Inclusion for Campers with Disabilities (ages 3-13)
Open Hearts/Open Doors

The JCC Camps at Medford inclusion camp program for Campers with Disabilities, Open Hearts/Open Doors (OH/OD), provides accommodations that enable children with disabilities to fully participate with age-appropriate peers at camp. Campers in the OH/OD program span a variety of intellectual and developmental disabilities including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy and communication disorders.

The majority of our OH/OD campers receive one-on-one assistance, though some share assistance with other campers. Integrated within camp, a trained shadow (advocate) helps to fully maximize each child’s experience. Advocates are hired and trained directly by our leadership staff team. All camp staff receive training from our Open Hearts/Open doors team about creating an inclusive camp environment.
There is no additional cost for a child to participate in OH/OD program as this is made possible through generous donations and fundraising events throughout the year.  Campers must first be screened through an online application, IEP review, and school observation for acceptance into OH/OD.

For more information on how to apply, please contact Sara Sideman, Camp Director, at

See what our families have to say…

“JCC Camps at Medford is the best 8 weeks of my child’s life every year.  He makes more gains in physical, social, and emotional areas than in 10 months at school!”

“My son has such a great time every summer. Open Hearts/ Open Doors has been great to him, and he loves his 1 on 1 aide.”

“I want to offer a huge thank you to everyone involved in organizing, running and funding the OH/OD program, as well as the amazing folks who coordinate the myriad of responsibilities for the whole JCC Camps at Medford program. I’ve had a glimpse behind the scenes, and what would send most people running away with heads spinning, is handled with grace and a calm that is truly other worldly. Thank you!”

Funding Options

The JCC Camps at Medford is approved through the NJ Department of Children and Families NJ Children’s System of Care. This program provides some funding for qualified children to attend Camp. To see if your child qualifies for services, please contact Perform Care at 1-877-652-7624.