Easterseals is a week-long fully accessible camp in Big Bear serving children and adults. An accredited American Camping Association site, Camp Easterseals offers people with disabilities the same excitement and activities available at other camps.
For more than 40 years, campers and volunteers from all walks of life have come together for one magical week of camp. Activities include crafts, hayrides, talent shows, dances, swimming, canoeing, archery, hiking, concerts, storytelling, and a high and low ropes course.
We are excited to announce that Easterseals Camp will return to YMCA Camp Oakes this year, August 1-7!
Be aware that unless everyone at camp is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, social distancing, masks, and other safety protocol will be in place.
If you are getting the two-shot Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, you’ll need to have your first shot no later than June 17 and your second no later than July 15 to be fully covered in time for camp. Proof of vaccination, via vaccine card, must be provided with camp medical form.
Shots are free to all Californians over the age of 12; free transportation provided in some cases.
FAQs and latest vaccine information:
Vaccine clinics and additional information:
***Protocol may be revised as federal, state, and local guidelines are updated.***
Returning campers register at link: app.campdoc.com/register/eastersealssocal
Steps to complete registration
Unfortunately, since we will have a modified camp we will not be accepting new campers for 2021 Easterseals Camp. Please consider our camp for next year
Registration will open soon for new and returning staff. You will also receive an email prior to the opening of registration. Staff dates will be July 31-Aug 7
Please feel free to reach out to Camp Director Amanda Showalter if you have any additional questions.
Donate Online to Support Camp!
Camp Easterseals relies on donations to ensure that anyone who wishes to experience the joys and challenges of camp in a fully-accessible setting can attend. Donate today and support our annual Camp Easterseals.
Chose from one of three gift designations:
1. Camp: Donate towards Camp Easterseals' expenses.
2. Camper Payment: Donate to support a specific camper. Enter their name in the "Honoree" section of the donation form.
3. Special Camp Fund: Donate to the camp volunteer leadership fundraising campaign which supports camperships, and projects designed to make camp more accessible for all.
Please make your check payable to "Easterseals"
Easterseals Southern California
Attn: Special Camp Fund
401 S. Ivy Street
Escondido, CA 92025
The Camp Experience
Watch this video to learn more about Easterseals Camp.
You can also view this video at this link: https://youtu.be/KDsMfbzmwI4
"Going to camp opened my eyes and changed the person I was inside and out. I saw how everyone was being treated and I realized that all I wanted all these years was... to be treated like everyone else. This is the best experience I ever had." - Lora Glassman
For more information please email the Camp Program Director or call 951.264.4855.