Giving all kids a meaningful camp experience
Something about nature allows us to shed labels, stereotypes, and things others may view as disabilities. That’s why we started Camp CANOE, the first of its kind, inviting kids with autism and Down Syndrome to develop their social, motor, and sensory skills through a variety of outdoor activities.
Camp CANOE (Children with Autism Need Outdoor Experiences) offers children with special needs a truly unique, hands-on camp experience. Every activity is a teachable moment where children can learn independence, leadership, and self-confidence in a safe, outdoor environment.
Due to the one-on-one camper experience that Camp CANOE strives to offer, camp size is very limited and wait lists are expected. Registration is now open and slots will be granted on a first-come-first-served basis. Reserve your spot today!
SCHEDULE & pRICING
Camp CANOE is one 5-day session from May 29-June 2. Camp begins at 9am each morning and campers are released at 3:30pm.
This pricing of this session is still being finalized for the 2023 season. Please check back soon to find out more!
Financial aid is available - please contact us for more information.
CANoe family day
On Saturday, April 1st we will be hosting a Camp CANOE family day on our camp property. We have chosen to do this, not only in recognition of Autism Awareness Month in April, but to also give first time CANOE campers an opportunity to explore camp with their support system prior to their session.
We are inviting all families who have a camper enrolled in Camp CANOE to come out to camp and have a one-on-one tour with a member of our camp staff. This will allow our team to get to know each campers needs and interests to make intentional and successful pairings with counselors. With this program being a one-to-one ratio of camper to counselor, we want to take the time to make pairings that will allow campers to have the best time during their session.
We will also have limited spots available for families who are not registered for the 2023 CANOE session. Whether you are on the waitlist or are on the fence on if this is a good fit, we want to give families the opportunity to explore what our program has to offer!
Please contact us for more information or if you have questions.
light the fire within
It's a snap! Just click the "Register Now" button on this page to begin the application for your child. If you've never registered with Camp Fire before, you'll need to create a new login. Or, login to populate historical data.
When registering, you will be asked to complete the following forms, which are due one week before the start of your camper’s session. These forms must be uploaded to our CampMinder system before your child can attend camp:
Current Shot Records
Current photos (optional, but this helps our staff easily identify campers and authorized adults)
Once you've enrolled in camp, the Parent Handbook has all the information you need, such as what to bring, what to wear, and what to expect. Some information, such as drop-off and pick-up information, varies between programs, so be sure to review the handbook carefully for the program in which your camper is enrolled.
During camp, each group will have the opportunity to visit our Camp Store to look for the perfect vintage Camp DaKaNi t-shirts or cool branded items, like bracelets, water bottles, mugs, bandanas, and hats!
Items range in price from $1-15 and to avoid exchanging money at camp, campers can access their funds online. Parents/guardians can add funds at any time, but most find it easier to do this at the time of registration. To add money to your child's account after registration, simply log in to CampMinder and follow the prompts!
Camp DaKaNi is located at 3309 East Hefner Road in Oklahoma City. Cars will enter through Gate #1 (black gate with a white sign.) For more information specific to your camper's session, please review the Parent Handbook.
Full satisfactory background checks are required of all Camp Fire staff and volunteers. Campers will be in the presence of more than one person at all times and will never be left alone or be alone with one adult.
All camp gates will be closed and locked outside of the morning and afternoon car line, wherein only the entrance and exit gate will be open.
Only Gate 1 will remain open during camp hours for staff and visitor use. All visitors must enter the main camp office and will be accompanied by a Camp Fire staff member if entering or touring camp.
Extended Safety Precautions
The health of our campers, counselors, staff members, and families is our highest priority while planning our upcoming in-person events. Please see the safety precautions we are currently planning to implement on our new COVID-19 Info Page. We will continue to monitor state and local authorities’ guidelines for mitigation levels in our area to adjust these precautions as recommended.
Emergencies or Change of Plans
To prevent loss or damage, campers are not allowed to have cell phones at camp. If there is an urgent issue where you need to speak with your child while camp is in session, please call (405) 478-5646 and a staff member can page your camper’s group counselor directly and immediately.
If there is a nonurgent change of plans (pickup person, etc.) of which you need to make Camp Fire and/or your child aware, please call (405) 478-5646 and a staff member would be happy to relay the message to your camper’s group counselor.
Questions & Concerns
All general inquiries, concerns, and COVID-19 notifications can be emailed to email@example.com, or feel free to call the office during regular business hours at (405) 478-5646.