Many intensive treatment programs now offer summer "camps" for children and teens with OCD. These programs vary and approach and style, and range from traditional "sleep away" camps, to daytime camps where children sleep at home, or stay with family nearby. For information about any of these programs, please contact the organizations directly. To have a camp added to this list, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mind Fit's Anxiety/OCD Booster Bootcamp
Who: Youth ages 9-17 with interfering anxiety/OCD, and their caregivers
(Diagnosis not required)
When: Feb. 10 and 11, 2024. Youth: 9-3:30PM. Caregivers: 9-12:30PM
Where: Branksome Hall
10 Elm Avenue, Toronto
Contact: (647)646-3348 or email email@example.com
About: 2 days of interactive, dynamic, and engaging sessions that include: Mindfulness muscle studio and sticky thinking smackdown for youth. Also includes, accommodation eliminators and training for real-life scenarios for caregivers.
Camp Courage (Massachusetts)
Who: Children and Adolescents (Ages 7-15)
When: June 24th - 28th and August 19th - 23rd, 2024. 9:00am–2:00pm
Where: 81 Hartwell Avenue, Suite 310, Lexington MA, 02421
Contact: Email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more and sign up!
About: Camp Courage is a summer program where children learn CBT strategies to help tame anxiety and increase self-confidence. The camp provides a fun and supportive environment where therapeutic counselors will lead individual and group activities that challenge youth to be brave and get out of their comfort zone. Email email@example.com to learn more and sign up!
Fear Facers Summer Camp
Who: Children and Adolescents (Ages 7-15)
When: June 17-21 and July 8-12 2024
Where: Kanapaha Veterans Memorial Park in Gainesville, FL
Contact: 352.265.4OCD (4623)
About: Children and adolescents with obsessive-compulsive disorder and/or anxiety are invited to join us this summer for a one- or two-week camp session. In addition to daily therapy, participants between the ages of 7 and 15 will experience activities that allow for personal growth and improved behaviors. If you are interested in camp, please call 352.265.4OCD (4623) to speak to someone about enrollment.
Youth Anxiety Camp by Anxiety Experts
About: Introducing the Youth Anxiety Camp by Anxiety Experts in Summer 2024!
Mark your calendars for June 14-16th 2024. Our camp will offer two age tracks: 8-12 and 13-17 (limited to 20 kids each). The camp will run for three half-days from 9am-1pm, with a supervised lunch break for 30 minutes. We encourage kids to wear comfortable, old clothes for art activities and bring their lunch. The Youth Anxiety Camp will offer a safe and supportive environment for kids to learn about managing and coping with anxiety. The camp will be led by licensed therapists who specialize in working with children and adolescents. Through a variety of fun and engaging activities, campers will learn practical strategies for managing anxiety and engage the arts in creative expression. The camp will be held near our Santa Monica office, the specific location is tbd. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in receiving more information about enrolling your child in the summer camp. More information will be added to anxietyexperts.com soon.
Voices Rising Summer 2024
About: Voices Rising is an intensive group treatment for children aged 4-12 with Selective Mutism (SM). Using a classroom-like structure, the group provides many opportunities to speak and engage with other peers and adults Visit their website for more information.
About: Adventure Camp is a five-day in-vivo, in-situ intensive exposure therapy program designed to simulate the classroom environment to treat students with selective mutism. It runs in August so that the therapy occurs right before the start of the new school year, increasing treatment carryover into your child's school. Adventure Camp runs from 9am - 3pm for five days (Monday - Friday), providing 30 hours of intensive exposure therapy, as well as 7.5 hours of parent guidance, for a total of 37.5 hours of therapy in one week, expediting treatment.
Camp Courage (Texas)
About: Camp Courage is an adventure based therapeutic overnight camp designed specifically for children and teens with anxiety and OCD. Surrounded by over 300 serene acres in the beautiful Texas Hill Country, campers will take a break from the stress and distractions of daily life to focus on finding freedom from anxiety and OCD. Camp Courage provides children and teens with a unique opportunity to challenge their anxiety in a fun, supportive environment alongside their peers who can relate to the unique challenge of navigating childhood and adolescence with anxiety and OCD.
Fearless Family Camp For OCD and Anxiety
Who: Kids entering 5th-8th grade
When: June 27-30th 2024
Where: Cedar Valley, West Bend, Wisconsin
Contact: (608) 673-4085
About:The retreat begins on Thursday morning and ends after brunch on Sunday. The retreat will be both fun, relaxing and therapeutic for kids and parents. Kids and caregivers will be split up for some programming and together for others. Time for quiet rest, free time, and exploring are part of each day. Each evening we will wind down around the campfire.
Riding the Wave: Summer Camp for Orthodox Jewish Kids with Anxiety & OCD
About: Our program is run by psychologists with extensive training in the treatment of pediatric anxiety and OCD and years of experience running summer programs, and is additionally staffed by counselors with focused training in this treatment model. As opposed to traditional weekly therapy, our consecutive day camp schedule allows for quicker progress to set your child up for success. Our 1:1 ratio allows us to closely attend to your child so that we can recognize and address problem behaviors in natural, community-based settings. We design a fun-packed schedule of activities and skills-learning tailored to your child's unique treatment goals. We cater to the Orthodox Jewish population. In addition to our religious sensitivities and thoughtfulness around religious-related practices, Kosher (Cholov Yisroel) lunch and snacks will be provided daily.
*The International OCD Foundation shares these types of resources as a way of helping to connect kids and families with treatment opportunities in their area. We are in no way affiliated with the programs mentioned above.