The following is a listing of some camps and nofshonim (short-stay camps and respite facilities) for children with special needs for Summer 2014 and beyond. Each program has it own target population (i.e. children with visual impairment, children with autism, etc.) and should be contacted directly for more details including price (if applicable), exact location, etc.
The campers will spend the first two days of camp in Israel for group bonding activities and will then fly as a group (about 220 people), which will visit various tourist sites, parks, amusement parks and more.
The trip is for young people with cancer ages 6-30 who are currently in treatment.
The group is accompanied by a team of oncologists , nurses and a pharmacist with a mobile hospital to avoid the need for a hospital visit, as well as psychologists, photographers, security guards and an experienced staff of guides.
Registration is through the Zichron Menachem website: http://www.zichron.org
Every year ILAN operates summer camps for children and youth ages 7-21 with physical disabilities enrolled in regular education and special education schools.
There is also a summer camp for adults ages 21-30.
The camps take place on kibbutzim, moshavim and in communities across the country. All campers go to a 5-day sleepover camp and each camper has a personal volunteer from the host kibbutz/community.
The camps have a variety of workshops and special activities geared for ILAN campers that are challenging and fun.
When? July and August
How do I register? Fill out the required forms that can be downloaded from ILAN: http://www.ilan-israel.co.il and send with your payment to ILAN via fax: 03-5249828, email: email@example.com or mail: Y.L. Gordon St. 9, Tel Aviv 63458.
Following receipt of the forms, details about the date and location of the camp will be sent to the family.
For more information, contact the 2014 national camp coordinators: Meirav – 050-7672728, Michal – 052-3084178
Ages 6-12 – A diverse program that includes art, drama, sports, self-defense, cooking, hip-hop dancing, a day trip and pool day once a week.
Ages 13-21 – Meet at camp in the morning and go for outside activities that can include self-defense, volunteering at a soup kitchen, meeting with the local community, visiting businesses in the area to identify potential job opportunities, pool day.
When? 3-21.08.14, Sunday – Thursday 8:45 – 14:00
Staff: Each group of 12 children or adolescents have a team leader, 3 adult counselors and 2 CITs
For more information and discount requests: Marci – 052-6948904, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Shutaf website: http://www.campshutaf.org
Where? Moshav Beit Ezra (near Ashdod)
Who? High-functioning children with special needs
What? Dog care and training
When? 1.7.14-21.7.14 (it is also possible to sign up for only some days of camp)
Contact: Asia -052-2888147, email@example.com
Vacation for families with a blind or visually impaired child ages 4-15.
Location: Kfar Tavor Field School
A bus leaving from Gan Eliya in Petach Tikva will be available for participating families.
For more information and registration: Iris Yunas – 03-9336840 ext. 108 / 055-6680055 or Nora – 052-6988679
The camp is designed for blind and visually impaired children ages 6-14 and includes fun and challenging activities.
When?: 1-21.07.14 08:00-14:30, except Fridays
Where?: City Park, Levon St., Petach Tikva
Transportation is the responsibility of the parents (through the municipal transportation departments). ELIYA will send more information to anyone who is interested.
An international technology summer camp held in Israel for high-functioning children with autism or Asperger’s syndrome ages 7-18.
For more information about the program: 03-5285177, https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bw208jJFRT78aU00S0NlMXY3MVE/edit?usp=sharing
Community center camps are open to children with special needs, who will be integrated into appropriate groups by the camp coordinators. The number of spots is limited, and you should contact your local community center for more information.
When? During July-August
Where? MARSHAL Tel Aviv, Mendele Mocher Sforim St. 20, Tel Aviv
Who? Blind and visually impaired children from first grade and up, and their siblings
What’s included? Trips, various activities, a light meal and transportation
For more information and registration: 03-7248040
Who? Children with special needs in grades 1-5
Where? Variety Center in Jerusalem, Diskin St. 17
When? 1-24.07.14, Sunday – Thursday from 8:30 to 13:30
What? The camp combines various experiential activities from different fields of creativity, movement, music and drama along with various outdoor activities such as swimming, visiting the zoo, challenging sports activities and more…
For more information contact: Chen, camp coordinator: 02-5391928 or the Variety Center front desk: 02-5391911
Where? Youth hostel in Arad
Who? Children ages 8-21 with intellectual developmental disabilities
What? The camp features a host of various social and sports activities, air-conditioned rooms, pool time, other challenging activities, and more …
For more information: Tel: 08-6231190, Mobile: 052-6056215
When? 1-21.7.14, Sunday – Thursday 8:00 – 13:00
Where? Shema, Derekh HaShalom 34, Tel Aviv
Who? Deaf and hearing impaired children in 1-6 grades
What? Activities, performances, crafts, trip to an amusement park, pool, visit to Ariel Sharon Park, trip to Stalactites Cave, visit to Meymadion, day with deaf and hearing impaired soldiers, sports and more. Details will be sent to participants.
