We're gathering parent picks for the best summer camps for kids with special needs near Columbus!

If you're looking for camps for a child with autism, ADHD or other developmental, learning or physical special needs, we hope you'll find the perfect fit for your family on this list. These favorites welcome kids with all abilities to have summer fun while building independence, social skills and friendships.

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    Camp Echoing Hills

     (329.5 mi)

    3-day to 2-week sessions

    Overnight camp


    Age 7+

    Hannah Scott:  Camp Echoing Hills provides a fully-accessible environment and programs tailored to meet the needs of campers of all ages, interests, and abilities. Whether it’s splashing at the Aquatic Center, racing around a go-cart track, conquering a low-ropes course or sitting around a campfire, campers will create memories that will last a lifetime.

    Camp Nuhop

     (353.1 mi)

    1-week sessions

    Overnight camp


    Age 8-18

    Hannah Scott:  Camp Nuhop offers summer camp options for kids with diagnoses such as, but not limited to: autism spectrum disorder, learning disabilities, attention deficit, mood disorders, and neuroatypical children. Each week-long session features a range of activities (from traditional camping activities all the way to national trip, depending on the selected week) with an emphasis on personal growth, success, and building friendships.

    Ohio 4-H Special Needs Camp

     (359.6 mi)

    2-night sessions

    $80/youth, $45/caregiver

    Age 8-18

    Hannah Scott:  The Special Needs Camp is an adaptation of the traditional Canter's Cave 4-H Camp to accommodate varying medical, physical, and emotional handicaps. Activities include environmental science, crafts, music therapy, swimming, fishing, swings, archery, horseback riding, and self-reliability. Each camper must be accompanied by a caregiver.

    Flying Horse Farms Summer Camps

     (379.6 mi)

    1-week sessions


    No cost

    Age 8-15

    Hannah Scott:  Flying Horse Farms is for campers with medical support. Each week-long session is designed to serve a specific diagnosis in cardiology, hematology, oncology, rheumatology, gastrointestinal disorders, pulmonary disorders, rare diseases and facial anomalies. Medical professionals from area hospitals are on the premises at all times to provide care and assess each camper's abilities for appropriate adaptations.

    JCC of Greater Columbus - Arye Inclusion Program

     (381.1 mi)

    1-week sessions

    Full day


    Grade 1-8

    Hannah Scott:  The Jewish Community Center of Greater Columbus offers cultural programming and activities through the year. Camp Arye is a summer camp experience for those with physical, cognitive, emotional, developmental and learning disabilities. Typical camp activities will be offered with appropriate adaptations: art, music, physical activities, nature, movement, and socialization. In addition, kids can go biking, hiking, canoeing, zip lining, paddle boarding, and tackle high ropes adventure course challenges.

    Columbus Recreation and Parks - Therapeutic Recreation Camps

     (383.4 mi)

    3-, 4- & 5-day sessions

    Full & half day


    Age 6-21

    Hannah Scott:  The Columbus Recreation and Parks Department offers weekly camps for students with and without disabilities through their Therapeutic Recreation Program. Staff are trained to make accommodations to promote maximum inclusion for each activity, so campers are able to focus on having fun and interacting with peers.

    Recreation Unlimited - Summer Camps

     (388.1 mi)

    Full day & overnight options

    $355/week for day camp, $885/week for overnight camp

    Age 5-22

    Hannah Scott:  Recreation Unlimited’s philosophy, programs, campus and support team strive to promote the well-being of individuals with disabilities in every aspect. Individuals with disabilities have a full array of camp choices when searching for fun, challenging, accessible activities.

    Easterseals Summer Day Camp

     (389.2 mi)

    6-8 week camp sessions

    Full day


    Free for families who qualify for TANF benefits

    Age 5-14

    Hannah Scott:  Easterseals offers two Summer Day Camp Options focused on providing a safe and caring environment throughout the summer for kids with and without special needs, for the duration of the summer months. Camps can includes weekly field trips and special activities such as bowling, movies, hiking, museums and the Columbus Zoo.

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