Special Needs Programs

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in-person Special Needs Summer Camps will not be held this summer.  However, we are offering Virtual Special Needs programming.  See our registration page for more information.

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Summer Camp - Since 2008, the Department of Parks and Recreation has offered a comprehensive summer camp for children with special needs during the month of July. In order to offer families a low-cost summer camp option, it has always been subsidized, either privately or through government funding. It started with an $8,000 grant from the State of New Jersey, Department of Community Affairs with a twenty percent match from the Township of Moorestown. Ten children participated the first year. Shortly thereafter, state funding decreased. In 2011, the Moorestown Education Foundation, along with many private donations provided a mini-grant of $3,000 to keep the program going. The fee at that time was $75.00 for the full 4-week program per participant for residents and non-residents. Field trips, special events and door to door bus transportation was included.

In 2013, Brian and Kimberly Fischel launched the Sean Fischel Connect Foundation (SFC) and organized a 5K RUN/1 Mile Walk in memory of their son Sean Fischel. From this annual event SFC made a very generous donation and camp participation grew substantially over the years. This funding source for summer camp continued through 2018. In 2019, a Moorestown family began the non-profit, Mission Voice, and continued the tradition with a fundraiser 5K/1 Mile Walk event that raised $40,000. We were able to register 55 children and teens for an awesome camp!

Location: Upper Elementary School

Challenger Baseball, Sponsored By: The Catanella Family - This seven week program began the fall of 2018 and continued in 2019 on Saturdays at Pryor Park baseball field for individual’s ages 5 through young adult. Participants receive a shirt and hat and there is an end of the season party at the Recreation Center with a catered lunch and trophies. Registration is required but there is no fee.

TOPSoccer Program, Sponsored By: Posternock/Apell Law Firm, Moorestown, NJ - The Maple Shade TOPSoccer Program and the Moorestown Department of Parks and Recreation are offering an inclusive soccer program open to children ages 3-21 with special needs.  The program offers a modified version of the game of soccer designed to provide a fun, relaxed, and active environment for children with special needs to participate with the help of a "Buddy".  
LOCATION:  Church Street Recreation Center Gym, Moorestown
DATES:  Program currently suspended due to Covid-19 pandemic
TIME:  9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
FEE:   Free, but you must register.  Registration is on the Maple Shade Soccer Club,  www.mapleshadesoccer.net.  For more information on TOPS Soccer, contact Catherine (Kate) Devone at Catherine.a.McCarthy@gmail.com

Special Needs Open Gym - This program follows the TOPS Soccer program from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM on Saturdays. Parent/Guardian are required to stay. Registration not required.

S.M.A.S.H. (Social Meeting after School Hours), Sponsored By The Monica Buckley Foundation
Sponsored By The Monica Buckley Foundation
Activities will include Karate, Music, Art, Yoga, Cooking, Pre-vocational Activities and Games.  If you are new to the program, please email Cyndi Roberts at cbritton@moorestown.nj.us.  
LOCATION:  Moorestown Recreation Center, 111 W. Second Street
DATES:  Program currently suspended due to Covid-19 pandemic 
AGES:  High School special needs students and young adults.  Open to residents and non residents.
TRANSPORTATION: Provided by the Moorestown Township Public Schools Participants from the Moorestown High School will be bused after school to the Moorestown Recreation Center and transported home leaving at 4:30 pm.
Questions or to Volunteer - Contact the Department of Parks and Recreation at 856-914-3093.
REGISTRATION:  Program currently suspended due to Covid-19 pandemic

S.M.A.S.H. Too (Social Meeting after School Hours), Sponsored By: The Catanella Family
Sponsored By The Catanella Family
Activities will include Karate, Music, Art, Yoga, Pre-vocational Activities and Games. Cyndi Roberts will be reaching out to you once you are registered for more information on your child.
LOCATION:  Moorestown Recreation Center, 111 W. Second Street
DATES:  Program currently suspended due to Covid-19 pandemic
AGES:  Middle School special needs students.  Open to residents and non residents.
TRANSPORTATION: Moorestown Allen Middle School students will be transported to the program at the end of the school day by Moorestown Township Public Schools.  ALL participants will need to be picked up by a parent/guardian at 4:30 PM.  There is no transportation home.
Questions or to Volunteer - Contact the Department of Parks and Recreation at 856-914-3093.
REGISTRATION:  Program currently suspended due to Covid-19 pandemic

Let’s Dance – Yearly dance for High school students and Young Adults with special needs.  Dance is scheduled in the fall during the month of October or November on a Friday night from 7:00 to 9:00 pm.  There is no fee for this program and chaperones are needed.  Wear your dancing shoes and show off your moves!  Please direct any questions to Cyndi Roberts at cbritton@moorestown.nj.us.