Children's Specialized Hospital Camps and Clubs
Overnight and Day Camps
Westfield Day Camp
Children’s Specialized Hospital and the Westfield YMCA partner to provide an exciting day camp program. Camp Discovery is an integrated camp for children ages 5–11 years. With an increased staff to camper ratio, children participate in the same activities as children from the YMCA community. Activities include: arts & crafts, games sports, swimming, themed weeks, and weekly field trips.

Pal's Paradise Day Camp
Pals Paradise is a day camp for children with special needs. Activities include sports, cooperative games, crafts, social events, and music. This camp is unique in that a sibling or friend may register to attend which creates an inclusionary environment.

Overnight Camp Kresge
Children’s Specialized Hospital (CSH) and the Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA partner to provide a fully main-streamed, overnight camp experience at Camp Kresge in White Haven, PA near the Pocono Mountains.

BECOME Program (formerly Camp Open Arms)
The BECOME Program, formerly known as Camp Open Arms, is a three-week camp run by the Occupational Therapy Department at Children’s Specialized Hospital. The camp provides Constraint Induced Movement Therapy (CIT) for up to 6 hours a day, Monday – Friday for the scheduled 3 weeks. CIT is an approach that can be used to improve the strength and function of an upper extremity impacted by hemiparesis, resulting at birth or from a traumatic brain injury. It involves “constraining” the strong or unaffected arm using a removable cast. This approach allows the child to only use their affected or weaker arm during play activities. Individualized and intensive activities will be provided within a group and one on one setting, each focusing on the child’s ability to use their affected arm alone, or both arms together. Each camper is evaluated prior and following camp to assess changes made. All camp staff are sensitive to each child’s needs and provide support to each participant to help them reach their goals. The camp will incorporate indoor and outdoor games and activities that are challenging but yet successful, and most importantly FUN!
 
Admission Criteria
  • Ages: 4 – 13 years (younger children will be considered based on each site. Please contact the site representative for specifics)
  • Diagnosis of hemiparesis (Other diagnoses may be considered on an individual basis)
  • Must be able to lift up the weaker arm to help hold/stabilize an object
  • Ability to interact well with peers
  • Sustained attention for activity
  • Ability to follow directions
All children must be screened and evaluated prior to admission into the camp. Space is limited at all the sites and admission is based on the above criteria and on a first come, first served basis. Download the flyer for registration information. 

Camp Chatterbox - Overnight Camp
Camp Chatterbox is an overnight therapy camp for children using AAC devices combined with a training program for their parents. Camp Chatterbox uses the facilities of Camp Oakhurst in Monmouth County, NJ, a fully wheelchair accessible facility. Applicants must be between the ages 5 – 16, and be using a synthesized AAC device beyond the level of requesting. Campers with cerebral palsy and apraxia are optimal candidates for this program. Both parents may attend and siblings, 7 years and over are welcome to join in the fun. For more information on Camp Chatterbox,
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Contact Us
Kaylee McGuire
Community Recreation Program Coordinator
908-233-3720 ext.5548
kmcguire@childrens-specialized.org

 
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