Social Recreation and Camping

Social Recreation & Camp Services

After 12 years, social recreation and camping services have been restored to California’s Regional Center system. Individuals who are supported by Regional Center services may choose to participate in these services to help meet social recreational goals. 

Here is a Q&A session hosted by CVRC ( on Tuesday March 8, 2022) that explains more about these services. 

Please email any questions you may have to:  socialrec@cvrcold.betaplanets.com.

To download the handout: please click here for English and por favor haga clic aquí para Español.

These are the current Social Recreation and Camping options offered by CVRC. If you or your child are supported by CVRC services and are interested in any of these activities below, please reach out directly to your Service Coordinator. 

Some of these opportunities may currently be at capacity or may have a waitlist. Please contact your Service Coordinator to learn more about current availability. 

We are pleased to partner with the following businesses and organizations: 

Here are the following options for youth (If the option is offered to both youth and adults, it will also be listed in the options for adults): 

Old Town Yoga

Yoga classes in a community-based studio setting. Those ages 16 and under must be accompanied by a paid, participating adult.

youth and adults
Train Like a Girl 

Train Like a Girl is a body positive fitness studio in Visalia that welcomes people of all fitness levels/abilities. Adapted Athlete group training sessions provide additional modifications to the workout in an inclusive environment. 

ages 10 and older
24 Hour Home Care

In this program individuals receive support with working on their person-centered social & recreational goals with the assistance of a social recreation worker/direct service provider. An individual may choose a family selected worker or an agency staff based on availability.

youth and adults
Core 3 Method 

Individuals 6 and older may participate in various fitness options offered.

youth ages 6 and older and adults
Galaxy Dance Academy

A dance studio offering a variety of integrated dance classes for youth.

youth
Authentic Adventures of Central California

Provides outdoor adventures and destination tours in the Central Valley. Run by recreation therapists, activities are specialized depending on the physical, social, and emotional needs and interests of each individual participating. The following day trips are available: Intro to Kayaking, National Park Tours (Intro to Yosemite, Valley Floor Hike, Sequoia/Kings Day Trip), Central Coast Day Trips, Intro to Rock Climbing Adventure

(5 and older with accompanying care provider–CVRC funds Lanterman eligible individuals only, 16 and older may attend trips independently)
Elite Dance Academy

Elite Dance Academy offers a variety of dance classes to enhance the overall development of the student. They work to provide a safe, child-centered environment to encourage students to explore dance.

Youth referred by CVRC will be included in the standard dance classes.

Youth 18 months to adults age 21
Break the Barriers

Break the Barriers offers a wide variety of inclusive programming including Archery, Gymnastics, Martial Arts, Dance, Fitness classes, and Aquatics. Please visit the Break the Barriers website for complete activity listings and descriptions.

youth and adult

(ages vary by activity)

Fresno Discovery Center

Fresno Discovery Center is a science center for the mind where visitors of all ages can discover, explore, and create.

youth
Mending Fences at JM Ranch

Mending Fences offers horseback riding lessons and equine learning program.

Services at the Ranch provide individuals with life skills that build confidence and self-esteem.

youth 10+ and adults

Central California

Adaptive Sports Center

Central California Adaptive Sports Center (CCASC) brings outdoor adventure programs to persons with disabilities. CCASC’s programs invite the participation of family and friends, empower our participants in their daily lives, and have a positive enduring effect on confidence, health, independence, and overall well-being.

youth 4+ and adults

Hula in the Sun

Halau Hula I Ka La is a hula school that promotes cultural awareness and a family-oriented atmosphere where each individual interested in hula aspires to be the best they can be.

