2017 Non-Profit Summer Camps




Photo courtesy of Camp Cavett

Summer can be a tough time for working parents without the means to pay for camps and activities. For children with disabilities or other special needs or circumstances that make extracurricular activities difficult, summer camp can seem almost impossible. But Oklahoma City has several non-profit camps with missions to reach these kids and give them unforgettable camp experiences. We've created a list of non-profit summer camps that are available for families with unique situations, often at little to no cost. Camp qualifications range from children with physical disabilities to children with a parent affected by cancer. We hope you'll find the perfect camp for your children.

To see a comprehensive list of other summer camps throughout the Oklahoma City metro and beyond, be sure to check out our summer camp guide.

[Editor's Note: This is a working list, so check back often for new listings.  If you know of a non-profit summer camp that you would like to have included, please email the listing information to calendar@metrofamilymagazine.com or leave a comment below.]

 

Ongoing

  • New Hope Summer Camps hosted at various locations throughout Oklahoma serve children ages 8-18 with a parent in prison. Children participate in swimming, boating, archery, games and arts and crafts while they interact with counselors who had similar experiences growing up. Camp emphasizes making healthy choices, self-determination and helping others. Request enrollment and more information online. 918-359-9024, www.newhopeoklahoma.org 
  • Camp Tumbleweed at Dale Rogers Training Center (2501 N Utah Ave) is a day camp for youth with disabilities ages 14 - 21. It combines the traditional elements of a camp – field trips, crafts, and outdoor activities - with opportunities to develop independence and advocacy skills and start to learn about potential job opportunities after high school. Two sessions available. $85-$145. 946-4486, www.drtc.org/programs/camp-tumbleweed/
  • Camp Cavett offers a variety of camps for children ages 8-18 who are battling life-threatening and chronic illnesses. See website for details about camp offerings. 271-2271, www.cavettkids.org
  • Make Promises Happen Camp at Central Christian Camp provides camping experiences for persons with special needs and a variety of diverse groups. See website for dates and camp offerings. 282-2811, www.centralchristiancamp.org
  • FREE YouthSpark Camps at Mircosoft Stores (1901 NW Expressway) gets kids of all ages coding, creating games and apps as they learn about computer science. Camps range from 90 minutes to four -day session options. For ages 8 & up. www.microsoftstore.com/youthsparkcamp

Dates TBA

  • Harvest Foster Camp at Church of the Harvest camp facility (Oklahoma County) offers kids ages 7 -11 in foster care a break from life and time with kids that understand their struggles. The camp incorporates a huge birthday party, crafts, drama, hiking, swimming and confidence building games. Preregister. The camp is free to foster kids. 348-3509, harvestok.com/ministries/local-outreach/

May 30 - June 3

  • FREE Sports Camp at Lake Overholser Church of the Nazarene (3900 E. Overholser Dr, Bethany) features sport-focused activities for kids in grades kindergarten - 5th. Kids can choose to focus on basketball, soccer, cheerleading and martial arts. Snacks will be provided. Preregister. TBA. 789-0879, www.lakeonaz.org/megasportscamp 

June 2 - 4

  • Camp Erin Tulsa at Camp Loughridge (4900 W 71st St, Tulsa) is for kids ages 6-17 who have experienced the death of a loved one. Campers canoe, swim, play games, learn healthy ways to express their feelings and more. Free of charge. 918-587-1200, www.thegriefcenter.org

June 5 - 9

  • Shiloh Teen Camp (698 NE 70th St) features a variety of sports, arts & music activities and more, all in a beautiful and natural environment. Open to disadvantaged kids, ages 12 - 16, who live in Oklahoma City and the surrounding area. Includes breakfast, lunch and snack for each camper. $25 - $35 a week per child. 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Also held 7/10-14. 858-7011, www.shilohcamp.org

June 5 -  July 28

  • Oklahoma Youth Literacy Program's Summer Enrichment Program at New Bethel Baptist Church (1824 E Madison St) features breakfast, lunch & snack and trained instructors to help kids improve life skills, reading, math, science, and more. The program will include field trips. For school age children. Before/after care & scholarships available. Registration, $50; weekly, $65-$85. 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. 286-3099, www.okylpokc.org

June 5 - 30

  • FREE Safety Town at Sooner Mall (3301 W. Main St, Norman) teaches children ages 5 and 6 years old the importance of bicycle, fire and personal safety. Each Safety Town session consists of three classes offered Monday -Friday at 9 a.m., 10:10 a.m. and 11:20 a.m.  Class sessions run June 5-9; June 12-16; June 19-23, and June 26-30.  Evening classes are held the weeks of June 1 and June 15 beginning at 6 p.m. www.soonermall.com

