What began as one woman’s dream and a fun backyard summer camp known as Camp Shriver has grown into Special Olympics, a global movement changing lives and attitudes for 50 years.

Each summer, we go back to these roots and conduct Camp Shriver, a fun sports camp experience for individuals with intellectual disabilities of all ages. Over a four-week period participants will:

  • Make new friends
  • Enhance sport skills
  • Learn new sports
  • Attend educational sessions on health and wellness

Sports and education training sessions are led by qualified sports specialists (clinicians), camp counselors and volunteers.

Participation Information

Athletes interested in participating in Camp Shriver must have a completed participation packet on file with Special Olympics New Jersey prior to registering for Camp Shriver.

For those individuals interested in registering as a Unified partner, complete the Unified Partner Form. Be on the lookout for 2019 Camp Shriver Registration some time in Spring 2019.

Available Camp Shriver Options

In order to include more athletes, we currently offer a range of options. Dates below are from 2018 Camp Shriver and should be used only as an example of the breakdown of this fun, camp experience.

Day Camp

Registered athletes ages 12 and older
Weeks of July 9, July 16, July 23 and July 30
Monday – Friday
1:00pm – 4:00pm

DEADLINES
Week 1 (July 9) and/or Week 2 (July 16):   July 2, 2018 at 11:59 p.m.

  • Online Registration
  • Participation Packet
  • Refundable Deposit

DEADLINES
Week 3 (July 23) and/or Week 4 (July 30):   July 16, 2018 at 11:59 p.m.

  • Online Registration
  • Participation Packet
  • Refundable Deposit

Twilight Camp

Registered athletes ages 16 and older
Weeks of July 9, July 16, July 23 and July 30
Monday – Thursday
5:30pm – 8:00pm

DEADLINES
Week 1 (July 9) and/or Week 2 (July 16):   July 2, 2018 at 11:59 p.m.

  • Online Registration
  • Participation Packet
  • Refundable Deposit

DEADLINES
Week 3 (July 23) and/or Week 4 (July 30):   July 16, 2018 at 11:59 p.m.

  • Online Registration
  • Participation Packet
  • Refundable Deposit

Unified Development Camp

Registered athletes and Unified partners ages 6-11 years old
Week of August 6 – 10
Monday – Friday
1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

DEADLINES
Week 5 (August 6):                                            July 16, 2018 at 11:59 p.m.

  • Online Registration
  • Participation Packet
  • Refundable Deposit

Rowan College at Gloucester County

Registered athletes ages 16 and older
Weeks of July 9 and July 16
Monday – Thursday
9:00am – 12:00pm

DEADLINES
Week 1 (July 9) and/or Week 2 (July 16):   July 2, 2018 at 11:59 p.m.

  • Online Registration
  • Participation Packet
  • Refundable Deposit

You can also download the Camp Shriver informational flyer.

Volunteer at Camp Shriver

Like all of our programs, we could not run Camp Shriver without our exceptional volunteers. If you’re interested in being a part of Camp Shriver, take a look below for camp volunteer requirements:

  • Must be 16 years or older
  • Registration must be completed by the applicant ONLY
  • Must commit to the entire week you are volunteering for
  • Required to attend a volunteer orientation with parent

Volunteer registration for Camp Shriver is currently closed and will open up for 2019 Camp Shriver some time in Summer 2019.

Contact Us

If you are interested in learning more about participating, volunteering or becoming a sport clinician at Camp Shriver, contact us at camp@sonj.org.