Easter Seals Camp Merry Heart in New JerseyGoing to camp is a great way for any child to break from a daily routine and have fun, but for a child with special needs, the experience of going to camp takes on added significance. A child who lives with limitations every day will grow and thrive when he can attempt and conquer new types of physical activity, find increased independence, and meet the 
challenge of making new friends.

Here are some camps in and around New Jersey that cater to special kids:

Bloomfield Institute of Physical/Occupational Therapy
Verona, NJ; 973-239-1176

Camp Acorn
Paramus, NJ; 973-471-2911

Camp Jotoni (The ARC of Somerset County)
Manville, NJ; 908-725-8544

Camp Lee Mar
Lackawaxen, PA; 570-685-7188, summer; 215-658-1708, winter

Camp Marcella
Rockaway, NJ; 908-852-3896

Camp Merry Heart
Hackettstown, NJ; 908-852-3896

Camp Nejeda
Stillwater, NJ; 973-383-2611

Camp Northwood
Remsen, NY; 315-831-3621

Camp Oakhurst
Oakhurst, NJ; 732-531-0215

Camp Pal (Creative Speech Solutions, LLC)
Short Hills, NJ; 908-598-0228

Camp Starbright (Center for Hope)
Scotch Plains, NJ; 908-654-7510

Camp Trinitas
Trinitas Children's Therapy Services
Springfield, NJ; 973-218-6394

The Craig School Summer Academy
Mountain Lakes, NJ (grades 3-8); Lincoln Park, NJ (grades 9-12); 973-334-1295

Deron School
Union, NJ and Montclair, NJ; 908-206-0444

Elks Camp Moore
Haskel, NJ; 973-835-1542, summer; 609-651-6209, winter

First Children School Program
Fanwood, NJ; 908-654-2470

Happiness Is Camping, Inc.
Blairstown, NJ; 908-362-6733

Harbor Haven
West Orange, NJ; 908-964-5411

JCC MetroWest
Teen Tracks Travel (ages 13-21)
Camp Friends (preK–grade 6)
West Orange, NJ and Flanders, NJ; 973-530-3478

Kaplen JCC on the Palisades
Neil Klatskin Day Camp Tikvah
On Our Own Summer Program
Camp Haverim/Camp Dream Street
Summer P.A.L.S
Tenafly, NJ; 201-408-1448

KidCamp (Kid Therapy)
Chester/Martinsville, NJ; 908-879-5459 x4

Montgomery Academy Summer Program
Basking Ridge, NJ; 908-766-0362

New Jersey Camp Jaycee
North Brunswick, NJ; 732-246-2525

Summit Camp
Honesdale, PA; 973-732-3230

The Winston School Summer Camp
Short Hills, NJ; 973-379-4114

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