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Family Resource Center

at Community Gatepath

Serving San Mateo County

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2018 Summer Camps and Activity Guide for San Mateo County


It’s summertime again and our team has done some research to help you find the right camp for your child.  We have compiled a list of camps in three categories:  1) San Mateo County Parks and Recreation Departments (by city), 2) Camps designed specifically for children with special needs (that includes year-round programs), and 3) Online Camp Directories throughout the Peninsula.

Don’t hesitate to reach out to some of the inclusive camps for children of ALL abilities, as they may have an adaptive curriculum for children with special needs.

Please feel free to contact us at (650) 259-0189 or by email at if you’d like us to assist you with finding a specific type of camp.  We’d be happy to help!  You can also visit our website at for additional resources.


San Mateo County Parks and Recreation Departments (by city):




Daly City

Foster City

Half Moon Bay


Menlo Park



Palo Alto

Redwood City

San Bruno

San Carlos

San Mateo

San Francisco

For Children with Special Needs:
Inclusion Services Program/Adaptive Recreation Program
or contact 415-206-1229,

South San Francisco


Special Needs Camps and Year-Round Programs:

Abilities United
For young people 5-22 years.  Children, teens and young adults have an opportunity to work on behavioral/social adjustment and gross motor skills in community based settings.
Palo Alto
(650) 494-0550


Alpine Strikers Futbol Club
A modified soccer clinic experience for children with special needs.


Arbor Bay School, Summer School and Camp
Arbor Bay School offers a four week program during the summer. Summer School is offered to build on the skills that the students learned over the school year. Summer school is followed by a two week enrichment summer camp that includes educational field trips, games and crafts. Students may choose to engage in speech/language therapy and/or occupational therapy during the summer program as well.
(650) 631-9999


Axis Dance Access/KIDS
A dance company for persons with or with- out disabilities, youth-adults.
(510) 625-0110


Bay Area Association of Disabled Sailors
Provides adaptive boats and sailing training for persons with physical disabilities.
Teens- Adults
San Francisco
(415) 281-0212


Bay Area Friendship Circle

A program that pairs high school students with children that have special needs for a full range of social Judaic educational experiences.  All are welcome.
Palo Alto
(650) 858-6990


Bay Area Outreach & Recreation Program (BORP)
Offers recreation including bike riding, adaptive bikes and more.
Bay Area
(510) 849-4663


BOK Ranch
Therapeutic horseback riding


Boy Scouts of America
San Mateo County


Camp Harmon/Easter Seal Summer Camp
Boulder Creek, CA
(831) 684-2166 ext 113


Camp Krem/Camping Unlimited
Santa Cruz Mountains
(510) 222-6662


Compass High School Summer Programs
San Mateo


Dance Attack
Los Gatos & Mountain View
A dance program for teens with special needs
(408) 356-6456


Enchanted Hills Camp
A free residential summer camp program for children who are legally blind, ambulatory and not in need of one-to-one supervision.
San Francisco
(415) 694-7319


Free San Francisco Bay Area soccer program for children with special needs 5 -18 years old.
Meets in several different cities.


San Francisco Bay Area


Environmental Traveling Companions (ETC)
Offers outdoor and environmental education programs for people with special needs, includes sea kayaking, whitewater rafting.
San Francisco
(415) 474-7662


Summer programs that include:  Handwriting Without Tears classes, Fun with Food, and Gymnastics.  Also providing ongoing therapies and Little Explorers classes.
(650) 259-0544 or email


Girls Scouts of Northern California
Summer Camp Adventures for girls and families.
Alameda, 510-562-8470
San Jose, 408-287-4170


Kahlon Family Services
Greenhouse Camp
Camps are customized to the needs of individual participants, with a ratio of no more than 1:2; focused on developing life skills and other areas of need.
(415) 971-8214


The Laurel School

The newly redesigned Summer Enrichment Program incorporates skill-based instruction using a thematic approach with high-interest topics, specifically designed to meet the needs of students with learning and attention differences in 1st through 5th grade.
San Francisco
(415) 752-8567


La Petite Baleen
Swim programs for all ages.
Multiple Bay Area locations
(866) 896-3603


Lazy H
Horseback riding for children of all abilities.
Half Moon Bay
(650) 726-3743


Menlo Park Gymnastics Program
Gymnastics for all children.
Menlo Park
(650) 330-2224


Mills/Peninsula Pool
Therapeutic swim program
San Mateo
(650) 696-4319


National Center for Equine Facilitated Therapy (NCEFT)
Therapeutic horseback riding program for children and adults with special needs.
(650) 851-2271


Pomeroy Recreation and Rehabilitation Center
Offers arts & crafts, pool and other programs for children with disabilities.
San Francisco
(415) 665-4100


REACH (Recreational Experience for All Children) – PARCA
Unique, inclusive and integrated childcare program for children program for children with or without developmental disabilities.
John Muir Elementary, San Bruno
(650) 871-8402


Project Insight (part of SF Parks and Rec)
Everybody Plays! Project Insight and Inclusion Services is our home for American Sign Language (ASL) and adaptive recreation programs, and inclusion services for people with disabilities.
San Francisco
(415) 206-1546


Quest Therapeutic Camps
Therapeutic programs for children with special needs, ages 6-18.  After school programs, summer camps, group therapy.
Peninsula/East Bay
1-800-313-9733, 925-743-2900


Rainbow Music Therapy Services
Combines benefits of music education with specific therapeutic techniques of a music therapist.  Provides services to children, teens and young adults with special needs on the Peninsula.  Individual and group sessions available.
Redwood City & Los Altos


Redwood City Parks & Recreation
Special Needs Program (SNAP)
(650) 780-7343


Social Thinking Summer Programs
San Jose


Special Olympics
Northern California
(925) 944-8801
Local San Mateo Contact: Nate Evans, 707-578-5941


Square Peg Foundation
Therapeutic Horse Riding
Half Moon Bay
(650) 440-5064


Special Skaters
Nazareth Ice Oasis, Redwood City
Skating Class for children with developmental delays or disabilities
(650) 364-8090, x116


South Bay Wheelchair Athletic Program
Offers Wheels on Fire, Junior Wheelchair Sports Team, San Jose Steam Rollers, Water Wheels, Swim Team, Wheelchair Basketball and more.
San Jose
(408) 267-0200


Peninsula Family YMCA
Camps for typically developing and special needs children and teens.


TALK (Teaching and Assessing Kids for Language)
Offering a variety of speech and language summer camps


The Music Place
Where learning is fun and every child is special. Summer camp, music therapy and dance.
(408) 4452787


VIA Services

Recreation and camps for children and adults with special needs.
Santa Clara
(408) 243-7861


Zohar Dance
Dance for Change
A program for children with autism spectrum disorders & related developmental disabilities.
Palo Alto
(650) 494-8221


Camp Directories of San Mateo County:


Activity Hero

Bay Area Kid Fun

Bay Area Parent Magazine

Best Special Needs Camps

Camp Bay Area

San Francisco Summer Camps

Stanford Early Support Program for Autism, Camp Guide

Very Special Camps