Adventure Camp

Registration for Camp 2020 is now closed.

The registration period for Summer Adventure Camp and Teen Camp 2020 was 9 a.m. on January 6, 2020 to 9 a.m. on January 13, 2020. Parents were notified of their child's admittance via email in February 2020. More information on our Camp program 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. Parents will also 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. Every effort will be made to accomodate each camper's first choice of weeks and number of weeks requested. Due to high demand for Camp, however, all requests may not be able to be filled.

Applications received within the designated registration window will be processed in a randomly selected order - it does not matter when the application is submitted within the window. Those applications received outside of the window will be processed as capacity allows.

This year’s Camp schedule is as follows:

Adventure Camp 2020 (ages 4 - 16): June 1 – 5, June 8 – 12, July 6 – 10 and July 13 – 17

Teen Camp 2020 (ages 14 - 20): June 15 – 19 and July 20 – 24

We can't wait to see you all this summer! If you have any questions, contact Camp Director Robin Diehl via email or at 314-720-7717.

If you wish to donate to Adventure Camp, 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!