These summer programs offer social skills training or academic programs tailored for children with ADHD. (For information on summer treatment programs for ADHD, click here.)
Buckskin's personal growth program aims to improve social skills that include forming relationships, problem solving, and task completion.
Pacific Palisades, Calif.
Discovery has speech and occupational therapists working closely with counselors to craft activities for each child's special needs.
Camp Excel offers academics, sports, recreational activities, and relationship-building activities in its program. Parent and sibling group meetings are also incorporated.
High Falls, N.Y.
Huntington offers a program for kids with learning disabilities and ADHD. Camp activities target disabilities, aiming to strengthen language or fine motor skills with classes in speech, music, and woodworking, for example.
Arden, Ontario, Canada
Kennebec makes social skills its priority for kids with learning disabilities and ADHD. Its staff includes special education and classroom teachers as well as social workers and behavioral therapists.
Kirkfied, Ontario, Canada
Camp Kirk's activities include martial arts, ropes courses, swimming, and archery as well as drama and ceramics; Kirk accepts children with learning disabilities and attention deficit disorders from all over the world.
McKeller, Ontario, Canada
Kodiak provides individual and small group academic tutoring as well as classes or individual training in dance, tree identification, Red Cross lifesaving, chess, sketching, and pond study, among others.
Camp Lee Mar
Kids and young adults at camp Lee Mar are grouped according to their age and ability to encourage social growth. Along with academics and other usual outdoor camp activities, Lee Mar offers therapeutic horseback riding.
Northwood camp specializes in children and teens with learning disabilities. Staff provides instruction to help kids master social skills and appropriate behavior.
A camp for kids and teens with learning disabilities and behavior disorders, Nuhop offers different camping programs from sports to science to fine arts.
At Camp Ramapo, kids and teens can take part in the usual outdoor camp activities and continue their education in its Reading and Discovery Centers. Ramapo offers a one-to-one staff-to-camper ratio.
Haliburton, Ontario, Canada
A therapeutic program tailored for kids with learning disabilities and behavior problems, Towhee provides outdoor experiences geared to strengthen self-esteem.
A Christian-focus camp for kids with learning disabilities, Charis Hills combines academics, outdoor activities, and Bible study.
Frontier Travel Camp
Miami Shores, Fla.
At Frontier Travel Camp, teens and adults with special needs travel the world (Georgia, Florida, and Northern Europe in summer 2009).
The Learning Camp
The Learning Camp offers outdoor activities such as horseback riding and rock climbing as well as an academic program tailored to kids with learning disabilities.
A typical Quest camper is a child or teen who struggles with mild behavior or emotional problems. To combat these issues, Quest has a therapeutic intervention program along with its traditional outdoor camp activities.
Big Sur, Calif.
West Summerland Key, Fla.
(and more outside U.S. and Canada)
SOAR's multiple adventure camps provide experiences like scuba diving, rock climbing, and white-water rafting to help campers develop problem-solving and communication skills.
Summit Camp Inc.
Summit Camp's program includes a focus on therapeutic recreation in which recreational and educational activities aim to bolster confidence and campers are placed in compatible peer groups.
Talisman, a wilderness learning camp, has programs for kids with ADD. The philosophy promotes self-regulation and self-direction.