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Camping Unlimited - for children and adults with developmental disabilities

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Year-Round Respite Events

Since 1957, we have been providing recreational programs to children and adults with developmental disabilities.

Gain hands-on experience in the fields of Special Education, Healthcare, Human Services, and Recreation.

We are looking for interns and volunteers to be part of our weekend and summer programs.

Have fun and make new friends, while enriching the lives of individuals with Special Needs on our exciting trips and adventures throughout the Bay Area and further afield.

Past trips have included sports games, music concerts and festivals, bowling, Disney on Ice, ice skating, movies, water parks, Disneyland, camping, a cruise to Mexico, a trip to Hawaii and more!

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New Year-Round Respite Weekend Programs

Welcome to Camping Unlimited! For the past 60 years, Camping Unlimited has offered recreational-educational programs for children and adults of all disabilities. Participants with Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Autism and other physical/emotional challenges enjoy a wide variety of weekend programs and summer camp sessions with the assistance of our wonderful group of Volunteer Counselors and staff.

We have something almost every weekend of the year! We offer Day Trips (Saturdays, 9a-5p), 2-Day Overnight Trips (starting on Saturday morning and ending Sunday evening), 3-Day Short Overnight Trips (starting Friday evening and ending Sunday evening), and 3-Day Overnight Trips (starting Friday mid-day and ending Sunday evening). All of our trips are exciting and enriching opportunities for campers and staff alike to experience the great outdoors as well as the beautiful parks & attractions of California and beyond!

Volunteers may assist on a variety of weekend options per their own availability. We are currently seeking Volunteer "Counselors" for our extremely popular weekend overnights. This is great experience for those interested in Medicine, Therapeutic Recreation, Education, Physical-Occupational Therapy.

Campers, staff and Volunteers participate in a great selection of events for all to enjoy! We hike, explore state parks, cheer at sporting events, enjoy theatrical productions, picnics in the park, visit museums, community fairs, festivals and more. On certain weekends we head for the Santa Cruz Mountains and stay at Camp Krem, our nearly 100 acre resident camp in Boulder Creek. Together we dance, create with arts n'crafts, enjoy performing arts with karaoke, talent shows, skits. We also garden, play sports, games and have magical campfires celebrate with special events for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Our Campers also trek to the snow country and out of town camping locations to enjoy other exciting type of adventure such as our favorite tradition, going to Apple Hill near Lake Tahoe in the fall.

To apply, please see our Volunteer Link on our website: Or email us at


September 14: San Francisco Zoo
Lions and tigers and bears - oh my! Let's explore the San Francisco Zoo. If the weather is nice, we may even take a short trip to Ocean Beach!

September 21: Luna Park Chalk Art Festival
Join Camp Krem at a local art festival. Complete with music, vendors and food, this trip has something for everyone!

September 28: Tilden Park
Join us for a fun and relaxing day at Tilden Park. We will take a ride on the steam train, stroll through the botanic garden and ride the merry-go-round. After a picnic lunch, we'll check out the The Little Farm and say hi to all the animals!

October 5-6: Dive into the YRRP
We're starting our overnights with a splash! Join us on this one-night overnight where we will be taking a trip to the Monterey Bay Aquarium!!

October 12: Great America
A trip for the thrill seekers! We'll spend the day enjoying all the Great America attractions.

October 18-20: Halloween Overnight
HAPPY HALLOWEEN! Campers will have the opportunity to carve pumpkins, do some trick or treating and show off their costumes at our big, spooky Halloween party!

October 26: Day on the Bay
Courtesy of one of our camper's parents, we will be taking a boat ride around Alcatraz Island! This is a trip not to be missed and will include checking out all SF's Fisherman's Wharf has to offer!

November 1-3: Horse Heaven Overnight
This is one time at Camp where horseplay is encouraged! We will be visiting Lichen Oaks Adaptive Riding Center for a day at the stables. There, we will enjoy therapeutic riding lessons (some criteria apply), learning about horse care, exploring their beautiful facilities and making arts & crafts. The rest of the weekend will be full of the usual Camp Krem overnight fun -- music, hiking, dancing and more. Equestrian enthusiasts, this is a weekend for you!

November 8-10: Apple Hill Weekend*
Join Camp Krem for a relaxing long weekend at a KOA near Apple Hill. Our days will be filled with all of the amazing activities Apple Hill has to offer: we will eat delicious pie, walk through mazes, enjoy the beautiful fall weather and so much more!
*This trip will be an extended overnight and will be departing at 12pm.

November 9: Second Saturday (Jack London Square)
We're off to enjoy Jack London Square's premiere monthly event. Featuring over 50 vendors, live entertainment and food, Second Saturday feels like a neighborhood block party amongst friends.

November 15-17: Thanksgiving Overnight
Camp Krem is the place to be to celebrate Thanksgiving! Our favorite camp activities will help us work up an appetite for our Thanksgiving feast on Saturday night!

November 23: Great Dickens Christmas Fair
The Great Dickens Christmas Fair is a one of a kind holiday adventure into Victorian London - an elaborate party with hundreds of costumed players performing and interacting with patrons in over 120,000 square feet of theatrically-lit music halls, pubs, dance floors and Christmas shops.

December 6-8: Roaring Camp Overnight
Come join Camp as we take a journey to one of our all-time favorite destinations, Roaring Camp Railroads! This respite weekend will have all of the classic activities of our typical overnights, plus an awesome guided tour through the Redwood forest on a steam train.

December 13-15: Holiday Overnight
Start your holiday season off right with our Holiday Overnight! Help make cookies, deck the halls, make holiday crafts and maybe even get a surprise visit from a certain jolly fellow!

December 21: Winter Lodge
Join Camp on a fun day of ice skating at Winter Lodge ice rink, as we slide our way into the new year with our last day trip of 2019!

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About Camping Unlimited - for children and adults with developmental disabilities


2 Locations - East Bay & Santa Cruz Mountains, East Bay & Santa Cruz Mountains, CA 94608, US

Mission Statement

We enrich the lives of those with special needs, our counselors and volunteers through fun and safe programs of recreation, socialization and education. We thrive through understanding, acceptance and support from the communities we serve.


Camping Unlimited (founded in 1957) provides children and adults with developmental disabilities opportunities for recreational & educational programs throughout the entire year. Participants of all ages and disabilities (including Down Syndrome, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Prader-Willi Syndrome, visual and hearing impairments and other physical /emotional challenges) enjoy a wide variety of respite weekends, overnight adventures, day trips, residential summer camp sessions and extended travel camps. The community-based events extend throughout Northern California's San Francisco Bay area and also includes Santa Cruz County and beyond.


We'll work with your schedule.


Bay Area - Oakland / San Jose - CampbellOR Santa Cruz Mountains - 15 min from Santa CruzSan Francisco East Bay, CA 94132


  • Outdoor Recreation
  • Child Care
  • Special Needs
  • Counseling / Mental Health
  • Music Arts
  • Theater Arts


  • People 55+


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • See Schedule of Dates above.
  • patience, maturity, sense of humor, good communication skills, able to assist special need campers

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