Camps & Recreation
We offer several different summer camps for children with all types of disabilities. Our camps are barrier-free and designed to be accessible to everyone. A camp experience increases skills and enhances self-confidence while giving families much needed respite from the hard work and responsibility they face every day. Additionally, these activities provide an opportunity to learn to problem-solve, make social adjustments to new and different people, learn responsibility, and gain new skills to increase self-esteem.
Camp Buckaroo is a week-long day camp for children ages 6-14 with disabilities and their siblings to attend together. Volunteers work one on one with a camper and act as their buddy all week at camp developing a strong bond! Each day has a different theme like "A day at the beach" or "under the big top" and all sports, music, crafts, and group games are geared towards the theme for the day. We offer five sessions of Camp Buckaroo so volunteers and campers can pick a week and location that fits their schedule. Camp hours are from 10:00am-3:00pm each day. Volunteers must be at least 14 years old to volunteer at Camp Buckaroo. All volunteers and campers must submit an application before attending Camp Buckaroo. Learn more.
Camp Smiles is week-long overnight camp for children ages 6-14 with cerebral palsy. Volunteers work one on one with a camper and act as their buddy and personal care giver for the week. Each day campers participate in typical outdoor camp activities like rock climbing, fishing, paint ball, karaoke, swimming and many more that have all been adapted to fit the needs of each camper. There are 10 cabins full of campers at Camp For All, an adapted camp facility in Burton, TX. Camp Smiles is only offered for one session. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old to volunteer at Camp Smiles. All volunteers and campers must submit an application before attending Camp Smiles. Learn more.
Camp MOST (Miles of Smiles for Teens) hosts Camp Smiles graduates between the ages of 14 and 19. Camp MOST was started with the mission to give Camp Smiles graduates the opportunity to socialize, gain confidence and be comfortable just the way they are. Camp activities include short workshops for teens to gain vital social skills and learn important social lessons, as well as the usual fun camp activities. Learn more.
Augmentative & Alternative Communication Camp (AAC)
This day camp is designed to help families and children using AAC for communication to practice using their devices in a variety of settings. This camp serves 6-13yr olds who must use an AAC device or app for 90% of communication. AAC Camp gives families the opportunity to increase use of AAC with the support of a speech patholgist who specializes in augmentative communication. Learn more.
Easter Seals Greater Houston also offers the following recreational programs:
Family Day Out (FDO), a center-based Respite service, provides respite care on Saturdays to families of children ages 6-14 with all types of disabilities. Each session is staffed by a nurse and a center director. The children benefit from arts and crafts, games, and playground activities and receive one-on-one assistance from volunteers. Siblings ages 6-10 can also attend, allowing parents a total day of rest. Applications for FDO must be filled out in advance. If your child attended or volunteered at Camp Smiles or Camp Buckaroo the previous year an application is not needed, but you must RSVP. Learn more.
Parents Night Out is a Friday night out-of-home Respite program currently held in locations around the Houston area. Children, teens, and young adults with disabilities are welcome. Depending on age and activity level, a location can be recommended for appropriate care. Learn more.
Clients involved in the Easter Seals Adult Program are adults who have experienced barriers with social integration and opportunities due to their physical disabilities. We provide a safe environment for adults to socialize with one another and participate in activities enjoyed by all adults. We strive to broaden their experiences and introduce them to new things. Easter Seals Adult Day Program has three components: 1) Day Program: A social Group that meets Mondays and Wednesdays, 2) Bowling: Typically meets the first and third Saturdays of each month at AMF Windfern Lanes from 10am-1pm, 3) Field Trips: Field Trips are scheduled throughout the year to the Houston Zoo, Astros games, museums, Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo and more. Learn more.