  • Free Trial Class- One free class is offered to any individual. Individual/family may call vendor and request a free trial class to see if the school is a good fit.
youth 4+ and adults

Circle T Ranch

Horseback riding lessons with instruction on proper etiquette and behavior around horses, horse education, grooming, and equipment education.

ages 4+ and adults

New Beginnings at Circle T Ranch

Located in Lemoore, equine assisted learning offers a rewarding experience in the ranch environment. Includes riding and non-riding activities based on the individual’s interest and needs.

ages 4+ and adults

Music Speaks

Music therapy offered in Merced, Madera, and Fresno counties. 

youth and adult

Music Together

An early childhood music and movement program held in a group class format. Child participates with parent/care provider one-time weekly for 45 minutes, for a semester of ten weeks. Music Together values consistency in attending weekly in order for community building.

Enrollment by semester through the year. Contact SC for information on next enrollment dates.

youth

Good Dirt Pottery Studio

Good Dirt Pottery Studio is an inclusive pottery studio in Fresno.  The classes include learning hand building skills and wheel throwing for both youth and adults.

youth and adults

EPU – Let’s be Friends 

Inclusive playgroup for children ages 3 to 5 and their care providers to strengthen social skills, foster connection and build a community of support to unlock each child’s potential through weekly play-based experiences.

3 to 5 years

River Camp Inclusion Program 

Inclusive one-week day camp opportunities at River Camp Adventures in Fresno and River Camp Firebaugh for first through fifth graders.

1st – 5th grade

Stronger Together –

The Adapted Athlete

Inclusive yoga program, sports conditioning program, and integrated sports season for soccer, football, cheer, and basketball. Two one-day sports clinics in rural communities. Training for staff on person-centered thinking.

 

A Special Collaboration- Mariposa Safe Families

An inclusive program for youth and adolescents to socialize and engage in a range of activities and outings.

 

Here are the following options for adults (If the option is offered to both youth and adults, it will also be listed in the options for youth in the chart above): 

Alternative Ways

Offering group outings and activities in the community.

adults
Old Town Yoga

Yoga classes in a community-based studio setting. Those ages 16 and under must be accompanied by a paid, participating adult.

youth and adults
Train Like a Girl

Train Like a Girl is a body positive fitness studio in Visalia that welcomes people of all fitness levels/abilities. Adapted Athlete group training sessions provide additional modifications to the workout in an inclusive environment. 

ages 10 and older
24 Hour Home Care

In this program individuals receive support with working on their person-centered social & recreational goals with the assistance of a social recreation worker/direct service provider. An individual may choose a family selected worker or an agency staff based on availability.

youth and adults
Core 3 Method

Individuals 6 and older may participate in various fitness options offered.

youth ages 6 and older and adults
Authentic Adventures of Central California

Provides outdoor adventures and destination tours in the Central Valley. Run by recreation therapists, activities are specialized depending on the physical, social, and emotional needs and interests of each individual participating. The following day trips are available: Intro to Kayaking, National Park Tours (Intro to Yosemite, Valley Floor Hike, Sequoia/Kings Day Trip), Central Coast Day Trips, Intro to Rock Climbing Adventure

(5 and older with accompanying care provider–CVRC funds Lanterman eligible individuals only, 16 and older may attend trips independently)
Ohana Social Recreation

Community outings and activities for adults in Merced County. 

adults
Szabad Social Recreation Services

A community-based program offering group outings and social activities for adults residing in Madera County. Szabad offers transportation to and from events.

adults
Horizon Strength & Conditioning/Inclusive Fitness

Horizon Strength & Conditioning provides fitness classes and training in a community-based setting.

adults
Elite Dance Academy

Elite Dance Academy offers a variety of dance classes to enhance the overall development of the student. They work to provide a safe environment to encourage students to explore dance.

youth and adults up to age 21

Central California

Adaptive Sports Center

Central California Adaptive Sports Center (CCASC) brings outdoor adventure programs to persons with disabilities. CCASC’s programs invite the participation of family and friends, empower our participants in their daily lives, and have a positive enduring effect on confidence, health, independence, and overall well-being.

youth 4+ and adults

Mending Fences at JM Ranch

Mending Fences offers horseback riding lessons and equine learning program.

