Registration Now Open for Easterseals Eastern Pennsylvania Summer Camps for Lehigh Valley Individuals with Disabilities

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Registration Now Open for Easterseals Eastern Pennsylvania Summer Camps for Lehigh Valley Individuals with Disabilities

  • 6-week Camp Lily-Lehigh Valley for campers ages 8-21 at Cedar Crest College offers expansive recreational and social opportunities
  • Growing Green overnight camp in the Poconos offers week-long growth, development and recreational opportunities for campers age 10+
  • Registration closes May 20, fills up quickly

(February 2024 – Allentown, Pennsylvania) Parents of children with disabilities often struggle to find summer camps that meet their child’s needs, especially adult children who have outgrown traditional programs. Providing inclusive, recreational and skill-building opportunities, Easterseals Eastern Pennsylvania offers two unique summer camps for individuals with disabilities. Registration is currently open for Camp Lily-Lehigh Valley, a 6-week day camp program for campers ages 8-21 held at Cedar Crest College, and Growing Green, an overnight camp in the Poconos for individuals age 10 to adult. Learn more at

“Families can register for one week or all six, providing their child with a valuable social and recreational experience, and meaningful educational support,” says Emily Gonda, Operations Manager at Easterseals Eastern Pennsylvania. “Parents can ask their child’s IEP manager to add Camp Lily to their extended school year plan in order to continue meeting important service plan goals. Growing Green is a unique overnight camp experience. Our counselors are specially trained and equipped to support campers with disabilities so they can experience the typical summer camp activities all young people enjoy. This level of care and attention empowers campers to push beyond familiar boundaries to try new things and connect with their peers.”

This summer, Camp Lily-Lehigh Valley attendees will once again enjoy swimming, arts and crafts, games, sports, music, educational programs and a host of other activities, with special guests to teach workshops and entertain. Camp counselors will receive training from Easterseals’ Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA) to ensure each camper receives the support and care they need to succeed and maximize their enjoyment, with a 3:1 camper to counselor ratio. New this year, Camp Lily will incorporate financial literacy into its programming, teaching campers the value of money and importance of savings. Reinforcing positive behavior, the program allows campers to earn “camp bucks” to spend at the camp store.

Held at the Pocono Educational Environmental Center in Dingmans Ferry, PA, Easterseals Camp Growing Green provides opportunities for growth and development in a safe, nurturing environment staffed by qualified, trained counselors. Campers gain environmental awareness and learn organic gardening in specially designed gardens while also enjoying traditional camp activities like hiking, canoeing, arts & crafts, games, music, and campfires. Life and social skills are reinforced, as living away from family members and with peers helps campers discover their inner resources and builds self-esteem. The first week of Growing Green, held June 30-July 5, is geared towards the interests of older campers (40+).

“For nearly 100 years, Easterseals Eastern PA has been committed to meeting our consumers where they are,” says Mindy McCormick, President & CEO of Easterseals Eastern Pennsylvania. “We strive to build trust-based relationships with the children, parents, schools and community partners we serve. We have been offering summer camp programs for over 30 years and are continuously making improvements to ensure campers are meeting and exceeding their personal goals, and families can trust us to care for their child.”

Registration for Camp Lily-Lehigh Valley and Growing Green is now open. Weeks fill up quickly, so register now to get your choice of dates. Visit to enroll a camper today.

About Easterseals Eastern Pennsylvania

Easterseals Eastern Pennsylvania serves children and adults with physical and cognitive disabilities, autism, and other social, sensory, and developmental disorders and their families through various programs designed to increase independence, maximize opportunities, minimize barriers, and enhance the quality of life. Throughout the Lehigh Valley, Berks County, and northeastern Pennsylvania, Easterseals fosters environments where everyone is included and empowered regardless of ability.

Information provided to TVL by:
Andrea Coyne