Forever Friendships

The Special Camp experience is all about making new friends and a lasting impact.

Counselor Break Down

Many summer camp counselors come into the program knowing little or nothing about disabilities—and that’s 100% ok. We understand that there may be fear or nervousness around interacting with a child or teenager with a disability, but each counselor admitted goes through an extensive training seminar. This is intended to educate and empower with necessary information and skills for being a counselor while exploring interpersonal styles, leadership skills, values and ethics, safety procedures, life with a disability, and what it means to be a counselor.

All Around The World

Our counselors come from around the country, with a large percentage from Orange and Los Angeles Counties.

The Next Generation

Most of our summer camp counselors are high school students, although some college students and professional adults participate as well. Applicants must be high school age or older to apply.

Passion > Experience

Experience is not needed to be a counselor. All we ask is a passion for change, dedication to the program, and a willingness to learn.


Summer camp counselors have a $125 fee to participate in each session. The fees help to underwrite the cost of activities, transportation, training and management of the camp. Scholarships are available to those who qualify.

You’ve got this

Being a counselor is a solely volunteer-based position, which allows our team to use the hours they spend at Special Camp toward the community service requirement at their school, church, or other organizations. Prospective counselors apply for up to two sessions pending availability, and after completing the application will interview with a member of the Special Camp staff.

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2023 Applications

2023 Camper and Counselor Applications are NOW available!  Important documents: Camper Information Pages 2023 Counselor Information Pages 2023 Informed Consent...