A Free Inclusive Summer Camp for Children with and without Disabilities
For the past ten years, Camp Shriver at the University of Massachusetts Boston has welcomed more than 900 children, half with and half without intellectual and developmental disabilities, ages 8-12, from low income families in the Boston area to a free inclusive summer sports camp.
While recreational programs offered by schools and community agencies may accept children with disabilities, few—if any—are designed to enroll an equal number of children with and without disabilities. That is what makes Camp Shriver at UMass Boston unique. Camp Shriver serves an equal number of children with and without disabilities so that all children can play, learn and interact in meaningful ways with their peers—no matter what their disability status.
Camp Shriver’s mission is to use sports as a vehicle to bring children with and without disabilities together so that they have the opportunity to develop their motor and social skills, create positive peer relationships and make new friends.
Applications for Camp Shriver 2018 are now available. All admission decisions (for new and returning campers) are decided by lottery.
Click here to download the 2018 Camp Shriver Application.
Please complete and submit your application via mail or fax no later than March 28th.
Emailed applications will not be accepted.
This year we are asking all applicants to have their classroom teachers fill out a Teacher Survey. This survey will allow us to ensure that all children who are accepted to Camp Shriver have a successful summer with us.
Please ask your child's classroom teacher to fill out the survey before the application deadline (March 28). https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2018teachersurvey
Camp Shriver is...
For boys and girls, ages 8‐12, entering grades 3, 4, 5, and 6 in the fall
FREE (after a $25 registration fee)
Includes FREE breakfast, lunch, snacks, and camp gear
Includes FREE transportation from designated pick-up/drop-off sites in several area communities
Provides sports instruction in soccer, swimming, basketball, and more
Inclusive: 50% of campers are children with a disability and 50% are children without a disability.
To stay in touch with Camp Shriver, sign up for the Camp Shriver seasonal newsletter here.
For more information, please contact the Center for Social Development and Education at 617.287.7250.