2024 special-needs summer camps in Central Florida

Check out the special-needs camps available in Winter Garden, Windermere, Horizon West, Ocoee, Oakland, Dr. Phillips and beyond.

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Alpine Academy Social Skills Summer Camp
848 Executive Drive, Oviedo

Details: The 2024 social skills camp aims to provide a safe and fun learning environment for children with unique learning needs that focuses on developing, strengthening and maintaining social relationships with peers. The six-week program utilizes the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis — a leading, research-based method to bring positive change in behavior for individuals with autism and learning disabilities — to teach children specific skills required for successful social interaction.

Camp dates: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 2 through July 12 Tuition: $2,655 Registration: Call (407) 678-8889 Ages: 4-12 Contact: (407) 678-8889 or [email protected] 

Easter Seals Camp Challenge
31600 Camp Challenge Road, Sorrento

Details: Camp Challenge offers its children and adult campers with special needs the ability to develop life skills through specific programming that supports exploring interests and enhancing independent living and social skills. 

Camp dates: Weeklong sessions from June 9 through Aug. 3 Tuition: $835 to $2,500 depending on session Registration: easterseals.com/florida Ages: Varies Contact: (352) 383-4711

Lake Aurora’s Camp Friendship
Lake Aurora Christian Camp, 237 Golden Bough Road, Lake Wales

Details: The camp is planned for those with developmental and physical disabilities. Campers, each accompanied by a “special friend,” will participate in a variety of experiences, including worship, Bible study, crafts, fishing, talent night, hayrides and more. The camp teams up with groups experienced with specialized programming, part of The Sunshine Project. 

Camp dates: June 30 to July 2 Tuition: $200  Registration: lakeaurora.org Ages: 10 and older Contact: (863) 696-1102

OCA’s 2024 Summer Camp
5125 Adanson St., Suite 750, Orlando

Details: OCA’s Summer Camp offers a fun-packed experience for its campers by providing plenty of recreation options, arts and crafts, music and dance; to help build necessary skills while utilizing functional communication training. Each week during the 2024 camp season has a new and educational theme to help make the experience full of fulfilling social and personal growth opportunities.

Camp dates: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays June 3 to July 26 Tuition: $200 to $280 Ages: 8-22 Registration: GoOCA.org Contact: (407) 808-7837 

Quest’s Camp Thunderbird
909 E. Welch Road, Apopka

Details: Campers at Camp Thunderbird can choose activities based on personal interests and preferences. Activities vary within the program and include sports and games, archery, pool time, arts and crafts, canoeing, nature studies, and more. Through choice programming, guests take ownership of their experience, allowing a schedule that best caters to desired outcomes and goals.

Camp dates: June 9 through Aug. 9 Tuition: $950 per session, $4,500 for block one, $3,350 for block two and $400 for stay-over weekends to combine sessions. Registration: questinc.org/camp Ages: 18 and older Contact: (407) 237-7336 or [email protected] 

Steps Summer Learning
1526 E Concord St., Orlando or 5135 Adanson St., Suite 500, Orlando

Details: This summer camp is designed for neurodivergent children, providing a safe and inclusive environment where they can thrive and create lasting memories. Steps Summer Learning combines academic skills review, fun activities and community learning to foster love for learning and help students thrive.

Camp dates: Call for information Tuition: Call for information Registration: Call (407) 676-4677 Ages: 5-13 Contact: (407) 676-4677 or [email protected] 

UCP of Central Florida
1441 Winter Garden-Vineland Road, Winter Garden

Details: UCP Charter Schools provide various summer enrichment programs and camps at its various campuses. Campers, as part of the experience, are able to develop a host of new skills and have a load of fun along the way. 

Camp dates: Camps and enrichment program dates vary Tuition: $40 registration fee, costs vary by program and location Registration: ucpcharter.org/summer-camps Ages: 2-11 Contact: (407) 904-0135