Summer Camps Update 2021

We wanted to provide some updates on summer camps for 2021 as families start planning. The Northern Regional Center does not endorse any of these camps and this information is provided only as a resource. When considering camps there can be many options depending on your child’s needs and interests. You can talk to camps to see if they can accommodate your child or other parents who may have already had their children participate. 

  • 4-H Camp Susan, near Deerbrook, in the rural Northwoods is open this summer: www.facebook.com/Langlade-Co-4-H-Camp-Susan-112777002120522/
    • You can hear more about how Camp Susan has accommodated campers in the past with this video: youtu.be/IK4PcchE2es
  • Fort Wilderness camp near Rhinelander is another camp that parents have said their children with disabilities/ special health care needs have enjoyed: www.fortwilderness.com/camp
  • YMCA Camp Sturtevant in Wausau offers day camps for the entire summer as well as other opportunities. They do accept the child care subsidy and have camper scholarships. Kids are outside all day enjoying camp and the activities that come with it. There is an indoor building for activities for rainy weather.  www.woodsonymca.com/summer-camp
  • Also in the Wausau area, Rainbow’s End Day Camp for children 5-21 is typically held in July but is canceled this year. www.aspirus.org/rainbowsend-day-camp
  • Camp Awesum fills up very quickly each year and they are only holding their Family Camp this year. Registration for Youth Camp for 2022 opens on 1/2/22.  
    • Learn more about Camp Awesum from this presentation they did for us along with their partners at Scholl Community Impact Group: youtu.be/XLoEUTI2Mx0
  • Wisconsin Lions Camp is running this year with less campers due to Covid-19. Each week they have a cap of 100 campers. The link below is updated weekly to show how many openings are still available for each week. www.wisconsinlionscamp.com/summer-camp/
  • WisconSibs is offering sibling camps this summer in Door County- wisconsibs.org/whats_happening/eventscalendar/
  • Wisconsin Youth Leadership Forum– occurs yearly in the summer. Become a part of the youth that lead us! This week-long forum is for high school students with disabilities who want to learn more about leadership, self-advocacy skills, and career awareness.
  • Camp LuWiSoMo Joyful Hearts ministry is designed for individuals with developmental disabilities, providing a quality camping experience in a safe, Christian environment. All campers take part in the usual camp activities, but each activity is modified based on the needs of the camper.
  • Camp Daniel is an organization dedicated to providing people with disabilities opportunities for personal, social, and spiritual growth. Camp Daniel is rooted in its summer camping program that offers people with disabilities access to safe and fun Northwoods camping experiences, where the physical, social, and spiritual needs, that each person’s disability requires, are lovingly met.
  • Easter Seals Camp Wawbeek in Wisconsin Dells. COVID-19 updates.

Our partners at Family Voices of Wisconsin created this list of camps across the state a few years ago if you are looking outside the area: familyvoiceswi.org/resource-library/1304/.

Cost of camps: Camps are funded in a variety of ways and the costs can vary greatly. For example, Wisconsin Lions Camp is $25 to attend, but when the camper gets to camp they are able to use those funds at the camp store. Child care subsidies or a sliding fee scale may assist with camp. Some camps have scholarships available or you may be able to utilize CLTS funds for camp as respite. Give us a call if you need help navigating this or want more information.