Easterseals Camp is a week-long fully accessible camp experience held at YMCA Camp Oakes in Big Bear, which is fully accredited through the American Camp Association, and 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!
Returning campers registration is closed.
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
Returning volunteers can apply at this link.
This year we’re asking you to help spread the word that volunteers are needed.
You know the kind of people we’re looking for: they love to meet new people and always have fun; they are filled with energy and enthusiasm and they want to make a difference!
Share this Volunteer Application link with friends and family who may be interested in volunteering.
Applications are due Thursday, July 15.
Please feel free to reach out to Camp Director Amanda Showalter if you have any additional questions.
Donate Online to Support Camp!
Easterseals Camp 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 a week of fun and enjoyment for campers and a respite for their families.
Chose from one of three gift designations:
1. Camp: Donate towards Easterseals Camp 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.