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Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Equal Fun for Everyone – Summer camp options for those with special needs


If you are the parent of a child, teen, or young adult with a disability in the Naperville area and are looking for options for summer camps, read on. Western DuPage Special Recreation Association (WDSRA) can help you choose the best camp for your child, whether it’s a camp offered through the Naperville Park District, a WDSRA/School District Co-Op Camp, or a WDSRA Camp.

WDSRA offers inclusion services for those with special needs that participate in Naperville Park District programs – including their vast selection of summer camps. Inclusion services are provided at no cost to the participants’ families, who pay only the cost of the Park District program. (Note that this service should be requested at least two weeks prior to the start of the program). Visit www.napervilleparks.org.

Another very popular option includes WDSRA “Co-Op Camps.” In these, WDSRA partners with School Districts 33, 200, 203 and 204 to provide student/campers with a full camp experience. Students attend morning summer school through their school district and spend the afternoon involved in fun activities that promote friendship and healthy development. Transportation is provided by the school district.

WDSRA offers summer camps for individuals with special needs ages 5 to 21. These camps function at a 1:4 ratio, meet in Wheaton, and run Monday through Friday from 9AM-3PM.

View WDSRA’s Summer Day Camp Program Guide for 2014 at www.wdsra.com. Be sure to register before March 26 to receive a $25 discount off one session of camp.

For more information on WDSRA, visit www.wdsra.com or call (630) 681-0962.

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Terri Gregory
Terri Gregoryhttp://www.wdsra.com
Terri Gregory is Community Relations Supervisor for Western DuPage Special Recreation Association. WDSRA offers recreational opportunities for adults and children with special needs through programs and inclusion services. WDSRA is a cooperative extension of nine park districts. Almost 30 percent of WDSRA’s participants are from Naperville. Contact her at WDSRA via (630) 681-0962 or terrig@wdsra.com.

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