Important Changes to Catholic Charities Camp I Am Special – Summer 2021

Given the current status of the COVID-19 pandemic and the associated risks, we have made the difficult decision to cancel all in-person residential and day camp sessions for Catholic Charities Camp I Am Special for summer 2021. Our team has worked diligently to develop a FREE robust virtual summer camp to offer our Campers and their families, which will run from June 7 – July 23.

About Camp I Am Special

For the last 38 years, Catholic Charities’ Camp I Am Special – an American Camp Association (ACA) accredited facility – has fostered and celebrated the quality of life for children, teenagers, and adults with intellectual and developmental differences (IDDs).


A typical in-person summer program – which we plan to offer again in 2022 – gives individuals with IDDs opportunities to grow in independence. The programming offered at Camp I Am Special gives the choice to participate in numerous daily activities that allow them to take risks, stretch their abilities and enjoy the company of others. Some of those activities include hayrides, crafts, adaptive sports and yoga, and spending time with friends at The Rotary Club of Deerwood Abigail’s Joy Camp I Am Special Aquatic Center.

The newly-constructed pool and shaded pavilion provide approximately 2,450 square feet of sensory stimuli including, bubblers and fountains, an ADA-compliant gradual pool entrance, and floats of all shapes and sizes. Campers are free to enter the water at their own pace, and water walkers and water wheelchairs are always available for those needing assistance.  

In addition to the pool, the recently added Chartrand Family Camp I Am Special Playground offers a multiple wheelchair-accessible rocker, multi-person swings, and an intergenerational swing that helps children and adults develop connections.

Who Qualifies for Camp I Am Special

This year, people of all ages and abilities are welcome to participate

in our free 2021 Virtual Camp I Am Special


During in-person sessions, our team offers personalized care that allows us to welcome individuals with specific needs and challenges including:

Angelman Syndrome

Asperger’s Syndrome

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder


Barrett’s Esophagus

Cerebral Palsy

Charcot Marie Tooth Disease

Chromosome Abnormality

Cornelia de Lange Syndrome

Developmentally/Globally Delayed

Down Syndrome

Dysmorphic Syndrome


Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Muscular Dystrophy

Pervasive Development Disorder

Prader/Willi Syndrome

Secondary Emotional Disorder

Seizure Disorders

Sensory Integration Dysfunction

Small Brain Syndrome

Spina Bifida

Static Encephalopathy

Tourette syndrome

Tuberous Sclerosis

Other developmental and unique abilities


Please contact Rebecca Aleman, director of

Camp I Am Special, at raleman@ccbjax.org.

Physical Address :

445 Marywood Drive

Fruit Cove, FL 32259

Mailing Address :
235 Marywood Drive
St. Johns, FL 32259

Phone Number:
(904) 230-7447

Fax Number:
(904) 230-7465