Important Announcement Concerning Camp Shriver 2021

We are disappointed to announce that we will not host Camp Shriver Stonehill for Summer 2021. Stonehill College made this decision due to the continuing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are saddened that we will be unable to welcome children to campus for what has become one of the highlights of our summer and we know former campers will feel the same. For all of us, the loss of a very special community for a second summer is a deep disappointment. Please know that the college did not make this decision lightly, and it came only after much deliberation and deep reflection on the health and safety of all involved. We remain committed to our Camp Shriver Stonehill community and to re-launching our program as soon as we can safely do so.

Camp Shriver at Stonehill College

Camp Shriver at Stonehill College officially launched its opening session on July 8, 2013 with 58 campers from the Brockton area. Based on the model developed by the Center for Social Development and Education at University of Massachusetts Boston and with generous support from the National Inclusion Project, Camp Shriver at Stonehill College will continue the tradition of being a fully inclusive sports day camp for children with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Camp Shriver’s mission is to use sports as a vehicle to bring children with and without disabilities together so that they have the opportunity to develop their motor as well as social skills, create positive peer relationships and make new friends. Campers receive instruction in a variety of sports (including soccer, basketball and swimming), as well as participate in creative experiences (including arts, crafts and games).

Camp Shriver is...

  • For boys and girls, ages 8—12
  • Free (after a $25 registration fee) 
  • Includes free breakfast, lunch, snacks and camp gear
  • Includes free transportation from designated pick-up/drop-off sites
  • Provides sports instruction in soccer, swimming, basketball and more
  • Inclusive: 50% of campers are children with a disability and 50% are children without a disability

Camp Shriver treats all of our campers as equal-status campers. Campers with and without disabilities are grouped together in teams (i.e., a team of 10 will include 5 campers with a disability and 5 campers without a disability) and participate in all activities together.

Our campers with disabilities are currently receiving special education services in public schools and have mild intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. Our campers without disabilities are not receiving special education services in school. They are the same ages as our campers with disabilities and come from the same school systems.

Admission to Camp Shriver is by lottery for all applicants, new and returning.

The National Inclusion Project serves to bridge the gap that exists between young people with disabilities and the world around them.

Special Thanks

Special thanks to our sponsors, and our partners at the National Inclusion Project and The Center for Social Development and Education at University of Massachusetts Boston for leading the launch of Camp Shriver at Stonehill College.

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