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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 15: Golfland Emerald Hills

Let’s spend the day at Golfland in San Jose! We will enjoy some mini-golf, arcade games and we will have a blast on the water slides!

September 22: Academy Of Sciences

Join us for this day of fun, exploration and learning as we check out all the activities the California Academy of Sciences has to offer, including the planetarium, rainforest, aquarium and other engaging exhibits!

September 29: Great America

A trip for the thrill seekers! We’ll spend the day enjoying all the Great America attractions!

October 5-7: Bay Area Camping Overnight

While the weather is still nice, join us to enjoy an early fall camping trip up in The Bay. We’ll have fun with friends as we tell stories, sing songs and roast marshmallows over a campfire each night, cook our meals together and spend the days exploring and hiking!

October 20: Del Osso Family Farms

With autumn upon us, we’ll head to a pumpkin patch, enjoy a corn maze, petting zoo and more!

October 26-28: Halloween Overnight

Boo! It’s one of our favorite events of the year at Camp Krem! Bring your scariest, silliest, or sweetest costume and get ready to trick-or-treat, carve pumpkins, and celebrate the spookiest holiday of the year!

November 3: Six Flags Discovery Kingdom

We will enjoy all the thrilling rides and attractions that the park has to offer!

November 10: San Francisco Zoo

Lions & Tigers & 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!

November 10-11: Fall Overnight

This will be a great weekend full of fall fun! We will get creative with fall arts & crafts, do some baking and enjoy hikes in the crisp fall air.

November 16-18: Thanksgiving Overnight

We are so thankful that we get to spend this weekend with our Camp Krem Family. We will enjoy a range of Thanksgiving crafts and activities, as well as enjoying a full Thanksgiving feast together on Saturday night.

December 1-2: Winter Overnight

We are looking forward to a cozy winter weekend full of hot chocolate, stories and songs by the fireplace and arts & crafts.

December 8: Old Sacramento

Join us as we take in some history in Old Sacramento. We’ll spend the day exploring, checking out railroads, museums, riverboats and the many different sights Old Sacramento has to offer!

December 14-16: Holiday Overnight

Spend the weekend celebrating the holidays with your Camp Krem family! We will deck the (mess) hall, string up the lights and wait for a visit from old Saint Nick himself! Not to mention plenty of holiday crafts, activities and some baking!

December 22: Holiday in the Park & Ice-Skating

We are off to downtown San Jose to see Plaza de Cesar Chavez turned into a winter wonderland. There are over 60 fun musical and animated exhibits to check out, as well as the chance to see all the glittering lights and meet Santa Claus! Those who want to can also head over to Downtown Ice to enjoy some ice skating.

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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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