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Donate today to help ensure that everyone who wants to attend camp in a fully-accessible setting has the opportunity.

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.

Camp Dates

August 2-8, 2020

A Message About COVID-19

**UPDATE** (06/22/2020):

Out of an abundance of care for our campers, volunteers and community, we have made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s Easterseals Camp, originally scheduled for August 2 - 8, in Big Bear.

Although ESSC spent the past months working closely with YMCA Camp Oakes, and created stringent safety measures based on the latest public health guidance, ultimately it became clear that there are simply too many COVID-19 related variables in the community (outside of camp) that we cannot control.

Instead we will offer a virtual Easterseals Camp full of the camp activities and antics everyone knows and loves.  Details on Easterseals Virtual Camp 2020 will be out soon. 

Please feel free to reach out to Camp Director Amanda Showalter if you have any additional questions, and be sure to check back here for future updates.

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.


To Donate by Check or Money Order:

Please make your check payable to "Easterseals"

Mail to:

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.

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"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

More Information
For more information please email the Camp Program Director or call 951.264.4855.

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