June 6 - 9

  • FREE Fast Camp at Crystal Lake (I-40 & MacAuthur) features educational activities in a fun learning environment with an emphasis on the truth that Jesus loves them and wants a relationship with them. Transportation to and from camp to a designated pick up and drop off location, the camp experience, snacks, and lunch will be provided at no cost to the camper. For kids ages 9 - 11 who qualify for free and reduced lunch. Also held: 6/13-16 & 6/20-23. 609-2400, www.citycareokc.org/camp

June 9 - 11

  • Camp Sonlight: Outdoor Adventure Camps on the grounds of the Bethel Foundation (13003 N Western) for boys ages 6-11 in single mother households features overnight camp including outdoor skills, camping, sharing time around the campfire, teamwork, games and more. All camps are FREE. Preregister in person. Friday, 10 a.m. to Sunday, noon. Also held: 7/15-17. 286-3700, www.bethelfoundationusa.com

June 12 - 16

  • Shiloh Camp (698 NE 70th St) features a variety of sports, arts & music activities and more, all in a beautiful and natural environment. Open to disadvantaged kids, ages 8-12, who live in Oklahoma City and the surrounding area. Includes breakfast, lunch and snack for each camper. $25 - $35 a week per child. 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Also held on 6/12-16, 6/19-23, 6/26-30. 858-7011, www.shilohcamp.org
  • FREE College and Career Exploration Camp at OSU-OKC (900 N Portland Ave) features a variety of activities that let campers explore careers like nursing, EMT, engineering, journalism, crime scene investigating and more. For kids entering sixth - eighth grades for the 2017 academic year. Preregister, space is limited. 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. www.osuokc.edu/tdc

June 13 & 15

  • (CAMP IS FULL FOR 2017) Little Chefs at Edmond Mobile Meals (25 W 3rd St, Edmond) teaches children that cooking can be creative, full of discovery, and a whole lot of fun. Kids ages 9 - 11 can give back to their community by using cooking skills gained from this course and at the same time learn about international cuisines. $80. 2 - 5 p.m. Also held: 7/11 & 13 and 8/1 & 3. 341-3111, www.edmondmobilemeals.org

June 19 - 23

  • Kids Rock Camp at Britton Christian Church (922 NW 91 St) is a healthy lifestyle camp where kids learn how to healthy food on a budget. The camp incorporates exercise, arts and crafts and more. Open to boys and girls going into 3rd, 4th or 5th grade. Preregister. $25. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 286-3700 , www.bethelfoundationusa.com

June 23 - 26

  • Tulsa OWL Camp at Lake Tenkiller is for kids ages 15-18 who are blind or vision impaired. Campers will enjoy adaptive water sports, including swimming, waterskiing and parasailing on Grand Lake. Space is limited and camper spots are filled on a first come, first served basis. Camp is free of charge. 232-4644, www.newviewoklahoma.org

June 26 - 30

July 10 - 20

  • Knights of the Square Table’s Kid’s Summer Chess Camp in North Edmond (501 Pleasant Oaks Cir, Edmond) features chess lessons, team chess games, puzzles and tournaments against one another and our instructor as well as active outside play. All proceeds from these camps go to support The Knights of the Square Table Homeschool Chess Team. Now registering campers ages 6-15. $35.32. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. 805-660-2490, www.learningbydoingkon.wixsite.com/squaretableknights/summer-chess-camps

July 17 - 20

  • Artsy Doodle Camp on the grounds of the Bethel Foundation (13003 N Western) for boys and girls ages 6-10 that want to learn to express their creative side. Campers will learn a creative dance, create a work of art and sample food from different cultures each day. Preregister in person. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 286-3700, www.bethelfoundationusa.com

July 17 - 21

  • Oklahoma City OWL Camp at University of Central Oklahoma (100 N University Blvd, Edmond) is for kids ages 8-14 who are blind or vision impaired. Campers will visit multiple destinations around the metro to participate golf, gymnastics, basketball and other sports. Space is limited and camper spots are filled on a first come, first served basis. Camp is free of charge. 232-4644, www.newviewoklahoma.org

July 30 - Aug 4

  • FREE University of Oklahoma Camp Kesem at Shepherd's Fold Ranc (185 River Ave, Avant) is for children ages 6-16 whose parent or legal guardian has suffered from cancer. Provides campers with a fun, FREE week of summer camp allowing them the opportunity to escape the stress at home and just be kids. 918-0684. To apply, visit www.campkesem.org

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