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2021 Non-Profit Summer Camps

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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. This year’s location is Camp Okiwanee in Sapulpa. 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, newhopeoklahoma.org 
  • Camp Tumbleweed at Dale Rogers Training Center (2501 N Utah Ave) is a day camp for youth with disabilities ages 11 – 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, 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, cavettkids.org
  • Make Promises Happen Camp at Central Oklahoma Camp & Conference Center provides camping experiences for persons with special needs and a variety of diverse groups. See website for dates and camp offerings. 282-2811, centralokcamp.org/make-promises-happen
  • FREE Student Resource 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. microsoft.com/en-us/store/locations/events-for-students (Editor’s note – all Microsoft stores are currently closed but families can access virtual workshops.
  • 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. apple.com/today/program/kids-hour-sessions (Editor’s note – As a safety measure, Apple has limited programming at their locations)
  • The Oklahoma City Girls Art School’s summer camp in a box includes all supplies and online instruction to create Frida Kahlo inspired art. An ideal summer activity for girls, boys and adults. The only thing students will need is a space to work and a computer, tablet or smart phone with access to Wifi. Boxes will contain high-quality art supplies, curriculum, access to video tutorials, resource links to documentaries and books and mentorship Zoom meetings with Kiona. Journals will also be included with writing prompts to encourage creativity, self-expression and empowerment. Cirriculum best suited for kids in 3rd-5th grade & 6th grade and up. Boxes are $150 each. okcgirlsartschool.org/summerwithfrida

May – August 

  • Oklahoma Youth Literacy Program’s Summer Enrichment Program (3663 North Lottie Ave) 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 kids in grades pre-K – 9th grade. Before/aftercare & scholarships available. Registration, $60; weekly, $50. 7:35 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. 822-9900, okylpokc.org

June 2021

  • 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, thegriefcenter.org
  • 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 five 50-minute classes offered Monday – Friday at various times. Since Safety Town was canceled in 2020 age requirements will be adjusted. normanok.gov/public-safety/police-department/community-outreach

June 7-10

  • FREE Summer Ballet Camp at Dancing for Eternity (320 SE 62nd St) teaches ballet technique and a choreographed dance. Participants will also partake in a worship-dance class and a faith-based devotional. Preregister by May 3. For ages 8-12. The camp is free but donations will be gladly accepted. 9 a.m. – noon. dancingforeternity.org/summer-camp

June  7-11

  • 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. $50 a week per child. 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 858-7011, shilohcamp.org

June 14-18

  • 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 , bethelfoundationusa.com
  • Kid Week at 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. $50 a week per child. 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 858-7011, shilohcamp.org

June 21-25

  • 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

July 6-30

  • Rose State Kids College & Teen Scene (6500 SE 15th St, Midwest City) features a wide variety of activities scheduled for each of the week-long camps taking place Tuesday through Friday, ranging from STEM classes and video game design to sports, arts, and beyond. Camp-in-a-Box available. &40-$89. 733-7392, rose.edu/kids

July 11-15

  • 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 campkesem.org/oklahoma/

July 12-15

  • 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, bethelfoundationusa.com

July 12-16

  • French Immersion Summer Camp at All Soul’s Episcopal Church (6400 N Pennsylvania Ave). Elementary students will learn from native-speaking, highly trained French instructors through games, songs, films and other activities.  No background in French is necessary. Preregister by June 15. For kids ages 5 – 11. $125-$150. 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. afdokc.org/summer-camp

July 20-21

  •  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 6-14. Teens, aged 15- to 18-years-old are encouraged to volunteer as a junior camp counselor
    Preregister. 9 a.m. – noon & 1 – 4 p.m. Registration is $30. 841-4800, calmwaters.org/programs/camp-courage/

Oct. 15-17

  • 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, bethelfoundationusa.com

TBA

  • Kids Rock Camp at 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. $30 a week per child. 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 858-7011, www.shilohcamp.org
  • 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, newviewoklahoma.org
  • Summer Enrichment Program at Infinity Generation Preparatory School (3663 N Lottie Ave) features reading, math, science, life enrichment, field trips, homework help and more. Breakfast, lunch, supper and snack provided. For kids in grades pre-K – 9th grade. Before/after care available. Registration, $54; weekly, $46. 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. 601-3055, iggokc.org
  • iCan Bike Camp at Oklahoma Christian University (2501 E Memorial Rd, Edmond) helps people with disabilities experience the thrill of riding a bike. Preregister. 659-4260, icanshine.org/ican-bike-oklahoma-city-ok/
  • Oklahoma City OWL Camp at UCO (100 N University, Edmond) 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

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