2018 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
  • Kids Hour at the Apple Store at Penn Square Mall (1901 NW Expressway) features fun, hands-on projects. Designed to spark imagination and creativity, kids will explore coding, storytelling, illustration, movie making, music, and more. www.apple.com/today/program/kids-hour-sessions

June 1 - 3

  • 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 11 - 15

  • 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. 858-7011, www.shilohcamp.org

June 4 - July 27

  • Oklahoma Youth Literacy Program's Summer Enrichment Program at 3663 North Lottie Ave.  and 2705 S. Agnew in OKC 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, $45. 8 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 822-9900, www.okylpokc.org

June 4 - 29

  • 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 at various times. www.soonermall.com

June

  • FREE City Kids Outdoors Summer Camp at Crystal Lake (I-40 & MacAuthur) features a week-long camp focusing on various sports and outdoor education. Activities include fishing, canoeing hiking, archery and more. For kids ages 9 - 11 who qualify for free and reduced lunch. 609-2400, www.citycareokc.org

June 4 - 8

June 8 - 10

  • 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. 286-3700, www.bethelfoundationusa.com

 

June 12 - 14, July 10 - 12 & August 7 - 9

 

  • 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. $50. 2 - 5 p.m. 341-3111, www.edmondmobilemeals.org

June 18 - 22

  • 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. 858-7011, www.shilohcamp.org
  • 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. - 5 p.m. 286-3700 , www.bethelfoundationusa.com
  • 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. 789-0879, www.lakeonaz.org/msc

June 22 & 23

  • DSACO Basketball Camp held at the Chesapeake Energy Cooporation Campus Gym (6000 N Western Ave) teaches children and adults with Down syndrome the basic fundamentals of the game. Two sessions are offered: morning session is for ages 10 - 17 and the afternoon session is for ages 18 & up. Preregister. Also held: July 20 & 21. www.dsaco.org

June 22 - 25

  • 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 25 - 28

  • FREE S.T.E.A.M. Camp at Rose State College Stem Center lets kids in grades 7th - 10th explore mixed media visual arts activities along with engaging STEM activities. This camp will provide a Design-Based-Learning environment while providing a fun, hands-on experience. Class is limited to first 20 students who enroll. Preregister online. Monday - Thursday, 1 - 4 p.m. 401-7851, mgarrison@rose.edu

July 14 - 21

  • Oklahoma City OWL Camp at YMCA Camp Classen (10840 Main Camp Rd, Davis) is for kids ages 8-14 who are blind or vision impaired. Campers between 15 and 18 years old participate in adaptive water activities such as water skiing, wake boarding, and tubing with internationally-renowned adaptive water instructors as well as fishing, swimming, and boat rides. 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 16 - 19

  • 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 - 19

  • Camp Courage at Calm Waters (4334 NW Expressway Ste 101) features a free summer art camp that provides a safe and healing environment that allows children to express their feelings of loss and grief through art. For ages 8 - 18. Preregister. 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 841-4800, www.calmwaters.org

July 20 & 21

  • DSACO Basketball Camp held at the Chesapeake Energy Cooporation Campus Gym (6000 N Western Ave) teaches children and adults with Down syndrome the basic fundamentals of the game. Two sessions are offered: morning session is for ages 10 - 17 and the afternoon session is for ages 18 & up. Preregister. www.dsaco.org

July 29 - August 3

  • FREE University of Oklahoma Camp Kesem at Shepherd's Fold Ranch (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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