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Dates: July 14-16, 2023
Who: Ages 8-12 with developmental disabilities, learning and/or attention deficits, and sensory integration (SI) impairments

Camp Little Tree, a program of Children’s Hospital Colorado and hosted by the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center (BOEC), is a special camp for children 8 to 12 years of age with developmental disabilities, learning and/or attention deficits, and sensory integration (SI) impairments. This overnight program is designed to meet the unique needs of these children and facilitates peer interaction with therapeutic support along with providing safe and fun activities outdoors. Occupational Therapy (OT) principles are used to provide sensory processing, sensory-motor, social and self-care support. Adapting these traditional camp activities fosters success and a sense of achievement in a mountain camp setting. Specially trained occupational therapists from Children’s Hospital Colorado utilize therapy principles and techniques to make this camp experience positive and motivating.

Focus is placed on developing independence, competence, social skills and self esteem. Children live, work and play in a “family” group of 8-10 campers, 2-3 outdoor educators from the BOEC, and 2-3 specialized OTs from Children’s Hospital. Campers assist in cooking and cabin clean-up along with peers and adults. Children participate daily in climbing, canoeing, ropes course and outdoor education. Your child will receive support for their sensory differences while engaging in community-based activities such as field games, crafts, journal writing, and fishing. Involvement in these programs encourages motor skills, coordination, motor planning and self confidence.

Eligible Participants

The Camp Little Tree program is intended for children 8-12 years of age with sensory integration difficulties. In addition, the following criteria for participation have been established:

  • Must be fully independent with all toileting skills
  • Must be able to follow instructions and comply with adult requests
  • Must be able to remain with a group of up to 13 people without direct one-on-one attention
  • Must not have extreme emotional and/or psychological distress
  • Must have therapist’s recommendation for involvement in the camp


Families are responsible for transportation to and from Denver and the Griffith Lodge in Breckenridge.

Application Process

Please visit https://redcap.childrenscolorado.org/surveys/?s=9YXDXFHYMA to fill out the online application as well as any attachments required in the application. Applications are due by June 1, 2023. 

All applicants will be screened for appropriateness and must meet all of the requirements for involvement. Priority will be given to applications that are 100% completed and on a first come basis.

More information: RehabOutdoorPrograms@childrenscolorado.org

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