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Special Challenge Camp

Special Challenge Camp 2023: July 23-27

Special Challenge Camp has served adults with developmental disabilities for over 40 years, offering an overnight camp experience where campers rest, play, pray, and build lifelong friendships.

Claggett Center offers a five-day, four-night summer camp program for independent adults with intellectual disabilities. This unique program provides campers and opportunity to forge new friendships, grow spiritually, learn new skills, and have a relaxing vacation. Claggett Center facilities provide shared sleeping rooms and bathrooms, most with air-conditioning, hearty home-cooked meals, and 268 acres of land overlooking Sugarloaf Mountain to enjoy. Everyone looks forward to coming to Claggett each year!

Staffed by volunteers and Claggett summer counselors, Special Challenge Camp is for adults 21 and older. While the staff does not offer one-on-one supervision, there is group oversight, and plenty of activities to appeal to a wide-range of tastes and abilities. Activities include arts and crafts, swimming, fishing, canoeing, nature hikes, a trip to the ropes course, campfire, daily chapel, bead working, woodworking, a talent show, and the annual Dinner-Dance with a DJ.

If you are interested in attending Special Challenge Camp for the first time, but aren't sure about registering for a full week, please call the Claggett Office to learn more or set up a visiting day.

The cost of the program is $475, and a mimimum non-refundable deposit of $100 is required to hold your place in the program. Scholarships are available upon request. Contact Rosie Alger for details. 

Registration opens December 1!

Volunteer with Special Challenge Camp! 

We need volunteers to build connections with campers, help with day to day activities, and facilitate a successful residential community. At camp, staff and campers share meals, activities, and worship as a group!
This is a volunteer opportunity for all ages! Volunteers 13 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. High school staff will be supervised as part of our junior counselor program. If Special Challenge Camp meets your school or other requirement for community service, we are happy to sign for hours served.

To apply to volunteer, complete the Special Challenge Camp Volunteer Application form and return to Camp Director Rita Yoe.