Registration for Summer Adventure Camp and Teen Camp 2019 is now closed. Campers are now submitted into a random selection process. Parents will be notified of their child's admittance via email by February 2, 2019. More information on this year's Camp is available below. Have questions? Contact Robin via email or at 314-720-7717.
Doesn’t every kid deserve to go to camp? That’s how Variety feels. And so, for six weeks in the summer, and three days during winter break, we give kids and teens with disabilities a very special experience.
Variety St. Louis’ Adventure Camp is free and open for children ages 4 – 20 with medically diagnosed physical and developmental disabilities. Campers participate in activities they may not be able to do anywhere else alongside new friends and experienced staff. Camp runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. Locations vary day-to-day, but stay within the St. Louis area. Families will be given a schedule of these locations prior to each week.
Activities may include rock climbing, swimming, ice skating, sports, various games (indoor and outdoor), arts and crafts, music and so much more. We also take field trips to various St. Louis-area attractions. Campers are paired with a trained staff member "buddy" for the entire week, and are split into age groups so that each activity can be better tailored to each child and his or her needs.
By providing access to this free camp opportunity, we empower campers to establish independence, build confidence in themselves, learn new skills and increase socialization, long after Camp is over.
As in previous years, campers will be limited to a choice of two weeks of camp so that we can serve the most campers possible. When registering, parents will be able to list camp weeks in order of preference. New this year, parents will be asked to fill out the entire camp form when registering to ensure that we have the appropriate information for each child.
Camp admission will again be determined by random selection from submitted camp applications, and camp week preference will be taken into considertion whenever possible. Applications received within the designated registration window will be processed in a randomly selected order. Those received outside of the window will be processed as capacity allows.
In 2019, four weeks of Adventure Camp (campers ages 4 - 16) will be available. And, for the first time, two weeks of Teen Camp (campers ages 14 - 20) will be open! The full camp schedule is listed below (Teen Camp weeks are listed in red).
Camp Schedule 2019:
Adventure Camp (Ages 4 - 16) Week 1: June 3 - 7
Adventure Camp (Ages 4 - 16) Week 2: June 10 - 14
Teen Camp (Ages 14 - 20) Week 1: June 17 - 21
Adventure Camp (Ages 4 - 16) Week 3: July 8 - 12
Adventure Camp (Ages 4 - 16) Week 4: July 15 - 19
Teen Camp (Ages 14 - 20) Week 2: July 22 - 26
We can't wait to see you all this summer! If you have any questions, contact Program Manager Robin Diehl via email or at 314-720-7717.
If you wish to donate to Adventure Camp, we encourage you to look into our Youth Opportunity Program (YOP) credit option. Those able to give a minimum of $1,000 may receive up to 50 percent in Missouri state tax credits. If you're interested in this program, click here to learn more. If you'd like to give less than $1,000, please click the donate link below for our secure giving page. Every gift helps us provide this amazing experience for local kids and teens with disabilities!