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A Free Inclusive Summer Camp for Children with and without Disabilities
For the past seven years, Camp Shriver at the University of Massachusetts Boston has welcomed over 700 children, half with and half without intellectual and developmental disabilities, ages 8-12, from low income families in the Boston area to a free inclusive summer sports camp.
While recreational programs offered by schools and community agencies may accept children with disabilities, few—if any—are designed to enroll an equal number of children with and without disabilities. That is what makes Camp Shriver at UMass Boston unique. Camp Shriver serves an equal number of children with and without disabilities so that all children can play, learn and interact in meaningful ways with their peers—no matter what their disability status.
Camp Shriver’s mission is to use sports as a vehicle to bring children with and without disabilities together so that they have the opportunity to develop their motor and social skills, create positive peer relationships and make new friends.
Camp Shriver is...
- For Boys and Girls, AGES 8—12
- FREE (after a $25 registration fee)
- Includes FREE breakfast, lunch, snacks and camp gear
- Includes FREE TRANSPORTATION from designated pick-up/drop-off sites in several area communities
- Provides sports instruction in soccer, swimming, basketball and more
- Inclusive: 50% of campers are children with a disability and 50% are children without a disability.
Admission to Camp Shriver is by lottery for all applicants, new and returning.
To stay in touch with Camp Shriver, sign up for the Camp Shriver seasonal newsletter here.
For more information, please contact Barbara Gildea at 617-287-7247 or firstname.lastname@example.org.