Summer is here and there are programs and activities available for people with disabilities. The Recreation Council of Greater St. Louis has compiled a 2018 Summer Opportunities Guide as a resource to help you find a program or activity that is just right. If you have questions, call the Recreation Council office in your county:
St. Louis City Residents – call (314) 772-2299
St. Louis County Residents – call (314) 726-6044
St. Charles County Residents – call (636) 477-7704
Programs fill quickly, so don’t wait to make your plans and sign up for a program. It is important when you contact a program that you provide as much information as possible about the person who will be participating in the program or activity. By sharing this information, program staff can plan to successfully include the participant in that program or activity.
If you need adaptive recreation equipment in order to participate in recreation programs, contact the Recreation Council to discuss the various pieces of recreation equipment available for you to use on a two-week loan basis, at no charge.
The Recreation Council also has a limited amount of funding available to assist individuals with developmental disabilities access a residential camp and other programs of your choice (certain eligibility requirements apply). Funding is based on a first-come, first-serve basis. The voucher application can be found at www.recreationcouncil.org
Have a great summer!
Overnight Residential Camps
Sunnyhill Adult Programs
Sunnyhill’s adult programs (ages 18 and up) provide a quality week long, themed camping experience to adults with developmental disabilities. Families may choose from a counselor-to camper ratio of 1:1 or 1:5. All adult programs offer all of Sunnyhill’s camp activities plus dances, hayrides and cookouts. Learn more and register at sunnyhillinc.org/adult-programs
Session Fee: $750. for 1:5 ratio; $925. for a 1:1 ratio (Campers may qualify for a voucher through the Recreation Council of Greater St Louis to cover all or part of the cost.)
Adult Camp 2018 Dates:
- ISLA Adventure Camp – June 3-8
- Olympic Week – June 10-15
- Adult Arts Festival – June 17-22
- Adventure Camp (Transportation) – June 24-29
- Adult Every Day is a Holiday – July 1-6
- Adult Adventure Camp – July 8-13
- Olympic Week (Transportation) – July 15-20
- Adult Every Day is a Holiday – July 22-27
- Arts Festival (Transportation) – July 29-August 3
Camp MoVal is located on 280 acres that includes beautiful forest, native prairie, streams and a lake. Facilities include a dining and meeting hall, four lakeside cabins, two retreat lodges, two rustic camping villages, high and low ropes courses, a boat and fishing dock, game and archery fields, hiking trails, and more. Learn more and register at campmoval.org
Adults with Disabilities Camp 2018: Adventures in Community II – July 30-August 4
Camp Little Giant
The wooded setting, lake front and accessible environment allows us to combine the best of traditional camp programming with specially selected and adapted activities to meet the needs of campers. Camp Little Giant (at the SIU-Carbondale Touch of Nature Environmental Center) provides 24-hour supervision, including a nurse on site to handle all medical management and medication intake. Camp Little Giant offers one-on-one assistance for campers requiring the extra support. Typical ratio is one staff member to no more than four campers. Learn more and register at ton.siu.edu/camps-and-retreats/camp-little-giant/
Camp Olympia is for adults, ages 21 and up, with high care needs, low mobility or using a wheelchair.
Camp Olympia I – June 10-15
Camp Olympia II – June 10-22
Camp Traditions is for adults, ages 21 and up, with physical, cognitive and developmental disabilities
Camp Traditions II – June 19-29
Camp Traditions III – June 24-29
Camp Traditions IV – July 8-13
Camp Shawnee is for youth ages 8-21 with physical, cognitive or developmental disabilities
Camp Shawnee I – July 15-20
Camp Shawnee II – July 15-27
Camp Shawnee III – July 22-27
TASK (Team Activities for Special Kids)
TASK is a nonprofit 501(c)3, year-round instructional sports program that provides athletic and social opportunities to kids with special needs. The purpose of the program is to help build self-esteem and skills in children with special needs. In addition to their year-round sports programming, TASK offers day camps for individuals with disabilities, ages 3-adulthood.
TASK Summer Adventure Program I
June 4-8, 2018, M-F Hours: 9 am-4 pm
Cost: $125. Ages: 17+ Location: TASK, 980 Horan Dr., Fenton, MO 63026
Description: Participants will participate in a variety activities each day including sports, (basketball, ice skating, volleyball) cooking, arts & crafts and fitness activities.
