Special Olympics can trace its roots to a backyard summer camp started by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, known as Camp Shriver, five years before the Special Olympics began. New Jersey embraces this legacy with Camp Shriver around the state. Camp Shriver is about fitness, wellness, sports, fun and learning.

To Participate

As a Camper

Athletes participating in Camp Shriver must fulfill the following requirements to attend:

  • Have a completed Participation Packet on file with Special Olympics New Jersey
  • Complete the online registration form (TO OPEN BY MARCH 15)
  • Submit the refundable deposit

As a Volunteer

Individuals volunteering at Camp Shriver must fulfill the following requirements to attend:

  • Be at least 16 years old
  • Commit to the entire week in which you registered
  • Complete your own volunteer registration form (TO OPEN BY MARCH 15)

As a Unified Partner (Developmental Session ONLY)

Individuals participating as a Unified Partner at Developmental Camp Shriver must fulfill the following requirements to attend:

  • Be 6-11 years old
  • Commit to the entire week in which you registered

Camp Details

ALL athletes must have all three components of Camp registration completed in order to attend as a camper (Participation Packet, online registration, refundable deposit).

Camp Shriver provides qualified and trained staff and volunteers for athletes, operating at a 2 or 3:1 ratio of staff/volunteers to athletes. If an athlete requires 1:1 support, it is the parent/guardian’s responsibility to provide a qualified individual. Although Camp ratios of staff and volunteers may result in 1:1 support, SONJ does not provide or guarantee specific 1:1 aides during any Camp session. Please note that a need for 1:1 support in school does not necessitate a 1:1 aide during Camp Shriver, per se, as the setting is more active than an academic environment. Please contact at the email below if you would like to discuss athlete’s potential need for 1:1.

Camp Shriver registration is by-week. There is no per-day registration. Athletes are expected to attend every day unless ill or have a doctor’s appointment. Camp activities are planned based upon athletes attending every day that Camp session is offered.

On the first day of Camp, athletes receive two high-quality Camp Shriver t-shirts. Athletes must wear their camp shirt, athletic shorts and sneakers every day. It is an active Camp and so jeans, sandals or dresses are NOT appropriate clothing.

Consistent late arrivals are not acceptable. Early drop-off and late pick-up are not options for any Camp session. No meals will be served during so please allow time to eat prior to the start of Camp. Transportation must be provided to and from Camp in a timely manner.

Athlete Code of Conduct 
All athletes are supervised and supported to best adhere to the Special Olympics Athlete Code of Conduct. Safety is of utmost importance to SONJ. Extreme or aggressive behavior may result in an athlete not being able to participate if behavior plans do not improve behavior.

Camp Donation
As noted above in the camper requirements, Camp Shriver requires a refundable deposit to hold your athlete’s spot to participate.  At the conclusion of an athlete’s last day of Camp, the deposit will be returned unless otherwise noted as donation to SONJ.

2019 Camp Locations and Dates

SONJ Sports Complex (3 sessions)


July 8 – August 2
1:00 – 4:00 pm
Ages 12+


July 8 – August 1
5:30 – 8:00 pm
Ages 16+


August 5 – August 9
1:00 – 4:00 pm
Ages 6-11

Rowan College at Gloucester County

June 17 – June 27
1:00 – 4:00 pm
Ages 12+

Passaic County Technical Institute

July 15 – July 19
1:00 – 4:00 pm
Ages 12+

Contact Us

All Camp Shriver questions can be made at camp@sonj.org.