Camp Summit’s legacy began as Camp Soroptimist in 1947, as one of the earliest camps for campers with disabilities. Founded by Soroptimist International of Dallas, Camp Soroptimist began as a service project benefiting campers with special needs.
The first camp was one week in length and included 19 young girls with disabilities. The second year the camp was opened up to both male and female campers and more than doubled the number of campers served. Over the years we have been able to continually expand our programs to serve more campers with year-round camp sessions. We are proud to say that we now serve thousands of campers every year.
Camp Soroptimist officially transferred management of the project to Camp Summit in 1993. Although the name of the camp was changed, the mission of the camp has remained the same. Camp Summit continues to provide a remarkable camping program for remarkable people and is proud to continue the long standing tradition of never turning a camper away due to their inability to pay.
The mission of Camp Summit is to provide barrier-free outdoor experiences that promote personal growth and foster independence for children and adults with disabilities.
Only a handful of camps in the United States offer camping programs for campers with disabilities. Even fewer offer programs with no upper age limit.