The Special Education Foundation understands that bridging the instructional gap during breaks in the school year is critical. SEF’s Kid-to-Camp program provides financial assistance to parents of children served by the Special School District so they can attend camp during these breaks in the school year.

Area camp programs help to maintain the momentum and benefits to students beyond the social and educational aspects of the classroom. Attending camp provides opportunities to interact with others, develop friendships, and build relationships that can increase confidence and independence.

While the additional expense can be a financial burden for many families, SEF picks up in areas not supported by tax dollars or United Way. Campership funds are awarded based on financial need and student benefit and many are funded through our annual golf tournament. Applications are accepted year-round. Visit our main applications page to learn more about eligibility requirements and to submit an application.

Looking for camp resources? Learn more about camp options for students with disabilities which include day and overnight camps for spring, winter and summer breaks: 

Camp Barnabas – Enjoy a summer full of fishing, canoeing, archery, ziplining, swimming, mini-golf, and so much more.

Camp Circle Star – Explore, engage, and enjoy your choice of individual or large group camp activities with 1:1 supervision. 

Recreation Council of Greater St. Louis – Choose from 5-day spring break camps and weekend overnight mini camp options during the summer

Miriam School & Learning Center – “Lost in Space” themed camps explore teen social skills, racing through the galaxy, cool space things and more!

Gateway Region YMCA – Fun times for kids to explore, discover and create in a place that encourages confidence and community.

St. Louis Arc – Build skills and meet new people during weekend camps and youth summer employment projects.

Ferguson Parks & Recreation Adventure Camp – Receive quality supervision while engaging in activities such as sports, arts and crafts, games, swimming, field trips and special events.

St. Louis Zoo Education Outreach Programs – The St. Louis Zoo delivers outreach and camp programs offering educational content and objects from the animal world.

St. Louis Blueprint4 – Discover the perfect program for your child. Blueprint4 offers an easy way to find camps, after school and college prep programs.

All American Gymnastics & Super Ninja – Inspiring children to be their best! We provide a place for all children to develop confidence, character, and a healthy, active lifestyle in a positive, safe, and fun environment.

For more information, or if you need help with the online application, please contact the Foundation at 314-394-7030 or email

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