TASK After Hours Camp
July 24-27, 2018 Hours: 9 am-2 pm
Cost: $75. Ages: 19+ Location: CBC High School, 1850 De La Salle Dr., 63141
Description: Campers will participate in socialization and a variety activities each day including cooking, recreational and fitness activities.
TASK CBC Camp
July 9-13, 2018 Hours: 9 am-2 pm
Cost: $125. All ages! Location: CBC High School, 1850 De La Salle Dr., 63141
Description: Campers will participate in a variety activities each day including drama, dance, science, sports and art.
To register, visit tasksportsshop.org. Registration opens March 1; participants MUST have a current 2018 TASK Application on file and participated in an activity prior to joining us for a week long camp, no exceptions. Check website for updated locations, dates, times, costs and activities.
SOAR Summer Camp – Community Living, Inc.
SOAR Summer Camp, for youth ages 12-21 with developmental disabilities, provides 9 weeks of summer recreation in a safe and supportive environment where campers are encouraged to enhance their independence, communication, and socialization skills. Community Living, Inc. staff emphasize building self-confidence and friendships through adventure trips, swimming, outdoor recreation, crafts, science experiments, theme weeks, talent show, games and more. We also offer Extreme Teen which is another component of our Summer Camp program. This particular program component was designed to meet the specific needs of independent teens. Extreme Teen focuses on fun, employment, team work, independent living and problem solving skills. The adventure trips this group of individuals attend are more extreme in nature and in the past have included zip lining, disc golf, paintballing, fishing, float trips, rock climbing, painting, archery and escape rooms (to name a few).
2018 Camp Dates: Monday-Friday, June 4-August 4, 7 a.m – 6 p.m.
Contact: Sarah LaBeau, SOAR Assistant, (636) 614- 1307 or SLaBeau@communitylivingmo.org
Travel & Outdoors
Sunnyhill On the Road Adventures
Sunnyhill’s On the Road Adventures weekend travel program provides adults with developmental disabilities the unique opportunity to take roads trips to locations such as: Chicago, Branson, Nashville, Louisville, Memphis, Indianapolis, Kansas City and the Lake of the Ozarks. Sightseeing, shopping and even catching a show are just a few of the activities that are on the agenda. Get in gear, check out our travel guide and register with Sunnyhill today! Sunnyhill On the Road Adventures is a program that gives adults, 18 years and older, the opportunity to take short road trips with the support of our Sunnyhill Adventure staff. (Call for more information on staff to participant ratios.)
Learn more and register at sunnyhillinc.org/on-the-road-adventures
Summer 2018 On the Road Adventures:
- June 22-24 – Memphis
- July 6-8 – Lake of the Ozarks
- July 13-15 – Chicago
- July 20-22 – Indianapolis
- August 10-12 – Branson
- August 17-19 – Eureka Springs
- August 24-26 – Memphis
All trips are $750 and include transportation, accommodations, meals and entertainment. (Travelers may qualify for a voucher through the Recreation Council of Greater St Louis to cover all or part of the cost.)
Souvenirs, sodas and between meals snacks and beverages are not included.
St. Louis Arc “Arc Escapes”
A weekend getaway adventure program for adults ages 18 & older. Individual trips are planned throughout the year to give participants the opportunity to travel and explore various locations throughout the Midwest. There will be both pre-planned activities, such as ziplining, hiking, sporting events, and more. If you have questions or would like more information, you can contact Clinton Hall at 314-817-2293.
Specialized Travel Programs
- Sundial Travel – fully escorted tours for persons with disabilities. Call (800) 547-9198
- New Directions – a travel program for individuals with disabilities. Call (805) 967-2841
- Wilderness Inquiry – meeting new friends, exploring wilderness areas, and participating in exciting outdoor activities is what WI is all about. Call (800) 728-0719
- Trips, Inc. Special Adventures – provides travel outings for people with developmental disabilities. (800) 686-1013
- Sprout – travel program for individuals with developmental disabilities. (888) 222-9575 or gosprout.org
- The Society for Accessible Travel & Hospitality (SATH) – founded in 1976, SATH is an educational non-profit membership organization whose mission is to raise awareness of the needs of all travelers with disabilities, remove physical and attitudinal barriers to free access and expand travel opportunities in the United States and abroad. Members include travel professionals, consumers with disabilities and other individuals and corporations who support our mission. For information about travel opportunities catered to individuals with disabilities, visit Environmental Traveling Companions or the Society for Accessible Travel and Hospitality at sath.org or call (212) 447-7284. To learn more about Environmental Traveling Companions, contact us at (212) 447-7284.
