During the summer vacation, 250 children with various disabilities, ages 6-21, attend Shalva’s summer day and sleep away camps. The camps provide an enjoyable summer experience and also ensure continued progress of developmental achievements during a period void of a formal educational framework. Summer camps offer Shalva families an exceptional and vital respite period for strengthening the family unit.
The day camp takes place at the Shalva headquarters throughout July and August; and the sleep away camp, at an off-site resort for one week. Both camps focus on developing social and communication skills; like friendship building, teamwork, and frustration management. In a relaxed yet stimulating setting, children engage in awesome activities: jeep and airplane rides, water activities, horseback riding, organized sports, dance, arts and crafts, and performances by guest entertainers.
The program supports inclusion in a twofold manner: by enhancing the social and independence skills of children with disabilities, and by exposing those who meet the Shalva camp at various vacation attractions to the capabilities of individuals with disabilities.