Summer Activities for Children with Disabilities
Adventure in the Arts
Adventure in the Arts is presented by the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and Blind and the Hampshire County Arts Council. This program is open to WV students ages 7-19 who have difficulty hearing or seeing. Adventure in the Arts will be held June 21-26 on the WVSDB campus in Romney. Contact Vickie D’Avanzo at 304-290-2459 or Tammy Philips at 304-216-1076 for more information.
And Justice for All
And Justice for All is an enrichment experience presented by the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and Blind and allows participants to act as the defense, prosecution, and jury in a mock trial. This program is open to WV students ages 13-19 who have difficulty hearing or seeing. And Justice for All will be held July 5-10 on the WVSDB campus in Romney. Contact Vickie D’Avanzo at 304-290-2459 or Tammy Philips at 304-216-1076 for more information.
Camp Gizmo is for children ages birth to 8 who use assistive technology devices and their families. It will be held July 18-22 at the WV School for the Deaf and Blind in Romney. Teams help children participate in all activities and discover assistive technology devices that might work for the child. For more information, call Ginger Huffman at 800-642-8541, Pam Roush at 800-642-9704, or Alyson Edwards at 888-983-2827.
Camp HemVon is for children ages 7-16 with blood disorders, such as Hemophelia. The camp will be held June 15-19. For more information, call 304-293-1205.
Camp Nabe: Camp Nabe is a bereavement camp designed to help children age 7-17 who have experienced the death of a loved one. The camp is offered at no cost and is open to any child who has not attended in the past. The camp will be held June 26-28 at Camp Roy Weller in Bruceton Mills and will include activities intermixed with coping skills and appropriate alternatives in expressing their grief. For additional information, call Chris Garbart at 800-350-1161 or visit www.hospicecarecorp.org.
Celebrate Independence (Camp Independence)
Celebrate Independence is held in Wheeling for youth ages 12 to 17 years who are visually impaired. The camp focuses on life skills that promote independence. Activities include computing and an outdoor nature workshop. It will be held July 12-17. For more information, call Seeing Hand at 304-232-4810.
Camp KNO-KOMA is for children with diabetes. It will be held July 12-19 at the Greenbrier Youth Camp in Monongahela County for children ages 7-15. Children learn about diet, exercise, medication and injections and have fun. For more information, call 844-560-9987.
Camp WINACA (Winning Against Cancer)
Camp WINACA will be held June 15-19 at Camp Golden Horseshoe in Tucker County and is for any child age 7-16 who has had cancer. For more information, call 304-293-1205.
Camp Mountain Heart
Camp Mountain Heart will be held July 19-25 in Ripley. It is for children with congenital heart defects from ages 8-18. A full schedule of sports, swimming, and activities will be available to campers. For more information, call Tracy Coup or Pam Casteel at 304-293-7063.
The Culture Games
The Culture Games is presented by the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and Blind. This program is open to WV students ages 13-19 who have difficulty hearing or seeing. The Culture Games will be held July 26-31 on the WVSDB campus in Romney. Contact Vickie D'Avanzo at 304-290-2459 or Tammy Philips at 304-216-1076 for more information.
Disability Action Center - CAN-DO
Camp CAN-DO will be held July 6-10. The Disability Action Center's Summer Day Camp CAN-DO is about learning, growing, supporting one another and showing that anyone can do anything. Activities will include a community pool day, gardening with the Master Gardeners, and music therapy. All ages are welcomed. For more information, contact Lauren at 304-366-3213.
International Sports Jamboree
The International Sports Jamboree will be held July 17-19 at North Bend State Park. It is for teens between 12 and 20 who have mobility and/or visual disabilities and do not qualify for the Special Olympics. For more information, call Fran Nutter at 304-623-3148.
Lose the Training Wheels
The Lose the Training Wheels program is hosted by Marshall University and helps campers learn how to independently ride a two-wheel bicycle. This year's camp is July 20-24th and will be held at Huntington High School in Huntington, WV. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info or visit www.marshall.edu/lttw.
Mountaineer Spina Bifida Camp
Mountaineer Spina Bifida Camp will be held June 21 - 26 at Cedar Lakes in Ripley for ages 8-18. Swimming, socialization skills, sports and all kinds of fun activities are offered to campers. For more information, call 304-345-8197.
Stepping Stones Baseball Leagues
The Stepping Stones Baseball Leagues takes place in Morgantown from April to July and are for individuals with disabilities ages 5 and up. There are two leagues based on age and ability. Registration is $50. For more information, call 304-983-7837.
SteppingStones Pool Programs
SteppingStones offers a variety of swim programs so that there is something for everyone with their enclosed pool for year round use. The pool is available for use for $2 during non-program hours. Swim programs beginning in June include: water aerobics, survival swim, family fun night in the pool, glow pool party, jr. splashers, aqua tykes. For more information, call (304) 983-7837 (STEP) or 1-800-982-8799 or visit www.steppingstoneswv.org.
Special Olympics Summer Games
The Special Olympics Summer Games are held in Charleston from June 5-7 for ages 8 and up. For more information, call 304-345-9310.
WV Elks Handicapped Children's Camp
WV Elks Handicapped Children's Camp is for children ages 8 and older with physical disabilities or cognitive disabilities. Applications are available from your local lodge of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. The North-Central Camp is always held the last full week of June at Camp Muffly 4-H Camp and the South Camp is always held the last full week of July at the Mercer County 4-H Camp. For more information, contact William Malloy at 304-422-8129 or Richard Romino at 304-363-2292.