Transportation: The price includes transportation from the camper’s home to Shema and back (except for isolated locales).
Each day the children will receive a roll and juice and each camper will receive a camp shirt and hat.
Cost: 1450 NIS
For information and registration, email: Summer.firstname.lastname@example.org or call: 03-5715656
Who? Children with intellectual developmental disabilities, emotional problems, autism and/or rehabilitation needs (in separate groups).
Ages: Preschool, primary through high school (in separate groups)
Where? Moshav Gia 51 , the Krempaf family
What? Activities with animals, gardening, painting and crafts, story time and guided imagery
The duration and character of the workshops will be customized to the campers’ needs and each group of children will have a program built according to its needs and capabilities.
The camp is run by a social worker and a qualified educational consultant and therapuetic drawing classes will be led by a certified instructor. The lawn is accessible for wheelchairs and children who are not independent will be accompanied by a staff member.
Breakfast and lunch will be served.
For more information: 052-2503984
Camp preparing children with learning disabilities for first grade.
Small group up to eight children, personal attention for each child, carefully selected quality supportive counselors .
The camp will be led and administered by Yasmin Amran, certified in the Rami Katz method, and a special education teacher with extensive experience working with children with learning disabilities.
Contact: Yasmin – 054-4901835, email@example.com
Who? Children with various disorders including autism and intellectual developmental disabilities. The site is not accessible for children with physical disabilities, with the exception of babies in folding strollers.
Ages: Boys up to age 9 and girls of all ages.
Dates of camp: August 7-13 August with a volunteer for every child.
Where? Beer Yaakov Campus
Phone: Shlomit – 02-5477908 (morning hours only)
Where? Yeshurun School , Zelig Bass St. 17 , Petach Tikva
Who? Children with cancer and their siblings
Parents interested in participating are invited to join the staff.
For information and registration: 052-8337890, http://www.or-menachem.com
Where? Jezreel Valley communities, for Jezreel Valley residents only.
What? Challenging activities, nature walks, experiential activities, transportation, breakfast and lunch.
To register: Dikla – 050-4318032, email the child’s name, teudat zehut number, age, parent’s name, hometown, telephone and email address to firstname.lastname@example.org
When? 06.07.14-27.08.14 from Sunday – Thursday, 8:00 to 12:00
Where? Lapid (7 minutes drive from Modi’in)
What? Experiential learning about dogs, including learning about training dogs and interacting with them.
For details: 052-8341756, Email: email@example.com
When? Throughout the month of July in two week sessions, 8:00 to 16:00
Where? Hatirosh 13, Kfar Shmuel, (you can enter “חוות המרחב הפתוח” in Waze)
Who? Children from age 5 through adolescence with special needs. The camp specializes in those on the autistic spectrum. The camps has children without special needs who accompany the participants throughout the day and help them interact with their environment and with the other campers.
What? Campers go horseback riding accompanied by the professional, experienced therapeutic staff, enjoying the experience (on horseback or in a carriage), as well as time and space to choose what they want to do while accompanied by a personal counselor. They also participate in various workshops such as baking bread on a tabun, drum circles, art workshops, and more.
For details: Tel: 08-9211506, 054-4392252, Fax: 077-6150277, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Krembo Wings is the only youth movement in Israel for children and young adults with special needs, providing weekly social activities for young people with any type of motor, cognitive or sensory disability and their able-bodied peers.
Each year Krembo Wings offers participants, their parents and the volunteer youth counselors the chance to take part in an enjoyable three-day summer camp vacation at Beit Kay in Nahariya, designed for both children and adults alike. The goal of the camp is to provide a fun and relaxing vacation for children with special needs and their families. During the three-day summer camp, two able-bodied youth counselors accompany each child with special needs throughout the activities. This gives the parents and siblings the opportunity to enjoy a relaxing vacation of their own.