Parks & Recreation
City of St. Louis Parks, Recreation & Forestry
Summer and day camp programs, and learn to swim programs will be offered at various sites throughout St. Louis City. Call for more information or visit the department website.
St. Louis County Parks & Recreation
St. Louis County Parks offers all kinds of activities for people of all ages and abilities. Call for information on a variety of summer programs offered throughout the County – including day camps!
Contact your municipal parks and recreation departments for municipal parks resources.
St. Charles County Parks & Recreation Departments
Through funding from the Developmental Disabilities Resource Board of St. Charles County, three Municipal Parks & Recreation Departments (St. Charles, St. Peters and O’Fallon) hired an Inclusion Coordinator, to assist their staff in providing full access to individuals with developmental disabilities in their existing programs. These parks & recreation departments offer a variety of year-round activities for individuals of all abilities and ages. For details about Day Camps or other Summer Programs call the departments (below) or find details through their individual websites.
St. Charles County Parks & Recreation (636) 949-7535
St. Charles Parks & Recreation (636) 949-3372
St. Peters Rec-Plex (636) 939-2386
St. Peters Community & Arts (636) 397-6903
O’Fallon Parks & Rec (636) 474-2732
ShowMe Aquatics & Fitness
ShowMe Aquatics & Fitness offers aquatic occupational therapy, water exercises, adaptive swimming lessons in individual or group water programs. Each participant is individually evaluated at the beginning of the program and a personalized water exercise program is designed with progress toward functional based goals. Physical endurance, motor planning and coordination and functional based goals are reassessed based on progress every ten weeks. Learn more at showmeaquatics.org
Super Swimmers Academy
Super Swimmers Academy is a year round learn-to-swim program, established in 1980 by Sarah J. Marx. We work with children and adults with disabilities and will make modifications and adaptations to their skills as needed. Children who have a variety of special needs have benefited in taking lessons with Super Swimmers Academy. For information about lessons, schedule, fees and more, contact Sarah at (314) 989-0901 or visit superswimmersacademy.com
St. Louis Challenger Baseball
The main goal of St. Louis Challenger Baseball is to make friends. Our players make friends with other players who have disabilities, and they also make friends with their “buddies.” (Buddies are kids and young adults who don’t have a disability and are between the ages of 10 and 20 years old.) These buddies are paired up with a player and hang out and assist our players on the field. We always need buddies, so if you know of a child or young adult between the ages of 10 and 20 who would like to help, please have them contact us.
Challenger Baseball has teams for players from 5 years to 10 years, 11 years to 17 years, and 18 years and up. Teams play other teams with similar skill levels. We don’t count outs and we don’t count runs. Our teams wear full uniforms including pants, socks, jerseys and hats. All players bat each inning and play the full game in the field.
Any child, regardless of their disability, can play! We’re always looking for more players! Go to challengerbaseball.org and register any time. If you have any questions the best way to contact us is to email email@example.com
The Florissant Area Athletic Association’s Spirit League offers baseball and soccer programs for children whose physical and/or intellectual disabilities prevent them from participating in standard league play. The program is open to children and young adults ages 6-21. A buddy system is employed for children that require assistance when playing. Contact Mike Hagan.
Special Needs Soccer Association is a St. Louis-based soccer program for young people with disabilities. This program is open to any boy or girl, teen or young adult, ages 5-21. It is designed to bring the excitement and fun of soccer to players who traditionally have not a place to play in the youth soccer system. Games are typically held at the World Wide Technology Park located at Highway 44 and I-270. The Program is FREE to its participants. For more information go to spensa.org or call (314) 894-1339.
Music Therapy for a Better Life
One on one music therapy sessions address the physical, emotional, cognitive, social and communication needs of individuals. Treatment includes use of songs, rhythms, movement and percussion instruments. Sessions are provided by a board certified music therapist and are tailored to fit each individual from preschool through adult. Sessions are 30 minutes in length once or twice a week. Prices start at $40/per session.
Adapted Piano Lessons Board certified music therapist provides private piano lessons adapted for children, teens and adults with developmental disabilities including autism spectrum disorder. Prices start at $35/30 minutes. Music Therapy and Lessons are taught in my home studio in Ballwin. Call Kathy Wessel, Board Certified Music Therapist, for more information (636) 236-1733.
