Adventure Camp for Special Needs Children

Variety kid Emily at Variety Adventure Camp in St. Louis, a free program for special needs kids with disabilities.

To view more photos of past outings, visit our Flickr page

Are you ready for an adventure? To try new things and create special summer (and winter) memories? Then join us at Adventure Camp, where all activities focus on your strengths and abilities. Develop social skills and camaraderie in a fun camp setting. From climbing a rock wall to cooking a meal--from riding a horse to petting a snake--this camp rocks--for YOU!!

Open to children ages 4-16 with physical and intellectual disabilities, Variety Adventure Camp includes a two-day session in the winter and four week-long sessions in the summer - all free of charge! Teen Track is available for campers ages 13-16. Teen campers enjoy unique opportunities, such as cooking lessons, horseback riding and other age appropriate activities. Our teens enjoy spending time with their peers while experiencing new adventures!

Specially trained counselors and medical professionals are on-site each day, as Variety places great emphasis on safety, proper equipment fit, and expert instruction, all adjusted for each camper's ability level.

Variety Adventure Camp is located at The Heights, St. Peters Rec Plex, and other locations in the St. Louis area. Parents must provide transportation to and from camp. The camp day is 9am-3pm (pre and post care is available).

Past Adventure Camp Destinations Include:

  • St. Louis Zoo
  • Saint Louis Science Center
  • Missouri History Museum
  • Catch 22 Miracle Field
  • Dennis & Judith Jones Variety Wonderland Playground,
    Forest Park
  • Schnucks Markets

Activities Include:

  • Karaoke/Music
  • Cooking
  • Riding therapeutic bikes
  • Pony rides
  • Art
  • Ice skating
  • Soccer
  • Rock climbing
  • Swimming
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Tennis