Services at the Ranch provide individuals with life skills that build confidence and self-esteem.

youth 10+ and adults

Break the Barriers

Break the Barriers offers a wide variety of inclusive programming including Archery, Gymnastics, Martial Arts, Dance, Fitness classes, and Aquatics. Please visit the Break the Barriers website for complete activity listings and descriptions.

youth and adult

(ages vary by activity)

Authentic Adventures

Therapeutic Recreation  

Community-based program offering group outings and activities for adults 18-35 who live in Fresno County. Each person will participate in an intake-assessment before beginning the program, so that staff can best understand each person’s physical, social, and emotional needs and interests. 

adults ages 18 to 35

Hula in the Sun

Halau Hula I Ka La is a hula school that promotes cultural awareness and a family-oriented atmosphere where each individual interested in hula aspires to be the best they can be.

  • Free Trial Class- One free class is offered to any individual. Individual/family may call vendor and request a free trial class to see if the school is a good fit.

youth 4+ and adults

Circle T Ranch

Horseback riding lessons with instruction on proper etiquette and behavior around horses, horse education, grooming, and equipment education.

ages 4+ and adults

New Beginnings at Circle T Ranch

Located in Lemoore, equine assisted learning offers a rewarding experience in the ranch environment. Includes riding and non-riding activities based on the individual’s interest and needs.

ages 4+ and adults

Music Speaks

Music therapy offered in Merced, Madera, and Fresno counties. 

youth and adults

Good Dirt Pottery Studio

Good Dirt Pottery Studio is an inclusive pottery studio in Fresno.  The classes include learning hand building skills and wheel throwing for both youth and adults.

youth and adults

The following items are currently at capacity or are seasonal opportunities. These options are not listed in the charts above. 

Central Valley Music Therapy

Music therapy offered at sites in Hanford and Fresno.

*This option is currently at capacity. 

youth and adults
Happy Trails Riding Academy

Equine-assisted therapeutic services delivered on site, generally for a 12 week session.

*There is a waitlist for Spring 2023.

youth and adults
Hillside Swim School

Individual swim lessons offered seasonally May through August. A Baby & Me class is offered for child under 22 months who are accompanied by a care provider. One on one lessons are offered for all other ages.

*This program takes place during the summer season only.

youth and adults
Music Speaks

Music therapy offered in Merced, Madera, and Fresno counties. The program is currently hiring skilled professionals to best serve individuals supported by CVRC.

*Due to this, initial services will not begin for a brief period of time. 

youth and adult

HPA Plug Athletics Summer Sports Camp

For campers ages 4-13 years old who are active and interested in participating in a day of sports, physical activity, and movement. Camps are located in Madera and Clovis, with four sessions of camp to choose from. Each camp runs Monday through Friday from 9am to 3pm. 

*This program takes place during the summer season only. 

youth

Music Together

An early childhood music and movement program held in a group class format. Child participates with parent/care provider one-time weekly for 45 minutes, for a semester of ten weeks. Music Together values consistency in attending weekly in order for community building.

*Fall semester begins September 6, 2022. Registration is limited. The next enrollment will be spring 2023. 

youth

UCP Camp Mountain High

UCP Camp Mountain High will be held at Jack L Boyd Outdoor School in Fish Camp, CA during June 12-16, 2023.

  • UCP Camp is available for individuals currently served by UCP Central CA as well as individuals attending other programs.
  • UCP Camp is unable to serve folks with the following needs:
    • Demonstrate eloping behaviors
    • Require 24-hour medical care
    • Require G-tube feeds
    • Utilize internal catheter
adults

Sensory Rock

 

A play gym and development center in downtown Hanford that welcomes all children to learn and play in a community-based setting. Receive play passes for Open Play times. NeuroRock Program referrals are currently closed, as the program is being updated to better serve families.

youth | Open Play 0 to 10

Jamie’s School of Fish

Year-round swimming lessons at the indoor pool location in Fresno. 

