The following is a listing of some camps and nofshonim (short-stay camps and respite facilities) for children with special needs for Summer 2016 and beyond. Each program has it own target population (i.e. children with visual impairment, children with autism, children affected by cancer, etc.) and should be contacted directly for more details. Contact the Ministry of Social Affairs (Misrad Harevacha) for more information on subsidies, when applicable.
Alei Siach (מחנה נופשון עלי שיח)
Camp for children with an intellectual developmental disorder or Autism
Boys first session: Sunday – Thursday August 9-13
Girls first session: Sunday – Thursday August 16-20
The site is not accessible for children with physical disabilities.
Can be paid for privately or by using allotted nofshon/camp days (through the local social services office).
For more information: firstname.lastname@example.org, 02-5022260
Who? Children with hearing impairments and their friends (including those without hearing impairments)
Where? MICHA Jerusalem
When? July 31- August 11, Sundays-Thursdays 08:00-15:30
What? An accessible environment, small group (up to 15 children), personal attention and variety of fun, safe and enriching activities.
For more information: MICHA 02-6250034, Itay Cohen 052-7714658
Camp Or Menachem
Who? Children with cancer and their siblings
When? August 15- 18
Where? Yeshurun School , Zelig Bass St. 17 , Petach Tikva
Parents interested in participating are invited to join the staff.
For information and registration: 052-8337890, http://www.or-menachem.com
ILAN Summer Camps 2016
Every year ILAN operates summer camps for children and youth with physical disabilities ages 7-21 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? please fill out the required form here completely and clearly and send to ILAN center email@example.com and send with your payment to ILAN via fax: 03-5249828, or mail: I.L. Gordon St. 9, Tel Aviv 634589.
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
ELIYA – Association for Blind and Visually Impaired Children
Vacation for families with a blind or visually impaired child ages 5-12. The camp is designed for blind and visually impaired children and includes fun and challenging activities.
For more information and registration: Iris Jonas – 03-9336840 ext. 108 / 055-6680055
MARSHAL Tel Aviv Camp
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
The campers will spend the first two days of camp in Israel for group bonding activities and will then fly as a group, 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.
When? July 25- August 1st
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: www.zichron.org or by phone: 02-6433001
Community center (Matnas) camps – (This is information from last year 2015)
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.
Ezer Mizion’s Relief Project (פרויקט הקלה – עזר מציון)- (This is information from last year 2015. We are currently waiting to hear back from them.)
Who? Children with autism or 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, or from the Ezer Mizion database of host families around the country.
Host families are compensated for their participation.
The program is operated by Ezer Mizion under Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services supervision.
For more information call 073-3956783 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summer Camp at the Variety Center in Jerusalem- (This is information is from last year 2015. We are currently waiting to hear back from them.)
Who? Children with special needs in grades 3-6
When? 3-21.07.15, Sundays – Thursdays 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 and to register: Michal/Dalya, camp coordinator: 02-5391928 or the Variety Center front desk: 02-5391911
*Space is limited.
ALUT Safari Summer Camp
The camp allows children on the autism spectrum to integrate with supervision into camp in a group of children their age.
Who? Children going into grades 1-7
Where? The camp is held in the zoo in the open African area surrounded by animals. Over 5 activity-filled days, the children experience the animal world through games, activities, creative workshops, research and more based around the themes of animals and nature preservation including encounters with the safari’s animals.
When? hours : 8: 00-13: 00 (you can bring your children from 07:30 to 13:30 and keep them under observation).
Round 1: 24.7-28.7.2016 (Sunday-Thursday)
Cycle 2: 31.7-4.8.2016 (Sunday-Thursday )
Cycle 3: 7.8-11.8.2016 (Sunday-Thursday)
Cycle 4: 14.8-18.8.2016 (Sunday-Thursday)
Cost – Placement form + 300 NIS (receiving a placement form is conditional on Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services approval). To receive the form, contact the local social services office and request a form according to the following: ALUT Safari Camp, Framework Code: 201479, Cost Code: 4701, and include the requested camp dates. Registration open 31.5 through 12.7.
Registration is open on 05/06/2016 at 7:00 pm, and will end on 03/07/2016
To start the registration, click here
Children’s Dog Trainers Camp
Children on the autism spectrum integrate into the general camp with an aide.
Who? Children 6-12 on the autism spectrum
When? Hours 8:30-13:30
Framework code: 201479 Cost code: 4701
For more information please call: 03-5718194
Etgarim Summer Camp 2016
When? July 5-7
Where? Tzipori (Nazareth)
What? Sleeping in nature and participating in challenging, social and personalized activities such as biking, water activities, pioneering, and more.
Cost? 100 NIS for camper/counselor (special arrangements for those coming through the Ministry of Education’s Special Education Division).
