore personal leadership skills; participate in team building activities; define career goals; practice self-advocacy; and develop a very specific action plan that describes what they will accomplish in their local communities to enhance the lives of people with disAbilities. Students who are accepted to YLF will be required to attend follow-up sessions after the forum to implement their Community Action Plans.
    • I am requesting that you make available copies of this application to any current sophomore or junior with a disAbility*. *Students in non-graded programs must be returning to high school for at least 1 year.
    • It is the goal of the YLF planning committee to select students from all regions of Connecticut, representing a wide range of disAbilities and ethnic backgrounds.
    • If you have any questions about the program, please feel free to contact, Stephanie Barksdale at 860-689-6868 or

You may download additional copies of the application by logging on to our website – or see below

Camp for Disability Rights (CDR) please below for application and more details

    • Center for Disability Rights is presenting two summer self-empowerment camps for High School Juniors/Seniors with disabilities
    • Participants will learn to advocate for themselves
    • Three days are in a workshop setting, two days are a field trip setting with lunch provided.
    • See below for details.
2018 Summer Self-Empowerment Scholarship Camp.pdf
2018 CDR Summer Camp.pdf
Student Application YLF 2018.doc