Welcome to Camp Idlewild of Florida!
"Come for the adventure, stay for the fun, leave with the friendships and memories that will last a lifetime!"
A Special Place for Special Kids!
Welcome to Camp Idlewild of Florida, a place where campers are accepted and valued for who they are and for their unique differences. Our programs are designed knowing that each child has their own special set of likes and dislikes, strengths, and challenges. With that in mind, Camp Idlewild focuses on providing activities that will foster independence, meet individual needs and promote personal growth in a fun and supportive environment. While campers are having the time of their lives, parents and caregivers are provided with respite services.
Camp Idlewild is a nonprofit organization located in Land O Lakes, Florida (Tampa Bay Area). The camp is built on 140 private acres and is surrounded by Florida’s natural landscape of cypress trees and a private 65-acre spring-fed lake. This location provides the perfect setting to enjoy many outdoor activities while having a whole lot of fun!
Our programs offer opportunities for campers to explore new interests, strengthen their skills and expand their comfort zones through adapted programs such as – nature walks, swimming, arts & crafts, sports and games, treasure hunting adventures, hiking, dancing, music, drum circles, drama, yoga, canoeing, paddle boating, boat rides, archery, storytelling, campfires and so much more!
Registration for Weekend Camp and Summer Sessions is OPEN!
We are excited to announce that CAMPER REGISTRATION is open for our upcoming Weekend Camps! Weekend Camps run from Friday at 6:00 pm through Sunday at 11:00 am. The cost is $250 per session. Click here to register your camper today! Please note, all camp sessions are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Once a camp session has filled, a waiting list will be created in the event a spot becomes available.
The following are Weekend Camp dates and themes:
October 23-25, 2020 "Monster Mash"
November 6-8, 2020 "Fall Fun"
December 4-6, 2020 "Winter Wonderland"
February 5-7, 2021 "Mardi Gras"
March 5-7, 2021 "Luck of the Leprechaun"
April 9-11, 2021 "Spring Splash"
April 23-25, 2021 "Wild Wild West" (Young Adult Camp)
Opening Summer 2021!
Camp Idlewild will offer Summer Camp programs for the first time starting in June 2021! Click here to register your camper today!
The cost of the OVERNIGHT CAMP PROGRAM is $700 and $550 for the DAY CAMP PROGRAM for the week, Sunday to Friday (financial aid is available).
The following Sunday to Friday Summer Sessions dates and themes are available:
June 20 - June 25, 2021 "Shipwrecked"
June 27 - July 02, 2021 "Camp Hollywood"
July 04 - July 09, 2021 "Under the Big Top"
July 11 - July 16, 2021 "Calling All Super Heroes"
July 18 - July 23, 2021 "Clash of the Colors"
July 25 - July 30, 2021 "The Time Tunnel" (Young Adult Camp)
Camp Idlewild of Florida's mission is to provide innovative camping programs adapted for children with special needs ages 6-17 which promote personal growth, challenge their abilities and help campers develop new skills in a fun and energizing environment.
Our goal is to nurture a community that encourages campers to reach their full potential, while exploring the outdoors, meeting new friends, and expanding their horizons through positive camp experiences.
Our program model was developed for children who have the following superpowers: Autism Spectrum Disorders (including Asperger's Syndrome), Sensory Processing Disorders, Down Syndrome and Developmental Delays. Young Adult Camp (YAC) programs are offered for 18-30 year-olds on select dates.
Program Offerings: Summer Camp Sessions (residential programs; Sunday to Friday) Day Camp Sessions (Sunday to Friday) and Weekend Camps (residential programs; Friday to Sunday).
Check out the following link to the Summer Camp Hub for more information about Florida Camps!