Center for Social Development and Education

at the University of Massachusetts Boston

Camp Shriver

A Free Inclusive Summer Camp for Children with and without Disabilities

Students ready for swimming at Camp Shriver 2014

Camp Shriver 2014 logoFor the past nine 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.

Admission to Camp Shriver is by lottery for all applicants, new and returning. Application is due by April 1 and will be available for download mid-January 2016.



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.


This summer, Camp Shriver will again be hosted at two sites: UMass Boston and Stonehill College. Programming will remain the same at both sites.

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.