Pop into Artists First to discover and create your own brand of art in a friendly, accessible comfortable studio stocked with quality art supplies, plenty of space, gentle guidance, and strong encouragement from professional staff. Artists First welcomes artists of all ages, of all abilities, and from all walks of life. We revel in the uniqueness and self expression of each individual, whether they paint, draw, knit, sew, sculpt, bead, collage, write, or create some other form of art. Our Open Studio provides artists with a comfortable space in which to explore a variety of mediums both individually and collaboratively. Artists can dabble, and/or build careers, in art. Through community programs, art exhibitions, and other events, Artists First artists are provided opportunities to grow and to show the world they are to be taken seriously as artists, first. Our studio serves participants of all ages, offering a daily Open Studio, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and a weekly Youth Open Studio, Thursday, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Youth participants create artistic pieces while exchanging cultural values and ideas. They make art, socialize, and work with others while learning about diversity and other issues. The Youth Open Studio promotes the concept of art as an avocation open to everyone as well as a vehicle for understanding and respect. Learn more at artistsfirststl.org
Living Arts is located in Maplewood, MO. It is a bustling studio filled with workshops, classes and provides open studio time. We’ve created an inclusive studio space that embraces creativity on all levels. Through Living Arts, individuals have access to one-on-one instruction, support from local artists and writers. In addition to offering a wide variety of classes and workshops, Living Arts also provides scholarships and assistance for those with disabilities so that art is accessible to everyone.
Living Arts is the product of a collaboration with VSA (Vision, Strength, Access) Missouri, Bridges Community Support Services and Spirited Hands Art. We are a strong community that offers classes for people living with and without disabilities in a creative, safe space. We offer classes and camps that foster individuality, self regulation and creative expression.
MJ Performing Arts Academy
MJ Performing Arts Academy is pleased to offer Special Needs Music and Movement classes. The classes are an artistic outlet for dancers of varying abilities. We seek to establish a mind-body-spirit connection through dance and movement while providing a safe place to engage in social skills and overcome obstacles inherent of specific disabilities. Our classes not only help with gross motor development and social skills but assist in listening and following direction skills. Learn more at mjperformingartsacademy.com or call for more information.
Fair St. Louis – Independence Day Celebrations
July 4, 6 and 7, 2018
Gateway Arch Grounds in St. Louis
Don’t miss out on this FREE event, including entertainment, concerts and more. Visit fairsaintlouis.org for event details, entertainment lineups and other information.
Information about accessibility at Fair St. Louis can be found on the event’s FAQ webpage and at the information booths located near event entry gates. In continually trying to make Fair Saint Louis more accessible, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for any of your accessibility-related questions or comments.
FestAbility: A Celebration of Disabilities
July 28, 2018 – 1-9 p.m.
Missouri History Museum
People with disabilities and their allies show your pride as we celebrate the ADA Anniversary! Join the Starkloff Disability Institute, Paraquad, Variety, Special Olympics Missouri, Down Syndrome Association, Muscular Dystrophy Association, St. Louis Arc, MindsEye and the Center for Head Injury Services, with support from iHeartMedia for a day of fully accessible family fun, food trucks, music and entertainment as we celebrate all abilities at the first ever FestAbility! Learn more at festability.org
Plan a visit to one of these St. Louis area attractions or ask about what events they have scheduled for this summer:
- The Butterfly House (314) 577-0888
- Gateway Arch (314) 982-1410
- Grant’s Farm (314) 843-1700
- Laumeier Sculpture Park (314) 615-5278
- The Magic House (314) 822-8900
- Missouri Botanical Gardens (314) 577-9400
- The Muny (314) 361-1900
- Purina Farms (314) 982-3232
- Six Flags-St. Louis (636) 938-5300
- St. Louis Art Museum (314) 721-0072
- St. Louis Cardinals (314) 345-9600
- St. Louis Science Center (314) 289-4400
- St. Louis Zoo (314) 781-0900
- Shaw Nature Reserve (636) 451-3512
Don’t forget to check out what your local community center and your local library has to offer this summer!
The Recreation Council of Greater St. Louis is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote, support and ensure that people with disabilities have opportunities in ALL recreation and leisure activities throughout the Greater St. Louis area.