How to Find the Right Special Needs Summer Camp

Summer is still months away, but you may already be thinking of summer camp for your child with disabilities. With so many options, it can be difficult to make a decision. The best thing you can do is to start considering your choices earlier rather than later so that you have time to find the right special needs camp for your little ones.

What You Want Your Child to Gain

One of the first considerations to make is to determine what you want your child to gain from summer camp. Do you want them to gain new skills or enhance ones they already have? Knowing what you want your child to gain from camp can help you slim down your choices.

Schedules and Structure

Your child may be used to a very strict routine at home, and you could be worried that their routine’s disruption will throw them off. You can look for a summer camp that follows a set schedule every day to help your child adjust.


While location may not be your first consideration, it is certainly one of the top on your list. You may need a bit more money than you had originally planned if the camp is in a different state or even just cities away. Applying for grants and scholarships now can ensure that you have the funds needed.

Other things to consider will be your child’s medical needs, the number of camp staff to children, and the length of the camp. Once you have taken all of these things into consideration, you can make an informed decision when it comes to your child’s summer camp.

If you are considering a Jewish summer camp in Atlanta for your child with disabilities this summer and are looking for financial aid, reach out to our team. We can help you find the monies you are looking for.

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What’s the Best Age to Start Sleepaway Camp?

You’ve sent your kids to day camp and they’ve had a great time. This summer, you are wondering if your child will be old enough for sleepaway camp. Unfortunately, the answer to that question isn’t always an easy one to come by. Some experts recommend one age, while others recommend another. It boils down to this: Your child is ready when they are ready.

For some children, being school-aged is old enough to go to sleepaway camp. For some, this is still too young. Many camps offer overnights to children as young as 6. Other camps don’t allow children to spend the night until they reach age 7. For children this young, overnight camps often take place during a “starter week.” Children spend the days with counselors and friends, and many camps also have parental volunteers.

If you are gasping, feeling as though there is no way your first-grader is ready to spend a week away from you, consider these reasons that young children often do so well at camp:

  1. They are able to develop their confidence and independence early.
  2. They aren’t typically as homesick as older children.
  3. It is often easier to find a spot at popular camps for younger children.
  4. Your children can develop social skills and positive relationships with same- or similar-aged peers.

At the end of the day, it really comes down to you knowing your child. If you are interested in your little one attending a Jewish summer camp this year, reach out to our team. We may be able to help you with financial aid to make camp more affordable.

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Experience Jewish Summer Camp in Podcast Form!

Thousands of children attend summer camp every year. The relationships that are developed at those camps and the stories that arise out of activities, events and socializing can last a lifetime. If you are a parent considering sending your child to a Jewish summer camp this coming season, you are making a great choice that will affect your little one long past the time that they come home.

One “kid” had such a good time at a Jewish summer camp that he has turned his experience into a podcast. Finding it difficult to keep up with all of the friends he made at camp now that they are adults with their own busy lives, Micah Hart decided to start a podcast to share his stories and hopefully get back in touch with the good friends he made when he was younger.

While your child may not be inspired to make a podcast or write a book about their experiences, they are sure to have the time of their lives. Here are a few things that you can expect for your child when they attend summer camp, according to Hart’s podcast, “Campfires and Color Wars.”

  1. Physical Activity

What would camp be without participation in sports or other physical activity? As Hart points out in his podcast, dodgeball and tetherball were great activities. Those may or may not be activities your son or daughter will participate in, but they will surely be active in some way. Many camps offer swimming, baseball, kickball and more. Instead of sitting in front of a television, your children will be active, at least for a week.

  1. Education

If you want your child to learn more about their Jewish faith, get a little bit better in math or even participate in science experiments, you can find a camp that is perfect. Camp is about more than sports, aiming to teach your child how to be a well-rounded person.

  1. Social Skills

Some parents today are simply stumped at how to help their child develop social relationships when relationships are constructed online. Instagram, Snapchat and other social media giants seem to have taken over what used to be visiting homes, calling people on the telephone and going to the movies. A favorite part of camp, Hart says, was “messing around with friends” after the structured activities were over. It’s a great opportunity for your child to develop social skills.

Some parents don’t always want to know what goes on at camp, but if you can take the stories with a grain of salt, Hart’s podcast could give you a better idea of the fun your child can expect. It’s been aired every two weeks since 2016 and has dedicated followers.

If you are interested in sending your child to a camp but are wondering how you will pay for it, we are happy to offer financial aid for Jewish summer camp to make things easier for your family. Reach out to us today to learn more.

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