Socialization through Recreation

Variety’s Recreation programs, which include Adventure Camp and social groups, aim to introduce lifelong friendships through engaging activities.

Registration for Summer Camp 2022 is Open!  

Variety’s Adventure Camp program provides a free day camp experience to kids and teens with disabilities, ages 4 – 20, throughout the greater St. Louis region. Camp makes it possible for Variety Kids to have exciting adventures and meet lifelong friends.

Making Friends and Having Fun

Variety’s Recreation programs give children with disabilities unique in-person and virtual opportunities to enjoy engaging activities while socializing with friends old and new.

From Adventure Camp to Social Groups, and more, these programs, which are open to Variety Kids living in the greater St. Louis region, help participants learn new skills, gain independence, build confidence, and more, by having fun. 

Adventure Camp

By forming friendships in this welcoming space, Variety Kids are empowered to engage with others outside of Camp. Each camper is also encouraged to try new things, promoting independence and confidence, and is paired one-on-one with a counselor “buddy.”

Adventure Camp is open to children and teens ages 4 – 20 and is held for several weeks each summer as well as for a few days over winter break. The location of Camp changes weekly or daily to accommodate different activities and adventures, but each is located within the St. Louis region.

Campers are split into groups based on age, and activities are geared towards each age group. These activities may include swimming, ice skating, fishing, playing games, making crafts, music time, visiting area attractions and much more, all under the guidance of a caring and enthusiastic staff.

Summer Camp 2022

Summer Camp 2022 will be held in-person from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is sure to be filled with all sorts of exciting adventures for our campers.

Summer Camp 2022 Schedule:

  • Week 1: June 6 – 10, 2022
  • Week 2: June 13 – 17, 2022
  • Week 3: June 20 – 24, 2022
  • Week 4: June 27 – July 1, 2022
  • Week 5: July 11 – 15, 2022
  • Week 6: July 18 – 22, 2022

Registration is now open until noon on Monday, February 7, 2022. Register now and select your camper’s preferred weeks – requests will be filled in random order.

See you this summer! 

“At Adventure Camp, I got to go places I had never been before and I got to do activities I didn’t think I could do!”

– Variety Teen Andrew

Activities at Adventure Camp


Making Music

Playing Games


Exploring STL

Ice Skating

Rock Climbing

Variety Family Social Groups

Planned by Variety Families for Variety Families, Variety Family Social Groups are open to Variety Kids and their families. This Variety Family Council program is intended to give area children and teens with disabilities a chance to socialize while participating in various in-person and virtual activities as well as outings throughout the area.

Activities have included virtual hangouts and game nights, trips to the movies, bowling, playing at the park, and more. During the pandemic, Social Groups have shifted to a completely online format, with plans to move back to in-person outings as soon as it is safe to do so.

Families participating in Social Groups are also the first to be offered complimentary tickets to community-sponsored events and attractions when they are occasionally made available to Variety St. Louis.

Sign up for Social Groups today to be notified when new outings are planned and when complimentary tickets are available. We hope to see you soon!

Other Ways We Help

TherHappy Kids


Performing Arts

Become a Variety Family

You can apply to become a Variety Family now – the only requirements are that you live in the greater St. Louis region and have a child with a medically diagnosed disability. After this application is accepted, you will be added to our exclusive Variety Family email list and will receive notifications of free family events and outings, registrations for our programs such as Adventure Camp and Performing Arts, and more.

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