Currently there is a waitlist. 

ages 4+ and adult

ARC Day Camp

Seasonal opportunities. Click here for examples of activities. 

adults

The following summer camp opportunities will be available in summer 2023:

  • Calvin Crest (teens and adults) | July 17 through 21, 2023
    • A program designed for teens and adults with developmental disabilities. 
    • Spaces are limited. Contact your Service Coordinator for more information. 
  • Sherwood Forest and High School Camp | July 9 through 14, 2023
    • A mainstream camp for youth 
    • Spaces are limited. Contact your Service Coordinator for more information.
      • Please review the following camper criteria to ensure the best and safest experience for your camper:
        • Feeds self independently
        • Toilets independently and meets hygiene needs independently
        • Communication skills to make needs known (need for restroom, water breaks, etc.)
        • Can safely navigate uneven terrain and rustic accommodations
        • Interest to engage in outdoor activities.
        • Behavioral skills to stay with group, refrain from any aggressive behaviors, and to follow directions for health & safety (no concerns of elopement)
  • Camp Krem 
  • Camp Tuolumne Trails
    • Located in Groveland, summer camp opportunities for youth and adults with special needs. 

We are in the process of working with additional businesses to include them as a social recreation and camping option soon! 

There are many existing opportunities available in the Central Valley that also offer experiences for individuals to help meet social recreational goals. Here are some options:

  • Fresno Parks and Recreation – Follow their Facebook page for a variety of current (free!) activities. Examples of activities and camps range from dance and art, to science and sports.
  • Visalia Parks and Recreation – Follow their Facebook page for a variety of (free! and paid) activities. Examples of activities and camps include movie nights in the park to sports leagues and yoga classes.

  • Zumba– Free Zumba Classes at Maxie Parks Community Center 1802 E. California Ave. Fresno, Ca 93706 | Zumba Classes will be on Mondays at 5:30 PM and Saturdays at 10:00 AM

  • Adult Health Classes– Every Monday and Tuesday from 11:00 am- 12:00 pm at Maxie Parks Community Center 1802 E. California Ave. Fresno, Ca 93706 | These are a series of classes that started last week and will cover various topics related to mental, social, and physical well-being.

  • Mariposa County Library 
  • Merced County Library
  • Fresno County Library
  • Kings County Library 
  • Tulare County Library

We are diligently working within the Central Valley communities we serve to find additional vendors to offer options like these that fit with the Social Recreation and Camping Services program (we have been in contact with close to 150 businesses) . There is specific criteria that a vendor must meet in order for our organization to be allowed to provide funding for their service. 

We look forward to partnering with additional businesses in providing opportunities for inclusion and integration to the individuals we have the privilege of serving.

Here is a webinar recording hosted by ARCA for parents and people with developmental disabilities looking to access social recreation and camp services. 

Seminario web para padres y personas con discapacidades del desarrollo que buscan acceder a servicios de campamento y recreación social. Por favor haga clic aquí para Español.

Click here for answers to frequently asked questions about Social Recreation & Camp Services.

Click here for a print-friendly flyer about Social Recreation & Camp Services in English. 

Click here for a print-friendly flyer about Social Recreation & Camp Services in Spanish. 

Vendors

Do you offer a service in the community that you feel would help meet the social recreation needs of our individuals by providing opportunities for inclusion and integration (and fun!)? To discuss social recreation and camp development, please email socialrec@cvrcold.betaplanets.com.

Learn more about becoming a vendor (the vendorization process) in this webinar sponsored by ARCA.  

We look forward to partnering with you soon! 

 

To read the DDS Announcement you can click here: English;   Español;   Hmoob.  Additional languages can be accessed on the DDS website under the “Regional Center Directives page” and scrolling to 10/07/2021 date entry.

View a list of current vendors by clicking here. This list will be updated as new vendors become available. Persons served may contact their Service Coordinator to learn more