The camp’s activities are varied and suited to youth and parents alike. The camp’s enrichment activities are run by professional staff and include story-telling; dancing; yoga; swimming-pool activities; a magic show; an arts and crafts room; chocolate-making workshops; theatrical performances and outdoor training activities (such as horseback riding and zip-lining). All the activities are specially designed to be available to all of our participants, even those in wheelchairs.
For more information about Krembo Wings activities and branches across the country: www.krembo.org.il or call 09-8852385 (office) or 054-6720700 (Avner)
Who? Children with autism and intellectual developmental disabilities.
Ages: 5 years old and up.
Throughout the year.
Who? Children with intellectual developmental disabilities at all levels of functioning.
Phone: 04-6551014 , 050-2188498 (Louis)
Reinforcement activities and activities adapted for summer.
The facility operates at the Dead Sea throughout the year.
Who? Children and adults with cystic fibrosis and psoriasis.
The facility is appropriate for all ages.
The nofshon is designed for children and their families.
The nofshon operates throughout the year.
Who? Children with physical and intellectual disabilities.
Accommodation only, no activities. Children must be accompanied by a chaperon.
Who? Children with autism and intellectual developmental disabilities.
Ages: 3- 21
The nofshon takes place with host families.
Host families can be requested by the child’s parents and may be neighbors, friends, or an aide/teacher from the child’s educational institution.
Host families must be approved by an Ezer Mizion/Ministry of Social Affairs social worker.
Ezer Mizion has a database of host families around the country that can be used if the child’s parents do not have one they would like to request.
Phone: 03-6144456, 03-6144457 or 03-6144433
Operates one weekend per month in the Agam School, Raanana.
Who? Children with intermediate to severe intellectual developmental disabilities.
Ages: 7 -21
Nofshon on weekends
Who? Children of all ages with special needs who are officially recognized by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services’ Department of Services for People with Intellectual Developmental Disabilities (שירות לאדם המפגר) or the National Unit for People with Autism (היחידה הארצית לאוטיסטים).
Ages: 4 years old and up.
Phone: 04-8377139 .
Who? Nofshon in Mevasseret Zion for women and adolescent girls with intellectual developmental disabilities.
The nofshon operates throughout the year and during school breaks and holidays.
Participants are integrated into all of the residence’s regular activities including employment, leisure and recreation programs.
Contact: Chaya Levy (director of the residence) or Debbie: 02-5341127
Where? Kibbutz Hanaton (Lower Galilee)
The camp is run by a professional staff. It has a an active schedule with continuous and intensive activities according to its guiding educational principles. The first half of the day will be devoted to programs aimed at promoting the children’s motor abilities, and the second half of the day will include activities that are social and experiential in nature.
Objectives of the camp:
The camp is designed for people aged 15-25 with cerebral palsy or other motor impairments
For registration, please contact Karen Calderon: 052-8827892
Shalva operates a nofshon in Jerusalem for children with intellectual development disabilities who function at different levels.
The nofshon operates throughout the year.
Telephone: 02-6519555, 02-6275077
Children and adolescents officially recognized by one of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services divisions (Department of Services for People with Intellectual Developmental Disabilities (שירות לאדם המפגר), the Unit for People with Autism (היחידה לטיפול באוטיזם) or the Rehabilitation Division (אגף השיקום)) are entitled to 15 nights a year away from home, which are referred to by the Ministry as respites days (ימי נופשון).
Every weekend, there is a nofshon at the Hod Hasharon Recreation Center. Transportation is not provided as part of the nofshon and the families are responsible for transporting the children to and from the center. The children are divided into groups that meet one weekend a month/once every two months. Participants cannot come one time, and must commit to the entire year. Groups are divided by age and level of functioning. Children with lower functioning levels have a staff member for every two children. Activities include cooking meals together and a wide variety of leisure activities.
Email: Hila – email@example.com
Who? For children with autism and PDD.
Ages: 3 years old and up.
Kosher meals and a volunteer for every child.
Contact: Chani – 052-7166343
This listing was translated from information provided by Kesher. The original Hebrew listings on the Kesher website can be found here and here.
For more information for children with special needs and their families, see our Guide for Children with Special Needs.
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