Below please find information of available summer camps that has been gathered by PAC members. This is for your information only, the PAC does not endorse any camp over another.
Miracle League Baseball
We will have 12-teams in our NC league and teams play one game per week for 10-weeks. Games are either on a Saturday, Sunday Tuesday or Friday. Week night games are at 7pm, Saturday games are at 11am & 12:30pm, and Sunday games are at noon and 1:30pm. Games run about an hour and all players play the field and bat each inning. We use an oversized plastic bat with a softer adaptive ball. Each player is partnered with an able-bodied "buddy" to help and protect the players. Our kids have a lot of fun in this league as do the parents. Registration is $55.00 and includes: Major League jersey and hat, Player trophy, player's insurance. Families need to provide a white pair of baseball pants and the players need to wear tennis shoes.
There is a field in Southfield, Plymouth, and Lansing. Each field was started by a different person/group. We have had a great time, and you all may be surprised at how much you love it (including siblings).
Stephen Peck, President / Executive Director The Miracle League of Michigan (248) 506-4604
19051 San Jose Blvd.
Lathrup Village, MI 48076-3323
Benefit4Kids was founded in 1998 with its primary mission to grant the outdoor wishes of children with life threatening and life limiting illnesses. We also work to involve today's children in the outdoors and the many activities it offers them. Many of today's children are denied the opportunity to experience the outdoors because of costs, lack of available mentors and a limited amount of facilities offering an all around outdoor experience. Benefit4Kids works to help these children experience the outdoors through several children's programs. Benefit4Kids also works closely with several children's camps designed to work with injured and ill children. Instructors at these camps are experienced in medical procedures necessary to work with these children. They are also experienced in archery, camping, outdoor cooking, hiking, nature and many other facets of outdoor activities. In working with these and several other children's camps Benefit4Kids will continue to assist many less fortunate children enjoy our great outdoors and help them to learn the morals and family values that are so often lacking today. www.benefit4kids.org
Parent response: They made sure our entire trip was planned and well organized. We recommend this experience to any family with a child with special needs.
CHUM Therapeutic Riding
CHUM is located at 2180 East Dexter Trail Dansville, MI 48819 www.chumtherapy.net
“Children and Horses United in Movement or C.H.U. M. Therapeutic Riding Inc was designed to honor a faithful equine friend who has been in service to therapeutic riding since 1980. Chum, Bonnie DePue’s friend and companion for nearly 30 years has introduced many a child and adult to the world of horses and the gifts these magnificent animals offer.”
Parent Response: The director is dedicated to all children with disabilities; she is very flexible and great to work with! She was very willing to accommodate families in all areas.
Community Music School
www.cms.msu.edu Music benefits everyone! The Michigan State University Community Music School (CMS), the outreach arm of the MSU College of Music, works to offer music, and its inherent possibilities, to all the community regardless of age, ability, or income. In two locations, CMS offers opportunities for the study, appreciation, and therapeutic use of music for those of all ages and abilities. Financial aid is available to those with need.
Parent Response: Very professional. Graduate students and beyond work with your children and some do recitals at the end of the year. It has helped with our child’s communication skills.
4930 S. Hagadorn Rd.
East Lansing, MI 48823
Phone: (517) 355-7661
Fax: (517) 355-3292
Saint Francis Camp
www.saintfranciscamp.org St Francis Camp is a non-profit organization dedicated to the belief that cognitively impaired children and adults should have the right to experience life to its fullest. St. Francis Camp was founded and established by the Order of Alhambra of Michigan in 1984 and continues to receive assistance from the Michigan and Western Ontario Regions, fraternal organizations, as well as interested organizations and individuals.
Jerome, Michigan 49249
Special Olympics Michigan Area 27 (Livingston)
The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for all children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Athletes are given continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness and athletic skill, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community.
Parent Response: A variety of sports are offered. We noticed that many of the teams consist of high school aged players. It would be great to see some younger teams form as well.
Mary Jane Welton at 810-844-2140 or email@example.com
Programs to Educate All Cyclists
www.Bikeprogram.org (PEAC) is a national leader in the field of teaching individuals with disabilities cycling skills. PEAC’s mission is to enhance the lives of individuals with disabilities by using cycling for transportation, integrated recreation, fitness, and therapy. In addition, PEAC strives to integrate cyclists with disabilities into the mainstream cycling community by giving them the skills necessary to participate in tours, races, and bicycle club rides. PEAC also works to bring the voice and needs of individuals with disabilities to the ears of policy makers and government/business/community leaders.
The program was able to get my son on a bike within 3 sessions, I had been trying to do this for 4 years.
Liz Horvat firstname.lastname@example.org 734-680-5573
Martial Arts Therapy
Runs September through June
“Specialists at using the martial arts for therapeutic purposes.
Martial Arts Therapy does not replace therapy! We work with your therapeutic team towards your goals.”
Parent Response: We go to the one on Tuesday nights at Highpoint on Wagner Road in Ann Arbor and are extremely impressed.
http://www.usyouthsoccer.org/programs/topsoccer/ “US Youth Soccer TOPSoccer (The Outreach Program for Soccer) is a community-based training and team placement program for young athletes with disabilities, organized by youth soccer association volunteers. The program is designed to bring the opportunity of learning and playing soccer to any boy or girl, who has a mental or physical disability. Our goal is to enable the thousands of young athletes with disabilities to become valued and successful members of the US Youth Soccer family.”
This runs throughout the year. Many I know have had positive things to say about this program. We just started and Love it! Great 1-1 support.
1515 S. Seventh
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Camp Blue Sky
www.Campbluesky.net “ For the first time, under the direct care of qualified, professional and experienced para-educators and staff, special needs children can experience all the joys of outdoor summer camp; zip lining, canoeing, swimming, rock wall climbing, archery, spirit building, and more. It’s all available at the YMCA’s Camp Ohiyesa!” (Holly, MI)
P.0. Box 25
Milford, Michigan 48381 email@example.com 810.545.8181
Milford, Michigan 48381 firstname.lastname@example.org 810.545.8181
Maria’s School of Dance
http://www.mariasschoolofdance.com Offers classes for typical functioning and non-typical children and adults
Parent Response: The class meets weekly throughout the year. This is the only local studio have found to offer dance class for special needs students. Girls and boys welcome in all ages.
(517) 223-0036 105 E. Grand River, Fowlerville
Therapeutic Horseback Riding
www.co.livingston.mi.us/msuextension/4h/trp.htm. “ Founded on the accepted principle that horseback riding is a valuable form of therapy for disabled individuals.”
Parent response: Very affordable and friendly. My child was able to use the same horse each week.
MSU Extension - Livingston County
2300 E. Grand River Ave., Suite 111, Howell MI 48843
Phone 517.546.3950 Fax 517.546.5154