Form more information and to register: email@example.com, Telephone – 03-5685208, Fax – 03-5612302
Camp Shutaf Jerusalem
Who? Children and youth with special needs (75%) and those without special needs (25%) The camp integrates children with special needs and children without special needs. Together they participate in various activities including art, nature, sports, life skills and volunteering.
Ages 6-21 (separate program for youth ages 14-21) A diverse program that includes art, drama, sports, self-defense, cooking, hip-hop dancing, a day trip and pool day once a week.
When? July 31-August 18, Sundays – Thursdays 8:45 – 14:00
Where? Zvia Yetziratit School, Lohamei Hagetaot 7, French Hill
Cost: 600 NIS per week; Transportation costs: 200 NIS per week in Jerusalem and 300 NIS per week outside Jerusalem (transport available from Beit Shemesh, Maale Adumim, Mevasseret and Gush Etzion).
*Campers must register for at least 2 weeks.
*Scholarships available, every family according to its needs.
Younger group – Includes art, nature, sports, dance, drama, cooking, music, etc. in accordance with the children’s special needs and with emphasis on the transitions between activities.
Older group – Age-appropriate activities including outings and volunteering in the community. Emphasis on life skills such as going in public transportation, shopping, exposure to different professions at hotels, bakeries, post office, bank, dentist office, etc.
Scholarships are available. Continue to Registration!
Contact Yoni 052-437-1593.
Camp Buttons (קייטנת כפתורים)
Who? Children and youth with intellectual developmental disorders ages 6-21
Where? Petach Tikvah
When? August 16-29. Sunday- Thursday. Activities on some Friday and Saturday mornings (100 NIS for Fridays, 220 NIS for Saturdays)
For information and to set up introductory meeting: Adi – 054-6889150
Shema Tel Aviv Camp
Who? Children with deafness or hearing impairment in grades 1-6
Where? Shema, Derekh HaShalom 34, Tel Aviv
For information contact Yaala – 054-5399645.
Big Idea Summer Camp
An international technology summer camp held in Israel for high-functioning children with autism, Asperger’s syndrome/PDD grades 2-12 with children from Israel and 30 countries throughout the world. Over the two week program, participants develop their social skills, independence and creativity.
Participants choose 3 technology workshops in which to specialize: website design, robotics, graphic design, photography, computer game development, programming, science, and more.
Both English and Hebrew are spoken in the program, allowing participants to improve their English.
The camp’s MAX program completely integrates the participants socially and in all activities which include sports, pool, etc. The professional coordinator provides guidance to the participants throughout the program.
Meir Shfeya Youth Village – 2 weeks sessions (3 sessions)
Nir Ha’Emek Youth Village – Short 1 week sessions (3 sessions)
Inter-session trips (2 trips)
For more information about the programs: 03-5285177 or www.bigidea.co.il.
LifeLine (מחנה קיץ של קו לחיים)
Who? Children with various physical disabilities.
When? August 15-30
Where? Beit Goldmintz, Netanya
Campers enjoy -appropriate activities and attractions.
Activities include performances, workshops, amusement park, water park, zoo, visit to Western Wall and more.
Ages: 6 and 21
For more information call LifeLine offices: 03-9250505
Self-Defense and Life Skills Groups at Argaman Institute
Peer groups of children with social, communication and learning disorders, and for girls.
1 day activities
Telephone: 03-6206210, fax: 03-6204169, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Camp Time to Act (קיטנת עמותת עת לעשות)
Who? Children from age 5-18 with intellectual developmental disorders
When? August 16 to 20
Where? Daily camps in Netanya and Beit Shemesh.
For details: 077-5538800
National Summer Camp (Sleep-away)
Who? Children from age 5-18 with intellectual developmental disorders
When? August 21 to 24
Where? Nachalim, Petah Tikva
For details: 077-5538800
Camp Onward and Upward (קייטנה מכאן ומעלה)
Who? Children with ADHD, learning disabilities and emotional difficulties.
Where? Kfar Ha-Oranim, near Modiin.
When? August 2-6, August 9-13 , August 16-20, August 23-27
Hours: 8:30 – 12:30
For details: Shira: 050-9051001 email@example.com,
Beit Galgalim- House of Wheels
Who? Children with disabilities that are confined to a wheelchair. Ages 9-17 (depending).
What? Each group goes on a week long summer camp, which includes a variety of educational activities alongside fun activities. Each camp is a full, non-stop week, during which we travel also to places that at first glance seem to be inaccessible to the disabled. We sail with kayaks, surf, go on jeep rides and meet with artists.
When? July 24- End of August
For more information- Telephone: +972 9 9557999
For more information for children with special needs and their families, see our Guide for Children with Special Needs.
If this information was helpful to you, please enable us to help others by supporting the project: